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Stepping up

Friday, August 18, 2017

Pr Alina (Coccetti) van Rensburg received her call to ministry while studying to be a physiotherapist. Volunteering in the Youth Department of the Seventh-day Adventist Church in South Queensland during a gap year ignited a passion. “It was then a matter of ‘when’ not ‘if’ I would attend Avondale,” says the Young Alumnus of the Year.

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The mathematician who loves music

Friday, August 18, 2017

Mathematics and music, two passions of Avondale Alumni’s Alumnus of the Year, have been the backbone of the working life of Dr Wilf Pinchin. Likewise, Wilf has been the backbone of mathematics at Avondale College—the 1967 graduate’s tenure as lecturer spanned 40 years.

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The teacher who served students

Friday, August 18, 2017

Avondale Alumni’s Alumna of the Year Esther (Strahan) Lane loves to teach. Yes, teaching has shaped her career, but no, it has not defined it. Those in Esther’s classrooms have defined a calling that began with her graduation from the Australasian Missionary College in 1957 and continued for 40 years.

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Lead like the queen

Friday, June 16, 2017

An Avondale alumna’s first-of-its-kind conference challenged women to not only identify but claim their roles as leaders in church and in community.

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Adventist schools get health tick

Friday, July 21, 2017

If your child is likely to experience weight problems, and if you have the financial means, send them to a Seventh-day Adventist school. Students at these schools are less heavy than and less likely to become as heavy as other adolescents in Australia, a first-of-its-kind longitudinal study shows.

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Birdies help Eagles to bronze

Monday, July 10, 2017

Gold and silver medals in golf have helped Avondale equal its best result—third in per capita rankings—at the Eastern University Games.

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Go fund me . . . please

Monday, July 10, 2017

The quality of proposals pitched by students for new community services has inspired staff members at Avondale to more than double donations for the projects.

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Home-grown health guru’s new title

Friday, June 23, 2017

An academic whose prolific publications and competitive grants have given his infection control research national profile is the first to receive a professorship from Avondale.

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Leadership landslide

Thursday, March 24, 2016

Fewer teachers are willing to accept or even apply for leadership positions in Seventh-day Adventist schools, new research by Avondale Business School shows.

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Anywhere email now everywhere

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Email is intrusive but employees do not want restrictions placed on their use of it at home, research by Avondale Business School shows.

Text translated twice

Thursday, December 11, 2014

A textbook written by an Avondale lecturer to help share faith development with students has readers worldwide after being translated into Spanish and now Russian.

Strong schools; weak bullies

Thursday, September 25, 2014

A positive school climate significantly reduces the prevalence and the popularity of student peer bullying, doctoral research by an Avondale lecturer shows.

Students need your support

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Seventh-day Adventist students have positive perceptions of how home, church and school influences their faith development, research by an Avondale academic shows.

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Faithful creatives put people first

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

The recipients of Manifest’s most prestigious award this year have used their acceptance speeches to show how relational networks build and benefit from digital discipleship.

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Faithful creativity in my own words: Part 2

Thursday, July 6, 2017

A pastor using Facebook to advocate for children and their families is one of two recipients of Manifest’s most prestigious award this year. Manifest Co-Convenor Brenton Stacey asks Pr Daron Pratt about his “personal pulpit.”

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Faithful creativity in my own words: Part 1

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

A singer/songwriter making a living from her music is one of two recipients of Manifest’s most prestigious award this year. Manifest Co-Convenor Brenton Stacey asks Melissa Otto about her music and her ministry.

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Adventist schools get health tick

Friday, July 21, 2017

If your child is likely to experience weight problems, and if you have the financial means, send them to a Seventh-day Adventist school. Students at these schools are less heavy than and less likely to become as heavy as other adolescents in Australia, a first-of-its-kind longitudinal study shows.

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Home-grown health guru’s new title

Friday, June 23, 2017

An academic whose prolific publications and competitive grants have given his infection control research national profile is the first to receive a professorship from Avondale.

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Antiseptic study to clean and clarify

Friday, March 24, 2017

An Avondale academic’s externally-funded study of antiseptic cleaning solutions may not only help prevent catheter-associated infections in hospitals but also change national guidelines.

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A scientific church?

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

When it comes to health, the Seventh-day Adventist Church has been consistently on the forefront, but the church’s relationship with modern science has not always been so favourable.

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Go fund me . . . please

Monday, July 10, 2017

The quality of proposals pitched by students for new community services has inspired staff members at Avondale to more than double donations for the projects.

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A story about a toilet in Timor-Leste

Friday, December 16, 2016

Meet Amivi Naja Sousa. She lives in southern Timor-Leste. Her story is one of overcoming serious emotional and physical obstacles. And it is an inspirational one informed in part by a sanitation project and the visit of a short-term mission team.

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My MOTO mission

Friday, October 21, 2016

Gautama Buddha is said to have obtained enlightenment in Bodhgaya, a town in the eastern Indian state of Bihar. The Director of the Seventh-day Adventist Church in Bihar, Pr Alex Dang, describes the region as the “graveyard of Christianity.” But I presented an evangelistic series with Alex at the AoZora school near Bodhgaya. The result: the planting of a Seventh-day Adventist church at the school.

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MOTO’s greater vision

Friday, October 21, 2016

A school that began under a tree is changing lives in one of India’s most impoverished states with support from alumni and friends of Avondale.

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More affordable mission

Monday, October 10, 2016

A new dollar-match scheme between a humanitarian agency and Avondale that has halved fundraising costs for overseas trips should see more students in mission.

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Songbook a step up for Promise

Friday, May 5, 2017

A first commissioning and six original compositions mark the musical maturity of an Avondale vocal ensemble as it celebrates the launch of a fifth album.

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A cappella return reveals vocal ensemble’s mission

Friday, May 5, 2017

In listening to the latest release from Avondale College of Higher Education vocal ensemble The Promise, one feels granted an opening into the true heart of its mission: a pursuit of musical excellence and a deep commitment to share the message of Jesus.

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Forgive To Live

Friday, April 7, 2017

The Bible teaches the importance of forgiveness for living faithfully and well, but what difference can forgiveness actually make in our lives, spiritually, emotionally and even physically? As an experienced pastor, counsellor and healthcare administrator, Dr Dick Tibbits decided to find out.

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On Hard Quiz

Friday, December 2, 2016

Nathan Brown appeared on ABC TV this week. His goal: to make it to the final round of a quiz show so the host would ask him more questions about a classic series of fantasy novels. Why did he do it and how did he go?

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Like a tomato seed

Friday, August 18, 2017

It takes faith, hope and imagination to believe it, but Jesus said something like “the kingdom of heaven is like a tomato seed.”

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Justice, equality in my own words

Friday, August 11, 2017

Professor Ray Roennfeldt has closed a conference in London exploring unity in diversity within the Seventh-day Adventist Church. His message: treating each other justly and equitably is as important as correctly interpreting Scripture. Public Relations Officer Brenton Stacey asked Roennfeldt about Scripture and the church and how he reconciles his reading of one with the practice of the other.

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Getting political?

Friday, July 28, 2017

Does our silence as Seventh-day Adventists on issues of injustice and suffering make us complicit? Is it time to drop “political” as an excuse for not heeding the Bible’s call to work on behalf of and in partnership with those who are on the margins of our society?

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Go read, heed and feed

Monday, July 24, 2017

Discipleship is so important to spiritual life the Seventh-day Adventist Church in the South Pacific now has a department to help ensure it remains so. The church’s Team Leader of Discipleship Ministries Dr Leigh Rice answers questions from Signs Publishing Book Editor Nathan Brown about discipleship and about the publication of discipleship books Mission Shift and Following Jesus.

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A class of many cultures

Friday, December 16, 2016

Five international academics helped teach a unit about literary movements of the 20th century this past semester thanks to an Avondale lecturer’s use of videoconferencing.

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Writers share readings with scholars

Friday, November 25, 2016

An anthology featuring student and professional work has been dedicated to the poet whose collaboration with an Avondale academic led to a national award for innovative teaching.

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Ytravel and not share the adventure?

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Endless sunburnt dunes pass by as a bus speeds through the outback. Cramp creeps up a crouched leg on a boat in the Mekong River. And children play saxophones slightly off tempo in a cringeworthy performance on a crowded train in Berlin. These scenes from Avondale’s Ytravel blog give us a sense of adventure and the students who write it the fundamentals of freelancing.

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Research granted

Friday, June 24, 2016

Avondale is the only private higher education provider to receive one of this year’s most competitive government grants, which it will use to improve student engagement.

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Wellbeing a focus for life

Thursday, May 5, 2016

An innovative class may not only increase the emotional intelligence and wellbeing of students at Avondale but also of those whom the students will teach.

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