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Loved by the locals

Monday, September 11, 2017

Pr André van Rensburg still feels the call to the local church. With almost 40 years of pastoral experience at 19 churches in two countries, the citation recipient for the 1977 honour year at Homecoming 2017 describes sharing the joys and heartaches of his church family as “the greatest honour.”

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Making maths an adventure in learning

Monday, September 11, 2017

For the record, Graeme Harris is a mathematics teacher, “but I don’t want to be remembered as just a mathematics teacher.” The citation recipient for the 1987 honour year at Homecoming 2017 want to be remembered “as someone who loves mathematics, who has a sense of humour and who’s willing to help students see challenging concepts as understandable and relevant.”

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Academic an advocate for equality, justice

Monday, September 11, 2017

It’s not just working in education that brings fulfilment to Professor Jeff Crocombe, the citation recipient for the 1997 honour year at Homecoming 2017, but working in countries where education can make such a difference to life.

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Storyteller seeks to bring courage, knowledge, hope

Thursday, September 7, 2017

A lack of realistic and relatable young adult fiction informed by Christian values motivated Trudy Adams to begin writing. The citation recipient of the 2007 honour year at Homecoming 2017 now has four published novels, with one about to become a movie.

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Welcome back, welcome home

Monday, September 4, 2017

A nonagenarian educator prompted by a younger colleague has returned for Homecoming at Avondale 75 years after his graduation from the college of higher education.

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Avondale to get better at games

Friday, October 20, 2017

A student’s selection on the best team and plans to invest more in sport will lift the Avondale Eagles after a lacklustre Australian University Games.

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Church at school: does it work?

Thursday, October 19, 2017

It sounds like a win-win: strengthen the relationship between education and faith by planting a church on the campus of a Seventh-day Adventist school in Australia. But is it working? To find out, a multidisciplinary team of Avondale academics has received $50,000 from the church in the South Pacific to fund a first-of-its-kind study.

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Living books, inspiring stories

Friday, October 13, 2017

Borrowers kept a seven-time Paralympian and 13 other local living books busy at Avondale Libraries first Human Library this past Saturday (October 7).

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She yet speaks

Friday, October 6, 2017

A new book about a Seventh-day Adventist Church pioneer’s life in Australia reveals new information not about her theology but about her practical ministry.

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Pathways leads to prize shortlist

Friday, September 22, 2017

Two Avondale academics, a lecturer and an alumna are finalists in an annual Gosford Regional Gallery exhibition offering $24,000 in prize money to winning artists.

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Belonging, being and becoming

Monday, September 18, 2017

Avondale has helped establish the first association for Christian early childhood educators in Australia at an inaugural conference organised and hosted by its Discipline of Education.

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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.

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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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Service matters

Friday, October 13, 2017

While their classmates enjoyed a break from study, a team of students from Avondale cared for kids in a far western New South Wales town.

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They are not alone

Monday, September 11, 2017

An Avondale academic and his students are partnering with the Seventh-day Adventist Church and its humanitarian agency to address family violence in Papua New Guinea.

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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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Pathways leads to prize shortlist

Friday, September 22, 2017

Two Avondale academics, a lecturer and an alumna are finalists in an annual Gosford Regional Gallery exhibition offering $24,000 in prize money to winning artists.

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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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Church at school: does it work?

Thursday, October 19, 2017

It sounds like a win-win: strengthen the relationship between education and faith by planting a church on the campus of a Seventh-day Adventist school in Australia. But is it working? To find out, a multidisciplinary team of Avondale academics has received $50,000 from the church in the South Pacific to fund a first-of-its-kind study.

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Why I’m calling for a third reformation

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Dr Kayle de Waal is head of the seminary and a lecturer in New Testament at Avondale College of Higher Education. He shares thoughts about his new book, Mission Shift, as a contribution to the Seventh-day Adventist Church in the South Pacific’s discipleship initiative—and what discipleship means for him—in this question and answer with Signs Publishing Book Editor Nathan Brown.

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In the “village of widows”

Thursday, October 12, 2017

I heard what she said only after returning a couple of weeks later to the relative cool and quiet of my office. And when I did, I felt a chill, not only about what she said but also about how I missed what she said.

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She yet speaks

Friday, October 6, 2017

A new book about a Seventh-day Adventist Church pioneer’s life in Australia reveals new information not about her theology but about her practical ministry.

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In Christ we show

Friday, September 29, 2017

Church unity is not about uniformity but union with Christ and not about knowing but practicing truth as found in Jesus, a paper an Avondale academic presented at a unity conference shows.

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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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