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Queens of teens

Monday, December 18, 2017

Two Avondale arts graduates from 2007 are establishing themselves as queens of young adult and new adult fiction.

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We love local authors

Monday, December 4, 2017

Customers prefer books written by local authors, an annual list of the top 20 bestsellers through Adventist Book Centres in Australia and New Zealand shows.

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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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An African Adventure

Monday, December 18, 2017

Many of Avondale’s students travel during their uni years. Take the opportunities, start ticking off your bucket list items while you’re at uni and let it broaden your horizons.

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Dressed for success

Friday, December 8, 2017

Research featured prominently during Avondale’s graduation ceremony as the college of higher education enters the final stage of its application for university college status.

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We love local authors

Monday, December 4, 2017

Customers prefer books written by local authors, an annual list of the top 20 bestsellers through Adventist Book Centres in Australia and New Zealand shows.

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Nursing at sea to become a PhD

Friday, November 24, 2017

An Avondale nursing lecturer has returned from Africa to complete a PhD she began during a six-month volunteer stint onboard a floating hospital.

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Sophia’s sweep

Friday, October 27, 2017

A year after David Page’s sweep, another student has received four academic prizes including one of the most prestigious from Avondale College of Higher Education.

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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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Queens of teens

Monday, December 18, 2017

Two Avondale arts graduates from 2007 are establishing themselves as queens of young adult and new adult fiction.

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Digital discipleship

Friday, December 8, 2017

I’m a balloon-twisting children’s pastor with a soapbox on Facebook. I use the social media and social networking service to speak for those whose voices are muted. And I cop a lot of flak. I seem to, as Wess Stafford says, “spend half my time comforting the afflicted and the other half afflicting the comfortable.”

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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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Nursing at sea to become a PhD

Friday, November 24, 2017

An Avondale nursing lecturer has returned from Africa to complete a PhD she began during a six-month volunteer stint onboard a floating hospital.

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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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Homegrown 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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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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The justice of the Jesus story in song

Thursday, October 26, 2017

I remember my mother waking me and tugging me up off the floor to stand with 5600 other people at the Sydney Opera House. Bedtime had come and gone, but I shuffled to my feet. Wow! The sound of the choir and the orchestra struck me. “Hallelujah! For the Lord God Omnipotent reigneth!” Messiah composer George Frideric Handel said of writing the “Hallelujah” chorus, “I did think I did see all heaven before me, and the great God himself.” But not everyone agreed. What happened after controversial and wealthy theologian Charles Jennens commissioned the story of Jesus in the new oratorio style?

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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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Hope heals

Friday, November 24, 2017

The best way to describe Okay, All Together Now . . . is as a collection of articles. Not essays, just simple articles, most of which only fill a couple of pages. But, oh, the content of those articles!

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Of discontinuity and waiting

Friday, October 27, 2017

Sitting beside a hospital bed. Waiting. The morning busyness had subsided into a slower afternoon. Dad marked his 75th birthday with this unplanned but urgent visit to hospital. The place challenges me. We can care for the sick, even campaign for better health care and teach more healthful living, but as good and necessary as these things are, they seemingly end here or somewhere like it.

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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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Power to the students, right on

Monday, December 4, 2017

A disempowering of my PointPoint presentations is empowering my students and making my History and Theory of Art unit more memorable (for them and me).

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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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