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Update Regarding Atlantic Union College as of May 14, 2012
  Atlantic Union College (AUC) submitted in December 2011 a completed application to the Massachusetts Department of Higher Education for the purpose of reestablishing degree-granting authority. Over the past several months, AUC has continued to submit additional documents to the state as well as a complete audited financial statement. Additional documents were submitted as requested.
      Most recently, A
tlantic Union College has been notified by the Massachusetts Department of Higher Education that a site visit is pending for late summer 2012, to evaluate the reestablishment of degree-granting authority. This site visit will be done by a complete academic team and will evaluate AUCs ability to obtain future academic programs, as well as the reestablishment of its prior degree-granting authority.
      In other related matters, AUC has embarked on a new strategic planning process, garnering input from some of the strongest academic and strategic planning authorities within the Adventist Church to he
lp design (shape) the future of the college. AUC has completed the placement of each of its conference-sponsored and non-sponsored M.ED. students, as well as the placement of the Adult Degree Program (ADP) students to top-rated universities committed to the timely completion of the learner's educational goals.
      Six AUC ADP graduates recently completed their degrees at Southwestern Adventist University on May 6, 2012, and six other (additional) students are scheduled to complete their academic studies within the next semester. Please continue to pray for the growth and development of AUC, as we continue to move onward and upward.


Donald G. King, president of the Atlantic Union Conference, and chairman of the Atlantic Union College, Inc., Board of Trustees

Gina Brown, administrative educational consultant, Atlantic Union College, Inc.
Northeastern Conference Constituency Session - June 10, 2012
The third regular quadrennial and 26th regular constituency session of the Northeastern Conference will be held on June 10, at 9:00 a.m., at Camp Victory Lake in Hyde Park, New York. The purpose of
the meeting is to receive reports, elect officers, departmental directors, committee members, and conduct other business. Please keep those who are traveling and the session in prayer. Information on the meeting will be communicated as it is received.
AUC Nursing Teach-out Update
Atlantic Union College (AUC), in its teach-out agreement last year with Mount Wachusett Community College (WMCC), continued to assist the last AUC nursing class in completing their life-long goal of becoming nurses. On May 17, 2012, 28 AUC students graduated with their associate degree in nursing from WMCC. The pinning ceremony was held on Friday evening, May 18, before sunset, where approximately 140 students were pinned.

      In the process of working with WMCC, all 28 AUC students were able to stay in the same cohort, thus aligning themselves together as a team and being able to share the Lord's blessings with each other and with others within WMCC on a daily basis. Additionally, through the agreement between AUC and WMCC, AUC professors and instructors were used for classroom and clinical experiences with the AUC students.
      These 28 students are now eligible to sit for state board exams anywhere in the United States, as well as work in all types of healthcare settings. The Lord continues to bless Atlantic Union College, Inc., in spite of its difficulties and challenges.

Donald G. King, president, Atlantic Union Conference and chairman, Atlantic Union College, Inc., Board of Trustees

Sally Tochterman, assistant professor, Atlantic Union College at Mount Wachusett Community College
Atlantic Union Launches Redesigned Web site
The Atlantic Union Conference Web site has been redesigned and converted from a static HTML site into a dynamic, content management-driven site. The site URL remains the same: www.atlantic-union.org, and it will continue to serve as a resource for the more than 107,000 members in the Atlantic Union, its six local conferences, schools, and other institutions.
       Visitors will be able to share information found on the site and will, eventually, be able to share their comments on articles and other posts. Direct links are provided to various social networks in which the Atlantic Union participates, including Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube, to name a few.
      Greater emphasis will be placed on the evangelistic component of the site, allowing people who are searching for information about God, the Sabbath, Jesus, the Second Coming, and more, to easily find information that, hopefully, will be useful to them. The site is still in the process of being "tweaked." Take a moment to visit the Web site and let us know what you think.

Mass. teen guilty in texting-while-driving crash
A Massachusetts teenager was sentenced on June 6, 2012 to spend a year in jail for a fatal traffic accident that occurred while he was texting. The teenager, Aaron Deveau, was sentenced to 2 ˝ years behind bars. He will serve one year in jail, perform 40 hours of community service, and surrender his driver's license for 15 years. The February 2011 crash in which he was involved took the life of Donald Bowley Jr., 55, of Danville, N.H., and seriously injured Bowley's girlfriend. Click here to READ the entire news story. 
Let's Move Day - September 23, 2012
Let's Move Day is Sunday, September 23, 2012. Whether you host a 5K run/walk, join a community event, or organize other activities, consider how your team can involve as many people as possible in physical activity. Invite your community to join your church, school, or hospital as we move together and promote a healthier lifestyle. Let's Move Day is an event of Adventists InStep for Life. It is sponsored by the North American Division Health Ministries Department in partnership with Adventist Community Services, Children's, Disabilities, Education, Family, Women's, Youth, and Adventist Chaplaincy ministries, and the Ministerial department. Register at www.AdventistsInStepForLife.org.
The Great Hope Audio Book Released
An English-language audio version of the recently published book The Great Hope by Ellen G. White is being released by Christian Record Services for the Blind. The book is an abridged edition of White's classic, The Great Controversy. Its digital audio release is part of a cooperative effort by the ministries of the Seventh-day Adventist Church to distribute the book worldwide. It will be available for a free of charge downloading by the blind and visually challenged individuals at www.christianrecord.org.
.39 cent Price for French Edition of The Great Hope Extended
The French edition of The Great Hope will not be ready until the middle of July. Therefore, the North American Division has extended the order deadline for the .39 cent price until July 2. This is for the French edition only. All orders are processed through your local Adventist Book Center.
(800) 765-6955.
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Update Regarding AUC
NEC Constituency Session
AUC Nursing Teach-out
Atlantic Union Web site
Mass. teen guilty texting
Let's Move Day
The Great Hope Audio
The Great Hope in French
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Founded in 1901, the Atlantic Union Conference is the headquarters for the Seventh-day Adventist Church in the northeast United States and the islands of Bermuda. It serves six conferences, more than 107,124 members who worship in 568 churches and 59 groups, 63 schools, one health care facility, and numerous community-based ministries.

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