God's Providence Leads Freshman to Oakwood    

by Isaac Olatunji Jr., Ph.D., adjunct professor, School of Religion 

As a result of God's providence, Demetrius Brown, a freshman theology major at Oakwood University, joined the Seventh-day Adventist Church through baptism, on April 26, at the Stateline Seventh-day Adventist Church in Ardmore, Ala. A Chicago native, 23-year-old Demetrius made the greatest decision of his life on August 28, 2011, by accepting the Lord Jesus Christ as his personal savior. Ever since, he has witnessed the providence of God in his life.


In sharing his testimony with Dr. Olatunji, adjunct professor in the School of Religion and pastor of Ardmore's Stateline Church, Demetrius said that from the day he accepted Jesus Christ, "He started to work on me, delivering me from marijuana, drinking, and also pre-marital sex. Although I grew up in a drug-infested area, the Lord delivered me from selling drugs. Even throughout my bad decisions in life the Lord still had a plan for my life.


"After my mother passed away in January of 2013, my agenda was to move to Huntsville and attend Alabama A&M to finish my communication degree. They never replied back to me so I searched the other schools in the area. Once I went on Oakwood's website I knew that it was the school for me, so I applied.


"My living environment was not the best for spiritual growth so I told the Lord if He didn't find me a place to stay, I was moving back to Chicago. A week later He found me a place to stay in an Adventist home. The family taught me their beliefs and I accepted the message.


"When spring semester 2014 came around, I really wanted to go back to school. I told the Lord if He allowed me to get into Oakwood and live on campus, I would put communication aside and study Theology, and He opened the door for me to do just that. Two days before school started, I was cleared to live off campus, but that was not enough. I knew God had the funds to allow me to move on campus. The very next day God provided and now I'm an on-campus student at Oakwood University." 


Filled with a zeal to spread the gospel, Demetrius has dedicated his summer to being a literature evangelist to help spread the love of God. Demetrius sends out a special thanks to the Oakwood family for being supportive through his walk at Oakwood, which has led to this moment.

Oakwood Inducts 30 Students into Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity     



On April 24, the Department of History and Political 

Science inducted 30 students into the Oakwood University Pre-Law Chapter of Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity, International. Established in 1902, Phi Alpha Delta is a professional law fraternity advancing integrity, compassion and courage through service to the student, the school, the profession and the community.


The officers of the organization are: Leandra Joseph, president; Daneal Barnaby, vice president, Briana Penn, secretary, Sesly Huerfano, treasurer; and Alexandria Carrington, chaplain.


Other inductees include: Dominique Amacker, Whitney Andrews, Caleb Briggs, Marcya Burden, Gabriel Carter, Daniel Chandler, Alex Colas, Claudine Delancy, Marcus Desir,  Raven-Symone Edwards, Brittany Ellis, Diamond Harris, Safiya Hudson, Brittany Hughes, Urhiel Jordier, Melodie Kukome, Nia Langley, Kamesha Laurry, Brandon Parrish, Rachel Reid, Justine Revelle, Samantha Richardson, Marie Stephenson and Antoine Southern.

Oakwood Magazine Goes Digital  

You can access the Winter 2014 issue and the Spring 2014 issue of Oakwood Magazine in several ways depending on what device you have.

For Apple iOS/OSX devices (iPad, iPad Mini, iPhone, iPod Touch, and Mac computers) go to the website www.OakwoodMagazine.com and click on the link labeled for Apple devices to open in iBooks. Be sure you have the iBooks app installed on your device for the best experience. The Spring 2014 issue of Oakwood Magazine is currently available on iTunes for iPads and Computers with iBooks app installed. For iPhone and iPod Touch access, please refer to the file on www.OakwoodMagazine.com. The Winter 2014 issue should be available on iTunes soon for iPad and Computers with the iBooks app installed.


For those who use Kindles or the Kindle Reader App (available on every platform) you can access the file simply by following searching for Oakwood Magazine on Amazon.com. You can also go to the website www.OakwoodMagazine.com and click on the link labeled for Kindle devices, then open it in Kindle.


For Android device users you can find the magazines on the  Google Play Book Store simply by searching for "Oakwood Magazine". You can also find direct links to the magazines on the store by going to the website www.OakwoodMagazine.com and click on the links labeled for Android users.


The magazine issues are also available for online view on Issuu.com/oakwoodmagazine or you can search for "oakwood magazine" including the quotation marks. The direct links to the Oakwood Magazine issues can be found on  www.OakwoodMagazine.com.


On the iOS/OSX and PDF files you are able to use click on the Table of Contents' listings to jump to that page. Also, any of the websites listed are clickable for a quick and easy way find out more information, or if you want to contact any of the email addresses listed in the magazines, just tap on it and you will be taken to your device's native mail app. 

Join the Oakwood Family - Employment Opportunities      


Oakwood continues to build the quality of personnel that will serve our students and constituents in the best possible way. You can help us by recommending names of potential candidates to fill the following positions at the University:


Faculty positions:
Religion (1)

English (2)

History (1)

Music (1)

Education (1)

Nursing (1)

Math (Department chair)

Biology (Department chair)

Dean (School of Arts & Sciences)

Dean (School of Religion)


Psychology (Neuropsychology)


Staff positions:

LEAP, Director

LEAP, Academic Advisor


Interested candidates to should submit their names and contact information to Garland Dulan, vice president of Academic Administration, at gdulan@oakwood.edu
Faculty and Staff News    


Congratulations to Cheryl L. Sullivan who is now an assistant vice president for research and employee services. Prior to this, Sullivan was the manager of payroll for the past seven years. She also served as a computer applications specialist in Administrative Systems for four years.

Alumni Notes


Over the course of the 2013-14 academic year, the Department of Allied Health has had several of its most recent pre-physical therapy graduates return to invest of their time in the department and its current students.


Ruth Guiness, '13, is currently pursuing an M.S. in Exercise Physiology at Life University, Marietta, Ga. Guiness returned to campus during Fall 2013 while on her Christmas break to address the students of the Allied Health Club, encouraging them to follow their dreams and persevere despite obstacles.




Janelle Howell, '13, is currently pursuing a Doctorate in Physical Therapy at the University of the Pacific in California. During her Spring Break 2014, Howell returned to campus, sharing her desire to mentor current students in the department.





Also joining Howell on this initiative was Jessica Cartwright, '12, and Wayne Gordon, '13, both of whom are currently pursuing a Doctorate in Physical Therapy at Andrews University.

Pollard's Places 


This past Sabbath, I presented a sermon at the Oakwood University Church titled "Courage for the Journey," for Senior Sabbath. Program participants included members of the class of 2014, as this was the last Sabbath of the academic year. Special music was provided by the University Choir. In the sermon, I shared two items of advice with the upcoming graduates: 1) Don't let your outlook short-circuit your uplook. Anyone who locks in on their circumstances tends to forget to look up to our heavenly Father. and 2) God supports our vision with His provision. Resources follow vision. God never gives a vision that He doesn't resource, which has been proven time and time again at Oakwood University. On a daily basis, Oakwood University experiences God's providence. Dr. Leslie N. Pollard

OU Picture of the Week


Earlier this week, tornadoes swept across the Tennessee Valley, prompting the Administration to close the campus of Oakwood University 12:30 p.m. on Monday, and 4:00 p.m. on Tuesday. Please continue to pray for those that were affected by the storms. (Photo by Linda Anderson)

About Oakwood 


Oakwood University, a historically black, Seventh-day Adventist institution in Huntsville, Alabama, has as its mission to transform students through biblically-based education for service to God and humanity.

In This Issue - 4/30/14
God's Providence Leads Freshman to Oakwood
Oakwood Inducts 30 Students into Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity
Oakwood Magazine Goes Digital
Join the Oakwood Family - Employment Opportunities
Faculty and Staff News
Alumni Notes
Pollard's Places
OU Picture of the Week
Calendar of Events




8 - Education Teacher
     Dedication Ceremony
     Tree Planting
      Nursing Pinning
9 - Social Work Pinning
     Senior Reception
10 - Baccalaureate


      Choir Mini-Concert
12-15 - Faculty/Staff
           Think Tanks
14 - Biblical Foundation 
20-23 -  Faculty/Staff
            Think Tanks
12-21    South Central
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