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Many people show interest in Loma Linda at convention

LLU representative Carol Berger interacts with some visitors to the Loma Linda University and Loma Linda University Medical Center exhibit in Colombia.
LLU representative Carol Berger interacts with some visitors to the Loma Linda University and Loma Linda University Medical Center exhibit in Colombia.
Representatives from Loma Linda University attended a youth leadership and prayer convention in Medellín, Colombia, July 24 through 28.

Loma Linda University was the only Seventh-day Adventist school from the continental United States to hold a booth at the convention. The booth received a steady stream of visitors from amongst the approximately 5,000 attendees at the conference.

One such visitor was Bertha María García Bolívar, a 23-year-old teacher from Venezuela.

Of the conference, Ms. Bolívar says, “The experiences lived in this place will be unforgettable, because the event has been a success, and I say success because a lot of people received the loving touch of the Holy Spirit, and their lives will never be the same, especially mine.”

She also says it is her dream to someday study medicine at Loma Linda University. Many people in addition to Ms. Bolívar expressed an interest in LLU.

“The moment we started setting up the exhibit booth we immediately got a taste of the amount of interest attendees had in Loma Linda University,” says Carol Berger, an employee in the department of University relations who helped represent Loma Linda at the conference.

People asked many questions, ranging from general to detailed. Some people wanted to know how many students the University has, while others asked questions such as how the organ transplant program is doing.

“We also got even more elaborate questions, such as ‘What specific prerequisites are needed to get into this or that program?’ and even ‘How does the institution interrelate medicine and other sciences with religion into its everyday curriculum?’” says Ms. Berger.

By Heather Reifsnyder

TODAY news for Thursday, August 20, 2007