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TODAY news for Thursday, February 9, 2006

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Chinese studies program graduates 12 students

Chinese studies program graduates pose with John B. Wong, PhD, MD, JD, Lisa Beardsley, PhD, MPH, Ronald Carter, PhD
The Chinese studies program graduates pose with John B. Wong, PhD, MD, JD (left), director of the Chinese studies program; Lisa Beardsley, PhD, MPH (second from left), vice chancellor of academic affairs; and Ronald Carter, PhD (right), dean of the School of Science and Technology.
The second annual graduation ceremony for the Chinese studies program students took place at Magan Hall at Loma Linda University on November 9, 2005. After the rendition of Doxology sung in Chinese, the ceremony opened with an invocation by Lisa Beardsley, PhD, MPH, vice chancellor for academic affairs, followed by welcoming remarks by Ronald Carter, PhD, dean of the School of Science and Technology.

The address was given by John B. Wong, PhD, MD, JD, director of the Chinese studies program. In the face of globalization and against the background of LLU’s traditional mission and service emphasis, Dr. Wong challenged the graduates to embark on a second journey—to follow the first one just completed in the Chinese studies. The second journey is to use the newly acquired knowledge of the Chinese language and culture in sharing our concept of Christian wholeness with others, and to apply the learned skills for extending God’s Kingdom on earth, especially in a land of 1.3 billion people scarcely touched by the Gospel, according to Dr. Wong.

Class response was by Lynette Rivinius, RN, MS. Four students were cited for academic excellence—Charles Lee, DDS;  Ronald Forde, DDS; Lillian Lee; and Lynette Rivinius. A total of 12 students were given the program certificates, having successfully finished the required 20-24 units of studies. The graduates are Dr. Forde; Dr. Lee; Lillian Lee; Francis Li; Martein Moningka; Charles Pakpahan, MBA; Richard Pesulima; Jerry Rivinius; Ida Pakpahan; Tinneke Pesulima; Lynette Rivinius; and Sientje Widitora.

Each graduate was given a gift book, authored by Dr. Wong, titled Healthy Prayers: Therapeutic Prayers to Lift, Heal, and Engender Wholeness with a Special Section on Prayers in Chinese, German, and French. All graduates will also receive a DVD of the ceremony.

Presently, eight undergraduate and two graduate courses, CHIN 500 and 599, are being offered by the LLU Chinese studies program throughout the year. The program has been in operation for the past three years. Some courses include an overseas or domestic cultural immersion and service learning trip within Chinese communities. Employee tuition benefits may apply.

Those who are interested may inquire by calling (909) 558-7486 or e-mailing <jbwong@llu.edu>.

TODAY news for Thursday, February 9, 2006