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TODAY news for Thursday, March 23, 2006

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Unveiling, groundbreaking events highlight LLU & LLUMC weekend

A series of unveiling, groundbreaking, and musical events will highlight Loma Linda University’s and Loma Linda University Medical Center’s weekend of “Looking Backward to the Future” on Friday, April 7, and Sabbath, April 8.

The first in the series of events will be the unveiling of renowned Seventh-day Adventist artist Nathan Greene’s painting, The Paralytic at the Pool of Bethesda. Mr. Greene’s painting will be unveiled on Friday, April 7, at 1:30 p.m. in the Loma Linda University Medical Center East Campus lobby. The painting was commissioned to illustrate the Medical Center’s mission of service to people with disabilities. It depicts the moment when Christ reaches out to a man who had suffered from paralysis for 38 years and asks him, “Do you really want to be made whole?”

At 2:30 p.m. on the same day, the Loma Linda University Medical Center DISCOVERIES vehicle will be unveiled on the Loma Linda University Campus Mall (adjacent to the Good Samaritan sculpture). Through a special congressional appropriation, Loma Linda University Medical Center now has the capability of connecting specialists from LLUMC with rural facilities or underserved areas in the event of a disaster through the Discovering Innovative Solutions to Care for Others Via Electronic Real-time Information and Emergency Services (DISCOVERIES). On Friday, LLUMC will unveil its METERV (Mobile Emergency Telemedicine Equipment Response Vehicle). This self-contained, four-wheel-drive vehicle has sophisticated diagnostic equipment connecting to LLUMC via satellite for teleconferencing.

One hour later, at 3:30 p.m., groundbreaking ceremonies will be held for Loma Linda University’s new Centennial Pathway and Centennial Complex. The Centennial Pathway is a granite walkway commemorating Loma Linda’s 100 years of service in the areas of education and health care. The pathway will contain more than 36,000 granite pavers—with each paver representing a day in Loma Linda’s history from 1905 through 2005. This giant “calendar” will lead from Magan Hall (the University’s administration building) to the new Centennial Complex. Along the walkway, a 26-foot metal globe sculpture will represent and commemorate the commitment of Loma Linda University and Loma Linda University Medical Center to international service.

Alumni, employees, faculty, students, and all friends of Loma Linda University and Loma Linda University Medical Center have been invited to participate in the Centennial Pathway by having their names, or the names of family and friends, etched in the walkway’s granite pavers. Each gift of $100 entitles the donor to one paver on the walkway. Each gift of $200 provides an inscription in a lighter-colored “Sabbath” paver—every seventh paver in the Centennial Pathway.

With a vast array of world-spanning communication technologies, systems for managing and using a wealth of information resources, and student study centers tailored to integrate these features, the Centennial Complex is a major step forward for Loma Linda.

Key components will include classrooms and laboratories, an anatomy pavilion, an educational technology center, a skills and assessment center, and two large amphitheaters. The critically needed complex will help meet Loma Linda University’s growing student population—expected to surpass 5,000 by 2010.

Ending Friday’s celebrations will be a special 7:30 p.m. performance of Handel’s Messiah at the Loma Linda University Church of Seventh-day Adventists, performed by the University Church Sanctuary Choir and Orchestra under the direction of Don Thurber. Handel’s Messiah is one of the Christian world’s most popular musical works.

This masterpiece, written in 1741, encapsulates the central beliefs of Christianity, from Old Testament prophecies of the coming of the Messiah to the Nativity and Crucifixion of Jesus, the Resurrection and Ascension, and the belief in final victory over sin, death, and decay.

Handel, at the low ebb of his career, and as a consequence of a stroke, composed the Messiah in the incredibly short period of only 21 days. The work did not enjoy the popularity of many of Handel’s other oratorios during the composer’s lifetime.

On Sabbath morning, April 8, at 8:30 and 11:15 a.m., Jan Paulsen, TheolD, will present the Sabbath sermon at the Loma Linda University Church of Seventh-day Adventists. Norwegian-born, Dr. Paulsen was re-elected president of the Seventh-day Adventist Church during the Church’s world session in St. Louis, Missouri, last July. He has been a pastor, Bible teacher in Ghana, teacher and principal in Nigeria, and teacher and president of Newbold College in England. In 1983, Dr. Paulsen became president of the Trans-European Division of Seventh-day Adventists, and was elected as vice president of the General Conference in 1995, a position he held until voted president of the world Church in 1999.

At 4:00 p.m. in Loma Linda University Drayson Center, world-renowned vocal artist Wintley Phipps will present a concert. Pastor Phipps is founder, president, and chief executive officer of the U.S. Dream Academy, Inc., a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing values-based, tutorial, and remedial education programs targeted to at-risk children and youth.

He has sung for presidents Jimmy Carter, Ronald Reagan, George H. W. Bush, Bill Clinton, and George W. Bush at several of their prayer breakfasts. Admission to all events are free and open to the public.

By Richard W. Weismeyer

TODAY news for Thursday, March 23, 2006