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TODAY news for Thursday, April 6, 2006

Loma Linda University Adventist Health Sciences Center news

Groundbreaking scheduled for Centennial Complex and Pathway, along with other special weekend events

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

At 3:30 p.m. Friday, groundbreaking ceremonies will be held for Loma Linda University’s new Centennial Pathway and Centennial Complex.

The Centennial Pathway is a granite walkway commemorating God’s leading in Loma Linda’s 100 years of service in the fields of education and health care. The pathway will contain more than 36,000 granite pavers—each 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.

Special granite markers will be embedded in the walkway to celebrate milestones in Loma Linda’s history. Near the center of the pathway, a 26-foot metal globe sculpture will symbolize the commitment of Loma Linda University and Loma Linda University Medical Center to global ministry.

Alumni, employees, faculty, students, patients, and other friends of the University and Medical Center are participating in Loma Linda’s Centennial by having their names, or the names of loved ones, etched in the Pathway’s granite pavers.

The Centennial Complex embodies three themes—Growth, Innovation, and Touching the World—that have developed throughout Loma Linda’s 100-year history and are evidenced in its teaching and learning.

Students in all schools of the University will use this academic complex and its technical resources as a teaching and learning hub.  Key components will include a new anatomy facility, two towers with futuristic classrooms and laboratories, an amphitheater center housing the largest amphitheaters on campus, a skills and assessment center, and an educational technology center.

Earlier that same day will be the unveiling of Seventh-day Adventist artist Nathan Greene’s painting The Paralytic at the Pool of Bethesda.

His painting will be unveiled on Friday, April 7, at 1:30 p.m. in the lobby of Loma Linda University Medical Center East Campus. The painting was commissioned to illustrate the East Campus’s mission to serve people with disabilities.

At 2:30 p.m. on the same day, the Medical Center’s DISCOVERIES vehicle will be dedicated on the Campus Mall (adjacent to the Good Samaritan sculpture).

Through a congressional appropriation, Loma Linda University Medical Center will have 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 Other Via Electronic Real-time Information and Emergency Services (DISCOVERIES).

This self-contained four-wheel-drive vehicle has sophisticated diagnostic equipment connecting to LLUMC via satellite for teleconferencing.

Ending Friday’s celebrations will be a 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 Donald Thurber, PhD.

On Sabbath morning, April 8, at 8:30 and 11:15 a.m., Jan Paulsen, DTh, BD, president of the General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists, will present the Sabbath sermon at the Loma Linda University Church. Born

in Norway, Dr. Paulsen was re-elected president of the General Conference during the Church’s world session in St. Louis, Missouri, last July.

All events are free and open to the public.

By Richard Weismeyer

TODAY news for Thursday, April 6, 2006