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A J. N. Andrews Honors Scholar, Dr. Bauer graduated from Andrews University with a BA in Music and BS in Biology in 2014. She recently received a PhD in Microbiology and Immunology from the University of British Columbia, Canada. A Vanier recipient, Kylynda’s doctoral research in Dr. B. Brett Finlay’s lab explored how gut microbes influence early-life malnutrition. Additional research experiences include projects at Harvard University (USA), Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine (Singapore), and Lleida Universitat (Spain).
This webinar is presented as part of the Global Celebration of Andrews activities. Please visit alumni.andrews.edu/celebrateAU for join information on September 27.
Join us on Tuesday, August 4 at 3:00 p.m. EST for a presentation about the impact the COVID-19 pandemic had on the community and how the hospitals responded. This webinar will be presented by Vladimir Radivojevic, Vice President & Chief Operating Officer at AMITA Health Adventist Bolingbrook & GlenOaks Hospitals.
The presentation will focus on the impact the pandemic had to the community and how the hospitals responded.
Vladimir Radivojevic is the Vice-President and Chief Operating Officer for Amita Health Adventist Bolingbrook and GlenOaks Hospitals. Vladimir graduated from Andrews University with a Masters in Physical Therapy and a Masters of Business Administration from the University of Phoenix. Vladimir is also a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives, the governing body for Healthcare Executive Leadership. Vladimir has held numerous executive leadership roles including Vice-President of Surgical Services, Vice-President of Heart & Vascular Services, and Vice-President of Cancer Care Services. Vladimir has also led several physician practices including Neurology, Pain Management, and Urology services. Vladimir has built numerous new service lines including robotics, minimally invasive surgery, bariatrics, and several physical rehabilitation clinics.
As the Chief Operating Officer for two of Adventist Midwest Hospitals, Vladimir’s focus is leadership, growth of services, and leadership of hospital operations. Vladimir is married to his beautiful wife Amber of nearly 21 years and they have 3 children, Nicholas, Alex, and Ben. Outside of work Vladimir and his family enjoy traveling and spending time in the great outdoors.
Join us on Wednesday, July 1 at 2 p.m. EST for an interview-style webinar talk with Dr. Samara Sterling about preventing disease through plant-based nutrition.
Dr. Samara Sterling serves as the Research Director for The Peanut Institute and has expertise in the use of plant-based nutrition for the prevention and treatment of chronic diseases. In her current role, she manages the research funded by The Peanut Institute and industry partners and develops research aims surrounding peanut nutrition research. She has worked as a researcher on a National Cancer Institute study where she studied the effects of nut consumption on health outcomes in a rural community. She has also served as a nutrition consultant for various community-based research projects. Active in the research community, she is a reviewer for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Preventing Chronic Disease Journal, as well as the Journal of Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities. She holds a Bachelor’s degree from Stony Brook University, a Master’s degree from Andrews University, and a Ph.D. from the University of Alabama at Birmingham.
Join us on Wednesday, June 10 at 6 p.m. EST to hear the latest news and plans from Andrews University followed by a Q&A session, presented by Dr. Andrea Luxton (President, Andrews University).
On Thursday, May 14 at 11:00 a.m. EST, join us to listen to Dr. Liz Muhlenbeck present a powerful topic that should be particularly relevant to those experiencing significant change both in their personal lives and the workplace: Change Management – Navigating the “Space in Between.”
Dr. Liz Muhlenbeck is an Associate Professor of Management and AdventHealth Endowed Chair in the School of Business Administration at Andrews University. Dr. Muhlenbeck earned a PhD in Organizational Leadership from Regent University, a Master’s degree in Hospital and Healthcare Administration from Xavier University, and an undergraduate degree in Financial Management from Andrews University. Prior to academe, Dr. Muhlenbeck served for 13 years as a consultant and senior executive conducting strategic planning and business development for health systems and venture projects. Dr. Muhlenbeck’s experience has led her to the forefront of innovation in health systems design. For over 10 years Dr. Muhlenbeck has taught organizational behavior and healthcare administration at the graduate and undergraduate levels, as well as, developed curriculum for multiple universities. Dr. Muhlenbeck is passionate about learning and scholarship. Her research interests include Leadership Sanctuary, Strategic Foresight, and Courageous Followership. She has served on the board of several nonprofit organizations in the education and broadcasting sectors and currently sits on the board of a long-term care facility in Louisville, Kentucky and the Berrien County Historical Association in Berrien Springs, Michigan.
Join us on Thursday, May 7 at 5:30 p.m. EST for a talk about “Finding Wellness in Difficult Times” by Adam Meadows, MD (BS ’04).
Dr. Adam Meadows is a board-certified psychiatrist who joined Skyland Trail, a nonprofit mental health treatment organization, in 2016. His clinical interests include mood disorders, adult ADHD, and mental health concerns affecting college and graduate students. Dr. Meadows previously served as the medical director of psychiatry and behavioral health for WellStar Health System from 2014 to 2016. He is a member of the American Psychiatric Association (APA) and Georgia Psychiatric Physicians Association (GPPA).
Dr. Meadows graduated summa cum laude with a B.S. in Biology from Andrews University, and received his medical degree from Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine. He completed his psychiatry residency at the University of Pennsylvania where he served as chief resident in his final year.
In recent years, Dr. Meadows has pursued opportunities related to leadership development and public speaking. He is passionate about making a positive impact in peoples’ lives, and is committed to efforts to improve social dialogue and reduce stigma around mental health issues.
Join us on Wednesday, April 29 at 4 p.m. EST for a mini-concert, “Eine Kleine Quarentinemusik” (A Little Quarantine Music), presented by violinist Simon Luke Brown (BMUS, Sophomore).
American violinist, composer, and conductor Simon Luke Brown is a 20-year old sophomore at Andrews University, studying Violin Performance. Beginning violin at age of four, his parents saw to it that practice became routine, much to his disgust at the time. At age 12, however, he discovered his passion for music, and currently studies with Carla Trynchuk.
He has been soloist with the Oklahoma City Philharmonic, Concertmaster of the Oklahoma Youth Orchestra, Andrews University Symphony Orchestra, and the Oklahoma Summer Arts Institute, a composition student of Jerod Tate, a violist in a college string quartet, a conducting pupil of Miguel Harth-Bedoya, a two-time member of the National Youth Orchestra of the USA, was accepted into the Aspen Music Festival and School and played with the Prague Summer Nights Festival in 2019. Brown plans to study violin, composition, and conducting in graduate school and make his mark in all three.
Please note: Some parts of the webinar recording may be muted due to recording copyright.
Join us for “Research Set Sail: Tales of Experience” presented virtually by Nina Woodard (BS Biology, Class of 2020), as she discusses her research on Florida manatees and the experiences that led her to this point.
“My name is Nina Woodard. I am a student at Andrews University, wrapping up my senior year of undergraduate studies in biology. My research at Andrews University consists of studying Florida manatees’ teeth in order to determine if they are wearing down their teeth at a faster rate than the other manatee populations. Over the course of my undergraduate career at Andrews, I have received the chance to study at our affiliate school in Washington State, participate in an REU experience in Maryland, and take marine science courses at Duke University. My experiences were opportunities that helped advance my research skills. Without the research background that I earned at Andrews, I would not be the researcher that I am today. In Fall 2020 I will be attending graduate school at East Carolina University to pursue my career goals of carrying out research and making meaningful contributions to environmental sustainability and restoration.”
Join us for “Handling Finances in a COVID-19 Economic Environment” presented virtually by Scott Schalk (‘BBA ’92, MBA ’93). Upon graduating from Andrews with an MBA, Scott became a financial advisor with Ameriprise Financial. He is licensed as a Certified Financial Planner and helps people achieve financial success with investment management, tax strategies and estate planning. He really enjoys the teaching aspect of his career and has taught Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace University and various financial college courses.
Join us for a total body workout session presented virtually by Christine Wallace (MSA ’08, CPT). Christine is a health and wellness professional from Toronto, Canada. Her background includes Ironman triathlon, competitive running, coaching, pre and postnatal wellness, fitness instruction, and holistic living. For Christine, wellness is not a job; it’s a lifestyle. Having lived in both Canada and the United States, she has been a part of health and wellness policy creation in both countries at the municipal level. One of her greatest passions in life is to help people achieve a greater quality of life through improved physical fitness.