In this week’s episode:
Learn about the history of La Sierra University—and about how they’re operating campus online during the pandemic. La Sierra University’s faculty and staff have been on a mission to better connect with and serve La Sierra’s students.
During summer break, university departments drew upon all they had learned during spring quarter in preparation for teaching students this fall. Classes began online Sept. 21, with a few labs on campus, including biology’s virus research lab.
Faculty, who are normally on vacation during the summer, participated in more than 100 training sessions. Several in the College of Arts & Sciences developed their own video series on best technologies and practices.
La Sierra University:
See Historical Photos: https://lasierra.edu/cas/history-of-the-college/photo-gallery/
La Sierra’s Chapel Podcast—
La Sierra’s spiritual life department has created a number of avenues for virtual pastoral care and worship. Chapel is held Tuesday mornings on YouTube, Friday evening worship is hosted on Instagram, and virtual connections with the spiritual life team are held via Zoom.
Chapel Podcast: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCRdWumSE6PN34Sa9uDiHq8A
Follow on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/firstservice/
Wall Street Journal Again Ranks La Sierra No. 1 in Nation for Diversity—
For the third time in five years, La Sierra University is ranked No. 1 in the nation for its diverse environment by the Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Education annual college ranking. La Sierra topped the “Environment” category for the 2021 college ranking released Sept. 17. The category, one of four, considers the diversity of the faculty and students, numbers of international students, and students supported by the federal Pell Grant. The Wall Street Journal ranked 797 colleges and universities for its 2021 college guide. La Sierra also ranked first in this category in 2017 and 2018, and second for diversity in the Journal’s 2019 and 2020 rankings.
Read the WSJ Article: https://www.wsj.com/articles/which-u-s-colleges-are-the-most-diverse-11600384325
La Sierra University Students Support La Sierra Food Pantry +
For the past six months, La Sierra University biomedical science majors Meagan Lopez and Shannon Grewal have been helping about 600 Riverside families a week receive the food they need by volunteering with the La Sierra Food Pantry, a ministry of the La Sierra University church. They didn’t anticipate the impact this experience would have on them.
The students packed boxes of food and provided them to community members, who drove up in their vehicles to the students’ distribution table in the church parking lot. Each box feeds about four people and is filled with canned goods, pasta, milk, bread, and fresh produce.
Meagan said, “To be a small part of bringing comfort in such an uncertain time has truly been a blessing.”
Shannon, who was baptized last spring, said, “Community outreach has been something that has allowed me to develop a stronger connection with God. I think this opportunity has not only allowed me to change the lives of others, but also my own.”
Follow on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/lasierrafoodpantryplus
The Mission of La Sierra University—
“As members of the diverse La Sierra University community, we are committed to inquiry, learning, and service. Our community is rooted in the Christian gospel and Seventh-day Adventist values and ideals.”
That is the mission statement of La Sierra University. Being ranked No. 1 in the nation for diversity is an incredible honor, but it is the hearts and lives that are being transformed every single day that make La Sierra such a special, unique institution of higher education right here in the Pacific Union. Blessings to you, La Sierra University, as you continue to Love. Serve. and Lead. in these challenging times.
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“For just as the body is one and has many members, and all the members of the body, though many, are one body, so it is with Christ.”
– 1 Corinthians 12:12