LLU Children’s Hospital Featured in SoCal Honda TV Ad. Loma Linda University Children’s Hospital’s (LLUCH) neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) is featured in a recent Southern California Honda Dealer’s “Random Acts of Helpfulness” advertising campaign. The television and radio commercials are the first to feature a hospital in the campaign. In the SoCal Honda commercial, men and women in blue delivered three van loads of equipment to the NICU. Jennifer Gingras, a NICU nurse at LLUCH, submitted a letter through the Help Me Honda website, requesting items she and other NICU nurses needed. About three weeks later, she received a call from the Helpful Honda people stating they would fulfill her request. From Highland News, “LLU Children’s Hospital NICU featured in first hospital TV spot for SoCal Honda Dealers' ‘Random Acts of Helpfulness’.” See the ad here.
Kingsway College Aerial Team Shares Gospel. The New Glasgow Seventh-day Adventist Church in Nova Scotia, Canada, sponsored an aerial show, featuring the Kingsway College Aerials at the Pictou County YMCA. Church pastor David Hamilton said the local church had two goals for the evening – to provide wholesome fun and to help spread the message of the Bible. “For people who don’t go to church, we thought it would be a nice way to lift up the Lord to the community and have a fun time together.” The group performed a variety of routines, including a skit that portrayed the life of Jesus from his birth to his death and resurrection. From New Glasgow News, “Aerial Team Puts on Uplifting Show.”
LLU Prof Arrested on Sexual Battery Charges. Mahmood Ghamsary, Loma Linda University professor, was arrested on suspicion of sexual battery after his female student claimed he touched her inappropriately. She told sheriff's officials that Ghamsary had hugged her, reached up under clothing, and touched parts of her body without her consent. Loma Linda University Public Affairs Director Larry Becker said Ghamsary was placed on administrative leave after university officials learned of the alleged misconduct and that he will remain on leave pending the results of an investigation. The story first appeared on the website of the Press Enterprise, and has since been removed from that website.
Montana Adventist Church Builds FM Tower for Christian Broadcasts. The Libby, Montana, Seventh-day Adventist Church has built an FM radio tower to provide the area with Christian radio choices. Lee Shaw, chairman of the church’s tower committee, said that the church group hopes the new radio station “will help distribute God’s word.” From The Western News, “Local church broadcasting Christian radio in Libby.”
South African Youth Reach Out With Hugs. As part of Worldwide Youth Day, young members of the Claremont Seventh-day Adventist Church in Capetown, South Africa, reached "out to the homeless in the area with hugs as well as giving them a sandwich, praying for them, and giving them a scripture booklet," said Theresa Felino of the Western Cape youth commission. “While the serious side [of the day] is creating awareness for the need of blood donors, there is also an element of fun to get [the young people] to know their community by giving people free hugs.” From News 24, “Youth spread the hugs around.”
Pam Dietrich taught English at Loma Linda Academy for 26 years and served there eight more years as the 7-12 librarian. She lives in Redlands, California.
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