2016 SDA-HPERA Convention
|When||Monday, April 4, 2016|
This Event Has Transpired
To view documents, stories, and images from the event, please visit its Convention Media page.
Getting There back to top
As you plan your flight reservations, this airport shuttle information from Maplewood Academy is intended to help you plan (for a modest cost):
- Sunday, April 3, 7:00pm Airport PICK UP by Maplewood Academy shuttle (at both terminals).
- Tuesday, April 5, depart from Maplewood Academy for the airport at 8:30am (so book a flight with a departure time anytime AFTER 12noon).
To use the shuttle on Sunday contact the driver, Chris Morrison, at (219) 851-0549 so he knows to look for you.
Lodging back to top
There are a few options for lodging which are close to the location for Monday’s meeting.
Maplewood Academy Dormitory700 Main Street North
Hutchinson, MN 55350
Guest Rooms in the Dorm, $25 per night
- 4 fully furnished guest rooms with personal bathrooms
- 4 fully furnished guest rooms with semi-private bathrooms
“Regular” Dorm Rooms, $10 per night
- bedding and towels
- sinks with running water
- shared hall shower with curtain partition – not private
Contact Melissa Mekelburg to make arrangements.
- Email: mmekelburg[at]maplewoodacademy[dot]org
- or Call: (320) 587–2830
Hotels (within 5 minutes of Monday’s SDA convention)
Rates: $85–$75 per night king/queen rooms1000 Highway 7 W
Hutchinson, MN 55350-1514
Rates: $90-$100 per night king/queen rooms1115 Hwy. 7 East
Hutchinson, MN 55350
Schedule for Monday, April 4, 2016 back to top
|8:00a||Registration||Chris Morrison, Event Manager||Maplewood Academy|
|8:40a||Welcome||Bob Paulson, President||Pacific Union College|
|8:45a||Worship||Michael Jones, Sr. Pastor||Hutchinson SDA Church|
|9:00a||Keynote: Bridges||Larry Blackmer||North American Division of Seventh-day Adventists|
|10:30a||Jim Hanson Memorial Lecture: “Champions On and Off the Court”||Morgan Wootten||Basketball Hall of Fame|
|12:00p||Lunch Meeting & Award Presentation||Dining Commons at MAA|
|1:30p||Contemporary World View & SDA Education||Humberto M. Rasi||Educator, Author|
|2:30p||The Transmission of Biblical Faith and Values at an Adventist Educational Center||Humberto M. Rasi||Educator, Author|
||Bob Paulson, President||Pacific Union College|
Speaker Bios back to top
- Bio: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Morgan_Wootten
- Hall of Fame Enshrinement speech: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z0sE4hydm5o
- RecRadio PodCast: https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/13381019/RecRadio%201.17.13.mp3
- Bio: http://www.nadadventist.org/article/1073742649/ministries-services/administration/presidential/vice-president-for-education/larry-blackmer
Humberto M. Rasi
Humberto Mario Rasi, Ph.D., has supported the mission of the Seventh-day Adventist Church for almost 60 years as teacher, author, editor, and educational administrator. First, as a full-time time denominational employee, and since his retirement in 2002 he has continued to lecture, publish articles and books, and coordinate special projects in Adventist higher education.
Born in Argentina, he completed a teaching degree in his homeland and in 1971 was awarded a doctoral degree in Latin American Literature and History by Stanford University. During 1975-76 he participated in a postdoctoral seminar at Johns Hopkins University sponsored by the National Endowment for the Humanities. In 1980 he was ordained as a Seventh-day Adventist minister.
He served as teacher, department chair, and dean of graduate studies at Andrews University and as vice president for editorial development at Pacific Press. Between 1990 and 2002 he was director of the Education Department of the General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists, which coordinates and provides guidance to the global Adventist education system.
His scholarly activities have resulted in many publications in English and Spanish on literary, historical, and religious subjects. He was general editor of the Spanish edition of the Seventh-day Adventist Bible Commentary. In 1989 he founded College and University Dialogue, a journal of faith, thought, and action. Among the books he has co-edited and contributed to are Meeting the Secular Mind (Andrews University Press, 1987), Understanding Creation: Answers to Questions on Faith and Science (Pacific Press, 2011), Always Prepared: Answers to Questions about Our Faith (Pacific Press, 2012), and Entrusted: Christians and Environmental Care (Adventus: 2013). Several of these books have also been published in Portuguese, Russian, and Spanish.
One of Dr. Rasi’s passions is the integration of faith and learning from a biblical worldview perspective. In 1987 he co-founded the Institute for Christian Teaching, which sponsored 40 interdisciplinary seminars for Adventist educators in many countries, whose 800 essays have been published in the Christ in the Classroom series, with 38 volumes. He also spearheaded the creation of the Adventist Professionals’ Network, a global electronic registry with more than 21,000 registered members which helps degreed Adventists to find opportunities for volunteer service and denominational employment around the world.
In 2010 he established the Adventus Editorial Consortium involving 13 Adventist universities in Latin America, which publishes textbooks and reference books in Spanish. It also markets Adventist authored books in several languages.
Dr. Rasi currently hosts a Spanish TV program of interviews with Adventist professionals in various fields, Diálogo al Punto, which is broadcast weekly through LLBN Latino, Red Nuevo Tiempo, and is available in YouTube.
His leadership and service were given recognition through various awards, including the John Nevins Andrews medallion and honorary doctorates from universities in Argentina, Mexico, Peru, and the United States.
Humberto Rasi is married to Julieta Cuchma, a teacher and editor born in Uruguay. They have two grown children: Leroy Rasi, an orthopedic surgeon in private practice, and Sylvia Rasi Gregorutti, chair of the Department of World Languages at Pacific Union College. They are delighted that their three granddaughters –Sofia, Nina, and Lucia– attend Adventist schools in California.
2015/2016 Executive Committee back to top
|President||Bob Paulson||Pacific Union College|
|Past President||Bob Benge||Southern Adventist University|
|President Elect||Randy Lonto||Ruth Murdoch Elementary|
|Secretary||Matt Lee||PUC Preparatory Academy|
|Executive Director||Robert Thomas||La Sierra University|
|Convention Manager||Christopher Morrison||Maplewood Academy|
Past Presidents and Secretaries back to top
|2015||Robert Benge||Curtis Kuhlman|
|2014||Ric Schwarz||Randy Lonto|
|2013||Alvin Fuentes||Jeremy Perkins|
|2012||Brian Sather||Jeremy Perkins|
|2011||Ron Schafer||Doug Zimmerman|
|2010||Ric Spaulding||Bob Benge|
|2009||Nestor Osorio||Mike Boyd|
|2008||Rod Bussey||Krystal Hauff|
|2007||Joe Perrone||Laura Benn|
|2006||Greg Davies||Gregg Morrow|
|2005||Greg Davies||Gregg Morrow|
|2004||Delmar Lovejoy||Steve Adams (Rob Thomas acting)|
|2003||Tim Windemuth||Joe Perrone|
|2002||Nancy Petta||Brian Sather (Barbara Harsany acting)|
|2001||Tim Willsey||Rick Schwarz|
|2000||Don Morgan||Heather Neal|
|1999||Ric Gatling||Curtis Kuhlman (… acting)|
|1998||Barbara Harsany||Gary Eggers (… acting)|
|1997||Rob Thomas||Troy Beans|
|1996||Frank Martinez||Ron Reading (Ric Spaulding acting)|
|1995||Bob Kalua||Wally Fox|
|1994||Debbie Morgan||Rob Thomas|
|1993||Phil Garver||Jim Hanson|
|1992||Stan Detweiler||Lydia Chong|
|1991||Roger McFarland||Barbara Harsany|
|1990||John Pangman||Sheri Hall (Bob Reynolds acting)|
|1989||Stacy Nelson||Wally Fox|
|1988||Gary Hamburg||Helen Weismeyer|
|1987||Vernon Scheffel||Barbara Friesen|
|1986||Bill Napier||Barbara Frieson (completed Cavanaugh’s term)|
|1985||Bill Napier||Sandy Cavanaugh|
|1984||Walt Hamerslough||Debbie Morgan|
|1983||Walt Hamerslough||Debbie Morgan|
|1982||Steering Committee Chair presided||Bob Reynolds|
|1981||Association organized||Bob Reynolds|