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Lifestyle Enrichment Programming{expander}

 

The integration of faith and learning is part of the mission of AUC.  Departmental Forums and Assemblies are prepared for general and individual enrichment.  Chapels are designed to draw the college family together for times of corporate worship and learning.  They are an integral part of the Atlantic Union College educational experience, connecting living, learning, and the building of community. 

A variety of spiritual programs and activities designed to nurture spiritual growth are offered throughout the campus.  Residence Hall worships and weekend church services both on campus and in the community are part of the College’s curriculum.  The emphasis on the role of worship in education and life is part of what makes Atlantic Union College a unique environment for spiritual as well as intellectual growth in individuals.

Attendance

All undergraduate students are expected to earn at least 20 attendance credits per semester by attending Tuesday morning Chapels, Assemblies, Forums, daily Chapels during “Week of Spiritual Emphasis,” and by attending other special programs where credit will be given (several will be double-credit programs).

  • More than 40 credits worth of programming will be offered each semester, and all you need is 20.
  • At the end of each semester, the credits you have earned will be tallied, and if the total is 20 or more… Congratulations! However, if you have not earned 20 credits for the semester, a $25.00 fine will be assessed for each credit you are missing.
  • Fines are non-refundable, and will be charged to the student’s account.
  • Due to the large number of programs being offered, absences will not be excused. You may want to attend a “Double Credit” program to make up for an absence.
  • Any student with two consecutive semesters of not meeting the credit requirement may have a hold placed on their registration for the next semester.
  • You may check your attendance record by calling or stopping by the Registrar’s Office.

Locations

  • All Chapels will be held in the Founder’s Hall Miller’s Chapel.
  • Assemblies will be held in Machlan Auditorium.
  • Departmental Forums: check with your department for the location.

Reduction 

Students may request a reduction in attendance requirements, if their schedule makes attendance a hardship.  Reductions will be approved for 3 to 19 credits, but a minimum of three is required, as these may be fulfilled by the elective credits described above.  Until a request for reduction is approved, students should continue to earn credits.  All petitions are reviewed by the Academic Coordinator who will approve or deny requests based on the following:

  • Students pursuing 2nd bachelor degree (not double major).
  • Students taking fewer than 7 hours of academic credit.
  • Students who have work conflicts
  • Parents with pre-school child(ren).
  • Students with a long commute.

NOTE:  Marital status is NOT an automatic reason for reduction.

If students fall under one of the above categories, the number of credits required may be lowered. Pick up a request form from the Registrar and submit it as soon as possible.  The deadlines for submitting petitions are:

  • September 30 (or the nearest business day prior) for first semester requests
  • February 28 (or the nearest business day prior) for second semester requests

It is the student’s responsibility to fill out a request properly, to submit it by the deadline, and to check on the status of a submitted petition.  Reductions must be renegotiated each semester.

To Receive Attendance Credit

In order to receive attendance credit for any event the student is expected to come prepared for participation.  This includes:

  • Bring your ID card, arrive on time and stay for the entire program.
  • Remove and put away headphones and cell phone ear-pieces.
  • Turn off all electronic devices, cell phones, and alarms.
  • Leave your laptop in its case.
  • Dress appropriately according to the AUC Dress Code.
  • Men will remove ALL head coverings.
  • Sit in the designated areas (no standing).
  • Avoid making unnecessary noise during the program.
  • Do not eat or drink in the sanctuary, auditorium or at any program where this courtesy is requested.
  • Do not do anything unrelated to the program (assignments, reading, sleeping…)

These programs are an opportunity to challenge our spiritual perspective, affirm our faith in God, and praise our creator.  A positive attitude and active spiritual participation can bring refreshment, relaxation, and confirmation of purpose.

Chapel{expander}

Every Tuesday, between 10:30am - 11:20am students are encouraged to attend chapel.  These programs are an opportunity to challenge our spiritual perspective, affirm our faith in God, and praise our Creator.

Elective Programs{expander}

You may choose up to 3 off-campus programs, events, or outings to submit for credit.  This may be a religious service, concert, theatrical play, sporting event, museum, or a trip to somewhere you’ve never been, such as New York City, Salem, Boston, Plymouth Plantation, Old Sturbridge Village, etc.

To receive credit you must

  • write and submit a one paragraph description of the venue or event attended,
  • and provide an original ticket stub, program, or other verification of date and time.

Residence Hall Worship{expander}

AUC has a policy of required residence hall worship attendance that varies according to class standing.  These policies are announced in each residence hall.  These worship services, which are usually held in the residence hall chapels, include small group worship as well as presentations by the deans, students and guests.

Sabbath Worship{expander}

Consistent with the Biblical beliefs and practice of the Seventh-day Adventist Church, sundown Friday until sundown Saturday is set aside as a day of worship.  All non-essential work is set aside during this time.  Sabbath is a time rich in scriptural significance, church tradition, and the opportunity to honor God through worship, rest, and service.  Though students are not required to become members of the Seventh-day Adventist Church, they are encouraged to participate with the community they have chosen to join by attending Sabbath services.

A variety of worship experiences and activities are planned for the hours of the Sabbath. 

On Friday evening, Vespers sets the tone for the Sabbath. 

On Sabbath morning, Sabbath School is followed by church services held in the College Church. 

On Sabbath afternoon, students may participate in activities such as

  • outdoor trips,
  • service projects,
  • Adventist Youth Association meetings or
  • sacred concerts.

Student Missions{expander}

The Student Missions office provides an exciting opportunity for students to impact the world for Christ. Through short term missionary projects, overseas mission calls, and taskforce work here within North America, students can respond to the Lord’s great commission: “Go and make disciples of all nations.” If you feel God is calling you to serve as a student missionary, please contact the Student Missions office. 

Week Of Prayer{expander}

AUC holds special weeks of spiritual emphasis coordinated by the Chaplain’s office.  The Fall Week of Prayer usually features a guest speaker. Students present the Spring Week of Prayer. Services are conducted daily and are based on a modified class schedule. These are special weeks on campus when students and employees come together for spiritual renewal and awakening. Attendance credit is given, and attendance at all meetings is strongly encouraged.

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