Monday, December 17, 2007

Assistant Deans

I decided to clean out a cupboard in my office that has been full of unidentified objects since I became dean.

I came across the following photos.

I have met many of these gentlemen personally. It is abundantly clear that the Assistant Dean position is usually filled by great leaders. The position probably also does a lot to prepare a person for leadership. I would love to hear some of their stories.

It would be wonderful if these men, or other Assistant Deans and Resident Assistants who might come across this blog could send me a photo of themselves and tell us something about their experiences in Salisbury House and about their lives after living in Salisbury House.




Jannie Bekker 1975-76

Anton van Wyk 1977-78

Braam Oberholster 1979

Werney de Lange 1980

Monty Muhl 1981-82



Peter Krumpschmidt 1983

Martin Bradfield 1984

Jonathon Stockil 1985

Shane Blake 1986

Richard Lovemore 1987-88 (He is currently farming in Paterson in the Eastern Cape)

Sean Botha 1989-90

Tuesday, June 26, 2007

Friday, May 25, 2007

Student Drinking on Adventist Campusses

I have not often heard frank discussion on this topic in the Adventist schools and colleges that I've been involved with. Our focus is usually on the unambiguous rules at our institutions that prohibit any use of alcohol. It was refreshing when the Spectrum blog posted two vcasts from Pacific Union College in which students and dormitory deans talk frankly about the fact that students on Adventist campuses sometimes have issues with drinking and how they attempt to address the issue.

On Sunday, The Sunday Times published an interview with the newly appointed head of Stellenbosch University about challenges facing this university. (Stellenbosch is a traditionally Afrikaans university with approximately 20 000 students. It is situated about 20 km from Helderberg College.) One of the major themes of this interview was the problem of student drinking. The university of Stellenbosch is currently engaging with student clubs and entertainment spots to close at "reasonable" hours of the night and to co-operate in limiting student drinking.

Why am I mentioning these facts on this blog?

1. There is certainly a temptation to be proud about the fact that student drinking is not such a wholesale problem on our campuses. Adventist campuses are still a safer environment to live and study in if a person wants to make healthy lifestyle choices.

2. But I am under no illusions that we do not have students who drink. In all likelihood we have students who abuse alcohol. (In fact, according to the discussion on the Spectrum blog, it is likely that some Adventist students who come from conservative homes are likely to abuse alcohol more seriously than students who grew up with alcohol being used commonly around them) I am not convinced that we have adequately dealt with this fact. Students who struggle with this issue are usually afraid to raise the issue because they expect immediate punitive action or stigmatization. There is a shortage of communal knowledge of the problem and how to deal with it.

3. So I've started to do some research. The field is very wide. My interest is to try to come to some conclusions of what my role should be as a professional responsible for the health and wellbeing of a number of students.

In the process I found a number of facts that I feel every student should be aware of. Some basic knowledge of the effects of alcohol could save somebody's life:

Alcohol Overdose is a life threatening situation.

Alcohol overdose becomes apparent when a person consumed more alcohol than their body needs to create a pleasant euphoria, and the negative effects of alcohol begins to display themselves. What physically happens is that there is more alcohol in a person's body than the liver can process and get rid of. Levels of alcohol build up in the blood stream and negative effects of alcohol begin to present themselves.

How would a person recognise signs of an overdose?

It usually begins with slurred speech, problems with balance, loss of memory. These symptoms seem common, but they can very quickly become life threatening. Knowing the signs of a life threatening overdose can save somebody's life:

If a person is passed out or semi-conscious and cannot be awakened
If a person vomits while sleeping or passed out and does not wake up
When the rate of breathing seems slow or irregular.
If a person has cold, clammy, pale or bluish skin colour.

Why are these symptoms life threatening?

Alcohol has the ability to shut down centers in the brain that control functions like breathing, heart rate, and the gag reflex, which normally helps prevent you from choking on things like your own vomit.

What do you do when you suspect that a friend suffers from an Alcohol Overdose?

Get help immediately. This is not the time to try to hide it away. Your friend needs help.
Stay with your friend.
Lay your friend on his/her side to keep them from choking on their vomit.
Once help arrives, tell them everything that you know about what the person drank, when they had their last drink, whether other drugs were ingested, etc.

Facts and Myths about sobering up:

There is really only one way in which a person sobers up. The person's liver needs to process the alcohol and get rid of it. This will take time.

The following will not help at all:

Drinking coffee. All you get when you give coffee to a drunk person is a wide awke drunk person!

Taking a cold bath or shower. This could help with hiegiene and the person might smell better, but the will not sober up.

Sleeping it off. This could be very dangerous. It is possible to still have alcohol in the stomach that has not been absorbed, meaning that the person could become even more intoxicated while they are sleeping.

Walking it off. It might help burn off some calories but that's about it.

(Reference: In doing research I downloaded some pamphlets by an organisation, Outside The Classroom. This information comes from one of their pamphlets.)

Another useful resource on student alcohol use is: Facts on Tap.

I would love to hear my readers opinion on this issue. I would also like to offer my service and time to anybody who needs help in dealing with this issue. Would anybody else like to become involved in raising awareness of these issues on campus?

Thursday, May 03, 2007

More about Vision

It is really stimulating and interesting to be so integrally part of the development of a vision statement for the College.

We've published potential version of the vision statement and received some feedback from students and staff. Now we feel that it is important to publish a second possible version as there is some debate. I would love to receive your feedback.

Below is a copy of the two possible versions:

Option 1
Helderberg College will be the institution of choice,

setting the standards of Seventh-day Adventist higher education in Southern Africa,

equipping its students:

to fulfill their calling, to dream great dreams, serving noble causes, and

living fulfilled productive lives.


Option 2

Helderberg College will be the institution of choice, setting the standards of SDA higher education in Southern Africa.
We seek to produce highly skilled, reflective professionals, qualified for effective and compassionate service in church and society.

Here is some of the debate that we've had about the versions:

I received the following e-mail in support of Option 1:

I am going to elucidate a little on the thoughts that I presented before - what
more could an institution want than for its students in Christian context
to fulfill their calling - to be equipped to fulfill their calling as well
trained pastors and ministers, for teachers to be fulfill their calling by
being well equipped to teach with passion and vision, for business men to
be ethical and far sighted in doing their business, for secretaries to be
faithful, supportive of the work done for the institution etc. In other
words - by equipping them to fulfill their calling - we would be fulfilling
our vision as a Christian Adventist institution. Is it not our vision
amidst all the stuff we teach to open up windows for students, to see what
they can become - to dream great dreams. How many great causes have
started because someone helped them to dream - helping students to feel
free to dream - to open those windows of opportunity, to see beyond the
classroom of tests and examinations to what they may be! Is it not part of
our vision to help our students to serve noble causes, not just to waste
their time on pifling things but to dedicate their lives to the great
Christain causes - whatever their calling. Finally our vision is to equip
them to live fulfilled productive lives. That their lives will reflect the
great values that we espouse and that this will lead to living fulfilled
productive lives. It seems to me in a vision statement these ideas do have
merit and should be considered, but if it we find that it does not resonate
with any one else then they need to be discarded and forgotten.

I paraphrase the argument for Option 2 below:

Option 1 is very general. It could be appended to the vision of a Pathfinder club or a women's group, or to almost any community organisation, and it would still sound good and be relevant. It does not really establish a distinctive niche for us to develop a specific identity as a Christian higher education institution.

It would be useful for our vision statement to allude more specifically to the particular product that we would like to produce at the College. What will they do? What values will they have? What impact will they have on society? (Are they entrepreneurs or good corporate citizens? Are they consumers or activists? Can they take empowering initiatives to bring about positive social change? Are they prepared to stand for principles even if they are not popular? etc.

The only question is if option 2 fits best within a vision statement, or is it already encapsulated in the Mission of the College.


I would love to hear the opinions of others who have an interest in the future of Helderberg College. (Please comment).

Thursday, April 26, 2007

Vision Statement: Draft One

They say that Vision is the art of seeing things invisible.

So here is our first draft of a vision for Helderberg College. This draft emerged over a period of a few weeks.

See some more discussion here.

We are not sure that we are happy with it yet, but we feel that the Helderberg College community, and those closely related to the community should be involved in formulating the vision. Please send us your feedback, comments, questions.

Vision Statement, Draft 1:

Helderberg College will be the institution of choice, setting the standards of Christian (or SDA) higher education in Southern Africa.

We seek to produce highly skilled, reflecting graduates, qualified for effective and compassionate service in church and society.


We would love to have your feedback.
(Vision Statement Committee)

Monday, April 23, 2007

Cafeteria: Menu for April

This may not really classify as entertaining reading, but the cafeteria has requested that we look at their menu and see if we can make any improvements. Perhaps we can think of other kinds of food to include. They will appreciate our input.


Menu


Monday 2 April – Sunday 8 April 2007



Monday, 2

Tuesday, 3

Wednesday, 4

Thursday, 5

Friday, 6

Sabbath, 7

Sunday, 8









Breakfast

Baked Beans

Cheese

Polony

Hotdog ‘smoor’

Mushrooms


Scrambled Egg









Lunch

Rice, Breyani

Dhal

Schnitzel

Tomato Gravy

Roast potatoes

Potjie Mix



Banana & Coconut

Onion & Tomato

Egg Salad

Rice, Pap, Samp

Beans

Burger

Tomato Gravy

Spinach

Pumpkin

Sweet Potatoes



Pasta


Rice, Spaghetti

Bolognaise

Nuggets

Mushroom Sauce

Baby Carrots

Peas

Gem Squash



Corn & Cucumber

Rice

Beans Curry

Mince Pie

Roast Potatoes

Broccoli

Butternut




Carrot & Pineapple

Burger/Cheese

Chips

Rice

Macaroni Pie

Lentil Curry

Patties

Broccoli

Pumpkin




Pasta

Rice

Ribbon Noodles

Chicken A la King

Roast Potatoes

Peas

Carrots








Guavas



Peppermint tart



Fast Line


Burger

Potato Wedges






Supper

Mashed Potatoes

Sausage

Brown Gravy

Mixed Veg


Salad

Bread

Fruit

Potato stew

Hotdogs

Peas

Carrots


Salad

Bread

Fruit

Baked Pasta

Strips

Mixed Vegetables



Salad

Bread

Fruit

Samp & beans

Sausage

Carrots

Peas


Salad

Bread

Fruit

Baked Potatoes

Chilli con carne

Pumpkin

Peas


Salad

Bread

Fruit

Roll

Egg

Hotdogs

Baked beans


Salad

Bread

Fruit

Stewed Potatoes

Sausage

Mixed veg



Salad

Bread

Fruit



Menu


Monday, April 9, 2007 – Sunday, April 15, 2007

Monday, 9

Tuesday, 10

Wednesday, 11

Thursday, 12

Friday, 13

Sabbath, 14

Sunday, 15

Breakfast:


Baked beans


Scrambled Egg


Cheese


Polony



Sausage smoor

Hotdog smoor

Lunch:







Main Meal:

Rice

Lasagne

Sausage

Green Beans

Pumpkin

Roast Potatoes


Coleslaw

Rice, Pasta

Lentil Stew

Schnitzel

Broccoli

Julienne carrots



Corn & Cucumber

Rice, Samp, Pap

Beans stew

Patties

Tomato gravy

Spinach

Pumpkin


Carrot & Pineapple

Rice, Egg noodles

Oriental Stir-fry

Strips

Burger

Baby carrots

Peas


Mixed Bean

Sausage rolls

Chips


Salad

Bread

Fruit


Rice

Cheese & Onion Pie

Lentil Curry

Gluten

Carrots

Broccoli


Potato

Rice

Beans curry

Burger

Baked Cauliflower

Pumpkin

Peas


Pasta

Fast Food Line:
















Pineapple Dessert



Peach Pudding


Supper:








Savoury rice

Hotdogs

Peas & corn



Salad

Bread

Fruit

Pies

Mashed Potatoes

Brown Gravy

Mixed Vegetables


Salad

Bread

Fruit


Vetkoek

Mince




Salad

Bread

Fruit


Rice

Egg curry

Mixed Vegetables



Salad

Bread

Fruit

Rice

Cottage Pie

Brown gravy

Gem Squash

Peas

Pumpkin


Egg Salad

Fried Egg

Baked beans

Chips

Roll


Salad

Bread

Fruit

Mashed potatoes

Hotdogs

Mixed Veg



Salad

Bread

Fruit





Menu


Monday, Apr 16, 2006 – Sunday, Apr 22, 2007


Monday, 16

Tuesday, 17

Wednesday, 18

Thursday, 19

Friday, 20

Sabbath, 21

Sunday, 22

Breakfast:


Scrambled Egg


Cheese/Polony


Baked Beans


Braised Mushrooms



Hotdog smoor

Polony

Lunch:







Main Meal:

Rice, Fried Rice

Ratatouille

Lentil Pie

Schnitzel

Creamed spinach

Diced carrots



Egg

Rice, Samp, Pap

Beans stew

Patties

Tomato gravy

Spinach

Pumpkin



Corn & Cucumber

Rice, Macaroni Cheese

Lentil curry

Burger

Potjie mix




Carrot & Pineapple

Rice, Breyani

Dhal

Strips

Broccoli

Baby carrots




Banana & Coconut

Hotdogs

Chips


Salad

Bread

Fruit


Rice

Savoury Rice

Beans Curry

Mushroom Pie

Patties

Peas

Baby carrots


Pasta

Rice

Cottage Pie

Gem Squash &

Sweetcorn

Broccoli

Pumpkin



Mixed Bean

Fast Food Line:








Pies

Chips








Peppermint Tart



Chocolate Cake


Supper:







Vetkoek

Mince





Salad

Bread

Fruit

Spaghetti

Tomato Gravy

Mushroom Gravy

Nuggets

Peas & Carrots


Salad

Bread

Fruit


Samp & Beans

Sausage

Mixed Vegetable




Salad

Bread

Fruit


Rice, Umphokoqo

Mince

Peas & Carrots




Salad

Bread

Fruit

Rice, Ribbon Noodles

Chicken’ A la King

Pumpkin

Peas



Corn & Cucumber


Pies

Mashed Potatoes

Mixed Vegetables


Salad

Bread

Fruit

Fried sausage

Egg

Baked Beans

Salad

Bread

Fruit





Menu


Monday, Apr 23, 2007 – Sunday, Apr 29, 2007


Monday, 23

Tuesday, 24

Wednesday, 25

Thursday, 26

Friday, 27

Sabbath, 28

Sunday, 29

Breakfast:


Braised Mushrooms


Scrambled eggs


Baked Beans


Polony


Sack Breakfast


Braised sausage

Cheese

Lunch:







Main Meal:

Rice, Egg noodles

Oriental Stir-fry

Lentil Stew

Burger

Sauce

Baby carrots

Peas


Corn & Cucumber

Rice, Samp, Pap

Beans Stew

Burger

Tomato gravy

Spinach

Pumpkin



Pasta

Rice

Spaghetti

Mince

Green Beans

Pumpkin




Carrot & Pineapple

Rice,

Scalloped Potatoes

Lentil Curry

Patties

Potjie Mix

Gem Squash

Julienne carrots


Waldorf

Pies

Chips


Salad

Bread

Fruit


Rice

Fried Rice

Beans Stew

Mushroom Pie

Gluten

Broc/Cauli

Julienne carrots


Potato

Rice

Strips

Roast Potatoes

Peas & Corn

Pumpkin




Coleslaw

Fast Food Line:















The Works” Burger

Chips

Guavas & Custard



Pineapple Dessert


Supper:







Rice

Nuggets

Mixed Veg



Salad

Bread

Fruit

Samp & Beans

Sausage

Peas & Carrots



Salad

Bread

Fruit


Pasta

Hotdogs

Mixed Veg



Salad

Bread

Fruit


Rice

Egg curry




Salad

Bread

Fruit

Rice, Mashed Potato

Sausage

Gem squash

Peas

Carrots


Corn & Cucumber


Salad

Bread

Hotdogs, eggs

Baked beans




Salad

Bread

Fruit

Pasta

Nuggets

Peas, Corn & Carrots


Salad

Bread

Fruit





Menu


Monday, Apr 30, 2007 – Sunday, May 6, 2007


Monday, 30

Tuesday, 1

Wednesday, 2

Thursday, 3

Friday, 4

Sabbath, 5

Sunday, 6

Breakfast:


Braised Mushrooms


Scrambled eggs


Baked Beans


Polony


Sack Breakfast


Braised sausage

Cheese

Lunch:







Main Meal:

Rice, Samp, Pap

Beans Stew

Burger

Tomato gravy

Spinach

Pumpkin



Pasta

Rice, Mashed Potatoes

Pies

Brown Gravy

Lentil Stew

Diced carrots

Peas


Coleslaw

Rice

Bobotie

Schnitzel

Tomato gravy

Mushroom sauce

Pumpkin

Peas


Banana

Rice

Beans Curry

Nuggets

Gem Squash

Carrots

Broccoli


Subways

Chips


Salad

Bread

Fruit


Rice, Potato Bake

Mince Curry

Patties

Broccoli

Pumpkin

Broc/Cauli



Coleslaw

Rice

Lentil Stew

Schnitzel

Roast Potatoes

Green beans

Pumpkin



Carrot & Pineapple

Fast Food Line:















Pies

Chips

Peaches & Cream



Walnut Cake

Custard


Supper:







Baked Potato

Chilli con carne

Mushroom Sauce



Salad

Bread

Fruit

Vetkoek

Mince




Salad

Bread

Fruit

Spaghetti

Bolognaise

Green Beans

Carrots


Salad

Bread

Fruit

Potato Stew

Pap

Burger



Salad

Bread

Fruit

Samp & Beans

Sausage

Mixed Veg


Corn & Cucumber


Bread

Hot Pasta

Burgers

Mixed Vegetables



Salad

Bread

Fruit

Rice

Egg Curry

Peas

Carrots

Salad

Bread

Fruit