From the Editor
Love = Service
I believe that the greatest demonstration or expression of love is service to others. It goes along with that same adage of ‘the best thing you can do for your children is to love their mother.’ This is a perfect time—while hearts and chocolates swirl around us—to reflect on what we do for others year-round.
MBA is blessed by many who have chosen to voluntarily serve this school in a variety of ways. I praise and applaud the efforts of our many volunteers. Service to others is a value we intentionally attempt to instill in our students during their years here at MBA. It’s such an affirmation to our teachings when we hear reports of service around the world in addition to when they come back to serve their alma mater. You’ll read about one alumni couple, Derek and Kari (Hart) Hidalgo, further down the page and how they have chosen to serve.
Here’s a sampling of our on-campus volunteers:
- Steve Walls, retired faculty, now Volunteer Attendance Officer
- Ben and Pat Stevens, retired general contractor and accountant, volunteers for whatever we need done
- Jan Shakespeare, Volunteer Librarian
- Mark Smith, general contractor, volunteer for MBA building projects
There are more, thankfully, but I just want you to get the idea.
Lastly, I would like to mention the Class of 1979. Remember the sea gull and eagle display on each side of the Baker Chapel doors? The Class of ’79 updated the previous planter/mural exhibit (original to the building in 1953) during their sophomore year in 1977. Thirty-two years later, they decided to take up the suggestion to modernize the display. Through the giving of their volunteer spirit, diverse talents, and finances, class members arrived last week to begin the construction process. This exhibit will be unveiled at a special ceremony during Sabbath afternoon of Alumni Weekend. All I can say at this point is that it will be quite spectacular and will serve MBA for years to come.
Old and New? (Click for larger view)
Giving back to MBA comes in many forms. On behalf of everyone who benefits from all these dedicated efforts, let me say thank you, thank you, thank you. We feel your love.
Happy to be Serving You,
Where Land and Sea Unite to Inspire (Quote of the Month)
Love grows best when watered daily with kind words. — Author Unknown
MBA Trivia Contest
Question for January 2010
How many inches of paint is there on the front side of “the rock?”
Answer to December Trivia Question
Q: What school year were jeans approved for school attire?
A: The 1988-89 school year – 21 years ago
Winner: No winner this time.
Those Three Little Words
A retired business executive was once asked the secret of his success. He replied that it could be summed up in three words—and then some.
“I discovered at an early age,” he declared, “that most of the difference between average people and top people could be explained in three words. The top people did what was expected of them—and then some."
“They were thoughtful of others; they were considerate and kind—and then some. They met their obligations and responsibilities fairly and squarely—and then some. They were good friends and helpful neighbors—and then some. They could be counted on in an emergency—and then some.”
"I am thankful for people like that, for they make the world more livable, for their spirit of service is summed up in the three little words, and then some."
Carl Holmes, Even More of Bits and Pieces
Humor: a keen perception of the ludicrous
Copyright Gospel Communications International, Inc. – www.reverendfun.com
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Snapple Cap Facts
- Strawberries are the only fruits whose seeds grow on the outside.
- In a year, the average person walks 4 miles making their bed.
- Honeybees are the only insects that create a form of food for humans.
- A bee has 5 eyes.
- A single coffee tree produces only about a pound of coffee beans per year.
- The starfish is the only animal that can turn its stomach inside out.
- A pigeon’s feathers are heavier than its bones.
- The city of Los Angeles has three times more automobiles than people.
- Koala and humans are the only animals with unique fingerprints.
- Holland is the only country with a national dog.
- Squids can have eyeballs the size of volleyballs.
- ¼ of the bones in your body are in your feet.
- The average speed of a housefly is 4.5 mph.
- Mosquitoes are attracted to people who just ate bananas.
- Alaska has more caribou than people.
Derek ’95 and Kari (Hart) Hidalgo ’95
Derek and Kari Hidalgo, along with their two children, Rian and Myles, left the comforts of their Denver home last November and headed to Niger, Africa to work for Adventist Health International (AHI). We salute their passion for service. Catch their blog at: www.4wanderingsouls.blogspot.com
(Kari’s father, Dr. Richard Hart, President and CEO of Loma Linda University Adventist Health Sciences Center, will be our Alumni Weekend speaker. The Hart’s sent all three of their daughters to Monterey Bay Academy.)
Valentine's weekend in February found us in Walla Walla, WA and Portland, OR catching up with our alumni. Next Stop: Loma Linda, CA on February 28. These, and other Alumni Chapter Reunion photos can be found in the MBA Alumni website photo gallery.
Dinner with a few alums in Portland, Oregon:
Dan ’61 and LaVella (Clymer) ’61 Pinkney
Jim ’73 and Betty McMurry
Sam Vigil, Jr. ’74 & Jim McMurry ’73
Rollyn ’79 & Angie (McEwen) ’79 Betts
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- MBA Spirit Wear Need a new MBA sweatshirt? T-shirt? Cap? Flannel pants? Purchase by March 22 and MBA will receive a share of the profit toward its beautification projects. http://www.celticcustom.com/Monterey.htm
- SoCal Alumni Chapter Reunion Alumni Complimentary Brunch in Loma Linda, CA. Sunday, February 28 (9:30am) Collins Auditorium in the LLU Drayson Center. RSVP by next Tuesday, February 23 to Charlotte firstname.lastname@example.org or 831-234-5194
Oceanaires Reunion Concert April 24, 6:30p, MBA Church — Calling all former Oceanaires—accept our Facebook invitation to come and sing in the concert. This will help us anticipate how many will be coming to perform. Here’s the list of songs that will be performed:
|Mrs. Arladell Nelson-Speyer
- Soon-ah Will Be Done
- Ride the Chariot
- O When Shall I See Jesus
- Children of the Heavenly Father
- I Will Give You Thanks, Oh Lord
- Honor and Glory
- God is My Refuge and Strength
- I Want to Walk as a Child of the Light
Music will not be available until that weekend due to copyright issues.
- Friday, April 23 — immediately following vespers (Baker Chapel)
- Sabbath, April 24 — 4:30pm (MBA Church Sanctuary)
MBA Multi-Genre Music CD for Sale A multi-genre CD produced by MBA alumni and students — Debuts at the 60th Anniversary Alumni Weekend. Classical, Contemporary, Jazz — Instrumentals and Vocals from Class of 1975, 1985, 1986, 2000, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2013 and Faculty.
The CD is $15 and proceeds will benefit the Music Department and Religion Department. Sales will go online after Alumni Weekend.
- Academy Days Open House Sunday and Monday, March 14-15, 2010 — Know someone who wants to check out MBA? Register on our website at http://www.montereybayacademy.org/academydays.html
|Choosing to Follow—Calvary Ahead
Youth Rally and MBA Open House
Dr. Richard Hart, parent of three MBA graduates, and President and CEO, Loma Linda University Adventist Health Sciences Center (hospitals and university), will be our guest speaker at the 11 o’clock hour on April 24, 2010 during the 60th Anniversary Alumni Weekend. Click photo for bio.
|Dr. Richard Hart
- April 22-25, 2010 60th Anniversary Alumni Weekend Make plans now to attend.
- Honor Class Agents for 2010 – We have agents for all the classes ending in zero — no one for the classes ending in 5. Class agents need to contact the alumni office so we can begin working with you in contacting your classmates, arranging parties, etc. If you are the one who makes it happen, give us a call today!
Honor Classes for 2010 — 1950, 1955, 1960, 1965, 1970, 1975, 1980, 1985, 1990, 1995, 2000, 2005
Pastor José Rojas, MBA 1978, Director of Volunteer Ministries, North American Division of Seventh-day Adventists, will be the Baccalaureate Speaker for the May 29, 2010 graduation. Click photo for bio.
|Pastor José Rojas
MBA’s 60th Anniversary
MBA’s 60th Anniversary Celebration concludes in April 2010 at Alumni Weekend
Join us as we celebrate 60 years of educating Mind, Body, and Spirit.
Alumni Weekend Details — April 22-25, 2010