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AAF Announces New Shark Tank Program – Applications accepted through December 15, 2017

Posted on November 22nd, 2016

sharkIt is no surprise that many Seventh-day Adventist schools across the country have big dreams that will never become a reality because of a lack of funding. Many students and educators dream of growing their school with projects that make their school exceptional and unique. We share that goal!
Alumni Awards Foundation (AAF) is dedicated to Adventist education and we believe every Adventist school in North America has the opportunity and responsibility to be among the best in its community. AAF wants to bring the dreams of students and educators to life – this is why AAF is launching a new and exciting program – The Alumni Awards Foundation Shark Tank

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WATCH HERE! First-ever Principal Leadership Academy

Posted on October 14th, 2015

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Hinsdale Adventist Academy made excellent progress while under the Renaissance Network's management

Posted on March 27th, 2015

The Alumni Awards Foundation Board of Directors voted on March 13, 2015, to not enter into a second two-year Memorandum of Understanding with the Hinsdale Adventist Academy (HAA). The Renaissance Network will continue to provide management and support services to HAA throughout the remainder of our current agreement, which ends on June 30, 2015.

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2014 Excellence in Teaching Awards Media

Posted on October 6th, 2014

Esposito1Every year we honor outstanding Adventist teachers throughout North America with an Excellence in Teaching Award. We were inspired and amazed by the testimonies told by co-workers, friends, parents of students, administrators and the teachers themselves about the great work being done at each school. We want to thank the teachers for continuing to raise the bar in Adventist education – you are a blessing and an inspiration to all of us! (more…)

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Mile High Academy Joins the Renaissance Network

Posted on September 29th, 2014

Lower School StudentsWe are excited to announce the addition of Mile High Academy in Denver, Col. to the Renaissance Network. The Renaissance Network is a non-profit school management organization that seeks to promote growth, viability and excellence in Adventist education.  Schools accepted into the Renaissance Network receive training and support in business, youth ministry, marketing and academics.

“I am most excited about the ability to set something up that can last into the future – focusing on excellence in every area,” said Principal Toakase Vunileva. “The ability to influence change and create excellence in all of our schools across the division is exciting for me.” (more…)

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Leadership Training for Adventist Principals

Posted on September 25th, 2014

Early on, we discovered the need to cultivate and train the next generation of Adventist principals – a generation of not only great educators, but also savvy financiers, top-notch marketers, outgoing recruiters, and uplifting team-builders.

Matthew Jakobsons, vice principal of academics at Sacramento Adventist Academy, participates in team a building activities.

Matthew Jakobsons, vice principal of academics at Sacramento Adventist Academy, participates in team building activities.

Recently, we hosted the first annual Principal Leadership Academy (PLA) on July 6– 18, 2014 for 12 principals from various Adventist schools across North America. The purpose of this event, held on the campus of Southern Adventist University in Collegedale, Tenn., was to equip Seventh-day Adventist principals with the skills they need to lead successful programs in their communities.

“Our goal for PLA is to groom the participants with management and operations skills that can transform their schools into thriving institutions of excellence,” said Ambassador Kathryn Proffitt, chief executive officer at Alumni Awards Foundation.  (more…)

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Alumni Awards Foundation Names Ambassador Kathryn Proffitt as Chief Executive Officer

Posted on September 25th, 2014

headshots-board-005The Alumni Awards Foundation (AAF) has selected Ambassador Kathryn Linda Proffitt as its Chief Executive Officer (CEO). Ambassador Proffitt has served on AAF’s board of directors since 2003 and received the “Outstanding Achievement Award for Public Service” from the organization in 2001.

“We are pleased that Kathy has agreed to accept the role of CEO,” said Dr. Robert Summerour, AAF board chair. “She has the experience, skills and relationships necessary to lead AAF to accomplish our mission for Adventist Christian education.”

Ambassador Proffitt founded Call-America, a long distance telecommunication company headquartered in Arizona. Being among the first, she helped pioneer the competitive long distance industry. She also served as a policy advisor to the White House on telecommunication issues and represented the long distance industry before Congress and the Federal Communications Commission  (more…)

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AAF Board Visits Madison Academy in Nashville, TN

Posted on May 2nd, 2014

aaf-april-meetings-166On April 7-8, the Alumni Awards Foundation(AAF) Board of Directors held a semi-annual meeting at the Union Station Hotel in Nashville, Tenn., home of Madison Academy(MA). Recently, it was decided to host board meetings near one of the Renaissance Network schools to encourage networking between the board members and the faculty and staff at the schools. Last May the board meeting was held in Scottsdale, AZ. Read more about the meeting here.

One way the AAF board got acquainted with the faculty and staff of MA was by hosting a reception in their honor. They joined the AAF board at the Union Station Hotel for refreshments, games, stories and celebration. It was exciting to see everyone come together and be inspired by the great things being done at MA. (more…)

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A Great Pioneer for Adventist Education Passes

Posted on April 29th, 2014
Celebrating the life of Stewart Bainum – mentor to the Renaissance Network.
– by Byron DeFoor, AAF Board Member


0308-HS-8rI first met Mr. Stewart Bainum on April 25, 2010. He candidly asked me, “Five years from now if I have the money to help your foundation accomplish your vision, will the Renaissance Network be sustainable? Is the dream of Adventist education still available?” My answer was, “Yes! That’s exactly what we are working toward.”

And that’s where it all began. I would receive a call from Mr. Bainum’s long-time colleague, Judy Power, and she would lightheartedly say, “The boss wants you to come to Washington, D.C. to see him.” So, I would go. Our time together was memorable as he would tell me many stories about his life.

He would share memories of being a plumber, building houses and apartments, establishing the great Manor Care health services, and ultimately founding the hotel chain that became globally known as Choice Hotels International. (more…)

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The Blueprint for Adventist Education

Posted on March 28th, 2014

Classroom“A good school always creates a community of meaning and purpose. A good school is actually a community that at it’s very best a student would hate to graduate from,” said Parker Palmer, author of The Courage to Teach.

Martin Doblmeier, award-winning director who brought us “The Adventists’ and “The Adventists 2,” has explored the world of Adventist education through his latest film “The Blueprint.” This multi-story documentary goes into the halls of eight Adventist schools across North America. (more…)

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