Dear Weimar Institute Partner,
Summer is here at Weimar Institute. As biochemistry and some religion summer classes continue, along with junior and senior level college credit classes of NEWSTART and Depression and Anxiety Recovery, our faculty is gearing up for what may be the best year ever at Weimar. Before we look forward however, let’s look at what has just happened this last academic year.
1. Twenty-three Weimar Academy Seniors graduated this last year, with the majority of those students applying to come to Weimar Institute for their college studies.
2. Our first cohort of nursing students have completed their first year of coursework and clinical rotations under five experienced master and Ph.D. nursing instructors headed by Lenora Follet, Ph.D. Dr. Follett has headed up various nursing programs and schools in the United States and receives the highest marks from accrediting bodies, her last nursing school receiving a 10-year accreditation term (the longest that can be obtained). Now she has successfully headed up what the California Board of Nursing says is “the first alternative medicine nursing program in the state of California” and we think it may be the first in the entire country. Dr. Follett loves nutritional and lifestyle medicine, and realizes these have a definite role in treating disease. Her nursing students, upon successful graduation, will not only be able to sit for the NCLEX, to be able to be employed by any hospital or surgery center as R.N.’s, but they will also graduate as health educators and spiritual instructors. So far, our nursing students have already received numerous job offers from local hospitals, and also have received great offers from world mission clinics, mission hospitals, and numerous leadership positions (that’s right—leadership positions) in health care organizations that are dedicated to utilizing nutritional and lifestyle approaches in a comprehensive treatment plan. One CEO told me that he can teach them the administrative, leadership part, but he cannot teach them the part they are learning at Weimar and he would like to hire every one of our nursing students. If you know of anyone who would like to enroll in this wonderful nursing school, have them call 530-422-7999 and ask for Andrea.
3. Our pre-professional Natural Science program continues to have wonderful success and get great reviews from other schools and graduates of this program. Headed up by Christina Harris, Ph.D., this is a great program if you want to get into medical school, dental school, physical therapy school, any allied health school, get your Masters in Public Health or Healthcare Administration. Our students not only get great instruction in the theoretical, but also get what is unique in our pre-professional program: clinical rotations (under experienced professionals in NEWSTART and Depression and Anxiety Recovery) and nutrition and lifestyle research experience. Studies from Weimar Institute are being published and presented in major medical conferences and journals throughout the world and our natural science students are getting published in peer-reviewed medical science research journals. To put this in perspective, most physicians do not get published in the medical literature their entire lives, but our students are getting published even before they graduate. In addition, our students and graduates do very well on national exams such as the MCAT. Since Biblical principles are taught with chemistry, physics, anatomy, physiology, and biology, our students do better in remembering the problem solving skills needed to solve problems or questions they have not seen before. I have had students tell me that when they are presented with a chemistry problem they have never seen (like these national exams often come up with), instead of panicking, they remember the theological principle that goes with that problem, then they associate the chemical principle, and can solve the problem. So far all of our pre-med students have gotten into a US medical school within 18 months of graduating. Most get in even before they graduate. If you know anyone who could benefit from this program have them call 530-422-7923 and ask for Ashley.
4. Our Theology program is alive and well and continues to fulfill Weimar’s vision of healing a hurting world. Our theology students take classes like Principles of Health and the Lifestyle Treatment of Disease as part of their required religion curriculum at Weimar Institute. We are told the last work to be done along ministerial lines will be medical missionary work and our theology students will already be doing this before they graduate. Of course, we teach the Biblical languages well and prepare them to answer the difficult theological questions, but more importantly, they are all doing door to door work, going into the homes of community seekers and leading common and educated citizens from the community to make the best decision of their life—to follow Jesus and join His remnant church. They not only can help direct and spearhead health programs in the community, but can lead each participant from health to Him. As a result, our pioneering students are getting calls into conferences to pastor churches a year or sometimes more before they graduate. Our theology students are being trained through Weimar’s faculty and the Holy Spirit, to be some of the most powerful presenters of truth throughout the world. If you know of someone who could benefit from enrolling in the Religion department or if you would like Weimar students to come and speak at your church please call and/or text Pastor Mackintosh at 316-312-9702.
5. In addition, Weimar Institute’s Education program, headed up by Allen Davis, Ph.D. continues to be a great place to learn how to teach like Christ did, combining practical hands on training with foundational educational precepts used by Him. Each graduate, whether elementary or secondary level, will learn how to combine health and the gospel with each subject taught, and will learn classroom and practical techniques from some of the best teachers available today (like Chad Bernard, our Academy Principal, who teaches in the program.)
6. Those who have a desire to go into business, art, engineering, or another masters level program, can do a year or two first at Weimar (or even get a four year degree in General Studies). This program, headed up by Karl Wilcox, Ph.D. allows anyone to experience the unique educational and lifestyle experience at Weimar before going into a specific field of study. Weimar has great business classes, like Business Finance by Stanly Palit, and truly educational psychology classes with methods that are biblically sound, but work wonders in helping the thoughts of others. There is still time to enroll. First day of class is August 29 but don’t miss new student orientation that starts August 17. Call Ashley at 530-422-7923.
7. As I tell others about Weimar, many adults tell me they wish they could enroll in college again, just to get the training at Weimar that was NOT available when they went to school. Even nurses, doctors and pastors tell me that they wish they could come and be re-educated at Weimar. If you know someone like that (or if it’s you) we have the H.E.A.L.T.H. (Health Evangelism and Leadership Training for Him) program that gives college credit, and you will graduate healthier physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually. This is a one semester certificate program. Learn from experienced instructors how you can reach anyone of any age or profession through the health message and medical missionary work. With that semester and one additional health science course (such as Anatomy and Physiology) you can have the option of later graduating with a Religion major and a Health Science minor from Weimar Institute.
8. Every year we do a comprehensive survey of a segment of our alumni. This last year we surveyed those who had taken the Natural Science program (including those who graduated with a degree from Weimar and those who did not) and found that since we have been doing this program (2009) there is 100 percent satisfaction with the Natural Science program, and the Natural Science faculty and staff. In addition there was 100 percent satisfaction with the Natural Science curriculum including the depth and breadth of the program. 100 percent of those who were part of the natural science program felt the program had made them into truth centered scientists, health evangelists, effective communicators, critical thinkers and principled workers. All of this is accomplished with the average student leaving with less than $2,500 in debt. Perhaps more importantly, 100 percent of those that took Natural Science attend church EVERY week, and 92 percent of those are active in their local church such as in teaching Sabbath School, giving personal local Bible studies, preaching sermons, leading out in health evangelism activities, etc. Our former students repeatedly mention how thrilled they are with Weimar’s continual focus on it’s vision and mission, the spiritual atmosphere that has a strong family spirit, the high academic standards with wonderful object lessons, and the easy going nature of the gifted faculty. We praise God for what He is doing through our former students and graduates as Weimar Institute carries out the principles of true education moment by moment and day by day.
That’s just a small part of the exciting things that have been happening at Weimar this past year. What about next year?
1. I am happy to report that enrollment at the college will be up considerably this coming year. We still have room to grow, but I know that someday soon we may have to turn down qualified applicants who would love to come to Weimar but we won’t have the space, unless new dorms are built and some areas of the campus are expanded.
2. Weimar Institute will be starting a full Medical Assistant program next year with clinical rotations taking place at Weimar Family Care, the full service primary care clinic that is now responsible for over a thousand lives in the area.
3. Our first accreditation site visit by WSCUC will be occurring October 12-14, 2016. We have already passed the eligibility stage. Once we accomplish full accreditation, the roll out of additional programs in business, psychology, and music are planned as well as some graduate degree level programs.
4. In order to accomplish these goals, Weimar Institute needs your support, both by referring qualified students and financially. Our accrediting body wants to be sure that we have the financial resources to last if there is a financial downturn. They want our freshman to be guaranteed to be able to finish their degree at Weimar once they start, even if there is another great recession.
Last September, I presented to our board a real dilemma. The start up of our nursing program cost the institute two million dollars and would add an additional one million dollars in expenses this school year. Yes, once the program is full and we have been going three to four years, it will be breaking even financially. Along with this financial need, the costs to be accredited were also presented. It was clear we would need an additional two million dollars raised in donations to make all of this a reality. I was asked if we could cut expenditures. I told them I could, but that we would have to NOT realize some or all of our new plans. The board chairman then asked that we drop to our knees and pray. After a heartfelt emotional season of prayer, the board decided that it would approve the budget but would disapprove the carrying out of these plans if one million was not raised by December 31. The very next day our CFO, Randy Bivens got a message from a lady who had just heard a taped recording of my talk given in Spokane, Washington on how medical missionary work can circle the globe quickly. She was unaware of what had just taken place in the board meeting. She said she was willing to give $500,000 by the end of the year if others would give the same amount. We told our donors of this offer and you responded and one million was given by December 31. Two donors have given $550,000 so far this year toward the goal. Another $100,000 has been raised through many small donations. Will you help us achieve this goal? If you like what is happening at Weimar and would like to see the Lord’s work expand and strengthen through the education and training of many young people, I invite you to join me in giving what you can to help us achieve this goal. The work began in sacrifice and we are told it will end in sacrifice. Thank you so much for your loving, sacrificial gift to God through Weimar Institute as it carries forward Jesus’ ministry of healing a hurting world, physically, mentally, emotionally, socially, and spiritually.
Neil Nedley, M.D.
President, Weimar Institute