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Dr. DeShawn Preston, ’11 , serves as a Higher Education Research Fellow at the Southern Education Foundation , where he primarily researches issues pertaining to developmental education and advancing opportunities for historically marginalized groups in education. DeShawn also serves as a young scholar on the editorial board for the Journal of Negro Education . DeShawn earned a Ph.D. in Educational Leadership (Higher Education) at Clemson University. He also holds an M.A. in American History from Howard University and a B.A. in History from Oakwood University.



Although he has retired to nearby Madison, Alabama,Charles E. Bradford, ’46 , has recently released a new book entitled “The King is in Residence,” published by the Pacific Press Publishing Association.
The book is a passionate appeal to God’s end-time people to recognize the church as the place where Jesus is in residence. The local church is the place where Jesus is more palpably experienced. Copies of the book can be ordered from the Adventist Book Center .
Elder Bradford served the Seventh-day Adventist Church in pastoral ministry and leadership throughout North America. In 1979, he was elected President of the North American Division of Seventh-day Adventists. In 1992, he was inducted into the Martin Luther King Jr. Board of Preachers and Scholars at Morehouse College. The Bradford-Cleveland-Brooks Leadership Center at Oakwood University is named in his honor.
From her home country in Barbados, come travel with Shirley C. Iheanacho, ’68 , on her amazing journey around the world. Her autobiography is available at Amazon.com, Barnes & Noble, Kindle, and local bookstores. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to worthy student scholarships.
Mrs. Iheanacho lives in Huntsville with her husband Morris. Following her years of service at Oakwood as administrative assistant to four presidents (Dr. Calvin Rock, Dr. Emerson Cooper (interim), Dr. Benjamin Reaves, and Dr. Delbert Baker), Shirley retired from the position as administrative assistant to the Provost (Dr. Mervyn Warren), and travels extensively with mission outreach projects.
Because so many couples take more time planning their weddings than planning their marriages, “wedded bliss” is often a hit-or-miss prospect. But what if you
had a marriage manual that could increase your chances for success? That’s exactly what Becoming
a Professional Lover: A Weekly Devotional for Learning to Love God’s Way aims to do.
Written by Claude and Jocelyn Thomas , retired relationship counselors and seminar presenters, Becoming a Professional Lover offers 52 tips from their successful marital journey. “We’ve become professional lovers, not because of any special techniques we use; but because we’ve put in the study, effort, practice, and time that’s required to master the art of loving each other. We want to teach others to do the same.”
The book and companion workbook offer one tip each week, and along with a homework assignment to guide readers into deeper study and practice of the tip. A companion workbook facilitates the study and practice. The Thomas’ personal stories and biblical knowledge give practical counsel to couples at any relationship stage. Individuals who simply want to learn how to use God’s principles of love will benefit too.
Excerpts from Becoming a Professional Lover and the companion workbook are available on the website, www.theprofessionallover.net . For additional information, contact: Patrice T. Conwell at (256) 714-3822 or ptcomms.llc@gmail.com.