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American University of Health Sciences (AUHS) was filled with presents, music and cheer as faculty and staff gathered on the 2nd floor conference room for the Holiday Lunch Party on Thursday, December 8th, 2016 at 12:30 pm.

Pastor Gregory Johnson and his wife Dr. Kim Dang-Johnson (Hon.) , co-founders of AUHS, stood beside one another as they prayed for their employees.

“We have gathered here today to celebrate the birth of our savior [and] the birth of this university. No birth is complete until everybody that should be in the delivery room is there,” said Pastor Johnson, “I thank you for joining us in the delivery room, that you’ve stood with us and watched over all of us. We are newborns that come from the womb; this university. I know how blessed my wife and I are to have you in our lives and I know how blessed our students are that you are in their lives as well.”

AUHS organizes a Christmas party every year for employees to celebrate together, as fellow believers. The conference room came alive with nutcrackers, poinsettias and bowls of candy on the tables. There was a Christmas tree adorned with white lights, red ornaments and a gold star on top. Employees were served with a variety of food and desserts. Christmas songs such as “Feliz Navidad” by, Jose Feliciano and “Rockin Around the Christmas Tree,” by Brenda Lee played in the background while they ate, conversed and made merry.

AUHS employees also had the opportunity to play games and win prizes such as chocolates and gift cards. In one of the activities, Dr. Scherlin, the Provost, read a list of quotes from popular films. The guests then had to write down the names of the matching movie titles on a piece of paper. The person who had the most film titles correct won a prize.

“All of the other games on the internet were less challenging,” Dr. Scherlin said as she smiled, “I wanted to challenge all of the great intellectual minds of the university.”

This early Christmas celebration would not be possible without the help and sup

port of AUHS staff and faculty such as Dr. Scherlin who brought the majority of the food for the luncheon, Stephanie Lien (Librarian) who brought cake, Sherry Zhang (Administration Assistant) who brought dumplings, Maria Maloles (Director of Marketing and Publications) who decorated the room, and Dr. Dang-Johnson and Dr. Popoola (Dean of School of Nursing) who donated many prizes.

AUHS is a private, for-profit, minority owned, minority serving, Christian-based university that offers a B.S. Degree in Nursing and Pharmaceutical Sciences and a Master’s Degree in Clinical Research.

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