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A new scholarship for Lutheran students at TLU, Newberry physical education students reach out to homeschooled pupils and more …

A new scholarship specifically for Lutheran students at Texas Lutheran University, Seguin, can cover up to $14,500 in costs. Lutheran first-time, full-time freshmen or transfer students are eligible based on academic criteria for the the Lutheran Advantage Scholarship, which is renewable for up to three additional years. "We are committed to building on our base of Lutheran students because these students thrive at TLU and go on to become leaders in their workplace, their communities and their congregations," said Mandy Owen, TLU director of admissions.

Physical education students at Newberry [S.C.] College began an outreach to the homeschooling community this past spring. The students in assistant professor Carla Cruickshanks' motor development class created and ran a physical activity program for 15 children aged 6 to 16, offering instruction with skills from jumping rope to tennis. The program, which they hope to eventually run year round, allowed students to plan "real life" lessons and demonstrated "the importance of being well prepared for anything within the classroom setting," Cruickshanks said.

Jerry Pankhurst, a sociology professor at Wittenberg University, Springfield, Ohio, won a Fulbright Senior Scholar Award. The Fulbright is an international educational exchange program sponsored by the U.S. government. Pankhurst will use the award in spring 2012 to teach and conduct research on the church and politics in Estonia, a former Soviet Republic. Pankhurst, a noted scholar of Russia and the post-Soviet region, as well as Islamic societies, said the award will give him access to public records and people directly involved in church and political affairs in Europe. Wittenberg is no stranger to the Fulbright program. In 2010, The Chronicle of Higher Education named the school one of the nation's top producers of Fulbright Scholars among bachelor's institutions, with three faculty members and two alumni receiving awards in 2010 alone.


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