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The Institute for Faith and Learning at Lenoir-Rhyne University, Hickory, N.C., is offering a free community class this fall on "Themes in Christian Thought." The course invites participants to dig deeper into Christian faith, doctrine and understanding of who Christ is. Taught by religion professor David Ratke, it complements a 2012-13 speakers' series offered by the institute.


Gettysburg [Pa.] College now offers a minor in Middle Eastern and Islamic studies, a bachelor of science in mathematical economics and a bachelor of science in computer science. While Gettysburg has offered a bachelor of arts in computer science for decades, a bachelor of science degree wasn't offered until the 2012-13 academic year. Alumni and current students reported "that potential employers and graduate programs often held a computer science bachelor of science degree in higher esteem than a bachelor of arts degree," said Clifton Presser, a professor of computer science. A $532,000 grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation enabled the minor in Middle Eastern and Islamic studies.


Hungry for talk of cookies, scrapers and other mechanisms that record Web traffic,Susquehanna University, Selinsgrove, Pa., heard in September from Lori Andrews, author of I Know Who You Are and I Saw What You Did: Social Networks and the Death of Privacy (Free Press, 2012). Andrews discussed how Facebook and Twitter are "redefining freedom and responsibility" in a free lecture open to the public. It was part of the school's Common Reading program, which engages first-year students, faculty and staff in a semester-long dialogue related to the university's annual theme, which this year is freedom and responsibility. 


Augustana College, Sioux Falls, S.D., is raising funds to build a $30 million state-of-the-art science facility and for a $10 million renovation of its Gilbert Science Center, built in 1966. The projects are made possible by a $20 million challenge gift from Sanford Health, the largest donation in the college's history. Last year chemistry majors increased by 51 percent, biology majors by 42 percent, and physics majors by 28 percent over the previous five years. Roughly 40 percent of Augustana students are natural science majors, most on the track for graduate or professional school.


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