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Gettysburg [Pa.] College's Amer Kobaslija, assistant professor of art and art history, was awarded a 2013 John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship. Kobaslija was recognized for his paintings focused on the devastation and reconstruction in Kesennuma, Japan, after the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami. One of 175 awardees, he was chosen from nearly 3,000 applicants. "Having grown up in the war-torn Bosnia of the early '90s, I cannot help but draw parallels between the human-caused destruction in the land of my ancestors and the calamity that befell Japan, with its confluence of natural disaster and human failings," Kobaslija said.

How can camps better help the youth they serve? In Selinsgrove, Pa., Susquehanna University's Center for Adolescent Research and Education works with the American Camp Association to conduct joint research, develop training content for counselors and strengthen the ways in which camp reduces youth risks. CARE director Stephen Gray Wallace said the two organizations have "mutual missions to enrich the lives of children and young adults while reducing risk behaviors that may derail them from reaching their full potential." CARE conducts original research on adolescent development and decision-making, focusing not only on personal development but substance abuse, sexual behavior, bullying, violence and suicide.

The forensics team at Gustavus Adolphus College, St. Peter, Minn., made a case for itself by earning its best ever finish at the American Forensic Association's National Individual Events Tournament. The students placed eighth in the Team Sweepstakes on April 8. It's the fourth year in a row that the team has had a top 10 finish.

A 1965 alumnus made a $10 million gift to Augsburg College, Minneapolis — the largest in the school's 143-year history. Augsburg will use the gift to help construct a $60 million academic building for programs including biology, business, chemistry, computer science, math, physics, psychology and religion. The gift put the project $23 million toward its goal. The donor, who asked to remain anonymous, is a longtime supporter of the college and graduated with bachelor's degrees in mathematics and business administration.

Lenoir-Rhyne University, Hickory, N.C., broke ground on a $4.6 million chapel in March. With a peaked roof to soar more than 56 feet in the air and a 12-foot-wide rose window to illuminate the altar, the chapel will seat 350 to 450 people and will serve students, faculty and the community. "The presence of this chapel will be a symbol to all as to who we are at Lenoir-Rhyne as a university of the church," said campus pastor Andrew Weisner. Currently the weekly chapel services are held in the university's music building.

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