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Higher education

David L. Tiede was named interim president of Luther College, Decorah, Iowa, taking over after Richard L. Torgerson retired June 30 after 14 years of service. Tiede, an ELCA pastor and emeritus professor of New Testament at Luther Seminary, St. Paul, Minn., consults with higher education institutions about transitions. He served as Luther Seminary president (1987 to 2005); the Bernhard M. Christensen Professor of Religion and Vocation at Augsburg College, Minneapolis (2005 to 2010); and as interim president of Wartburg Theological Seminary in Dubuque, Iowa, (2010). With Tiede "the board can complete the search for a permanent president with every confidence that the college is in very capable hands," said Luther College Board of Regents chair Paul Torgerson (no relation).

Summer school plans for one political science professor at Wittenberg University, Springfield, Ohio, involve teaching military leaders at the U.S. Army War College, Carlisle, Pa. Yu Bin is a sought-after expert in international relations, East Asian security and politics, and Sino-Russian relations. At the college he will help leaders assess the possibility for U.S. and NATO forces to engage the Russia-China-led Shanghai Cooperation Organization, the world's only regional security group without direct U.S. participation.

Full-tuition scholarships will go to students from school districts around Thiel College, Greenville, Pa., thanks to David E. Baughman's $3.7 million gift — the second largest estate gift Thiel has received over the years. Baughman, a Greenville resident and World War II veteran, "had a passion for his community and higher education," said Thiel President Troy VanAken. "Several students each year will have their lives changed by Dave's generosity."

Susquehanna University's Enactus team ranked in the top 40 of more than 130 teams competing at the Enactus National Expo in May in Kansas City, Mo. Enactus, formerly known as Students in Free Enterprise, is a nonprofit that seeks to create a better, more sustainable world through business and entrepreneurship. Susquehanna's team has helped local businesses in Selinsgrove, Pa.; taught business skills to inmates; and supported therapeutic animal facilities. With more than 535 Enactus teams in the U.S., the Susquehanna group became a regional champion at a March competition in Baltimore.

Midland University, Fremont, Neb., submitted an undisclosed bid to acquire the 151-acre Dana College campus in Blair, Neb. A final purchase agreement could be made as soon as this summer. Midland spokesperson Nate Neufind told the Omaha World-Herald that funds were raised privately and the university doesn't plan to incur debt. "Breathing new life into the Dana campus and the Blair community will take a partnership and cannot be achieved by one institution alone," said Midland President Ben Sasse. The college offered a smooth and generous transition for more than 300 students displaced by the 2010 closure of Dana, transferring all credits and honoring scholarships for 2010-11. Midland, a 25-acre campus that held 592 students in fall 2009, grew to 1,097 students for the 2012-13 academic year.

Seventeen of the ELCA's 26 colleges and universities made the 2013 President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll. A program of the Corporation for National and Community Service, a federal agency responsible for Senior Corps, AmeriCorps and more, the roll recognizes schools that lead in volunteering, service learning and civic engagement. Gettysburg (Pa.) College, one of only five "presidential awardees," topped the list. Those listed "with distinction" were Augsburg College, Minneapolis; Texas Lutheran University, Seguin; Wagner College, Staten Island, N.Y.; and Wartburg College, Waverly, Iowa. Also listed: Augustana College, Rock Island, Ill.; California Lutheran University, Thousand Oaks; Capital University, Columbus, Ohio; Grand View University, Des Moines, Iowa; Gustavus Adolphus College, St. Peter, Minn.; Lenoir-Rhyne University, Hickory, N.C.; Muhlenberg College, Allentown, Pa.; Pacific Lutheran University, Tacoma, Wash.; Roanoke College, Salem, Va.; St. Olaf College, Northfield, Minn.; Susquehanna University, Selinsgrove, Pa.; and Wittenberg University, Springfield, Ohio.

Playing a global simulation game, business students at Bethany College, Lindsborg, Kan., tied for first place out of 2,340 teams from 166 colleges and universities worldwide. Seniors James Bragg, Temecula, Calif.; Kalven Goreal, Modesto, Calif.; and Kane Olsen, Hamilton, New Zealand, tied for first in overall score, second in earnings per share, third in stock price, and tied for 100th place in return on equity. The business strategy class of Paul Gentine, associate professor of business, played the game for eight weeks, with teams running simulated athletic footwear companies. Players made virtual decisions about plant operations, distribution and warehouse operations, workforce compensation, online sales at the company's website, sales and marketing, and finance.

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