The Magazine of The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America


Higher education

Philip D.W. Krey will step down as president of the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia at the end of 2014—the school's 150th anniversary year. "I began serving as president in December 1999, and I really think 15 years as president is long enough," Krey said. "I did the same thing as pastor of Amazing Grace Lutheran Church in Baltimore, serving until its 150th anniversary, so I guess you could say I am a creature of habit." Krey, the Ministerium of New York Professor of Church History, plans to continue to serve on the faculty, concentrating on a growing list of academic projects. LTSP board chair John Richter said Krey "has been a conscientious and committed steward of theological education," and under his leadership LTSP "was transformed." Richter cited construction of the high-tech Brossman Learning Center; a greater connection between the seminary and the public square; and various other initiatives.

Grand View University, Des Moines, Iowa, was named a Gold Level "Fit-Friendly Worksite" by the American Heart Association, establishing itself as a partner in the fight against heart disease. The university's walkable campus and promotion of walking and exercise programs merited special congratulations from the association in the face of the No. 1 cause of death in the U.S.

Members of the Midland University, Fremont, Neb., dance team were named the 2013 National Dance Alliance Collegiate National Champions. Members scored an 8.790 for their performance, along with another award for innovative choreography. The team has expanded dramatically since it was created three years ago, prompting the addition of a hip-hop group in 2013. The NDA is the largest collegiate dance competition in the nation, with approximately 300 schools participating.

Taking an interactive approach to exploring history, Gettysburg (Pa.) College developed a historical app titled "A Witness to History" — a 1.2 mile walking tour by which users can experience the Battle of Gettysburg through the eyes of those living in the town in the summer of 1863. The app boasts primary source material from the Gettysburg College Library Special Collections and is available for purchase on iTunes.

To celebrate the 200th anniversary of Søren Kierkegaard, St. Olaf College, Northfield, Minn., is preparing one of the largest Kierkegaard conferences around the globe. St. Olaf is home to the largest collection of the philospher's works outside of Denmark. The conference will include a panel of Kierkegaard scholars, including keynote speaker Bruce Kirmmse from the Søren Kierkegaard Research Center at the University of Copenhagen, Denmark.

Gene Barfield, an alumnus of Wagner College, Staten Island, N.Y., and a former editor of the school's Wagnerian, was invited to the White House with his husband Tim LaCroix in a celebration of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender pride month. Barfield and LaCroix's wedding made history March 15 as the first legal same-sex ceremony in Michigan. Barfield stated on the couple's wedding Facebook page that he was "totally, thoroughly, completely blown away" by the invitation.

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