Up-and-coming kindergartners got to play with iPads, thanks to California Lutheran University, Thousand Oaks. CLU loaned the iPads to First 5, a community group that helps kids who don't attend preschool adjust to a kindergarten classroom. The iPads introduced the children to Common Core, a curriculum designed to improve their comprehension of English and math through modern learning methods.
Smoke-and-tobacco free. That's what the campus at Finlandia University, Hancock, Mich., became this fall. The policy applies to all university indoor and outdoor areas, activities and properties. It took effect at the urging of students, campus groups and university employees. Finlandia President Philip R. Johnson, an ELCA pastor, said, "Encouraging the overall good health of students and employees was an important consideration."
A shuttered college campus returns to the ELCA family. Midland University, Fremont, Neb., in partnership with Krejci Development LLC, acquired control of the 130-year-old Dana College campus in Blair, Neb., which closed in 2010. Midland is preparing to launch a capital campaign to raise the $11 million in deferred maintenance and start-up costs required to restore the Dana campus. Successful completion of the campaign and approval from Midland's accrediting commission will be required before students can return to the campus. Midland leaders said that could occur by 2015 or 2016. For more information, visit www.dana.midlandu.edu.
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