* St. Olaf College, Northfield, Minn., leads a national trend toward more Peace Corps applicants, according to a June front-page article in The Wall Street Journal. St. Olaf saw a 15 percent increase in Peace Corps inquiries by seniors this year; 21 graduates joined in 1996.
* Waldorf College, Forest City, Iowa, received approval from the Tanzanian government to open a learning center in Dar es Salaam, the country's largest city. Waldorf intends to offer classes that will be applicable to a degree from Waldorf or transferable to another U.S. college or university. Waldorf has about 30 Tanzanian students on its Iowa campus.
* The campus ministry program at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire gave $5,000 for flood relief in the Red River Valley of Minnesota and the Dakotas.
* The U.S. News & World Report's annual guidebook on "America's Best Colleges" ranks Pacific Lutheran University, Tacoma, Wash., ninth in the Top 15 Western Region Universities; Roanoke College, Salem, Va., is No. 6 in the southern region; Susquehanna University, Selinsgrove, Pa., is No. 1 in the northeastern United States; and Texas Lutheran College, Seguin, Texas, is the "best value" in the western United States.
* In August, St. Olaf College, Northfield, Minn., was named one of Money magazine's 100 best college buys.
* Muhlenberg College, Allentown, Pa., celebrates its 150th anniversary with social events and athletic contests throughout this year.
* Students throughout the Midwest will focus on current robotic exploration on Mars and the afterglow of Comet Hale-Bopp at the 1997 Nobel Conference at Gustavus Adolphus College, St. Peter, Minn., Oct. 7-8. The conference features five of the world's finest space research scientists, a NASA astronaut and a theologian trained in physics.
* Suomi College, Hancock, Mich., dedicated the Sulo and Aileen Maki Library in September. The new addition and renovation increased the library's size from 6,300 square feet to 12,100 square feet and increased its capacity to 65,000 volumes.
* The 1996 Warrior yearbook of Midland Lutheran College, Fremont, Neb., earned an All-American award from the Associated Collegiate Press. The Warrior received four marks of distinction in the following areas: concept/essentials, coverage, writing/editing and photography. The yearbook has received seven All-American awards.
* Lenoir-Rhyne &College, Hickory, N.C., received a 1997 Critical Comparisons Good Work! Award for its standing among undergraduate institutions by Critical Comparisons of American Colleges & Universities of Baltimore. The award is given to institutions that offer highly competetive services at a reasonable cost.
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