Lutheran Brotherhood and Aid Association for Lutherans provided a joint grant of $200,000 toward construction of the Lutheran Center at Christ Church in Baltimore. The center will become the new headquarters of Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service and Lutheran World Relief in September. The organizations will share the $8 million facility with the ELCA Delaware-Maryland Synod, a regional office of the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod and Tressler Lutheran Services. California Lutheran University, Thousand Oaks; Carthage College, Kenosha, Wis.; Gettysburg [Pa.] College; Gustavus Adolphus College, St. Peter, Minn.; and Texas Lutheran University, Seguin, were selected as five of the best schools for Latinos in the United States by The Hispanic Outlook in Higher Education magazine. The list is based on a survey and examination of the literature and catalogs of more than 2,500 institutions. Joanne Chadwick, executive director of the ELCA Commission for Woman and member of Christ the Mediator Lutheran Church, Chicago, received the Jim Siefkes Justice Maker Award at the Biennial Assembly of Lutherans Concerned/North America. The award recognizes a heterosexual person for tireless, superior efforts on behalf of gay and lesbian people of faith, particularly advocating within the Lutheran church communities. Four ELCA colleges were named as a "Best Value" by U.S. News & World Report. California Lutheran University, Thousand Oaks, placed second in the western regional universities category, followed by Pacific Lutheran University, Tacoma, Wash. Texas Lutheran University, Seguin, ranked second in the regional liberal arts colleges section and St. Olaf, Northfield, Minn., ranked 13th. Trinity Lutheran Seminary, Columbus, Ohio, will get a $660,000 grant and Lutheran Southern Seminary, Columbia, S.C., will receive a $447,919 grant from the Lilly Foundation, which has endowed more than $53.4 million to 45 theological schools in North America under its "Program to Enhance Theological Schools' Capacities to Prepare Candidates for Congregational Ministry." The school also received a $97,000 grant to develop a three-week seminary program for high school students. Almost 50 college students from the Rocky Mountain Region of the Lutheran Student Movement U.S.A. assisted Rock Point Lutheran School and Mission on the Navajo Reservation in Arizona by painting a main building. Lutheran Brotherhood provided funds for the paint. Roanoke College, Salem, Va., received two grants totaling a combined $8 million. A $5 million challenge gift, the largest in school history, was presented by the Tristram Colket Family of Paoli, Pa., with the stipulation that the school raise an equal amount by December 2001. A $3 million gift was given by Francis T. West of Martinsville, Va. In recognition of the gift the Roanoke's Courthouse Academic Building will now be known as Francis T. West Hall. The ELCA increased its participation in Habitat for Humanity with the number of supportive congregations growing from 1,300 in 1995 to 1,700 in 1996. Financial support also increased from $1.3 million to more than $1.6 million. Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Ridge signed a warrant scheduling the execution of Mark Spotz, who killed four people including Betty Amstutz, an ELCA deaconess. Augustana College, Rockford, Ill., was third on a list of schools with the most academic all-Americans in the 1990s, with 47, according to The Los Angeles Times. Augsburg College, Minneapolis, formed a campus-community link with Seward Montessori School, offering scholarships of $1,000 a year, up to $8,000, for each year a student attends Seward. Each student will have to meet attendance and performance criteria, plus get their parents involved in school activities. In three years, Lenoir-Rhyne College, Hickory, N.C., will require seniors to pass a comprehensive graduation exam, testing students on general knowledge in their majors. "It gives us very good feedback about whether the programs here are accomplishing what we want them to accomplish, said Ryan LaHurd, the school's president. The Good News Garage, a program of Lutheran Social Services of New England, received the eighth Peter F. Drucker Award for Nonprofit Innovation. The Good News Garage promotes self-sufficiency through affordable transportation and automotive job training. Lutheran Social Services of the National Capital Area was awarded a $125,00 grant by the Office of Refugee Resettlement in collaboration with the Somali Benadiri Refugee Community Development Organization of Maryland. The two organizations will use the money to strengthen local Benadiri Somali communities by creating methods of communication between each community.