• When Jacob Juta of Yola, Nigeria, walked across the stage at Waldorf College's commencement ceremony last spring, he was the 50th graduate of a program designed to provide future leaders for developing nations. Begun in 1989, the ELCA school's program provides full scholarships for Lutheran students in other countries who show promise of future leadership. It's a sizable undertaking for the Forest City, Iowa, school of 675 students. The program's students have come from 18 nations. For many this scholarship represents their only chance for higher education. "We've had 15 Tanzanians since the one university in that nation of 25 million people has space for only about 3,000 students," says Waldorf's admission dean, Steve Lovik. "If we don't admit a Tanzanian, their chances of higher education are slim to none." Jacob Juta's graduation contained an interesting twist. He's the son of Wilberforce Juta, a 1968 Waldorf graduate who went on to become governor of Nigeria's state of Gongola. Deposed by the military government, he spent several years as a political prisoner-dashing his hope of fulfilling his promise to send Jacob to Waldorf. Well, not quite, thanks to the Lutheran Leaders Program.
• Associated New American Colleges chose Susquehanna University, Selinsgrove, Pa., to participate in a three-year, $300,000 grant project to integrate professional studies and liberal learning. The project, Professionalizing the Practice of Liberal Learning in the New American College, will provide opportunities for collaboration between Susquehanna's science and business faculty and give students an edge in the professional world.
• Suomi College, Hancock, Mich., received a $275,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Education's Funds for the Improvement of Post-Secondary Education. Using the funding, Suomi will continue to adapt a business-based Finnish design curricula that will prepare students for work in economically challenged rural areas. It will educate them to fill a market niche created by small firms in need of design expertise.
• Thiel College, Greenville, Pa., will lower its tuition in fall 1999 by 27 percent. The move is in response to a recent survey by the American Council on Education that shows 65 percent of Americans worry about the cost of a college education. "We want the public to know that we hear their concerns and are doing something about it," said C. Carlyle Haaland, Thiel president. "Our goal is to make Thiel's quality education affordable to all students." The reduction will bring school tuition down from $13,676 to $9,900.
• Gustavus Adolphus College, St. Peter, Minn., designated Oct. 3 as a cleanup day where several hundred students, faculty and staff helped residents continue rebuilding from last spring's tornado damage. Aid Association for Lutherans provided a $20,000 grant for supplies, materials and food. Immediately after the tornado, students from Concordia College, Moorhead, Minn., helped picked up debris around the Gustavus campus. Gustavus also received a sizable donation for recovery from the Church of Sweden to honor the 25th anniversary of the accession to the throne of His Majesty King Carl XVI Gustaf.
• Concordia College, Moorhead, Minn., is offering a program for female students from Monduli, Tanzania. The top students from the Lutheran school will attend Concordia to learn skills to operate schools, clinics and churches in their country.
• Waldorf College, Forest City, Iowa, received approval for the operation of its new campuses in Glendale, Ariz., and Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. Glendale is authorized as a degree site and the Tanzania campus is approved as a course site. "Both initiatives grew out of our mission as a college of the church," said William Hamm, Waldorf president. "There is no Lutheran college in Arizona and the opportunities for higher education in Tanzania are scarce."
• Texas Lutheran University, Seguin, enrolled its largest freshman class ever this fall. The number of students rose to 1,520, up 13 percent from 1,344 last year.
• Luther College, Decorah, Iowa, received a U.S. Department of Education grant to fund a talent search program encouraging students in grades six-12 to graduate from high school and continue their education at post secondary schools. Luther's program targets 17 school districts in northeast Iowa and southeast Minnesota.
• Lutheran schools flooded the annual best colleges list created by U.S. News & World Report magazine: Susquehanna, Selinsgrove, Pa., best regional liberal arts college in the northeastern United States; Roanoke, Salem, Va., No. 6 in the South region; Augustana, Sioux Falls, S.D., eighth in the Midwest region; Texas Lutheran, Seguin, third in the West; Pacific Lutheran, Tacoma, Wash., ninth of the best regional liberal arts universities in the West. Of the 162 national liberal arts colleges, five ELCA schools were chosen in the second tier (ranked between 40th and 89th): Augustana, Rock Island, Ill.; Gettysburg (Pa.); Gustavus Adolphus, St. Peter, Minn.; Muhlenberg, Allentown, Pa.; and St. Olaf, Northfield, Minn.
• Barron's Best Buys in College Education selected 10 Lutheran schools as being the best value for a student's dollar. Selection criteria includes the total cost of tuition, fees, room and board in 1997-98 not exceeding $25,000. The colleges and universities selected are: Augsburg, Minneapolis; Augustana, Rock Island, Ill.; Capital, Columbus, Ohio; Concordia, Moorhead, Minn.; Gustavus Adolphus, St. Peter, Minn.; Lenoir-Rhyne, Hickory, N.C.; Luther, Decorah, Iowa; Pacific Lutheran, Tacoma, Wash.; St. Olaf, Northfield, Minn.; and Wartburg, Waverly, Iowa. According to the publisher, "Barron's looks beyond the nation's best-known and most expensive four-year colleges to discover schools where the education dollar goes further."
• A partnership with the Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College is bringing American Indian students to Augsburg College, Minneapolis. Augsburg is providing classroom space on its campus for the tribal college to offer a two-year liberal arts urban program. Currently 23 students are enrolled in 12 courses taught by tribal instructors.
• Four ELCA colleges — Concordia, Moorhead, Minn.; Gustavus Adolphus, St. Peter, Minn.; St. Olaf, Northfield, Minn.; and Luther, Decorah, Iowa — received a $184,000 grant from the Teagle Foundation to develop a plan to create "intellectually and socially" diverse campuses. The schools will collect data, plan strategies and design programs to work for ethnic diversity among all students and staff.
• Augsburg College, Minneapolis, is offering a new major in youth and family ministry, preparing them to handle such positions in congregations. The program will include theological course work as well as provide internships at congregations.
vWorld Wide Web Design class students at Lenoir-Rhyne College, Hickory, N.C., created 10 home pages for campus student organizations. The college will be featured int he winter 1998 Mosaic video on the affordability of ELCA schools.
• Students from Lutheran colleges and universities participated in a semester-long community service internship in Washington, D.C. Through the Luther Institute's program — Lutheran College Washington Semester — students learn about politics through internships at the White House, Congress and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms. They also perform community service. For more information, contact (202) 547-5504.
• Roanoke College, Salem, Va., received a $40,000 grant toward cancer research from the Oliver S. and Jennie R. Donaldson Charitable Trust. Research will be conducted by Dr. David M. Gardner, assistant professor of biology-concentrating in embryonic cellular differentiation and levels of cell adhesion in cancer. Roanoke also received a $3 million gift from Francis T. West of Martinsville, Va. An alumnus and civic leader, West praised the college as "a place where students are encouraged to work hard and serve their community."
vGustavus Adolphus College, St. Peter, Minn., hosted about 6,000 people in October for its 34th Nobel Conference. The event featured presentations by eight of the world's foremost scholars and scientists who study viruses. The conference included presentations by a historian and a theologian/futurist as well as an art exhibition and a concert. The annual event links high school and college students and teachers with the world's foremost scholars and researchers to debate contemporary issues.
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