The Magazine of The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America



• In 2003, more students from Concordia College, Moorhead, Minn., graduated from ELCA seminaries than any other ELCA college or university. According to the Division for Ministry, 67 of 1,441 ELCA seminary graduates were from Concordia.

• In a two-year pilot project starting this fall, the Division for Higher Education and Schools and the Commission for Multicultural Ministries began campus ministry programs at four universities with high multicultural populations. Led by peer ministers and supported by local pastors, the ministries are funded by a grant from Thrivent Financial for Lutherans. The sites are Morgan State University, Baltimore; Pan Am University, Edinburg, Texas; Oglala Community College, Rapid City, S.D.; and Black Hills State College, Spearfish, S.D.

• A thrift store at Newberry [S.C.] College, staffed with student volunteers, offers affordable goods to the area's economically disadvantaged residents. The college sees the shop as part of its mission "to create a community of students concerned with academic excellence, service to others and responsible citizenship."

• Winning out over 400 radio stations, California Lutheran University's (Thousand Oaks) KCLU-FM was named AP Station of the Year by the Associated Press Television-Radio Association of California and Nevada. KCLU news director Lance Orozco also won AP awards for best documentary, best light feature and best newswriting. For two years the station also has received more Golden Mike awards from the Southern California Radio-Television News Association than any radio or TV station in the state.

Roanoke College, Salem, Va., received a $10,000 Heuer Award for Outstanding Achievement in Undergraduate Science Education from the Council of Independent Colleges. Roanoke was recognized for its use of "real world" science in chemistry classes, which prepare students for work in academic and industrial

• The Princeton Review's "2004 Best 351 Colleges" guide selected Wagner College, Staten Island, N.Y., as the third most beautiful U.S. campus. The school was the only college to remain in the top five from last year's ranking. The University of California — Santa Cruz and Elon [N.C.] University were first and second.

• Susquehanna University, Selinsgrove, Pa., now oversees production of Modern Language Studies, a journal with academic articles on American, comparative, English and other modern language literature. For two years it was published by Elmira [N.Y.] College and for 25 years by Brown University, Providence, R.I. Laura de Abruña, dean of Susquehanna's School of Arts, Humanities and Communications, called the journal "an opportunity to add to the knowledge base" of the school's departments and to offer student internships.

• Last Memorial Day, St. Olaf College, Northfield, Minn., donated more than 2,000 copies of the St. Olaf Choir's Great Hymns of Faith to military chaplains for worship services with U.S. troops. "We know it is now being heard in the deserts of Iraq and around the globe," said Bob Johnson, manager of St. Olaf's music groups. "Longtime friends of the college provided a generous gift to underwrite the distribution costs for this special project." Johnson heard of the need for worship music from Rikka Estenson, whose husband, Gorden, is an ELCA military chaplain. Hymns on the CD include "Beautiful Savior," "Great is Thy Faithfulness" and "What a Friend We Have in Jesus."

• Six students from Luther College, Decorah, Iowa, and Wartburg College, Waverly, Iowa, formed a public relations agency for the Northeastern Iowa Synod. The students made the synod's new database system more user-friendly, interpreted data and created promotional materials for the database. "We're pretty far from each other, so we've had to mostly rely on e-mails, phone calls and video conferences," Carrie Morris, a Luther student, told her school's newspaper, the CHIPS.

• When Samuel Smith, a Liberian citizen and a senior at Waldorf College, Forest City, Iowa, discovered an American cousin could no longer sponsor his $6,000 annual room and board fees — a requirement for his tuition scholarship — he feared losing his study visa. "This scholarship has been serving as some comfort and hope to me," he said. Smith received some help from one of 16 $1,500 Phoebe Herman Scholarships awarded by the Division for Higher Education and Schools. Arne Selbyg, the division's director for colleges and universities, said highest priority is given to international students like Smith who otherwise wouldn't be able to attend college but "do not qualify for regular financial aid." Other 2003-04 award recipients are:

• Yury Bahdanionak, Belarus; Augsburg College, Minneapolis.

• A-me Li, Thailand; Augustana College, Rock Island, Ill.

• Dan Rizk, Lebanon; Augustana College, Sioux Falls, S.D.

• Konah Harris, Liberia; Bethany College, Lindsborg, Kan.

• Kisumbo Mdegella, Tanzania; California Lutheran University, Thousand Oaks.

• Nahla Gomaa, Egypt; Capital University, Columbus, Ohio.

• Liliana Herakova, Bulgaria; Concordia College, Moorhead, Minn.

• Trang Thu Le, Vietnam; Gettysburg [Pa.] College.

• Amit Bohara, Nepal; Gustavus Adolphus College, St. Peter, Minn.

• Cassie Benoit, The Bahamas; Lenoir-Rhyne College, Hickory, N.C.

• Chipo Chikara, Zimbabwe; Pacific Lutheran University, Tacoma, Wash.

• Ebele Chizea, Nigeria; Thiel College, Greenville, Pa.

• Linh Kieu, Vietnam; Wartburg College, Waverly, Iowa.

• Isaac Boye-Arthur, Ghana; Wittenberg University, Springfield, Ohio.

• Seven graduates of St. Olaf College, Northfield, Minn., received Fulbright awards for 2003-04, allowing them to study in France, Norway, China, Germany and Sweden. Recipients included 2000 graduate Claire Adamsick, 2001 graduate Jayce Ogren, and five 2003 graduates: Carl Hughes, Paul Menzel, Katherine Nygaard, Alex Potter and Emily Ruggles. The Fulbright program is intended to increase cross-cultural understanding through study and research in other countries.


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