* Nearly 75 percent of students at Muhlenberg College, Allentown, Pa., participate in community outreach programs that benefit children. These programs include tutoring and various after-school activities.
* Kaplan-Newsweek's college guide named Luther, Decorah, Iowa, a "hidden treasure" in education. Luther placed second out of the top 100 "schools that guidance counselors most often recommended as hidden treasures — terrific schools that aren't as well-known as they should be."
* Frederick Fritz, Lutheran campus pastor at Minnesota State University, Mankato, received the James R. Carr Distinguished Service Award during the annual gathering of ELCA campus pastors at Loyola University, Chicago. Fritz, who teaches occasionally at the university's education department, also was chosen as the current "Teacher of the Year."
* Lenoir-Rhyne College, Hickory, N.C., is hosting one of the six European Fulbright Scholars in the United States. Igor Casu, a history professor from the Republic of Moldova, is the scholar in residence at the school until December. "Casu's work on theory and origins of nationalism, and his presence here, will be a significant help in the college's efforts to further the issue on how national identity and ethnicity interact in defining what it means to be an American," said Bennett Judkins, a sociology professor at Lenoir-Rhyne.
* Gustavus Adolphus College, St. Peter, Minn., hosted the 36th annual Nobel Conference, a two-day gathering of speakers who discussed changes in world economic order. "These educational conferences, established as a living memorial to Alfred Nobel, have brought to the college scores of Nobel laureates, hundreds of other prominent scholars and thousands of lay participants from around the world to explore the leading scientific and philosophical issues of our age," said Axel Steuer, the school's president.
* Suomi College, Hancock, Mich., changed its name this summer to Finlandia University. The change is designed to help people connect the institution with its Finnish roots and "to show our commitment to change and to meeting the needs of students," said Robert Ubbelohde, the school's president.
* Yahoo! Internet Life, an on-line magazine, ranked Susquehanna University, Selinsgrove, Pa., second on a list of the nation's "most wired colleges" in the "Baccalaureate II Liberal Arts Colleges" category. The survey measures percentages of wired classrooms, recent computer purchases, Web space per student, electronic library resources and available technical support.
* For the fourth consecutive year, California Lutheran University, Thousand Oaks, was chosen as one of the best schools for Hispanics in the United States by The Hispanic Outlook in Higher Education. Selection is based on schools with programs that offer "solid opportunities for Hispanic students."
* More than 200 professors, monks, ministers and lay people supporting Buddhist-Christian interaction met at Pacific Lutheran University, Tacoma, Wash., for the sixth International Conference of the Society for Buddhist-Christian Studies. The conference's aim is to enlighten people to common issues and concerns. Paul Ingram, who teaches religion at the university and who calls himself both a Christian and a Buddhist, said the yearly conference is consistent with the school's mission. Martin Luther taught about "being open to the truth no matter where you find it," he said. The conference is co-sponsored by the university, the ELCA and the ELCA Southwestern Washington Synod.
* Susquehanna University, Selinsgrove, Pa., received a, $883,800 bequest from the estate of Eleanor Deal. The bequest endows "The Rev. Cleason Becker King, D.D. Scholarship Fund," which will provide support for "academically deserving students of high moral character, with a preference for pre-theological students." King was Deal's maternal grandfather.
* Plymouth, Minn., residents Brad and Jane Miller, alumni from Luther College, Decorah, Iowa, gave $1 million to the school's Leadership for a new Century campaign. The gift establishes an endowment to support technology at Luther.
* Elroy Stock, an alumni of Augsburg College, St. Paul, Minn., is suing for the return of his 1987 $500,000 gift to the school. Stock, who has mailed thousands of letters to families condemning interracial marriages, apparently thought his gift would be used for a new school building wing named in his honor. The school said the wing wouldn't be named after Stock, nor would it return Stock's gift.
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