The Magazine of The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America



Waldorf College, Forest City, Iowa, began a dual degree program with Iowa State University, Ames. Participants can get a bachelor's degree in physical science from Waldorf and one in chemical engineering from Iowa State. Students will spend freshman and sophomore years at Waldorf and junior and senior years at Iowa State. The program gives students a liberal arts background, specialization in science and engineering, and hands-on experience through a required summer internship.

St. Olaf, Northfield, Minn., and Luther, Decorah, Iowa, are among the top six small colleges and universities with alumni currently serving as Peace Corps volunteers, reports the U.S. Peace Corps. St. Olaf tied with another school for third with 21 alumni volunteers; Luther, with 20, was listed as fourth. Since the Peace Corps began in 1961, 84 Luther graduates and 399 St. Olaf alumni--not counting current volunteers--have participated in the program.

At Texas Lutheran University, Seguin, 14 annual student scholarships, two endowed professorships and one grant for academic programs are supported by the Pfluger Educational Endowment Funds, an umbrella organization for contributions by the Pfluger family. About 200 descendants of Henry Pfluger, a German Lutheran immigrant who settled in Texas in 1850, have attended TLU, many of whom have supported the college with endowments and aid.

Students at Susquehanna University, Selinsgrove, Pa., are building off-campus relationships locally and abroad. The Internal Revenue Service trains accounting majors to offer an annual tax-counseling program for local taxpayers who are elderly, low-income, disabled or speak limited English. Also, an agreement between Susquehanna and Shanghai [China] University includes plans for faculty and student exchanges, shared curriculum and internships.

The Trumpet of
Wartburg College, Waverly, Iowa, received a 2001 "Best of Show" award from the Associated Collegiate Press. The newspaper was honored in a special category for coverage of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. Overall, the Trumpet took third place for nondaily newspapers from four-year academic institutions.

This fall,
California Lutheran University, Thousand Oaks, launched its first doctoral-level program. The School of Education's four-year doctorate in educational leadership is limited to 20 students per year. The program's main focus is ethical leadership. The Juris Doctor degree granted by the law school of Capital University, Columbus, Ohio, is the only other doctorate offered by an ELCA school. CLU also established the Segerhammar Center for Faith and Culture in February as a forum for discussion of the relationships between the church, academia and the community, including questions of vocation.

Luther College, Decorah, Iowa, received a $2 million Lilly Grant for its Sense of Vocation project. The grant will be used to develop programs that integrate vocation and values into academic, extracurricular and career-focused programs. Luther also used a competitive NCUR/Lancy Grant for undergraduate research to fund a summer program for eight Luther students who researched land-people relationships, including choices people make about environmental and development concerns, in Winneshiek County, Iowa.

Roanoke College, Salem, Va., raised more than $22,000 for the American Cancer Society during its first Relay for Life in April. Students Ericka Umbarger and Andrew Sturmfels, a cancer survivor, organized the event, which involved 275 community members walking for 12 hours on campus, despite temperatures in the 20s and 30s.

Finlandia University, (formerly Suomi College) in Hancock, Mich., is continuing to strengthen its four-year baccalaureate programs with a $500,000 grant from the Siebert Lutheran Foundation. The grant will help develop a four-year nursing program and improve public relations, recruitment and servant leadership.

The Institute for International Education's "Open Doors 2001" report, based on statistics from the 1999-2000 academic year, listed five ELCA institutions as leading schools for student involvement in study abroad programs. Among the "Top 20 Baccalaureate Institutions" were St. Olaf, Northfield, Minn., second with 558 students; Gustavus Adolphus, St. Peter, Minn., seventh with 372; Concordia, Moorhead, Minn., 13th with 328; and Luther, Decorah, Iowa, 20th with 306. On the "Top 20 Master's Institutions" list, Pacific Lutheran, Tacoma, Wash., was 12th with 354 students studying abroad.

Thiel College, Greenville, Pa., held discussions in April, June and September to provide community members with information about medical ethics related to end-of-life decisions in health care. The discussions were part of the Community Medical Ethics Project, an organization formed by Thiel, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center Horizon, Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in Greenville, and the University of Pittsburgh's Consortium Ethics Program.

The dedication of the Johnson Wellness Center at Grand View College, Des Moines, Iowa, was accompanied by a $250,000 Allied Insurance/Nationwide Foundation grant. Staffed by local physicians, Grand View nursing faculty and students, the clinic provides wellness education and other care to underserved residents of the city's East Side.

The National Tutoring Association selected Muhlenberg College, Allentown, Pa., to receive its 2002 Four-Year College Program of the Year Award for Excellence in Tutoring. Muhlenberg's program employs more than 200 students as peer tutors. Muhlenberg also received a $1.5 million congressional appropriation to integrate NASA data and resources in the classroom. The school plans to hire a NASA teaching/research fellow for three years, establish a NASA learning center on campus, add equipment to its Rake Field Station, and acquire a robotic telescope in Australia for viewing the southern night sky during daytime classes.

Bethany College, Lindsborg, Kan., expanded its criminal justice program, adding a January interim course in forensic science, a required two-course immersion practicum, a criminal justice career day, and an advisory board of criminal justice professionals. Bethany professors and adjunct faculty from local or regional criminal justice agencies will teach the courses. Some of the agencies also will serve as immersion sites.

Sixteen youth and family ministry students from
Midland Lutheran College, Fremont, Neb., wrote three fall 2002 guidebooks for an Augsburg Fortress, Publishers, confirmation series. The guidebooks include the Old Testament, New Testament and catechism guides, as well as at-home and mentoring resources in the M Louie Confirmation series.

Gettysburg (Pa.) tied for 44 in the "Top 50 Liberal Arts-Bachelors" national list of Best Colleges and Universities. First-tier ranked schools in the regional "University-Masters" categories included Capital, Columbus, Ohio, 19, and Augsburg, Minneapolis, 22, in the Midwest; Wagner, Staten Island, N.Y., tied for 28 in the North; and Pacific Lutheran, Tacoma, Wash., 8, and California Lutheran, Thousand Oaks, 24, in the West. Among the top regional schools on the "Comprehensive Colleges-Bachelors" list were Wartburg, Waverly, Iowa, 8, and Augustana, Sioux Falls, S.D., tied for 10, in the Midwest; Lenoir-Rhyne, Hickory, N.C., tied for 8 in the South; and Texas Lutheran, Seguin, third in the West.


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