The Magazine of The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America



• The Campus Kitchen at Augsburg College, Minneapolis, was honored with one of nine Harry Chapin Self-Reliance awards given by the nonprofit World Hunger Year, New York. It was one of 300 applicants for a $2,500 award to recognize “grassroots organizations in the U.S. that have moved beyond charity to creating change in their communities.” The kitchen uses food donations from campus dining, student groups and Second Harvest Heartland to deliver meals to community service agencies.

• Research conducted by Kasee Hildenbrand, athletic training academic program coordinator, Bethany College, Lindsborg, Kan., was featured in The New York Times’ health section. Her research found that traditional sit-ups were at least as effective and in some cases more so than exercising with an abdominal roller, AB slide or “Fitball.” The findings originally appeared in the March 2004 Journal of Athletic Training.

• For the fifth straight year, California Lutheran University, Thousand Oaks, offered The Executive Roundtable, a course built around guest speakers from corporations such as Dole Foods, Baxter BioPharmaceuticals, Universal Studios Hollywood and Citigroup. Students glimpse the world of corporate governance, executive decision-making, and issues and dilemmas facing modern corporations.

Capital University Law School, Columbus, Ohio, sponsored the 2nd National Conference of Minority Professionals in Alternative Dispute Resolution. The conference offered more than 40 workshops on enhancing mediation skills, providing opportunities and helping remove barriers for minorities in the field.

Dana College, Blair, Neb., now offers a community journalism major, with emphases in visual and broadcast media, design or writing. Dana also offers an intercultural communication major that reflects employers’ growing need for graduates who understand the communication patterns and expectations of minority and foreign populations.

• While doing research for a book, Grant Scott, an English professor at Muhlenberg College, Allentown, Pa., discovered nearly 500 unpublished manuscript letters dating from the mid-1800s in an English attic. The discovery provided new information about painter Joseph Severn, a member of poet John Keats’ circle. Scott’s Joseph Severn: Letters and Memoirs (Ashgate, 2005) includes letters, memoirs and 33 illustrations.

Luther College, Decorah, Iowa, received an anonymous $3.6 million gift to its Higher Calling Campaign. The gift includes $2.9 million to create the Luther Center for Ethics and Public Affairs, and a $700,000 commitment for construction of a science building.

• To help launch its service-learning program, Midland Lutheran College, Fremont, Neb., received $15,000 from the Midwest Consortium for Service-Learning in Higher Education. Such programs integrate community service with instruction. Midland’s program will include engaging in a community needs assessment, creating a resource library, and training events for staff, students and community partners.

• Eric Nelson, an assistant professor of classics at Pacific Lutheran University, Tacoma, Wash., was featured on a History Channel documentary, Rome: Engineering an Empire. The show chronicled the history of the Roman Empire from Caesar’s reign in 44 B.C. to its fall around A.D. 537.

Roanoke College, Salem, Va., was awarded its second Fulbright Scholar in three years. Omer Faruk Genckaya, assistant professor of political science at Bilkent University in the Republic of Turkey, has visited classrooms and lectured about democracy in Muslim states.

Susquehanna University, Selinsgrove, Pa., expanded its “Write Option” admissions policy, allowing first-year applicants to submit writing samples rather than ACT or SAT scores.

• Bruce S. Gordon, a 1968 graduate of Gettysburg [Pa.] College, was named president and chief executive officer of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People. He was president of Verizon Communications’ Retail Markets Group before retiring in 2003.

• The Susquehanna University, Selinsgrove, Pa., chapter of Students in Free Enterprise placed second runner-up in their league at SIFE Nationals in Kansas City, Mo. Susquehanna’s 18-student SIFE team worked on 12 projects throughout the academic year, including “Business Book Bags” with materials to teach students in first- through third-grades about money and the economy.

• ELCA campus minister Bob Chell led 13 students from South Dakota State University, Brookings, on a mission trip to El Paso, Texas, and Juarez, Mexico, through the Border Servant Corp, a Lutheran volunteer group. “Their willingness to move beyond their comfort zones in working alongside the poor and powerless and to engage the complex issues that underlie poverty ... had a powerful impact on their lives,” Chell says.

• Six years ago, a local chamber of commerce economic analysis concluded that Newberry [S.C.] College makes more than a $100 million impact on the county in which it is located. “Today ... the impact is even more significant,” says Newberry College President Mitchell Zais. “Small colleges like Newberry ... provide resources and improve the quality of life in ways that cannot be replicated by business.”

Texas Lutheran University, Seguin, now offers a minor in the business of science, helping business and science majors gain both scientific knowledge and practical business applications. John McClusky, associate professor of chemistry, says enhanced career opportunities exist for scientists with “an understanding of budgets, markets, accounting, management and business terminology.”

• Members of the Literary Society of Wittenberg University, Springfield, Ohio, took part in a writing workshop in Tokyo and Kyoto, Japan, as part of a travel grant program funded by the Freeman Foundation, which is committed to strengthening Asian studies. Wittenberg’s East Asian Studies program was awarded a $1.9 million grant to ensure that all its undergraduates, regardless of their course of study, have an encounter with Asia.

• Students at Thiel College, Greenville, Pa., and Augustana College, Sioux Falls, S.D., co-authored papers for publication in leading physics journals. Thiel student Do Dai Nguyen and Michael Bacon, a Thiel physics professor, co-authored “Real World Damping of a Physical Pendulum” for the peer-reviewed The European Journal of Physics. And Augustana students Nora Johnson and Heather Baxterco-authored “Proton-Carbon Monoxide Collisions from 10 keV to 14 MeV” for The Physical Review, a journal of the American Physics Society.

Wagner College, Staten Island, N.Y., received the 2005 TIAA-CREF Theodore M. Hesburgh Award, presented each year to one college or university judged to have the most effective faculty development program that enhances undergraduate teaching and student learning.

• When the pastor of Luther Memorial Church, Des Moines, Iowa, retired, nearby Grand View College offered its campus pastor, LeAnn Stubbs, as interim. “It was mutual love at first sight,” said Tom Weinman, a member of Luther Memorial. “She was missing the interaction of a congregation, and we unanimously cottoned to her.” Today Stubbs and a second pastor, Jack Mithelman, serve the church and college.

Wartburg College, Waverly, Iowa, donated dozens of brass, woodwind and percussion instruments to the Ruhija School of Music in northern Tanzania. After graduating from Wartburg in 2001, Jenitha Kameli returned to Bukoba, Tanzania, with a few of the instruments. School officials stored the rest until they determined cost-effective ways to ship the remaining instruments. In 2005 a Wartburg alumni tour group offered to take the nearly 40 instruments as carry-on items and deliver them to the Arusha office of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Tanzania. Kameli traveled for two days by bus to collect the items for the music school where she teaches.


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