The Magazine of The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America


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• Sabine O’Hara resigned as the 10th president of Roanoke College, Salem, Va., effective June 30. O’Hara, who has served as president since 2004, said after accomplishing some key objectives, including leading the college through a successful strategic planning process, she is looking forward to exploring other opportunities. She is the fifth president of an ELCA college or university to step down this year (February, "Four presidents to step down").

• Baseball and softball teams at Grand View College, Des Moines, Iowa, spearheaded a project to offer support to the Bluffton [Ohio] University baseball team, which was involved in a bus accident that killed four team members, the bus driver and his wife. Students made fleece blankets in the Bluffton school colors to give to each of the families of those who were killed, and to each player and coach involved. The blankets included a “comfort prayer” provided by the Grand View campus ministry team.

Waldorf College, Forest City, Iowa, provides movie iPod technology for about 80 students in three classes, with more being added soon. With microphones and hard drives that include movies, graphics, presentations, syllabi, readings and recordings, students can review lecture materials and capture and record presentations outside the classroom, allowing for more exhaustive discussion concerning the materials. Several years ago, Waldorf provided laptop computers for every student before many schools began doing so.

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