The Magazine of The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America


Pacific Lutheran University, Susquehanna University and more

• Nineteen students from Pacific Lutheran University, Tacoma, Wash., spent their J-Term (January term) studying natural history and conservation with PLU professor Charles Bergman in Antarctica. They were among nearly 400 PLU students studying on all seven continents. Other groups studied issues from peace journalism in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, to globalization and environmental sustainability in São Paolo, Brazil, and Buenos Aires, Argentina. Still others traveled to New Zealand; Scotland; Martinique; Neah Bay, Wash.; and Tanzania. PLU made history in 2006 when it became the first university to have student groups simultaneously studying on seven continents, said Megan Haley, PLU communications staff. Read the students’ blog and view photos at the PLU Web site...

• The SU CASA program at Susquehanna University, Selinsgrove, Pa., received a 2007 bronze award from the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators. SU CASA (Susquehanna University Central American Service Adventure) sends student and faculty to study and serve with Costa Rican and Nicaraguan congregations, agencies and residents of impoverished communities. Since the program began in 1999, more than 240 participants have delivered more than $350,000 in materials and cash gifts, and contributed at least 10,900 hours of volunteer labor. Mark Radecke, the university’s chaplain, teaches the course. It explores “Images of Jesus in Central America,” while participants staff free medical clinics, join in construction projects and run vacation Bible schools.

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