• As part of $1 million in budget cuts, the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago eliminated or suspended seven staff and one faculty position. It also reduced pay by 4 to 6 percent for all nonstudent employees. “I’m grateful that my colleagues at LSTC understand how serious the economic downturn is for all seminaries,” said LSTC President James K. Echols. “We do not lose heart. LSTC continues to be a place where students who yearn to be servants of the gospel come to be prepared.”
• St. Olaf College, Northfield, Minn., won the 2009 Rube Goldberg Machine Contest at Purdue University , West Lafayette, Ind., March 28. St. Olaf was a first-time entrant and the only liberal arts college in the national engineering competition. It also won the People’s Choice Award, given by attendees. The St. Olaf team spent 3,000 hours building a machine to replace an incandescent light bulb with a more energy-efficient light.
• Anukul Gurung, a senior at Gettysburg [Pa.] College, received two honorable mentions in the 2008 Lucie Awards competition. The contest, which celebrates international master photographers and recognizes new talent, had 22,000 entries from 124 countries. Gurung’s photos, from his hometown of Kathmandu, Nepal, are displayed on the National Geographic Web site. The visual arts major received cameras, exhibit space and service learning experiences from Gettysburg.
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