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Queen Sonia and King Harald V of Norway visited Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, Wash, Luther College in Decorah, Iowa, and Augustana College in Sioux Falls, S.D.

Chris Burke; his mother, Marian; and his father, Frank, shared their story at a conference in Milwaukee sponsored by the Lutheran Developmental Disabilities Coalition. The Burkes said their other three children were important in raising Chris, born 30 years ago with Down syndrome.

A team of students from Augustana College, Sioux Falls, S.D., led by Richard Swanson , an assistant professor, created an interactive computer program based on the character of Jesus. The students presented their work in England at a fall conference on computers and teaching in the humanities.

Augustana College,Rock Island, Ill., may be an institution of higher education, but it's also making a name as a player in the business world. The college, with a yearly budget of $40 million, made $1 million last year in profit from Schonstedt Instrument Co., which was bequeathed to the school by a board member.

Eight months after the bombing of a federal building in Oklahoma City, the local Lutheran Social Services staff is still working to aid survivors and the families of victims. Staff members helped residents move back into the Regency Towers, which was badly damaged, and replaced some of the destroyed furniture. And those who had lived at the demolished Kirkpatrick Hotel received help finding living quarters.

Three finalists for president of Augsburg Fortress, the ELCA publishing house, are Dana E. Dreibelbis, president, Chapman & Hall, a New York publisher of academic texts and professional books; Harold W. Rast, publisher, Trinity Press International and Judson Press, Valley Forge, Pa.; and Marvin L. Roloff, Augsburg Fortress vice president for customer resources and relationships, and interim president. The board will decide in April.

Karen Taylor , a student at Gettysburg [Pa.] Seminary, presented the Southwestern Pennsylvania Synod with a Chinese Tujia biblical tapestry to thank the synod for supporting her alternate learning experience--a 5-month work/study at the University of Pittsburgh.

John Steinbruck and Robert Holum, pastors of Luther Place Memorial Church, Washington, D.C., and Mary Nelson, president of Bethel New Life, a Lutheran church-based Chicago development agency, were among more than 50 Christian leaders who were willingly arrested inside the Capitol Dec. 7 to dramatize what they say is a failure of federal officials to consider the needs of the poor in the current budget debate. They were to be arraigned after press time.


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