â– Lenoir-Rhyne University, Hickory, N.C., received a commitment of $1.7 million from a planned gift given by an anonymous donor to endow its Visiting Writers Series, a 21-year-old effort.
â– Nine physics students at ELCA colleges and universities received scholarships of $5,000 or $10,000 from the Rossing Fund for Physics Education Endowment. For names of students and institutions, visit www.elca.org/news.
â– Javier Alanis will serve as interim executive director of the Lutheran Seminary Program in the Southwest, Austin, Texas. He has served on the faculty since 2000. He follows Wayne Menking, who resigned to accept a position as director of clinical pastoral education at Harris Methodist Hospital, Fort Worth, Texas. The seminary program is an extension of the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago and Wartburg Seminary, Dubuque, Iowa. Wartburg President Duane Larson said the leaders are “sad” to see Menking leave, but after eight years of commuting to Austin, they “celebrate” that he will enjoy more time with family at his home in Fort Worth.
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