• Marcus J. Miller, president of Lutheran Southern Seminary, Columbia, S.C., said the school will benefit from the Churchwide Assembly’s approval of full communion between the 4.6-million member ELCA and the 8-million member United Methodist Church (September, page 23). “[It] provides us with one more tool and encouragement to be a place where people of every denomination are welcome to study and grow,” he said. Currently 28 percent of Southern’s seminarians are from outside the ELCA—15 percent are United Methodist.
• California Lutheran University, Thousand Oaks, opened Trinity Hall, a $16.5 million energy-efficient residence hall that combines two classrooms and living spaces. University leaders call it part of a national movement toward live/study experiences. Also, the building’s “gray water” collection system will eventually recycle sink, shower and laundry wastewater to water university grounds.
•Gustavus Adolphus College, St. Peter, Minn., and St. Olaf College, Northfield, Minn., were in the top 10 in a recent list of “highly competitive” U.S. colleges with the best graduation rates. Babson College, Wellesley, Mass, topped the list in a study by the American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research.
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