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Finlandia holds an Apron Show, Cal Lutheran dedicates Peace Pole and more ...

California Lutheran University, Thousand Oaks, dedicated a Peace Pole late in January outside its Samuelson Chapel. The words "May Peace Prevail on Earth" are inscribed on the pole in English and eight other languages. CLU's pole is one of 200,000 in more than 200 countries. In 1955, Masahisa Goi launched the Peace Pole project in Japan as a response to the Hiroshima bombings.

A student at Finlandia University,
A student at Finlandia University, Hancock, Mich., wears a handmade apron from an Apron Show held by the school's Young Women's Caucus. The exhibit encouraged viewers to remember aprons and the women who wear/wore them. The aprons were created by artists from the U.S., Canada and England.
Waldorf College, Forest City, Iowa, is no longer affiliated with the ELCA. The school was sold in January to Mayes Education Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Columbia Southern University, a for-profit, online institution based in Orange Beach, Ala. Waldorf, founded by Lutheran pastor C.S. Salveson in 1903, was sold in response to a financial crisis. Stanley N. Olson, executive director of Vocation and Education, said the ELCA is "in active conversation with the Waldorf Lutheran College Foundation about their hope to develop an ELCA campus ministry for the college."

Thiel College, Greenville, Pa., announced Thiel Commitment, an initiative that includes an undergraduate tuition waiver, expanded career services for current students and graduates. It also includes an e-Portfolio system, opportunities to explore majors with faculty mentors without being locked in, and a 60 percent tuition discount for graduates. "If you need the ninth semester to finish up your undergraduate degree, and you're in good academic, social and financial standing, Thiel will offer you the chance to do so free of tuition," said Thiel President Troy VanAken.

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