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Carrying buckets of water at California Lutheran University and more...

• Imagine carrying an empty bucket on a 10-minute walk, then stopping to fill it with water and carrying it another 15 minutes. In April, students, staff and friends of California Lutheran University, Thousand Oaks, carried these buckets on their heads, symbolically walking across campus in the shoes of many women and children living in poverty worldwide. The event was part of Be Hope to Her, a nationwide awareness effort spearheaded by Nuru International.

Gustavus Adolphus College, St. Peter, Minn., took first place in a forensics event last March in Minneapolis. The Gusties won a first (highest overall score) in the individual events portion of the Pi Kappa Delta National Comprehensive Tournament — ahead of 56 other colleges and universities. Gustavus sophomore Chloe Radcliffe won the Pentathlon competition, which recognizes the top 10 students who compete in at least five events.

• A study by Auburn Theological Seminary, New York City, ranked the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago among the top 20 U.S. seminaries for multifaith education. Auburn's Center for Multifaith Education looked at 150 Christian, Jewish, Muslim, Buddhist and multireligious institutions. Auburn officials said they did the study because leaders increasingly must reach across lines of faith to be successful. See the complete study at Auburn's Web site.

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