The Magazine of The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America


Augustana colleges celebrate sesquicentennial, Six Gettysburg students receive Fullbright grants, and more ...

Steve Bahls, president of Augustana College, Rock Island, Ill., called it the first joint event with Augustana College , Sioux Falls, S.D., in 140 years: a June 5 sesquicentennial celebration of the founding of the former Scandinavian Evangelical Lutheran Augustana Synod and the schools. During a celebration at Jefferson Prairie Lutheran Church, Poplar Grove, Ill., Bahls and Rob Oliver, president of the Sioux Falls school, spoke about the colleges' continuing value. They also signed a compact in recognition of the anniversary, together with Mark Wilhelm of ELCA Vocation and Education.

Setting a record for Gettysburg [Pa.] College, six students from the class of 2010 received Fulbright grants to learn, teach and do research worldwide. Robyn Byrne will study advanced Arabic in Egypt and research sustainable ecotourism in Oman; Marc Fialkoff will pursue a master's of science in sustainability at the University of Leeds (United Kingdom); Jennifer Lech will teach English and advise college students in Portugal; Janelle Papay will teach German middle- and high-school students English and help them participate in conservation activities; Adam Ortiz will teach English to college students in Turkey; and Tim Cullen will teach English in Bahrain.

In Fremont, Neb., population 25,000 and home to Midland Lutheran College and two meatpacking plants, a majority of residents voted June 21 to bar employers from hiring and landlords from renting to illegal immigrants. Just before the decision, Midland student Jose Nuño told the Lincoln-Journal Star that the controversy came from "fear." Nuño and his brother, Trino, a recent Midland graduate, are U.S. citizens and their father is a naturalized citizen.

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