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Football, baseball programs launched

FAULKNER UNIVERSITY AND OKLAHOMA CHRISTIAN UNIVERSITY After almost a year of deliberation, Faulkner University in Montgomery, Ala., has decided to pass … and run, blitz and tackle. Faulkner announced recently that it will begin playing intercollegiate football in fall 2007. Former Auburn graduate assistant coach Jim Nichols was introduced as Faulkner’s first head coach.His former boss, Auburn head coach Tommy Tuberville, a member of the Auburn church, was on hand to introduce Nichols.Meanwhile, Oklahoma Christian University in Oklahoma City announced July 13 that it will revive its baseball program in 2008. Oklahoma Christian first played intercollegiate baseball from 1960 to 2001. Chuck White, a former second baseman for Oklahoma Christian, will serve as head coach.
Lipscomb starts institute for conflict resolution

The Institute for Conflict Resolution will open at Lipscomb University in Nashville, Tenn., as a resource for students, professionals, businesses and government entities, Lipscomb President Randy Lowry announced.
“It will be a local, regional and national resource for anyone interested in learning and applying the innovative concepts of conflict resolution in their professional and personal lives,” Lowry said.
He founded the Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution at Pepperdine University in Malibu, Calif., before coming to Lipscomb.
This fall, Lipscomb plans to host a National Conference on Dispute Resolution in association with the Pepperdine institute. Former special prosecutor and Pepperdine Law School Dean Kenneth Starr will be the keynote speaker.
Freed-Hardeman giving tops $60 million

Giving to Freed-Hardeman University’s “Beyond Believe Campaign” has topped $60 million, the university announced recently.
Several major building projects are among the campaign’s goals. The projects include a new library, a new visual arts center, a renovation and extension of the science building, and construction and renovation for several student living facilities.
Milton Sewell, president of the Henderson, Tenn., university, described the giving so far as “amazing.” “People have to really believe in a place and its mission before they’ll give like this,” Sewell said. “We are seeing how much people believe in Freed-Hardeman.”

Ohio Valley helping W.Va. students enroll

Ohio Valley University is partnering with College Summit, a national initiative to improve college enrollment, to ensure that more West Virginia students who can make it in college actually make it to college.
The Vienna, W.Va., university hosted a four-day College Summit summer workshop in July and invited about 30 West Virginia high school seniors to participate.
“Ohio Valley University is committed to the academic success of the students in our region, and we want to do everything possible to ensure they reach their greatest potential,” President James A. Johnson said.
August 1, 2006

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