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ABILENE, Texas — Abilene Christian’s Nicodemus Naimadu recently won his fourth national individual title in men’s cross country, an NCAA record.
The native Kenyan propelled the Wildcats to their second consecutive Division II team championship.
SPRING HILL, Tenn. — The agency will partner with Churches of Christ in Belo Horizonte, Brazil, to establish a children’s home there.
“There are 20,000 needy children in that city, and many of them are sleeping on the streets,” said Brian King, president of Tennessee Children’s Home.
The Brazilian churches have purchased property and expect to start construction in March. The Tennessee agency will provide training and financial support.
ABILENE, Texas — A hundred students spent the winter break in Colorado, earning credit hours in the Rocky Mountains.
ACU’s College of Business Administration hosted its 10th annual Leadership Summit, a short course designed to help students discover their calling from God.
“The Summit has become a favorite among students beause it is a spiritual mountaintop experience that strategically integrates faith, learning and leadership development for the Christian,” said Rick Lytle, business college dean.
MONTGOMERY, Ala. — About 140 girls from the Southeast came to Faulkner in mid-January for the sixth annual “JEWELS,” a spiritual event designed specifically for young ladies.
Keynote speaker Laura Day of Winter Garden, Fla, took a religious look at the story “My Fair Lady,” teaching that Christians may start as poor and disadvantaged but will be showered with blessings by maintaining a faithful life.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Lipscomb broke ground recently on its first new student residence hall since 1983.
The complex, expected to open later this year, will feature apartment-style suites and environmentally friendly construction standards, said Danny Taylor, senior vice president for finance and administration.
The $8.2 million, 50,000-square-foot complex includes the first four of 11 new residential buildings planned at Lipscomb. The construction is part of the $54 million Lipscomb 2010 initiative to improve academic programs, spiritual activities and facilities, officials said.
ROCHESTER HILLS, Mich. — Craig Bowman, professor of Hebrew Bible and archaeology, joined four students and an alumnus in an annual archaeological excavation in southern Israel from Dec. 29 to Jan. 17.
The Tel Tamar Study Tour is part of the college’s Global Educational Opportunities program.
In all, 38 people from Michigan, Texas and Oregon were involved in the tour, co-hosted by Rochester College, Austin Graduate School of Theology and Blossoming Rose, a humanitarian travel organization.
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — Senior high physics students tested their catapult projects recently by launching pumpkins. The winning throw traveled more than 100 feet. Charlie Monan and Nick Rogers built the winning catapult. Both attend the Pleasant Valley church.
JACKSON, Tenn. — A donor who asked to remain anonymous recently made a $1 million commitment to Jackson Christian, challenging other supporters to match it.
The gift, by far the largest in the school’s 32-year history, will help build a 10,000-square-foot early learning facility on the school’s campus, leaders said.
Jackson Christian serves 967 students in preschool through 12th grade.
NORTH RICHLAND HILLS, Texas — “The Biggest Loser” isn’t just a popular television show.  
Fort Worth Christian has its own version as it aims to improve the health of students and staff members, spokeswoman Mary Witt said. On Jan. 8, 105 participants measured and weighed in.
The two-month challenge, featuring a boot camp and exercise classes, will end March 4 with cash prizes.
“We believe that we’ll get new bodies someday,” academic dean Maryann Felps said. “But in the meantime, it’s important to care for the ones we have now.”

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