Partners, April 2008
Ohio Valley University planned to host the Mario Figueroa Memorial 6v6 Soccer Tournament in Hurricane, W.Va., on March 15-16. Figueroa, a sophomore from Miami, died in an all-terrain vehicle accident Nov. 3, 2007.
“One of the many reasons we believe it is important to honor Mario goes back to something his parents stressed to us,” soccer coach Dan Lyons said. “His dream had always been to play soccer at the collegiate level. By attending OVU, his dream was fulfilled.”
Figueroa was a standout player. His key assist in the opening game of the West Virginia Athletic Intercollegiate Conference tournament during the 2007 season set up teammate Marwan Helal to score the winning goal and advance the team.
AUBURN, Ala. — “How to be a Christian on a State Campus” was the topic of a panel discussion during a recent High School Outreach Weekend. The Auburn Christian Student Center hosted the event. More than 50 high school students from throughout the Southeast attended, plus several parents and youth ministers, said Mary Brinkerhoff, the ministry’s activities coordinator.
CHILDREN AND FAMILIES
MOUNTAIN STATES CHILDREN’S HOME
LONGMONT, Colo. — The home is in the midst of a capital campaign called “Soaring to New Heights.” To complete projects such as an education center and new residential homes, the agency hopes to raise $2.35 million. So far, $1.5 million has been donated, executive director Randy Schow said.
CHRISTIAN PRODUCTIONS INTERNATIONAL
MIAMI — The Spanish-language evangelistic television program “Con La Biblia Abierta” (“With the Open Bible”) can now be seen at 9 p.m. Mondays on Almavision.
The Miami-based station is available to Dish Network subscribers on channel 9413. The program, produced by church-supported Christian Productions International, also airs in 23 countries, said Rex Morgan, the ministry’s director.
The Sycamore church in Cookeville, Tenn., sponsors the weekly broadcast on Dish Network.
ABILENE CHRISTIAN UNIVERSITY
ABILENE, Texas — ACU has completed its seven-year “Centennial Campaign” with 20,000 donors contributing more than $156 million to the university, President Royce Money said. It was ACU’s most successful fund-raising campaign.
AUSTIN GRADUATE SCHOOL OF THEOLOGY
AUSTIN, Texas — The seminary has a new home. Austin Grad recently completed its move into a new, 26,000-square-foot location.
With a five-month renovation complete, the new location allows the school to meet the needs of its growing student body while expanding its outreach to churches and the community, Austin Grad President Stan Reid said.
HENDERSON, Tenn. — For the first time, the largest group of graduate students at Freed-Hardeman is black.
In the early 1990s, the Graduate School of Education received a grant to recruit and introduce several minority students to the program. Since then, the program has grown, officials said.
“Our best recruiting tool has been by word-of-mouth advertising,” said John Sweeney, dean of the School of Education.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Six members of Lipscomb’s tennis teams were among 425 students, faculty and staff who devoted their spring break to helping the poor in 22 locations from England to El Salvador to the U.S.
The tennis team taught tennis skills to children and tutored students in Haiti.
“I feel that education is the key to changing a country, so I strive to bring about change through knowledge,” tennis coach Lynn Griffith said.
ROCHESTER HILLS, Mich. — Forty students, faculty and staff headed to Detroit for spring break — to participate in life and ministry in their own backyard.
Josh Graves, minister of young adults at the Rochester church, said he wanted the group to experience the life that exists in a dangerous part of Detroit.
“There are stereotypes that need to be exposed,” said David Rotberg, ministry intern at the Rochester church. “I want them (the students) to experience the things that typically prevent us from doing ministry there.”
YORK, Neb. — President Wayne Baker announced a freeze in tuition for the 2008-09 school year.
“Even though our utility costs and food expenses will surely increase over the ensuing months, we will seek additional gifts from our generous donors to meet these needs,” Baker said.