Partners: Cal Ripken Jr. helps raise scholarship funds
Literacy Lunches helps immigrant workers
OKLAHOMA CHRISTIAN UNIVERSITY
Mwaru Kiarie Kariuki, a Kenya native, once relied on English skills he taught himself. But a new program called Literacy Lunches at Oklahoma Christian University is helping the university custodian live and work better, The Daily Oklahoman reported recently.
Students majoring in teaching English as a foreign language started Literacy Lunches as part of the Oklahoma Christian Literacy Program. Twelve members of the university’s custodial staff come during their lunch periods twice a week, and tutors help them with listening, speaking, reading and writing, said Gail Nash, assistant professor of English.
At first, Oklahoma Christian students taught the classes, but now they are training volunteers from within the university community to be tutors, the newspaper reported.
Central Dallas Ministries to develop housing
CETNRAL DALLAS COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT CORP.
Central Dallas Community Development Corp., the sister organization of Central Dallas Ministries, is acquiring a 15-story downtown office tower. The tower will be re-developed into 209 apartments, ground floor retail and two floors of office space, officials said. Construction on the project, tagged CityWalk@Akard, will begin this year.
The development corporation secured commitments of $1.75 million from the City of Dallas and $12 million in low-income housing tax credits from the Texas Department of Community Affairs for the project. Two hundred of the apartments will be affordable, workforce housing, and at least 50 will be set aside for formerly homeless individuals.
New director of preaching school named
MEMPHIS SCHOOL OF PREACHING
Bobby Liddell, associate director of the Memphis School of Preaching since 2002, will take over as director in March, the elders of the Forest Hill church have announced. Curtis A. Gates is resigning as director after 24 years in that position. He will continue as an instructor and director emeritus.
Liddell, a 1979 graduate of the Memphis School of Preaching, has worked with the school since 1994, serving initially as dean of admissions and instructor.
“We believe he is well qualified, biblically, academically and energetically, for the work we have given him to do,” the elders said.
Jan.1 , 2007