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Partners, December 2008

OKLAHOMA CITY — Oklahoma Christian decided to retain its name after studying whether a different name would better reflect its national and international influence, President Mike O’Neal said.
“Please be assured that there was never any discussion of changing our Christian mission, nor will there be under this administration,” O’Neal said in a recent letter to university supporters.
See attached video segment, courtesy of OC.

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — CIA Corpus Christi, a campus ministry serving Texas A&M, recently gave away 130 Bibles signed by a costumed character dressed up as “King James.” The Halloween event offered free Bibles to students on the Corpus Christi campus.
Six students have been baptized since Clint Hill joined the campus ministry plant with the Arlington Heights church in September.



WICHITA, Kan. — The former Maude Carpenter Children’s Home has a new name: Carpenter Place. Executive director Shellee Morrison said the name retains an important link to the ministry’s past while “opening up wonderful possibilities for the future.”
“By changing the name … we have a platform to expand programming and services,” Morrison said. Carpenter Place’s core program is residential treatment for at-risk girls ages 6 to 20.

PORTALES, N.M. — Jack Self recently celebrated 50 years of service to the home. He and his late wife, Virgine, first came to the home to serve as houseparents in 1958.
At the home, Self has worked as a bookkeeper, dairyman, farm campus manager and assistant director. He became executive director in 1975. In 2001, he stepped down as director, but his wife, Jan, urged him to keep serving. They have worked together in the development office for seven years.
Self’s son Rod has worked at the home for 35 years and became assistant director in 2001. His daughter Janice and her husband, Darwin Culpepper, came to work for the home in 1983. Darwin is the campus manager. Janice is the administrative assistant.



ABILENE, Texas — After 12 years of service to ACU’s academic community, provost Dwayne VanRheenen will retire at the end of the academic year in May 2009.
ACU’s provost since 1996, VanRheenen has overseen countless academic programs, working closely with many college deans and department chairs, ACU President Royce Money said.

PARAGOULD, Ark. — Crowley’s Ridge has become a four-year college, President Ken Hoppe said. Formerly a two-year Christian college, the school received approval from Arkansas higher education officials to offer baccalaureate degrees.
The Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools also extended Crowley’s Ridge’s accreditation to include its bachelor of science degrees in business administration and Bible.


MONTGOMERY, Ala. — Faulkner hosted the recent World Mission Workshop, as keynote speakers presented ideas on “Who Is My Neighbor?”
A religious roundtable event featured faith groups from around the world, including Buddhists and Muslims, and focused on ways to discuss religions in a loving and neighborly way.
The workshop drew 27 exhibitors and more than 500 participants.
“Many young people were touched with a desire to serve in some aspect of missions to a lost and dying world,” Pepperdine student Jeanette Rodriguez said, according to workshop coordinator Richard Trull.

SEARCY, Ark. — Walgreens, the nation’s largest retail pharmacy chain, made a $30,000 gift to Harding’s newly established College of Pharmacy recently. The funds will be used by the college for supplies and equipment in the pharmaceutical compounding laboratory.


NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Lipscomb’s serving-learning program — SALT — was recently cited in U.S. News and World Report’s “2009 America’s Best Colleges.”
The Lipscomb endeavor was one of 25 “Programs To Look For” highlighted in the U.S. News guide.
The 25 listed universities, including Duke, Stanford, Tulane and Brown, were nominated by university presidents, academic officers and deans across the nation as stellar examples of service-learning initiatives.
SALT — Service and Learning Together — requires every Lipscomb student to complete specific service-learning goals tied directly to an academic course or approved learning outcomes.


FLORENCE, Ala. — The Soulforce Equality Ride made a stop at Heritage recently. Group members said they wanted to spark dialogue about homosexual rights.
University officials declined to allow the group on campus. Three Soulforce members were handcuffed and taken into custody for trespassing after they walked on to campus, WHNT.com reported.
“It’s just not something that really fits with our mission and our academics,” Heritage spokeswoman Lori Eastep said of why the group was barred from campus.

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