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Partners, December 2010



ABILENE, Texas — Nancy Miller, president emeritus of Christian Homes & Family Services, is retiring from the adoption ministry she led for 32 years.

During Miller’s tenure with the ministry, 2,180 birthmothers received free maternity care during their unplanned pregnancies; foster parents cared for 1,139 children; and 1,419 children were placed for adoption into Christian homes and families.

“Her entire lifetime has been devoted to Christian service,” said Gary Miller, chairman of the ministry’s board of trustees. President Sherri Statler said: “She assumed the leadership of a Church of Christ ministry when it was rare for a woman to do so, and then she led with grace, humility and devotion to the children God entrusted to our ministry’s care. Her story and its timing are unique in our brotherhood.”



ABILENE, Texas — As a mother of three, Jennifer Shewmaker has come to understand the impact that sexualized media messages can have on children.

“Media messages are prevalent and powerful in our society,” said Shewmaker, associate professor of psychology at ACU.

Shewmaker’s three years of research on the effect of sexualized messages on children and adolescents recently earned a grant from the Christian Scholars Foundation. The grant will allow her to expand her research interviews and surveys throughout Texas and neighboring states.


MONTGOMERY, Ala. — “An Evening with Sarah Palin” raised $1 million for Faulkner’s student scholarship program. The recent sold-out event drew nearly 2,500 to a Montgomery hotel ballroom.

In her speech, the former Alaska governor and 2008 Republican vice-presidential nominee shared anecdotes about faith, its role in her life and how it shapes one into a person of value.

Palin praised Faulkner in her speech.

“If there were more Faulkner universities around the United States, how much better would our nation be?” she asked, according to the Montgomery Advertiser.


NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Lipscomb is establishing the Nelson and Sue Andrews Institute for Civic Leadership.

The institute will honor the Andrews’ legacy of civic leadership through academic programs, community engagement, research and a leadership council, Lipscomb President Randy Lowry said.

Linda Peek Schacht, a former senior fellow at Harvard University’s Center for Public Leadership, will serve as executive director of the Lipscomb institute.


LUBBOCK, Texas — For 52 years, the F.W. Mattox Administration Building had been the front building at the entry point to LCU. However, the new Cardwell Welcome Center is changing the “face” of the university as viewed from 19th Street.

The welcome center has a 65-foot, all-glass rotunda at its center, from which four wings extend east and west. The copper-tiled rotunda towers above the height of the four wings and has the capacity to hold 200 people for events. 

LCU recently dedicated the new building, named for key donor Jack Cardwell and his wife, Evonne, who gave a $1 million lead gift for the project. The Cardwells are members of the Westside Church of Christ in El Paso, Texas.


MALIBU, Calif. — This fall, Pepperdine hired five new full-time faculty members and two visiting faculty members who are members of Churches of Christ.

Provost Darryl Tippens said the university cherishes its relationship with Churches of Christ. “We believe that with every hire, we are declaring the true mission and trajectory of the university for the next generation,” Tippens said. “Hiring faculty from Churches of Christ, then, is a serious goal for us.”

New hires include full-time faculty members Gregory S. McNeal, Dorothy Collins Andreas, George Carlsen, Matthew Joyner and Eric Olson and visiting faculty Carrie Giboney Wall and Suzanne Fournier Macaluso.


ROCHESTER HILLS, Mich. — For the second straight year, Rochester College’s men’s golf team won the national championship of the United States Collegiate Athletic Association. Clayton Bissett serves as head coach.


YORK, Neb. — Erin DeHart, assistant professor of education at York, recently took a 22-day study trip to Israel, Germany and Poland to continue her extensive studies of the Holocaust. 

The trip was funded partially by a grant from the Holocaust and Jewish Resistance Teachers’ Program.



TUCKER, Ga. — “Walk for Honduras” events in Chattanooga, Tenn., Atlanta, Dallas and Oklahoma City are expected to raise more than $325,000 to support the ministry.

At nine facilities in eastern Honduras, Predisan provides more than 38,000 patient services each year in healthcare, community development and spiritual outreach. The ministry’s tagline is “Proclaiming Jesus, Healing Lives.” 

For more information, see www.predisan.org.

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