Partners, February 2014
CHRIST’S STUDENT CHURCH AT CAROLINA
COLUMBIA, S.C. — The Church of Christ campus ministry at the University of South Carolina organized two recent picnics for homeless residents.
“Our students host these picnics a few times each year in a large city park, providing a serving line in which guests come through and have sandwiches made to order, along with hot soup and other side items,” campus minister Randy Gore said.
ABILENE CHRISTIAN UNIVERSITY
ABILENE, Texas — “I Will Listen.”
Reid Rivers offers to listen to fellow students’ needs. PHOTO BY MANDY LAMBRIGHT, THE OPTIMIST So reads the cardboard sign that Reid Rivers, an ACU freshman missions major from Juneau, Alaska, holds in silence on a walkway between the campus center and the library.
“Looking around the world and inside myself, there’s a lot of pain and hurt,” Rivers told the student newspaper The Optimist. “As Christians, what we tend to do is speak and preach and teach to that, and a lot of times, that hurts more than helps.”
So, Reid took a different approach: “Some people just need another person willing to listen. So, that’s my goal, to listen and show the love of God.”
MONTGOMERY, Ala. — Faulkner hosted the recent Christian College and University Presidents’ Conference.
Those who attended included Andrew Benton of Pepperdine University, John deSteiguer of Oklahoma Christian University, Steve Eckman of York College, Billy Hilyer of Faulkner, Ken Hoppe of Crowley’s Ridge College, Dennis Jones of Heritage Christian University, Randy Lowry of Lipscomb University.
Others in attendance were Bruce McLarty of Harding University, Tim Perrin of Lubbock Christian University, Denny Petrillo of Bear Valley Bible Institute, Michael C. Turner of Amridge University, John Tyson Jr. of Rochester College and Joe Wiley of Freed-Hardeman University.
HENDERSON, Tenn. — FHU, based in West Tennessee, plans to expand to Middle Tennessee, thanks to the largest gift in the university’s 144-year history.
The Jackson Foundation transferred ownership of the Renaissance Center in Dickson to FHU.
Designed as a fine arts and technology learning center, the $18 million facility includes 110,000 square feet of classroom space, conference rooms, film and video production studios, theater areas, offices and a planetarium.
Starting this fall, FHU will offer a four-year undergraduate program and post-graduate degrees in Dickson.
“We recognize that the Renaissance Center is so much more than a building,” FHU President Joe Wiley said. “It’s the heart of the Dickson community, and that’s why it’s the perfect place to make our home in Middle Tennessee.”
LUBBOCK CHRISTIAN UNIVERSITY
LUBBOCK, Texas — LCU has received a $10 million gift to construct a new nursing building.
The donation was made by the J.T. and Margaret Talkington Charitable Foundation in honor of Margaret Talkington. It is the largest gift ever received by the LCU Foundation.
“This gift will advance our mission of changing lives, strengthen our partnership with the Covenant School of Nursing and enhance nursing education in this region and beyond,” LCU President Tim Perrin said.