Partners, July 2010
MUSTANGS FOR CHRIST
WICHITA FALLS, Texas — Students with the Midwestern State University campus ministry recently traveled to Boulder, Colo., to work with Benny Nowell, his wife, Niki, and their three children.
The Nowells reach out to the homeless in Boulder, said Johnny Bond, Mustangs for Christ campus minister.
“This is an exciting ministry being brought to the ‘least of these,’” Bond said.
CHILDREN AND FAMILIES
JEFFERSONVILLE, Ind. — About 120 volunteers from General Electric Co. were on hand at the children’s home recently.
The volunteers did everything from building decks to putting down mulch to building to painting a basketball court, the Evening News and Tribune reported.
CROWLEY’S RIDGE COLLEGE
PARAGOULD, Ark. — For the first time in its 46-year history, the college awarded bachelor’s degree at its spring commencement ceremonies.
The first nine bachelor’s degree recipients since Crowley’s Ridge became a four-year college included Katie Smith, granddaughter of Emmett Smith, who founded the college in 1964. Eighteen two-year associate’s degrees also were conferred.
“I know my Grandpa would be proud of the way CRC is growing, and he would be so pleased,” Katie Smith said. “I am proud to be part of the first graduating senior class of CRC.”
Other inaugural graduates were Josh Hale, Stephen Fields, Steven White, John Mark Warnick, Elise Edmonds, Michael Chaffin, Bethany Binkley and Michael Warnick.
SEARCY, Ark. — Harding’s 88-year-old chancellor and former president has returned to Arkansas after a four-day boat trip down the Mississippi River, The Daily Citizen reported.
Clifton Ganus Jr., his son and two others took the 700-mile trip from Georgetown to New Orleans.
Ganus said being on the water and visiting his hometown of New Orleans are two of his favorite things to do.
The foursome spent their nights during the trip on islands in the river, stopping in towns along the way to buy gas for the boat.
TEMPLE TERRACE, Fla. — Two science courses have been added to the Florida College curriculum that will serve students interested in the medical field: microbiology and genetics.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Lipscomb is one of the nation’s most environmentally responsible colleges, according to The Princeton Review.
Lipscomb is included in a new resource for college applicants — “The Princeton Review’s Guide to 286 Green Colleges.”
Developed in partnership with the U.S. Green Building Council, the guidebook focuses on institutions of higher education that have demonstrated an above-average commitment to sustainability in terms of campus infrastructure, activities and initiatives.
OKLAHOMA CHRISTIAN UNIVERSITY
OKLAHOMA CITY — The university’s program in video game design ranks in the top 50 nationally, according to The Princeton Review and GamePro magazine.
About 500 game design programs in the United States and Canada were evaluated.
“The final choice for the top 50 schools really came down to teaching, curriculum and software,” said Jeff Price, gaming program adviser in Oklahoma Christian’s art and design department.
YORK, Neb. — The college has launched York College Online with more than 30 courses available throughout the summer, President Steve Eckman said.
The program is available for students seeking undergraduate hours and degree completion leading to a bachelor’s in business administration or general studies.
HEALING HANDS INTERNATIONAL
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti — In the months since the Haiti earthquake, Nashville, Tenn.-based Healing Hands International has drilled 16 water wells, providing water to more than 100,000 people displaced by the quake, said Alisa Van Dyke, development officer.
Harry Hames, a deacon of the Beltline Church of Christ in Decatur, Ala., is working as the ministry’s on-the-ground representative in Haiti. He is coordinating the launch of several “micro-businesses” that will provide jobs for up to 50 people, Van Dyke said.
“This summer we have plans to begin conducting food sustainability workshops that will empower the people of Haiti to begin feeding themselves,” she added.
For more information, see www.hhi.org.
HIS KIDS TOO
Tallahassee, Fla. — A house in Ukraine used by this relief ministry for orphans burned down recently, destroying hundreds of dollars in aid. Supporters have replaced much of what was lost, but more help is needed, the ministry reported.
For more information, see www.hiskidstoo.org.