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Partners, June 2010


ABILENE, Texas — ACU’s student newspaper, The Optimist, has become the first student newspaper to publish on Apple’s new iPad tablet device.
“We had a nine-week window to set goals, prioritize and implement our vision,” said Kenneth Pybus, faculty adviser to The Optimist.
The Department of Journalism and Mass Communication established a Mobile Media Task Force. Its goal: to use students and faculty leaders from three disciplines — journalism, information and technology — to develop the newspaper’s new digital platform. The project hub location was ACU’s converged media newsroom, one of only a handful of such student newsrooms in the U.S.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Lipscomb will offer a doctorate of education starting this fall.
The Doctorate of Education in Learning Organizations and Strategic Change is focused on preparing leaders for both academic settings and public and private organizations. It’s the first doctorate offered by Lipscomb’s College of Education.

VIENNA, W.Va. — OVU recently dedicated the A.E. Johnson Center for Biblical Studies on its main campus.
The center, connected to the Stotts Administrative Building, has been under renovation for two years and now includes faculty offices as well as classrooms and meeting space.
The center is named after Alfred Elmore Johnson, a minister and missionary.
Johnson and his wife, Marie, have strong ties to the university.
Their second son, James Johnson, served as OVU’s second president. Youngest son Timothy Johnson is a member of OVU’s advancement staff, and daughter-in-law Lesa Johnson serves as the university’s director of health and wellness.


OBONG NTAK, Nigeria — More than 500 students gathered at Obong Christian High School recently to take Nigeria’s Joint Admission and Matriculation exam.
“The federal government agency responsible for admission of students into Nigerian universities and colleges chose our high school campus as one of the national examination centers,” said administrator Moses Akpanudo. “That makes us so happy.”
Some of the students may attend Obong University, a four-year university overseen by Akpanudo’s family. The university’s curriculum includes daily chapel and Bible study.

ABILENE, Texas — As Boy Scouts of America  celebrates its 100th anniversary, members of Churches of Christ for Scouting will provide 11 chaplains to serve at this summer’s National Jamboree in Fort A.P. Hill, Va. The Church of Christ group also will distribute 10,000 Bibles to Scouts.
“It’s our plan to distribute the majority of the Bibles during our worship services on Sunday, August 1,” said Steve Leddy, the organization’s chairman.
Executive director Kent Barnett said, “Our goal is to conduct worship services at multiple locations near the troops instead of conducting one service requiring Scouts to walk many miles in order to worship.”
For more information, go to www.goodservant.org.


ABILENE, Texas — Eight motorcycles donated by the U.S. Border Patrol will be used by church members in Nicaragua, Honduras, the Philippines and Zambia.
Abilene-based Global Samaritan Resources will ship the motorcycles to the mission points.
First, the motorcycles will be tuned up and serviced by the Christian Motorcyclist Association, an Arkansas-based group that sponsors evangelistic efforts and relief projects in the motorcycling community.
Lucky Moore, a member of the association, is working on the motorcycles to ensure they work properly.
“I enjoy it because I can do something for somebody else,” Moore said. “It’s awesome, it really is.”

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