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Partners, June 2016


NORCROSS, Ga. — Packages of toilet paper pile around Greater Atlanta Christian student Kendall Robinson, who welcomes the donations for her “Love Rolls” campaign.

Robinson heard a shelter client at an Atlanta food bank describe how he rationed one roll of toilet paper per month, and she sprang into action to help others. 

The Love Rolls campaign encourages hotels, businesses and people to donate toilet paper, which is collected on the campus. An estimated 1,000 rolls were expected to add to Robinson’s campaign.

ABILENE, Texas — Best-selling author Max Lucado visited his alma mater April 25 for a benefit dinner celebrating Friends of ACU Library’s 50th anniversary. 

“I love Abilene Christian,” the 1977 graduate said. “Scarcely a week passes by when I don’t tell some story about how my life was changed during my days as a student.” 

Lucado chose ACU’s Brown Library to house the Max Lucado Collection – a compilation of his manuscripts, journals, artwork and personal correspondence from his time as a missionary, evangelist and writer. 

The benefit dinner proceeds went toward initial processing costs for the collection.


NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Young Christian entrepreneurs at Lipscomb learn how to take their business degree to the mission field and turn profits into inspiration and hope. 

Rob Touchstone, co-founder of The Well Coffeehouse in Nashville, leads the campus’ missional entrepreneurship program, which funded two recent mission trips to Morant Bay, Jamaica. 

About 25 students participated in the mission trips and helped develop business models, scout potential locations and raise seed money through class projects. 


VIENNA, W.Va. — Coal can be a clean alternative energy source, OVU leaders say. The university will soon become the beneficiary of a commercial-scale alternative clean energy training center.

“The project will create an alternative revenue source … to assist in funding strategic initiatives, provide internships and increase endowments for various scholarships and facilities enhancements,” said Jeff Dimick, OVU’s executive vice president.

The facility will use about 600 tons of coal per day, officials said. 

“The site will produce primarily mixed alcohols (ethanol and methanol) along with other energy-related byproducts through patented processes utilizing coal as the primary feedstock,” said Marcus Wiley, chairman of TCG Global LLC of Englewood, Colo., and a principal of the OVU venture.

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