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Partners, March 2013


EDUCATION TRAINING
ADRIATIC CHRISTIAN ACADEMY
DURRES, Albania
— Fifty-eight students, ages 9 to 16, are learning English, math and Bible principles through the Adriatic Christian Academy.
The after-school program is a ministry of the Adriatic Church of Christ.
Albanian minister Alfred Zike teaches students at the academy.
His wife, Diana, teaches Bible lessons and singing. Alexander Xoxi, a church member and student at a nearby university, teaches English and math. The academy recently hosted a dedication ceremony for its new classroom facility.
The Adams Boulevard Church of Christ in Bartlesville, Okla., sponsors the work. For more information, see www.adriaticchristianacademy.org.
HIGHER EDUCATION
FAULKNER UNIVERSITY
MONTGOMERY, Ala.
— Jean-Noel Thompson is joining Faulkner as its vice president for student services.
Thompson had served since 2007 as vice president for student life and dean of students at Abilene Christian University in Texas.
Faulkner President Billy D. Hilyer described Thompson as “a committed Christian, church leader and family man who believes in Christian higher education and will uphold the mission of Faulkner as a Christian university.”
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LIPSCOMB UNIVERSITY
NASHVILLE, Tenn.
— The biennial Christian College Choral Festival drew more than 300 students to study and perform sacred a cappella choral works.
Chorus groups from Lipscomb, Freed-Hardeman University, Harding University, Ohio Valley University and Crowley’s Ridge College gathered at Lipscomb for combined rehearsals culminating in a group performance.
“The Christian College Choral Festival is an opportunity for students and devotees to hear and learn from groups from many other colleges,” said Gary P. Wilson, director of Lipscomb’s choruses and the festival. “In addition, this is one of the relatively rare times that I as an a cappella choral director get to interact with my colleagues and see what new things their ensembles are doing.”
K-12 CHRISTIAN SCHOOLS
OKLAHOMA CHRISTIAN ACADEMY
EDMOND, Okla.
Oklahoma Christian Academy recently celebrated a $100,000 gift from a donor who asked to remain anonymous.
The unexpected donation will benefit the school’s technology initiative. In addition to classroom upgrades, each faculty member received a laptop computer.
“This great gift gave our teachers new tools, and our students will be the ones who benefit from it,” President Brandon Tatum said.
MINISTRY TRAINING
SUNSET INTERNATIONAL BIBLE INSTITUTE
ALTOONA, Pa.
— Sunset’s newest campus will allow students in the Northeast to attend the Lubbock, Texas-based Bible training school full time via satellite.
The new Pennsylvania campus will allow students to study and learn at the Pleasant Valley Church of Christ building while being virtually in the classroom in Lubbock.
“The students are able to see and hear the lectures, their instructors and fellow classmates and interact with them even though they are hundreds of miles away,” staff administrator Terry Clyde said.
The Pleasant Valley church, served by elders Bud Adams, Jerry Stumpf  and Bob Steiner, previously had offered Sunset courses through recorded videos.
For more information on the new program, see www.PreachNorthEast.org.

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