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Partners: Nursing program to start in fall

OKLAHOMA CHRISTIAN UNIVERSITY Oklahoma Christian University will launch a nursing program offering a bachelor of science degree, officials announced April 17. Previously, Oklahoma Christian students could choose pre-nursing as a major, but they had to complete their degrees elsewhere. The program will accept 30 students this fall. It will place an emphasis on local and world missions, said Lisa McWhirter, biology department chairwoman. “We want students to, of course, be grounded scientifically, but we also hope our students will be grounded with a mentality for service and stewardship,” McWhirter said.

Degree combines elements of ‘CSI’
Beginning this fall, Harding Universitywill offer the latest interdisciplinary approach to the sciences that studentswho follow TV shows such as CSI might appreciate.
Though the university offers separatedegrees in biochemistry, biology and chemistry, the new bachelor of sciencedegree in biochemistry and molecular biology combines elements of all three.
“The students themselves are more awareof this kind of approach, just from their exposure to TV,” said David Cole,professor and chairman of the physical science department. “The dividing linebetween chemistry and biology has become more blurred.”

Graduate program in education started

Ohio Valley Universitywill begin offering master of education degrees in special education, educationleadership, and curriculum and instruction.
Officials with the Vienna, W.V., university said the programwill help teachers obtain the classification of “highly qualified” under thefederal No Child Left Behind law.
New facilities enable residentialcampus
The recent dedication of two new apartment-styleresidence halls will enable York College to become a fully residential campus again,officials of the Nebraskacollege said.
When York made the transition from a two-year to afour-year school in the 1990s, the increase in students and lack of residencehall space forced some to live off campus.
Barbara Goodwin, dean of students, saidthe new facilities will allow upperclassmen to fully engage in the collegeexperience.
“It’s important for students to beclose to where things are happening — it will make a difference with thevitality of our campus,” student body president Rusty Ridley said.


New ministry focuses on campus work

A new organization has been formed tohelp facilitate church of Christ campus ministryplants. Campus Ministry United’s first campus ministry plant workshop isplanned July 7-8 at Harding University, Searcy, Ark.

For more information, seewww.campusministryunited.com.

May 1, 2006

Filed under: Partners Staff Reports

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