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Partners, September 2009

Lipscomb University staffer Mike Smith rode a bicycle the length of the nation, from Mobile, Ala., to Owen Sound, Canada — 2,028 miles.
His ride raised almost $7,700 for scholarships.
Smith rode the Adventure Cycling Association’s Underground Railroad Bicycle Route. In the same spirit as those who helped runaway slaves, Churches of Christ all along the route provided food and lodging for Smith.
Churches in Alabama, Mississippi, Tennessee, Kentucky and Ohio provided meals and a bed for Smith, who averaged about 60 miles a day for 34 days on his bike. Along the way, Smith spoke to congregations about his ride, stressing his desire to help make a Christian education available to all who seek the opportunity.
To donate, see biketour.lipscomb.edu
MANHATTAN, Kan. — A team of six from the Cats for Christ campus ministry served in Kigali, Rwanda, for six weeks during the summer. The team worked with the Let’s Start Talking ministry to offer one-on-one conversational English sessions using the Bible as a basis for conversation, campus minister Cary McCall said.
ABILENE, Texas — ACU will save money and reduce dependence on fossil fuels through a new contract for electricity with Priority Power Management, the university said. The 10-year electricity contract will provide for 87 percent of ACU’s energy needs, using a combination of fossil fuel and wind resources produced by the wind farms across West Texas.
TIGARD, Ore. — In the wake of Cascade College’s closing earlier this year, supporters of Christian higher education are organizing “Christian College Day Northwest.” The event will be Oct. 17 at the Southwest church, said Judy Compton, an organizer and church member.
Representatives of Abilene Christian University, Faulkner University, Freed-Hardeman University, Harding University, Lipscomb University, Lubbock Christian University, Ohio Valley University, Oklahoma Christian University, Pepperdine University and York College are expected to make presentations.
For information, see www.ccdnw.org.
PARAGOULD, Ark. —  Crowley’s Ridge will begin offering online classes this fall, including courses in business, psychology and education. “The ability to take online classes will greatly enhance an individual’s access to higher education,” President Ken Hoppe said.
MONTGOMERY, Ala. — Ripping out old carpet at a group foster-care facility, changing light bulbs for the low-income elderly, registering people for English lessons using the Bible as the text — these tasks are not the usual freshman orientation activities. But that’s exactly what Faulkner’s incoming freshmen did during their orientation.
The day of service kicked off “Touch 10,000 Lives,” the university’s campaign to make a difference in the lives of 10,000 people during the academic year with acts of service. To graduate, the incoming freshman class must perform 40 hours of community service per year.
TEMPLE TERRACE, Fla. — Forty-four campers converged on the campus recently for the fifth annual Florida College Labor Camp. Volunteers preened and polished the campus and made repairs and improvements to the college’s most iconic building: Hutchinson Auditorium.
That building is not only where students attend morning chapel, but the image is also splashed across the college’s Web site, publications and letterhead. As part of the “extreme makeover,” campers repainted the auditorium walls, hung a huge new projector screen and cleaned from top to bottom, front to back, said Paul Greiving, vice president of operations.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. — The University of Tennessee College of Law and Lipscomb Institute of Conflict Management have entered into a collaborative agreement to provide graduate-level instruction in conflict management and dispute resolution.
The collaboration allows UT law students to earn a master’s degree in conflict management from Lipscomb while pursuing their law degree. Lipscomb will offer the courses at UT’s Knoxville campus on Fridays and Saturdays.
OKLAHOMA CITY — Oklahoma Christian has topped its $60 million goal for its Higher Learning-Higher Calling campaign.
Not only did the university complete the landmark campaign early, but it also exceeded its target by more than $4 million, officials said. In less than six years, the university raised $64.3 million from more than 7,000 supporters.
ROCHESTER HILLS, Mich. — Rochester is adding a master’s degree in missional leadership, with Mark Love serving as director.
“Congregations and their leaders do everything they know to do with greater skill, but with diminishing impact,” Love said. “The world has changed, and congregations are awakening to the fact that we are in a missionary engagement with our own culture.”
The new program will focus upon leadership preparation, with the congregation and its context seen as the primary classroom for ministry, he said.
Over two years, students will complete eight of 12 required courses online and spend two weeks each year in face-to-face learning on the Rochester campus.
COOKEVILLE, Tenn. — One of the newest graduates, Midea Liao, from Wuhan, China, left behind a colorful memento for faculty and students as she headed back home.
Liao donated a painting she completed titled “Jesus is Fishing,” depicting Jesus standing on a boat in the
Sea of Galilee and preaching to a multitude along the shoreline. The painting is now on display at her alma mater, according to the college’s Web site. “This painting that Midea has given to Tennessee Bible College is greatly appreciated, and this is only one of her many talents,” President Malcolm Hill said.

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