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>College news

>by Bethany Furkin
>Presbyterian News Service

ALMA, MI - Earlier this month, leaders from Alma College [ ] and Equatorialis University in Quito,
Ecuador, signed an articulation agreement that provides
easy transfer for South American students who wish to earn
an American degree at Alma College.

As part of the agreement, qualified Equatorialis students
who have completed three years of undergraduate work will
be able to transfer to Alma College to complete their
senior year on the Alma campus. Ecuadorian students who
successfully complete all academic requirements will
graduate with an Alma College degree. As many as 50
Ecuadorian students may transfer to Alma in the fall of

"This cooperative agreement launches a unique international
collaboration that brings students together from two
continents to experience a quality education," said Alma
College President Saundra Tracy. "This agreement was built
on a long and valued relationship with Diego del Corral and
the Academia Latino Americana in Quito, Ecuador, where Alma
students have traveled for several years to enhance their
Spanish-speaking skills," Tracy said. "This new
collaboration will further internationalize and enrich the
Alma campus."

DANVILLE, KY - Scholars and enthusiasts of the composer
George Frideric Handel (1685-1759) from across the United
States and England will soon arrive at Centre College [ ] to celebrate the semiannual American
Handel Festival. The festival will take place Feb. 26-March
1 and will mark the 250th anniversary of the composer's

The three-day conference will include performances,
conference paper sessions and other lectures and
presentations by world-renowned musicians and scholars.

Registration information: To visit the festival Web site,
which includes a full schedule of events, a registration
form, registration fees and more information on all events,
including times and locations, click here [ ].

Those interested in attending the conference paper sessions
or lectures or who would like more information about the
festival or the Handel Society are encouraged to visit the
festival Web site [ ] or contact
Nathan Link, Centre Assistant Professor of Music, at (859)
238-5430 or

WOOSTER, OHIO - The College of Wooster's [
] Physics Club has been recognized once again for its
innovative programming and outreach efforts in the form of
two national honors: an Outstanding SPS [ ] (Society of Physics Students)
Chapter designation and a Marsh White Award.

The SPS Chapter recognition is a result of the
organization's activities in physics research, public
science outreach and physics tutoring, as well as its
willingness to host and attend physics meetings and events,
and provide social interaction for chapter members during
the past year.

The Society of Physics Students was formed in 1968, and
Wooster has had a chapter since that inaugural year. SPS
now has more than 700 chapters on campuses across the
country. About 5,000 students take part in chapter
activities each year, making SPS the fourth largest physics
society in the country.

The Marsh White Award was based on the club's proposal for
a Wooster Science Day, which is tentatively scheduled for
April. The award, which is presented by the Society of
Physics Students Chapters, is intended to support projects
designed to promote interest in physics among students and
the general public.

ST. CHARLES, MO - Lindenwood University [ ] received two awards at the American
Humanics Management/Leadership Institute last month in
Indianapolis, IN.

One award honored the school's internship programs, and the
other was an individual award to recognize one student's
fundraising efforts. Lindenwood's American Humanics program
was recognized for having the greatest percentage of
students participating in internships, the greatest
integration of American Humanics National Nonprofit
Partners and the greatest community impact.

Lindenwood American humanics students participated in 27
internships in the 2007-08 academic year, out of 63
eligible students, for a participation rate of almost 43
percent. Ten of the internships were conducted with AH
National Nonprofit Partners.

Additionally, Lindenwood student Latasha Lawrie received
the first-ever Hartsook Companies' American Humanics
Individual Excellence in Fundraising Award. Lawrie's
efforts in recruitment and organization in the AH Student
Association's "Up 'Til Dawn" campaign led them to surpass
the event's fundraising goal, raising nearly $35,000 for
St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. She also provided
leadership for the student association's annual golf
tournament, which raised nearly $3,000.

American Humanics [ ] is a national
alliance of colleges, universities and nonprofits dedicated
to preparing the next generation of nonprofit sector
leaders. Founded in 1948, it is affiliated with nearly 70
colleges and universities nationwide and partners with more
than 60 national nonprofit organizations, including the
YMCA, the March of Dimes and the Girl Scouts of the USA.

BATESVILLE, AR - Lyon College [ ] has
announced a search for a new president and has created a
Web page [
]dedicated to the search. Current President Walter B.
Roettger is set to retire at the end of June.

Lyon is an undergraduate liberal arts college. Founded in
1872, it is the oldest independent college in Arkansas.
Lyon confers the bachelor of arts and bachelor of science
degrees and offers pre-professional programs leading to
careers in medicine, dentistry, pharmacy, physical therapy,
veterinary science, education, law and ministry.

In recent history, the highest enrollment achieved was 530
students in 1993. Fall semester 2008 saw 460. Planning
projections would establish an ideal for current facilities
and staffing at approximately 750.

MEMPHIS, TN - Rhodes College [ ] hosted the
BRIDGES-PeaceJam Mid-South Youth Conference this month.

Jody Williams, co-recipient of the 1997 Nobel Peace Prize,
was the conference speaker and one of 12 "Nobel Peace
Laureates" for the PeaceJam Foundation [
]. Williams received the Nobel Prize for her work on the
banning and removing of land mines. She is the founding
coordinator of the International Campaign to Ban Landmines.

The PeaceJam conference focused on the awareness of major
global issues and the non-violent ways to resolve them.
According to its Web site, the mission of the PeaceJam
Foundation "is to create a new generation of young leaders
committed to positive change in themselves, their
communities and the world through the inspiration of Nobel
Peace Laureates."

Since the PeaceJam Foundation's launch in 1996, more than
600,000 young adults from around the world have
participated in the program.


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