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When anti-government protests in Egypt intensified in January, the Augustana College, Sioux Falls, S.D., band cut short a five concert, 20-day tour of the country. College officials canceled a final concert at Cairo’s Mubarak Hall and moved the stu- dents—along with 19 faculty, staff and friends—to a hotel away from the protests. By Jan. 31, all were evacu- ated from Cairo. “Our students have experienced the culture and history of Egypt and have participated in four amazing concerts during their time in the country. [This] won’t diminish the experience they’ve had,” said Rob Oliver, Augustana’s president. Band members played in the 3,500-seat hall where President Barack Obama gave his 2009 “address to the Muslim world,” cruised the Nile River and met with students at Assiut University.

The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia is establishing an Augustana Room and Archives to honor the life, witness and ministry of the Augustana Lutheran Church (a predecessor of the former Lutheran Church in America). Seminary leaders will use the room for seminars and to exhibit the archival collection. Former Augustana congregations in the East that would like to contribute archival documents, photos or other resources to the collection may contact Ellen Anderson, LTSP director for alumni and church relations, at 215-248-7301 or Learn more at

Three out of four students at Luther College, Decorah, Iowa, study abroad during their undergraduate years. That works out to a steady 450 Luther students each year, compared to over- all numbers of U.S. students studying abroad, which declined in 2008-09 for the first time in 25 years to 260,327 (down 0.8 percent from the previ- ous year). Those figures are from the

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Open Doors 2010 report on Interna- tional Educational Exchange, which reports that Luther and St. Olaf Col- lege, Northfield, Minn., are among 29 U.S. institutions where more than 70 percent of students study abroad.

Headlocks, body locks and half nelsons arrived at Bethany, Lindsborg, Kan., as the college added a wrestling pro- gram and a staff coaching position. Ready to take down their opponents, Bethany students will use a high school’s new wrestling facility. “We are excited to embrace the wrestling community and that we have the abil- ity to add another dimension to our athletic programs,” said Bethany ath- letic director Jon Daniels.

ELCA retired pastor Carl Fisher saw portions of the Nuremburg Trials of 1945-46 firsthand while his dad was stationed in Germany as an Army chaplain. He spoke Feb. 14 with stu- dents at Newberry [S.C.] College about the trials, where leaders of the defeated Nazi regime were prose- cuted for war crimes, and about fac- ing life’s challenges with faith. Fisher has served congregations in the U.S., held various leadership roles in the Lutheran World Federation, and is a past bishop of the Lutheran Church in Malaysia and Singapore.

Hookworm vaccine lab work and research took assistant professor Jen- nifer Bath and five students from Con- cordia College, Moorhead, Minn., to Bangladesh to survey people about their knowledge of intestinal para- sites and what they did to prevent them. Their results were published in the Yale Journal of Biology and Medi- cine. “[The Bangladeshis] know about worms, but it’s hard for them to take the right steps,” said Peace Eneh, one of the student researchers. Another student, Jarryd Campbell, added, “The reinfection rate is phenomenal.” Both

students want to focus their careers on global health.

Can you teach empathy? What would happen if you tried? Denvy Bow- man, president of Capital University, Columbus, Ohio, wants to find out. He launched an empathy experi- ment last November, focusing on six Capital students who will learn from five community partners, including Lutheran Social Services of Central Ohio, what it’s like to work with poor people. “Our students bring open minds and talent to this experience,” Bowman said. “Our partners bring the knowledge base and the interest in— perhaps even a sense of responsibility for—partnering with higher education to prepare and mobilize a new genera- tion of innovative thinkers who are ambassadors for social change.” Fol- low the students’ experiences at www.

Muhlenberg, Allentown, Pa., is part- nering with the Jewish Theologi- cal Seminary in New York, to offer semester-long study opportunities for the college’s students at the seminary. Hartley Lachter, director of Muhlen- berg’s Jewish Studies program, called it an important addition that “will expose them to a wide range of world- class Jewish Studies course offerings.” More than one-third of the student body at Muhlenberg is Jewish—the fifth highest percentage of Jewish stu- dents at any U.S. college or university.

St. Olaf, Northfield, Minn., earned a No. 2 slot in the Peace Corps rankings for small colleges and universities, with 24 of its alumni currently serv- ing abroad with the organization. The 24 can be found in Azerbaijan, Ecua- dor, El Salvador, Guatemala, Hondu- ras, Jordan, Moldova, Mozambique, Nicaragua, Niger, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Senegal, South Africa, Tanza- nia, Togo, Ukraine and Zambia. M

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