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Gregory Woodward will be the new president of Carthage College, Keno- sha, Wis. He succeeds the school’s longest-serving president, F. Gregory Campbell, who steps down in August after 25 years. Woodward is dean of the School of Music at Ithaca [N.Y.] College. Pre- viously he served Ithaca in various roles, including dean of graduate and professional studies, where he dou- bled enrollment and helped establish the college’s first doctoral program in physical therapy, and as interim provost/vice president for academic affairs, where he led the development of a new 10-year strategic plan. “I feel certain that [Carthage] is poised on the brink of becoming a true leader in undergraduate higher educa- tion in the United States,” Woodward said.

Laurie M. Joyner was named president of Wittenberg University, Springfield, Ohio, effective July 1. The univer- sity’s first female president, she suc- ceeds Mark H. Erickson, who will become president of Northampton Community College, Bethlehem, Pa. Joyner is vice president for plan- ning and dean of the college at Rollins College, Winter Park, Fla. Previously she served as interim vice president for academic affairs and provost at Rollins, helping to establish its Col- lege of Professional Studies. “Educating students in the Lutheran tradition of service empha- sizes the intellectual, social and ethi- cal dimensions of student develop- ment,” Joyner said. “Wittenberg helps students discover their purpose and better understand their responsibility to enhance the common good.”

Nineteen show choirs and other vocal groups participated in Midland Uni- versity’s Festival of the Arts, March 16-17. The annual festival sponsored by the Fremont, Neb., school allowed

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some 600 middle and high school stu- dents to work with vocal instructors, professionals in the performing arts and more. With workshops, scholar- ship auditions and “a friendly com- petition,” the festival “is designed to help young vocalists develop as per- formers in inclusive and educational ways,” said Erin Bradley, Midland’s director of performing arts.

Julie Gilbert, assistant professor and academic librarian at Gustavus Adolphus College, St. Peter, Minn., won a 2012 Minnesota Academic Innovators Award from the Min- nesota Library Association. Gilbert worked with political science faculty to embed information literacy in the major by adding a weekly library- based lab to the department’s meth- ods course. She also captured data on student learning to show that the lab experience significantly improves student learning.

Augustana College, Rock Island, Ill., hosted a 2012 summit on March 22 to discuss economic inequality and white privilege. Attendees watched Precious Knowledge, a documentary about Arizona’s battle over ethnic studies, and heard from Marc Morial, CEO of the National Urban League, a civil rights organization. “We often ignore this [economic] side of racial inequality in our conversations,” said Paul Croll, assistant professor of soci- ology. “If some groups are disadvan- taged by systems of racial inequality, do other groups benefit? This is the tough question.”

ELCA colleges and universities were named to the 2012 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll, which recognized some 500 schools that achieve meaningful, mea- surable solutions to community prob- lems and place students on a lifelong path of civic engagement. “Honor roll

with distinction” recognition went to: Augsburg College, Minneapolis, and Susquehanna University, Selins- grove, Pa. “Honor roll” recognition went to: Augsburg; Augustana Col- lege, Sioux Falls, S.D.; California Lutheran University, Thousand Oaks; Capital University, Columbus, Ohio; Grand View University, Des Moines, Iowa; Gettysburg (Pa.) College; Gus- tavus Adolphus College, St. Peter, Minn.; Lenoir-Rhyne University, Hickory, N.C.; Muhlenberg College, Allentown, Pa.; Roanoke College, Salem, Va.; St. Olaf College, North- field, Minn.; Texas Lutheran Univer- sity, Seguin; Wagner College, Staten Island, N.Y.; and Wartburg College, Waverly, Iowa. Valparaiso [Ind.] University, an independent Lutheran school, was also on the honor roll.

Residents of Minot, N.D., got a mes- sage of hope and solidarity March 24-25 when William Craft, president of Concordia College, Moorhead, Minn., and dozens of students and administrators helped with cleanup and rebuilding. Staff preached at four congregations affected by flood- ing and brought a financial gift from individual donors and offerings taken at a senior honors concert. Concor- dia’s orchestra shared an afternoon of music. “During the flood in Minot, in a way we lost a bit of our music,” said Mark Narum, bishop of the West- ern North Dakota Synod. “I thank the orchestra for bringing it back.”

Bethany College, Lindsborg, Kan., accepted a challenge grant from the J.E. and L.E. Mabee Founda- tion to complete fundraising for its $3.5 million Bud Pearson Swedish Chapel and Welcome Center. More than $2.26 million has been raised, but the Mabee Foundation will pro- vide $500,000 if Bethany secures the remaining $744,000 by Jan. 11, 2013. 

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