A memorial service was held at First Presbyterian Church of Santa Barbara for former Westmont College President David Winter Aug. 29, after he died of cancer Aug. 15 at age 84. Winter served as president from 1976 to 2001 and returned as interim president and chancellor in 2006 and 2007. A slow-growing cancer had appeared in Winter’s lungs approximately a year ago but recently spread to other parts of his body. With Winter at the helm, Westmont became a nationally ranked liberal arts college and strengthened the quality of its faculty and students, campus facilities, student life and outreach programs, endowment and off-campus study opportunities, according to Noozhawk. Winter also served as headmaster of college preparatory Christian high school Providence from 2008-2011.
The Holland, Michigan-based Hope College welcomed freshmen to campus Aug. 28 in the academic year of its 150th anniversary celebration. A series of New Student Orientation activities kicked off to start the school year, including Opening Convocation Sunday, Aug. 30 given by political science associate professor Virginia Beard. The liberal arts college was officially chartered in 1866 with support of the Reformed Church in America. The yearlong commemorative festivities began Tues., Sept. 1, according to WHTC.
The Princeton Review has named Arkansas’ Harding University one of the top schools in the Southeast, according to its website feature “2016 Best Colleges: Region by Region.” The Log Cabin Democrat reports that selections were made based on data collected from its survey of administrators at several hundred colleges in each area, as well as staff visits to schools over the years and the opinions of college counselors and advisers. Harding, Arkansas’ largest private university, was chosen primarily due to its “excellent academics,” says Princeton Review’s Senior VP-Publisher. The full profile can be viewed here.
Belmont’s new building in the center of its downtown Nashville campus has been named after the CEO of HCA Healthcare and his wife. R. Milton and Denise Johnson announced in July they would be donating $10 million to support the Bridges to Belmont program, which partners with Davidson County schools to provide full four-year scholarships to students, which Daily Journal reports is the largest scholarship donation in the school’s recent history. The building will be the new home of the school’s Curb College of Entertainment and Music Business and media studies programs and will include a new cafeteria, TV production studio, two movie theaters, a sound stage and motion capture room.
Crown College has announced it will offer a seven-week online course at no cost to students, utilizing the MOOC (massive open online course) format, designed to create a “global classroom” enhanced by technology and uninhibited by location. The course, titled “Understanding the Old Testament,” is part of the school’s initiative to increase Bible literacy and will focus on critical concepts and history of the Old Testament, according to a news release. It requires no application and can qualify a student for course credit for those who complete the optional proficiency exam at the end of the course. The class begins Oct. 5, 2015, and anyone with Internet access can participate.