Hope College has completed the construction of its new $35 million Jack H. Miller Center for Musical Arts and $7 million Kruizenga Art Museum, which president John Knapp says were completed with no debt and without the use of tuition dollars, M Live reports. They will be sustained by an endowment equal to 25 percent of their construction cost and were funded by proceeds from the school’s Greater Hope campaign, which began in 2007 and raised $203 million, exceeding its $175 million goal. The college, located in Holland, MI, is now completing the last of seven buildings financed by the campaign, a $22.5 million student center, to be complete April 2017.
The Chicago Tribune reports Olivet Nazarene University is opening a satellite campus at Young School in Homer Glen, Ill., which will offer both master and bachelor degrees in education, nursing and business. The partnership, announced Jan. 26, will allow Homer Community Consolidated School District 33C employees a discount on tuition, allowing them to expand professional development opportunities and enhance the community.
U.S. News and World Report ranked Pacific Union College the second-most diverse national liberal arts college in America. The Seventh-day Adventist school boasts fewer than 1600 students, but houses a community made up of 28 percent Latino students, 25 percent caucasian/non-Latino, 21 percent Asian, 9 percent black and nearly 2 percent Pacific Islander, with approximately 14 percent multi-racial or “unknown.” The vast majority of the 18 million global Seventh-day Adventist members are located outside the U.S., which contributes to the school’s diversity, according to the Napa Valley Register.
Two of the top discoveries in Biblical archaeology of 2015, according to Christianity Today, were found in excavations sponsored by Southern Adventist University’s Institute of Archaeology. The discoveries fall at numbers four and five on the list. The fourth is an inscription that provides information about the development of the proto-Canaanite alphabet as it progressed from Hebrew, Greek, then Latin, the Chattanoogan reports. It was discovered at Tel Lachish. The fifth is an inscription found at Khirbet Qeiyafa in the Elah Valley in southern Israel, dating back to the days of Saul and David. It mentions a man named Eshba’al, the same name as one of Saul’s sons. SAU co-sponsored the expeditions with the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.
Houston Baptist University has been approved by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) to launch a Doctor of Education in Executive Educational Leadership. The adding of a doctoral program is a significant advancement for the college, the Spring Observer writes, giving it the opportunity “to become a fully national, comprehensive university.” The current degree plan allows candidates to complete the program in three years and will prepare graduates to serve in a variety of executive leadership positions. It is slated to launch in the fall of 2016.