Tabor College meets $200,000 challenge goal

Tabor College has made a history of meeting challenges. The school announced Friday morning it had met its most recent one.

In February 1999 the Tabor College Board of Directors accepted a challenge from an anonymous donor to raise $200,000 by Dec. 31, 2000, in order to receive their gift of $100,000.

The $300,000 would be the first step toward endowing a Bible faculty position as Tabor’s first endowed chair.

The establishment of a Bible chair endowment would forever provide funds to keep biblical and religious studies as an important part of the Tabor curriculum.

On Friday, Jon Wiebe, president of the Mennonite Brethren Foundation, presented a check to Tabor President Larry Nikkel for $100,000 from the anonymous donor.

“Providing endowment funds for institutions like Tabor is the best way of assuring that our ongoing mission will be achieved,” said Larry Nikkel.

“Through the generosity of the donor who issued the challenge and the support of those who met the challenge, we have taken a significant step in supporting the budget for the Bible department. We are grateful for these gifts.”

Students who complete a degree at Tabor College take a minimum of 15 credit hours in Bible, religion and philosophy.

These courses include: “Introduction to Biblical Studies: The Bible in the Modern World,” “Introduction to Philosophy: Faithful Reason in the Modern World,” “Christian Faith in the Modern World,” one Bible content elective, and one Bible/religious studies elective.

The 2000 graduating class continued a seven-year trend of significantly increased numbers of majors in the biblical and religious studies department.

“More than ever before our world needs young women and men who have been challenged in character formation as well as intellectual excellence,” Nikkel said. “We appreciate the generous response from our supporting churches, alumni and friends of the college in successfully meeting this challenge.”

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