Tabor ranks 3rd for CCCU program

The Council for Christian Colleges and Universities lists Tabor College as the third top sender of students to Best Semester programs according to percentage of student body for the fall 2006 term.

Best Semester programs are CCCU-endorsed programs formed to give students experience in a chosen field.

This fall, four Tabor students are participating in Best Semester programs in the United States and abroad: Angela Buller, Ingalls, Contemporary Music Center, Martha’s Vineyard; Caleb Dirks, Durham, Los Angeles (Calif.) Film Studies Center; Jenniffer Fabling, Lakewood, Colo., Australia Studies Centre, Sydney; and Steve Lautt, Minot, N.D., American Studies Program, Washington, D.C.

“Tabor’s vision is to provide life-transforming, academically excellent, globally relevant, decidedly Christian education,” said Lawrence Ressler, vice president for academic affairs and student development. “The CCCU Best Semester programs accomplish all of these things with programs that are brilliantly conceived and operated.”

A highlight for Fabling is the interaction she experiences with professors at the Australia Studies Centre, a cultural studies program with an arts emphasis, which partners with the Wesley Institute, a performing arts/theology college located in Drummoyne.

“The people at Wesley Institute are so nice; they just welcomed me into their community/family,” she said. “All the professors at Wesley are so overqualified but teach at a Christian (university) for the love of Christ, and you can tell that they love what they do.”

Closer to home, Buller said she appreciates the knowledge and experience of her professors at the Contemporary Music Center.

“I have truly enjoyed the knowledge and experience received through practical application,” Buller said. “Classes are taught by professors who have been in the entertainment industry since the beginning of contemporary Christian music.”

Ressler sees the CCCU programs making a lasting impression on students.

“I look forward to seeing how Angie, Steve, Caleb and Jen’s experience will transform their lives,” Ressler said. “In the final analysis, this is what Tabor is all about.”

The Council for Christian Colleges and Universities is an international higher education association of intentionally Christian colleges and universities. It has 105 members in North America and 74 affiliate institutions in 23 countries.

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