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Evelyn J. Prince, 1929-2006

"A supportive wife and partner in ministry"

Bethany, Oklahoma-Evelyn J. Prince, wife of General Superintendent Emeritus William J. Prince, passed away on the morning of August 22. She was 77.

Prince served on staff at European Bible College in Switzerland from 1970-1976. She was a school teacher in California, Minnesota, Ohio, and Kansas before retiring.

Prince was a supportive wife and partner in the Nazarene ministries she and her husband shared. To honor their work, Mount Vernon Nazarene University named their new student union the William and Evelyn Prince Student Union in November 2004.

She is survived by her husband of 54 years, William Prince; son, Shelburne Prince and wife Cyndi; grandchildren, Nick and Chris; and brother, Jack Imel and his wife, Joan and their family.

Funeral services are scheduled for Friday, August 25, at 1:30 P.M. at Bethany First Church of the Nazarene.
--NCN News, Daily Oklahoman

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Tungurahua volcano eruptions leave four dead, thousands homeless

Riobamba, Ecuador-Ecuador's Tungurahua volcano spewed molten rock, ash, and gases last week as authorities evacuated hundreds of families from the threatened area. The eruption of Tungurahua, located approximately 85 miles south of the capital, Quito, ended up killing four people and destroying 10 villages, leaving 5,000 people homeless. Tens of thousands of acres of pasture and crops were also destroyed, according to the Associated Press (AP) citing the Civil Defense.

The AP reported Oswaldo Proano, a spokesman for the Red Cross, told Radio Bolivar that "the situation in the villages affected by the eruption ... is difficult since all the water for human consumption is contaminated with ash."

Officials said tanker trucks were helping to solve water problems, but donations of bottled water were still needed.

Marcelo Villagomez, Civil Defense coordinator of the province of Chimborazo, told the AP there were sufficient stores of food and water to last 15 days and requests have been made for additional supplies.

Mario Paredes, a Church of the Nazarene district superintendent, said, "Overnight on Wednesday, August 16, the volcano exploded again, but this time stronger. It was the biggest in the last 120 years. A lot of ash has fallen in Riobamba and Ambato."

On Friday, August 18, Paredes calculated that more than 100,000 bags of ash had been gathered. Some news agencies are reporting as much as 10 million tons of ash has fallen on areas surrounding the volcano.

"Many towns have completely disappeared," says Pastor Paredes, "So far, there have been four deaths, including a boy from our school."

Dozens of people are still missing from the surrounding communities.

"At this point our town is like a desert," says Paredes. "With so much volcanic ash, we have suspended all of our activities."

Paredes said cases of water and food are slow to arrive and some areas are not receiving any supplies at all due to conditions. Dwight Rich, field strategy coordinator for the area, said all major highways remain closed and communication is extremely slow coming out of the affected areas.

"I ask you all to pray for us here," says Paredes. "Although we are scared, we are calm and trusting in our all-powerful God."

According to the AP, the eruption was the 14th time Tungurahua has sent hot lava and ash onto villages on its flanks since its first recorded eruption in 1534. After remaining dormant for eight decades, Tungurahua rumbled back to life in 1999 and has been active ever since.

Note: For photos, see this week's photo gallery on ncnnews.com.
--NCN News-SAM (Photos by Mario Paredes)

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Nazarene schools again show strength in U.S. News & World Report rankings

Bourbonnais, Illinois-Once again, U.S. News & World Report has named several Nazarene institutes of higher education among "America's Best Colleges."

U.S. News & World Report released their 2006 rankings last week.

Point Loma Nazarene University (PLNU), Northwest Nazarene University (NNU), Southern Nazarene University (SNU), and Olivet Nazarene University (ONU) all ranked in the top tier, or among the top 50 percent of schools, in their respective regions in the "Best Universities - Master's" category.

According to U.S. News, schools within the "Best Universities - Master's" category provide a full range of undergraduate and master's programs, a category for which 557 U.S. schools were considered.

ONU was one of only 10 Illinois colleges to be named in the "Best Universities - Master's" category. The Christian liberal arts university offers just over 120 areas of study, including the newly approved Doctor of Education degree in ethical leadership. This is the second consecutive year ONU has ranked in the top tier within its region.

ONU President John C. Bowling responded to the honor by saying, "This important recognition by U.S. News & World Report verifies the growing reputation of Olivet. It affirms that not only has the university been increasing in student enrollment, but the quality of the academic programs, campus life and facilities are also improving year by year. I particularly commend the faculty and staff of ONU who have made this achievement possible."

Brian Parker, ONU director of admissions, is delighted by the recognition. "We are certainly celebrating this distinction in the Office of Admissions. Our stature and influence continue to increase as the University grows both numerically and qualitatively. We are now positioned in the top 10 largest Christian universities in the U.S."

In 2005, ONU celebrated its ninth consecutive year of record-breaking enrollment, and early estimations of incoming freshmen exceed last year's freshman class by 15 percent.

Parker notes the greatest benefit is for ONU students and alumni. "As ONU becomes more widely known, their degrees and credentials begin to carry additional weight."

Partnering with the Association of American Colleges and Universities, U.S. News divides colleges and universities into categories and regions then ranks schools within those categories based on seven criteria: assessment by administrators at peer institutions, retention of students, faculty resources, student selectivity, financial resources, alumni giving, and graduation rate performance.

ONU ranks No.53 among Midwest Region schools in the "Best Universities - Master's" category.

PLNU appears at No.22 among West Region schools in the same category. The university ranked No.26 in the 2005 rankings.

NNU joined PLNU in the West Region rankings, coming in at No.34, as did SNU, ranking at No.37 among the 123 schools judged in the West Region.

NNU President Richard Hagood was pleased by NNU's ranking and added that what makes NNU different from many peer institutions is the university's commitment to the development of all dimensions of students' lives. "As an institution still relatively new to the category of comprehensive master's level universities, we take pride in being so highly rated among universities of our type." He noted that NNU is the only university in Idaho ranked in the top tier of its category. "This ranking speaks well of our faculty and staff," the president said, "and is a public recognition of their work."

"It is an honor to have colleagues rank the university in the first tier and we are grateful for these quality rankings," said Eric Forseth, NNU vice president for enrollment services and marketing. "Most important to us, though, are the graduates that matriculate and go out as global Christians making a difference in their community. Whether a recent NNU graduate's first job is serving in the Treasure Valley (Idaho) as a teacher/educator, as an accountant in Bentonville, Arkansas, Wal-Mart, Nazarene International Headquarters, or overseas as an interpreter in China, our students continue to be an important part of the moral fiber of their community."

Other Nazarene schools ranked in the "Best Universities - Master's" category were Trevecca Nazarene University (Third Tier - South Region), MidAmerica Nazarene University (Third Tier - Midwest Region), and Eastern Nazarene College (Fourth Tier - North Region).

Tier Three schools represent those ranked in the 50th to 70th percentile among the 557 ranked in this category. Tier Four schools represent those in the final 25 percent.

Mount Vernon Nazarene University was ranked No.52 (First Tier) among Midwestern schools in the "Comprehensive Colleges-Bachelor's" category.

According to U.S. News & World Report, institutions in this category focus primarily on undergraduate education just as the liberal arts colleges do but grant fewer than 50 percent of their degrees in liberal arts disciplines. They also offer a range of programs in professional fields such as business, nursing, and education. At these schools, at least 10 percent of undergraduate degrees awarded are bachelor's degrees. There are 320 comprehensive colleges-bachelor's, ranked within four regions: North, South, Midwest, and West.

Highlights of the college rankings are scheduled for publication in the August 28 edition of U.S. News & World Report magazine. Both the magazine and the "America's Best Colleges" guidebook are now available on newsstands.

The complete rankings appear on the magazine's Web site, www.usnews.com.
--ONU, NNU, NCN News

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Oaxtepec, Mexico-The Nazarene Youth International (NYI) of Mexico celebrated JUNAMEX (the Mexico and Central America [MAC] Region's version of Nazarene Youth Conference for Mexico) on July 25-29 in Oaxtepec, Mexico. Despite the long distances some attendees had to travel, nearly 1,000 youth representing 12 districts participated in the event, motivating one another to reach a new dimension in their spiritual lives.

Activities during the week included talent and cultural evenings, Bible Quizzing, workshops and conferences, sports activities, and special concerts.

Also participating in the event were Global NYI Director Gary Hartke, Global Bible Quizzing Advisor Dan Reinhart, MAC North Field Strategy Coordinator René Jiménez, and Regional Coordinators Scott Armstrong, Benjamin Soria, Josué Jiménez, and David González.

Alex Ruíz and Fredi Arreola served as conference speakers.

At the event's conclusion, the prayer of all involved in JUNAMEX 2006 was that the youth of the Church of the Nazarene in Mexico would continue to live together in Christ and join with the rest of the MAC Region in continuing to write "the history" God has prepared for those He loves.
--NCN News-MAC

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Good deeds enfold church as untraditional volunteers offer help

San Bernardino, California-(San Bernardino County Sun) They came to the First Church of the Nazarene to pull weeds, paint, and scrub floors.

More than 150 parolees and people on probation for drug offenses volunteered to clean up the church and school grounds Thursday morning, August 17.

The neighborhood cleanup project was a joint effort of Operation Phoenix, the San Bernardino Community Care Project, and the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation's Parole Division. Several faith-based organizations and drug-rehabilitation programs also participated.

"We're in the business of lifting people to new levels of life," said David Rhone, pastor at the First Church of the Nazarene, who credited the volunteers and Operation Phoenix with the cleanup efforts.

"So many people say there's no hope for this city and that Operation Phoenix won't work, but if they would open their eyes and see the truth they would see the changes all around us," Rhone said."The drug dealers and hookers are gone. People are not prisoners in their homes anymore. How much is that worth?" Read More
--Selicia Kennedy-Ross, San Bernardino County Sun

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