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new church life: march/april 2017 process and become a full member of the NCAA division III in June 2017. Dean Rogers described this as a good fit for the College, saying: “The Division III playing season and eligibility standards minimize conflicts between athletics and academics, allowing student athletes to focus on their academic programs and the achievement of their degree.” Questions were posed to the panel of administrators after the prepared remarks and answers were readily given to queries about target percentages for commuting students vs. resident students (about 35-40% commuter vs. 60- 65% resident), and whether athletic scholarships are given to students (they are not). To view the full address, go to and select the State of the College Address 2017. new dean at bryn athyn Brian Blair, President Bryn Athyn College is proud to announce that the Rev. Thane Glenn, Ph.D., has been selected to take over as Chief Academic Officer (CAO) and Academic Dean, beginning July 1, 2017. As a tenured professor who has also served as the College Chaplain since 2011, Thane has built a record of academic and spiritual leadership that makes him uniquely qualified to step into this role. Over the past 19 years at Bryn Athyn College he has chaired and served on numerous committees that inform areas such as strategic planning, curriculum, spiritual life, admissions and academic assessment, among others. Allen Bedford, Ph.D., is stepping down from the CAO role to take a sabbatical year. He has been accepted to the Executive Leadership Academy, which is sponsored in part by the Council of Independent Colleges. Allen is in his 22 nd year of service to Bryn Athyn College, the last seven of which have been as CAO and Academic Dean. His well-deserved sabbatical will further broaden his professional development and result in additional valuable contributions to the College upon his return. swedenborg in another college The Swedenborg Foundation reports that its weekly webcast Swedenborg and Life on its offTheLeftEye YouTube channel has inspired students in a new course at Adelphia University in Garden City, New York. The course was “Spirituality Through the Lens of Historical Narratives,” which included works of Ralph Waldo Emerson, Helen Keller and Emanuel Swedenborg. Instructor Dr. Cristina Zaccarini said the students loved the materials on the Foundation’s website “and were captivated by the offTheLeftEye series, as I have been as well. They like Curtis Childs because he is such an 158