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EDUCATION DIGEST: SWBTS chapel named for MacGorman; Cedarville sells radio network; Mobile to host Condoleezza Rice

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FORT WORTH, Texas (BP)--Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary has named its new chapel the J.W. "Jack" MacGorman Chapel in honor of the distinguished professor emeritus of New Testament.

According to a news release from the seminary, "Harold and Dottie Riley, who gave the lead gift for construction of the chapel, chose to honor MacGorman for his steadfast friendship, passion for God's Word and humble dedication to the Lord's work."

Chapel construction remains on schedule for the dedication celebration on Dec. 1.

"Few names in the 100-year history of Southwestern Seminary have been any more prominently or effectively associated with Southwestern than Dr. and Mrs. J.W. MacGorman," SWBTS President Paige Patterson said. "For this reason, and many more, Southwestern is delighted to announce that the new chapel will carry their name.

"Baptists have always been about the task of honoring, reading and expounding the New Testament. As a professor of New Testament and Greek for more than 50 years, Dr. MacGorman became the epitome of what this seminary is about," Patterson said. "But 'Dr. Jack' also excelled beyond the classroom. For example, he is a student favorite because he always had time for them and always encouraged them in their studies and in their ministries."

"Harold Riley, a major supporter and friend of Southwestern, recalled the impact of Dr. MacGorman on the life of his father, Ray Riley, and on himself as a teenager growing up on the campus and made the suggestion that the chapel be named for this wonderful New Testament professor. No more salubrious suggestion could have been possible," Patterson said.


MacGorman completed his bachelor of divinity (equivalent to the master of divinity) and his doctor of theology degrees at Southwestern by 1956. In 1948, he was added to the seminary's faculty. For 56 years, he was active at the seminary as a student and professor. Even after his retirement in 2001, he has remained connected to the life of the seminary, helping in classes and attending chapel services and other campus events. Southwestern honored him with a Distinguished Alumni Award in 1986 and the L.R. Scarborough Award in 2008.

For more information and to follow the live webcam of the construction, visit

CEDARVILLE TO SELL RADIO NETWORK -- Cedarville University is selling its statewide radio network, pending approval of the Federal Communications Commission.

Cedarville, which is endorsed by the State Convention of Baptists in Ohio, announced July 15 an agreement with the Educational Media Foundation (EMF) to sell the entity known as the CDR Radio Network.

EMF operates two Christian radio formats, KLOVE ( and Air1 ( The transaction was brokered by Patrick Communications of Maryland (

"For many years, CDR Radio has helped listeners grow in their walk with Christ," Cedarville President William Brown said. "We are excited that EMF will continue this effort by building upon the network's rich Christ-centered history."


EMF, a not-for-profit Christian organization based in Rocklin, Calif., plans to use CDR Radio's frequencies to broadcast its contemporary Christian music formats. EMF operates several hundred listener-supported radio outlets throughout the United States, including 96.9, 102.3 and 104.3 in southwestern Ohio.

CDR Radio began as a small two-man operation in the 1960s and grew over the decades to become a fixture in homes and businesses throughout southern Ohio, western Indiana and northern Kentucky.

Today, the CDR network encompasses 13 frequencies broadcasting Bible-based teaching, Christian-interest news and contemporary Christian music: 90.3, Dayton/Springfield, Ohio (flagship); 88.3, Portsmouth, Ohio; 88.3, Columbus; 88.9, Piketon/Waverly, Ohio; 90.3, Jackson, Ohio; 90.1, Chillicothe, Ohio; 90.1, Athens, Ohio; 90.5, New Paris, Ohio; 92.7, West Union, Ohio; 94.1, Bellefontaine, Ohio; 98.1, Sidney, Ohio; 103.7, Greeneville, Ohio; and 95.3, Richmond, Ind.

Cedarville University, on the Web at, has an enrollment of 3,200 undergraduate, graduate and online students in more than 100 areas of study.

CONDOLEEZZA RICE TO SPEAK AT MOBILE -- Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice will be the keynote speaker at the University of Mobile's seventh annual Leadership Banquet on Nov. 10, which also celebrates the university's 50th anniversary.


Rice, a native of Birmingham, Ala., served as the 66th secretary of state of the United States from January 2005 to 2009. She previously was assistant to the president for national security affairs (national security adviser) from January 2001 to 2005.

"The University of Mobile is committed to bringing to our area exceptional leaders who can provide a unique insight into affairs of our nation and our world," UM President Mark Foley said. "We are honored that Condoleezza Rice is sharing her experiences on the international stage with us while helping us raise scholarship funds for America's future leaders who are being educated at the University of Mobile."

Previous Leadership Banquet speakers have included former President George W. Bush, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee and former Speaker of the House of Representatives Newt Gingrich.

Rice currently is professor of political science at Stanford University and professor of political economy at Stanford's Graduate School of Business. She also is a senior fellow on public policy at the Hoover Institution.

Her 2010 book, "Extraordinary, Ordinary People: A Memoir of Family," recounts the strength of her family upbringing in segregated Birmingham, Ala., and how it helped shape the course of her life.


The Leadership Banquet will be held at the Arthur R. Outlaw Convention Center in Mobile. Further information can be obtained at; by calling the university's development office, 251-442-2212; or emailing

The University of Mobile, which is affiliated with the Alabama Baptist State Convention, has an enrollment of 1,700-plus undergraduate and graduate students in more than 40 areas of study.

Adapted from news releases from Cedarville University and the University of Mobile.

Copyright (c) 2011 Southern Baptist Convention, Baptist Press

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