Welcome New October Members: Aquinas College, Gustavus Adolphus, Southeastern Free Will Baptist College

Please join us in welcoming our newest members who joined in October. Below, learn more about these institutions and their libraries.

Institutional Member Aquinas College, Nashville, Tennessee

Aquinas College is a private, Roman Catholic, liberal arts college founded by the Dominican Sisters of Saint Cecilia Congregation in 1961. Their academic programs are rooted in the Dominican tradition, and by the inclusion of philosophy and theology into all courses of study, the institution facilitates “a dialogue between faith and reason.”

The Aquinas College Library provides academic resources and instructional support to the students, faculty, and staff of the school. The library’s mission states: “Utilization of the library facilities, access to its information resources, and accessibility of the library staff are all primary services that illuminate the importance of the message of salvation for moral development, intellectual achievement, and personal growth.”

Institutional Member Gustavus Adolphus, Saint Peter, Minnesota

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Founded in 1862, Gustavus Adolphus College is a residential liberal arts college affiliated with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) and firmly rooted in its Swedish and Lutheran heritage. The Gustavus curriculum is designed to bring students to mastery of a particular area of study within a general framework that is both interdisciplinary and international in perspective.

When Gustavus Adolphus College opened in Red Wing, Minnesota, during 1862, the school had one student and no library. Today, the Folke Bernadotte Memorial Library plays an essential role in supporting the institution’s curriculum and providing students with opportunities for independent learning. The library also holds the College and Lutheran Church Archives, which makes significant historical materials documenting the school and the Lutheran Church in America available for use. A portion of the College Archives are digitized and available on the library’s Digital Collections page.

Affiliate Member Southeastern Free Will Baptist College, Wendell, North Carolina

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Since 1983, Southeastern Free Will Baptist College has been offering specialized training to prepare students for a variety of church-related ministries. Southeastern emphasizes strong local churches, biblical authority, Christian schools, home and foreign missions, and high academic standards with practical applications. They are currently pursuing TRACS accreditation.

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