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Olivet and Center for Law and Culture commemorate new partnership

Posted: Dec 11, 2012

Dr. John C. Bowling (L) and Professor Charles Emmerich celebrate new partnership between Olivet and the Center for Law and Cultre
During a ribbon tying ceremony on Friday, December 7, 2012, Olivet and the Center for Law and Culture formalized a new educational and community service partnership. A gold and scarlet ribbon tied in a bow was a visual reminder of the cooperative relationship that the two entities now share.

“We believe the partnership between Olivet and the Center affords a unique opportunity to lead the way in public life,” said Dr. John C. Bowling, University president. In welcoming the Center to Olivet, he added, “Our goal is to establish a premier legal studies program that will cut across the entire curriculum and inspire our students to become virtuous leaders and take kingdom values to every facet of American society.”

“This partnership is providential, desperately needed in a culture marked by disillusionment, and strategic in targeting the influential areas of law, government and politics,” said Charles J. Emmerich, J.D., LL.M., founder and director of the Center, and Olivet’s newest professor.

With Emmerich at the helm, the Center and Olivet recently launched a legal studies program that provides training for students who want to pursue careers in public life, particularly in the fields of law, government and politics.

Other guests attending the ceremony included: Dr. Gregg Chenoweth, Olivet’s vice president for academic affairs; Dr. William Dean, chair of Olivet’s Department of History and Political Science; Professor Morse Tan, Esq., chairman of the Center’s board of directors and professor of law Northern Illinois University School of Law; and Tammy Galvan-Barnett, the Center’s administrative director and graduate teaching assistant.

The Center for Law and Culture, a nonprofit organization housed at Olivet Nazarene University, is dedicated to recovering the traditional Judeo-Christian understanding that law is based on a moral order grounded in God’s authority as Creator. Since 2001, the Center has established educational initiatives designed to inspire students and concerned citizens to serve God faithfully in the fields of law, government and politics.

The School that would later be known as "Olivet Nazarene University" was founded with 36 students in a one-room schoolhouse near Georgetown, Ill.