Abrahams accept positions at college in Tanzania

Abrahams accept positions at college in Tanzania Donald Abraham, professor emeritus of The University of South Dakota, and his wife, Mary, from Elk Point, have accepted positions with Waldorf College-Tanzania.

Abraham will be the campus dean and chief academic officer of the school in Dar es Salaam and Mrs. Abraham will be interim registrar and instructor. They will begin duties in Tanzania Jan. 4.

The government of Tanzania gave Waldorf College in Forest City, IA, the authority to open a branch campus in the nation's largest city, Dar es Salaam, in May of 1988. The college is the only one in Tanzania to offer the first two years of an American baccalaureate degree program, as well as a full program of instruction in English as a second language. It currently has about 200 students.

The campus is located in a new, modern office building near the center of the city and next to Tanzania's national library. Students completing the program in Tanzania are able to transfer with junior standings to Waldorf's main campus or to other American colleges and universities.

Waldorf College is affiliated with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America but welcomes students from all faiths, creeds and ethnic backgrounds. Besides Tanzania, students at the Dar es Salaam campus come from Burundi, Democratic Republic of Congo, Ethiopia, China, and Kenya.

Previously, Abraham was associate professor of physics at The University of South Dakota for 18 years before his retirement in 1997. His international experience includes two-and-one-half years in Malaysia with Indiana University campus in Kuala Lumpur.

Mrs. Abraham was a chemistry instructor at USD for eight years and at Western Iowa Tech Community College in Sioux City for six-and-one-half years. While in Malaysia she was administrative assistant for the provost of the Indiana program and also worked as a volunteer for the US embassy advising students who wanted to study in the US.

The Abrahams expect to be in Tanzania for at least one year. A farewell coffee will be held for them at the Spink Cafe, Saturday, Dec. 16, from 9 to 11 a.m.

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