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Developing Whole Leaders for the whole World

Years ago while living in another state, Dr. Lois Ablin wrote in her prayer diary that she would one day teach chemistry at ORU. She is now delighting in the manifestation of that call on her life. “I came here by the call of God,” she says simply. Lois received her Bachelor’s Degree from Augustana College in South Dakota (where she grew up) and her Ph.D. from the University of Nebraska.

In the classroom at ORU, Dr. Ablin teaches organic chemistry lectures and labs and serves as a part-time pre-health advisor. In the laboratory she emphasizes stewardship and care of the environment through teaching the concepts of green chemistry.  She is also the coordinator of an afternoon of science learning project that takes place in local, underprivileged elementary schools. “I enjoy what I teach,” she says, “and try to point out the intricacies of God’s creation in chemistry. Everything is ordered in such a way, with such an intricate design, that it all points to a Master Designer.” During her time here, Lois has received several Outstanding Faculty Member awards including the 2010 Outstanding Faculty Member Award in the College of Science and Engineering.  Her favorite thing about teaching ORU students is helping them discover and fulfill God’s plan for their lives.

Outside of the classroom, Lois says she enjoys reading and trying new recipes.  She also follows college football, especially the Nebraska Cornhuskers, her alma mater’s team. Overall, the best part about the ORU campus is the whole person emphasis--mind, body and spirit. “The entire culture of the campus--the Christian worldview that is presented here--sets ORU apart from its peers and makes teaching here a tremendous privilege. There is nothing more satisfying than knowing that you are doing what God has called you to do and helping students find and pursue God’s calling on their own lives.  ORU is a special place, and the Lord has blessed me in calling me to be a part of it.”

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