For the week of November 7, 2002 Arizona foundation Officials have announced the filing of new charges of white-collar crime against five former officials of the Baptist Foundation of Arizona. A grand jury returned a 32-count indictment against William Pierre Crotts, the foundations former president, and four other leaders charged with fraud, racketeering and theft in the $570 million collapse of the Arizona Southern Baptist Convention agency in 1999. The men are accused of masterminding a scheme in which 11,000 people lost money after being led to believe their investments would be safe and would help promote Baptist work in the state. “We will not rest until the people responsible for these financial losses meet justice,” Arizona Attorney General Janet Napalitano said in a statement announcing the charges. A judge threw out the original charges on a technicality. LC Wildcat Day Louisiana College has scheduled its Wildcat Day for Nov. 16 on the Pineville campus. Wildcat Day is designed to give students an overview of college life at Louisiana College. Students have the opportunity to meet current students and faculty, while parents are able to gather financial aid information. The event is set for 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Granberry Conference Center. Registration begins at 9 a.m. Activities include an academic fair, which provides students the chance to gather information on different fields of study. An organizational fair is planned to give an overview of campus and extracurricular life. Wildcat Day participants also are invited to attend tailgate activities at 1 p.m. and the LC Wildcat football game against Howard Payne University at 2 p.m. For details, call (318) 487-7259 (800) 487-1906. Students also may register by going to the college Web site at: www.lacollege.edu/campusvisit. Southwestern action Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary trustees unanimously approved an historic “Declaration on Academic and Theological Integrity” in their meeting last month. The declaration notes the trustees “firm and resolute” commitment to the seminarys Christian and denominational distinctions and affirmed the institutions position of accountability to the Southern Baptist Convention. “We affirm the Baptist Faith and Message 2000, because we believe it expresses a faithful and foundational interpretation of Gods Word, which we seek to promote and extend in faithfulness to the calling of Jesus Christ,” the document reads. In the declaration, trustees voiced their commitment to biblical authority, to maintaining the highest level of academic standards, to stressing the pre-eminence of biblical exposition for all ministry, to nurturing a pastoral focus, to building a community of faith and learning and to fostering a passion for global evangelism and missions. Seminary President Ken Hemphill said the declaration should encourage Southern Baptists about the seminarys steadfast commitment to Scripture and teaching of biblical doctrine. (The full document may be viewed at www.swbts.edu) Burial box A limestone bone box dating to about 63 A.D. and heralded as the only New Testament-era mention of Jesus apparently contains bone fragments at the bottom of the box. However, the artifacts owner has refused to allow the chips to be analyzed. The owner, a Jew, also will not allow his name or location to be disclosed. “I dont want my apartment turned into a church,” he said. The owner said he plans to keep the bone particles in a container at his home when the box is sent to the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto for display. He said he does not want to deal with Israeli customs or add to the stir that surrounds the box itself. The box apparently once contained the bones of James, the brother of Jesus. An inscription on the box reads, “James, son of Joseph, brother of Jesus.” Reports indicate that radiocarbon dating might be able to determine if the bone chips are from the first century. One expert said DNA also might be able to be extracted from the remains as well. “Most likely to be recovered would be the mitochondrial variety, which can provide a catalog of maternal traits,” a news report noted. “Of course, if the ossuary was biblical, the mother (by the Gospels most literal interpretation) would be Mary.” LC honorees Four persons were honored as Louisiana College Distinguished Alumni during recent Homecoming activities at the Pineville school. Recipients of the annual honor were Thomas Howell, Ken Johnson and Joseph and Earlene Strother. Howell has taught at the Louisiana Baptist school since 1966. He currently is chair of the Division of History and Political Science. Johnson is a Central Louisiana physician who also is an annual participant in medical missions efforts. He also has served as campus physician for Louisiana College students for the past 15 years. The Strothers are both educators. She has taught gifted students for the last 15 years. He was professor and director of the School of Art and Architecture at Louisiana Tech in Ruston until his retirement in 1997. He also has gained reknown as an artist, with paintings represented in 10 permanent collections. Montana action Southern Baptists of Montana celebrated 50 years of work in the state by voting to move from fellowship status to full convention status with the Southern Baptist Convention. Convention messengers voted without opposition to seek convention status. Southern Baptist work in the state began in 1952, when 18 people organized what later became the First Southern Baptist Church of Billings.