News and Events

Insights from Formanites - Iral Mohsin Yaqoob

Here at FCCU I’ve felt that your religion, your caste, your creed, your race, your career doesn’t define you. To me, this was a concept so foreign that it felt almost utopic experiencing it...

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Fulbright Specialist to help FCCU on path to US Accreditation

Forman Christian College is leading the way as the first university in Pakistan to apply for accreditation through a United States regional accrediting agency. They are working with NECHE, the New England Commission of Higher Education, and are hosting a first site visit by the agency this November (2019).

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Groundbreaking News: The Campus Center

We are excited to share with you the news that Dr. Tebbe received the final Campus Center building permit! Here is Jim, ready to drive the backhoe at the informal groundbreaking held on campus last week. After a year and a half of petitioning...

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The 2019 FFCC Annual Report is here!

If you are a "numbers" person, take a moment to read the Friends of Forman financials or FCC’s numbers. Because of you, Friends of Forman raised a record $6,603,826 last year in support of Forman Christian College. We are so grateful for your generosity and support for this one-of-a-kind mission...

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Unforseen Changes - The Rector Search

This August, we planned to share the news about the arrival of Dr. Jonathan Mitchell and his family on campus in preparation to become Forman’s next rector. However, we received the unexpected news...

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Sitara - Breaking Stereotypes in Pakistan

Being a woman in a third world country like Pakistan is a continuous struggle. You are forced to break the stereotypes to get a comfortable life in this patriarchal society. Since childhood, I had realized that I cannot depend on anyone but myself. And for that, my only way out was education.

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Asad - Formanite and Faculty Member

This is Asad Javaid Warraich, a Proud Formanite. When I took admission at FCCU in 2006, I had a dream that one day I would join this prestigious University as a faculty member and my this dream came true when...

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An Inspirational Journey: Alumnus Qudsia Naz

Studying any subject other than Natural Sciences or Mathematics was not less than a taboo, but deep down, I knew that they were not meant for me. I wished to study literature, history, political science and everything else that I could. As luck would have it, I eventually got in to Forman Christian College.

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More than 100 Potential Employers at FCC Job Fair

The Career Services Office held its yearly job fair to connect students and graduates with businesses trying to fill more than 400 positions. Dr. Tebbe reports that there were numerous young men and women manning the booths who the year before had been students looking for work.

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Our Visit to Light of Hope School

Light of Hope has now been open for three years. It was built through gifts from foundations, churches, and individuals in the U.S. At the beginning of the academic year, there were 275 children enrolled in...

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Insights from Formanites

You may remember Shandana Waheed, the 2016 FCC graduate who received the Falak Sufi Scholarship awarded by the Hagop Kevorkian Center at New York University. Since completing her Master’s in Near and Middle Eastern Studies, Shandana returned to Lahore to teach at the University of Management and Technology in Lahore. She is also a columnist for the Daily Times (Pakistan.) Her next accomplishment? In February, Shandana received the news ...

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Brick Kilns: A Glimpse of Modern Slavery

Life at a brick kiln is tedious, dusty, and physically demanding, and like other jobs on this level, doesn’t pay very well. Workers can “borrow” money for one of a number of reasons – medical treatment, food, rent – and then agree to work to pay the loan off. Loans larger than fifteen days of work for payment were outlawed in Pakistan in 2013, but this is rarely enforced...

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Peacemaking not Peacewishing

We need to build better relationships between Christians and Muslims, Arabs and Jews. Too often in our ignorance we write off people as “enemies” or even “terrorists.” It takes work to break down prejudice and internal barriers we have silently constructed inside our heads. Peacemaking happens when we come out of our comfort zone and build relational bridges between divergent cultures and religious divisions in our world. Peacemaking takes more than wishes, it takes concrete actions.

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FCC’s Dr. James Tebbe presented the Sitara-e-Imtiaz Award

On Pakistan Day, March 23, 2019, the President of Pakistan, Arif Alvi, bestowed upon Dr. James Tebbe the Sitara-e-Imtiaz award for meritorious service to the nation. The name translates to “Star of Excellence”...

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FCC Student Profile: Rimsha

FCC Student Profile: Rimsha - "FCCU has dragged me out of my shy shell and given me the confidence to be more vocal and strong...FCCU empowers the students in terms of their academic, moral, and personal growth."

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Reflections: Our Visit to FCC

On February 10th, ten visitors from the US met in Doha, Qatar to catch our flight together to Lahore and spend a week at Forman Christian College. We came from...

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Rev. Sam Schreiner Elected to FC College Board

Friends of Forman is pleased to share the news that it’s Executive Director, Rev. Sam Schreiner, was elected to a three-year term on FCC’s Board of Directors.

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Graduation at Forman Christian College – 2018

It was a day of great pride and celebration as families, friends, and honored guests saw 895 degrees awarded to graduates. Please pray for our graduates' next steps.

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Special Announcement from Friends of Forman

Friends of Forman is pleased to share with you that the Forman Christian College Board of Governors has voted to nominate as Rector...

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The Ramsey Family: From Pakistan to Texas

If you saw us on HGTV's show Fixer Upper, you learned that we recently transitioned from Forman to Baylor University in Texas and this has opened a way to tell many about our adventures and experiences in Pakistan...

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Dr. Scott W. Sunquist Joins Friends of Forman Board

We welcome to our board, Dr. Scott W. Sunquist, newly appointed President-elect of Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary in Hamilton, MA. Dr. Sunquist will continue in his current role as Dean of the School of Intercultural Studies and Professor of World Christianity at Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, CA, until early 2019, when he will then move to Gordon-Conwell.

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Photomania at FCC!

The Forman Photographic Society(FPS) is one of the popular student societies at Forman Christian College. This year we stepped up our relationship with the FPS by sponsoring Photomania, a photo contest open to all students. More photos are on their way, and we look forward to featuring them in upcoming newsletters and emails.

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FCC Students Home After Studying Abroad in 2017-2018

Every year FCC students travel abroad to continue their education and immerse themselves in another culture. In the last academic year, 17 spent a semester in other countries. Our students were in five countries at universities including...

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The 2018 Annual Report is here!

Through your generosity, Friends received record-setting gifts in 2018 in support of Forman Christian College. Here is the Friends of Forman Christian College Annual Report for fiscal year 2018, which provides an overview of the work done through your gifts.

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You are invited to hear Dr. Jim Tebbe and Rev. Sam Schreiner speak!

Join Dr. Jim Tebbe (August 5) or Rev. Sam Schreiner (August 12 and 19) as they share their inspirational experiences in Pakistan and the transformational mission of Forman Christian College. Please consult the individual church websites for the times of the services they will preach.

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Hassan Mujtaba Zaidi, FCC Class of 2012, Honored by Queen Elizabeth

Please join us in congratulating a Formanite from the class of 2012, Hassan Mujtaba Zaidi, Founder and Director of Discovering New Artists (DNA). He is one of the recipients of the 2018 Queen’s Young Leaders Award.

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There's Still Room to Join Us: Jordan & Israel 2019

On March 15, 2019, our 10-day tour will commence as we leave to explore the Biblical and historic sites of Jordan and Israel in a modern-day pilgrimage with Dr. Jim Tebbe and Rev. Sam Schreiner III...

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FCCU condoles passing of distinguished alumnus Jamshed Marker

Mr Jamshed Marker was a veteran diplomat, who served as Pakistan’s ambassador to more countries than any other diplomat, in a career spanning more than three decades. Mr Jamshed Marker also served as United Nations Under-Secretary General, as a special advisor to United Nations ex-Secretary-General Kofi Annan...

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From Pakistan to Texas: Charles Ramsey shares his FCC experience

Some of you may have recently heard Forman Christian College mentioned on the popular television show called “Fixer Upper.” If you watched the show, you saw that we recently transitioned from Forman to Baylor University in Texas and this has opened a way to tell many about our many adventures and experiences in Pakistan. We are so thankful for...

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Aliysha: An Orphan’s Story

Education is the ability to think, apply it in the world and to know the value of life. As a female, it is even more important to be well-educated to have stability, equality and to become independent and be financially self-sufficient. It is a necessity for me to be able to support my family. Education can help turn our dreams into reality and take us to the greatest heights of success and achievement...

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Jonathan Addleton Joins Friends of Forman Board

Jonathan Addleton, Ambassador (Retired) to Mongolia and five-time USAID Mission Director, joined the Friends of Forman Board of Trustees in March. Recently retired from a 32-year career in...

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An Education Beyond Books: Martina’s Story

My education means the freedom for me to pursue my dreams and ambitions and be an independent individual who does not have to depend on anyone. It was my elder brother’s dream to study at FCC and he did. He graduated last December in 2017, but as was the will of God, he passed away three months ago.

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Multi-Year Hostel Renovations Coming to Completion

Forman Christian College is now tackling the renovation of its sixth and final 1940s era on-campus hostel. These long-awaited complete renovations have expanded housing capacity in each hostel from 94 to 141 students with a Faculty Guardian (residence director) and student RAs (one senior for every 35 residents) providing western style mentoring and community. These residence halls, along with Hope Tower for women built in 2014, allow Forman to house students from all over Pakistan.

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$500,000 Campus Center Matching Grant Announced

A generous partner of Forman Christian College has offered a matching grant for up to $500,000 for new gifts for the Campus Center. Every new gift given to this important facility will be matched dollar for dollar, doubling your contribution.

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Explore Israel & Jordan in 2019 with Dr. Jim Tebbe and Rev. Sam Schreiner

Explore Israel & Jordan, the Crossroads of Jewish, Christian and Muslim Faith with Dr. Jim Tebbe and Rev. Sam Schreiner. March 2019...

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Forman Couple Featured on HGTV’s “Fixer Upper”

In the final season of “Fixer Upper,” Joanna and Chip Gaines upgraded an 1880s farm home for Dr. and Mrs. Charles Ramsey who taught at Forman Christian College.

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FREE to FLOURISH Spring Update

As of the end of February 2018, we can share that we have donations and promises of intended gifts totaling...

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The Missing Piece - Rev. Samuel Schreiner III

What every modern university has at its hub is a campus center and library for the 21st Century. This April, Forman Christian College will break ground on its new, 160,000 square-foot, four-story campus center.

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Light of Hope - A Third Year Report

Most of you know about FCC’s elementary school, Light of Hope (LoH). This school is for the children of the poorest workers who live on our campus. Now in its third year...

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Filling in the Gap - Rev. Samuel Schreiner III

Inside this newsletter we share some big plans for the future as Forman continues to grow and is ready to flourish as an educational mission in Pakistan. Click here to read more...

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Important Developments in 2018

We are pleased to announce two very exciting developments coming in 2018 which will greatly enhance the mission of the college...

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#GivingTuesday Matching Gift Announced

We’d like to thank Mrs. Jacquelyn Benjamin and First Presbyterian Church, Emmett, Idaho, for the generous gift given to Friends of Forman in memory of Dr. Immanuel Benjamin. This will be used as a matching gift for #GivingTuesday on November 28, 2017, providing the opportunity for you to double your gift as we remember Dr. Benjamin’s life and look to the future of Forman Christian College. Read more...

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Expansion Finished At Light Of Hope School

The Light of Hope School building expansion was completed this year, standing three stories tall. By November 2016, classrooms grew into the second floor, expanding classes to K-6, serving 242 students. Going forward, an upper class will be added each year, topping out in 2020 with the 10th grade.

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Expansion of Mercy Health Care Completed!

We are excited to report the second-floor addition to Mercy Health Center on the campus of Forman Christian College is complete! The addition includes expanded space for the University Counseling Center (UCC), a dental clinic, and space for a future pharmacy to be offered in conjunction with the college's new Pharm D program.

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Return Visit Reflections from Rev. Sam Schreiner

Returning to Forman was like seeing a grown niece or nephew who you only remember meeting years ago as a child at a family reunion. The transformation from infancy to adulthood can be stunning. This is a bit of what I experienced as I returned to Forman; I recognized the place, but it had blossomed into so much more.

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Next Up: The Student Center

Plans are underway to address one of the biggest remaining needs for Forman’s continuing revival, a student center capable of addressing the current and future needs of this vibrant community. If FCC is to continue its transformation to a global liberal arts university, it must add these necessary services included in this campus centerpiece to serve both our residential and very large commuter student population...

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Thoughts on Commencement From Dr. Jim Tebbe

Commencement, the most rewarding day of the year! A student is now able to bring transformational change to not just their own family but also generations to come. The huge tent accommodates 2,500+...

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Women Helping Women From A Half A World Away

This Mother's Day, please consider donating to Friends of Forman Christian College in honor or remembrance of a woman who influenced your life. Your special gift will make it possible for more young women to be part of the changing culture of Pakistan through education at FCC!

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2016 Fall Update from Jim Tebbe

At Forman, we are educating leaders for tomorrow’s Pakistan. We strive to have this education take place in an environment of Christian grace where human dignity is extended to every person regardless of his or her background. The testimony in this newsletter from one of our former students bears witness to this environment.Recently, I was struck with how our mission affects people as on my short walk home for lunch I was greeted warmly by three men.

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Nov 2016 Progress Report: Light of Hope School & Mercy Health Care

Expansion construction for Light of Hope began in June. The original plan was to add one floor during summer 2016 and the final floor in summer 2017... The second floor addition to Mercy Health Care began in July and should be complete soon. The work is actually ahead of schedule, a most unusual phenomenon! This floor will provide dedicated spaces for a counseling center, a dental clinic, and a pharmacy...

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A Note from Dr. Armacost to Our New Executive Director

Executive Director, Rev. Samuel Schreiner III, is traveling to Pakistan in November. He first visited Forman Christian College in 2007. Dr. Peter Armacost was then College Rector. This is what Dr. Armacost wrote to Sam about his new role...

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Hostel Renovations at Forman Christian College

On-campus hostel space is in great demand and is beneficial both to the students and the university. For students, living on campus provides great opportunity for them to see first-hand the diversity in faith and geographic regions represented at FCC... 

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2016 Fall/Winter Newsletter-Click Here to Download!

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Shandana Waheed Receives 2016 Falak Sufi Scholarship At NYU

FCC class of ‘16 graduate, Shandana Waheed, was granted the fully funded Falak Sufi Scholarship awarded by the Hagop Kevorkian Center at New York University. This prestigious award offers a Masters degree program in Near Eastern Studies. It is highly competitive as one student out of hundreds of applicants from South Asia is selected for this honor. She began her studies at NYU in September after spending some time this summer at Noroton Presbyterian Church in Darien, CT...

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Dr. James Tebbe interviewed for My Voice Unheard

Dr. James Tebbe, College Rector of Forman Christian College, was interviewed earlier this year for an article for My Voice Unheard, giving insight into how his life and career path led him to Forman, his love of Pakistan, and the challenges the country faces today.

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Friends of Forman Welcomes New Executive Director

Beginning October 1, 2016, Rev. Samuel A. Schreiner III joins Friends of Forman as Executive Director. Sam comes to us from Noroton Presbyterian Church in Darien, CT, having served there as Senior Pastor since 2004. “The Board of Friends of Forman has unanimously selected Rev. Sam Schreiner to be our next Executive Director,” says Dr. Michael Murphy, Board Chair. “Sam has served on the Friends of Forman Board since 2008, most recently as Vice-Chair, and his knowledge of and passion for Forman Christian College will serve him and the organization well as he makes this transition.” Sam first traveled to Forman Christian College in 2007. Of his new role with Friends of Forman, he says, “I'm thrilled to support students and staff at this historic college which has a highly regarded reputation and a strategic role to play in educating future leaders of Pakistan.”

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Light of Hope School

When you think of students at Forman Christian College, you think of young men and women of a certain age transitioning from teenagers into adults. In fact, they are only part of the education happening daily at FCC. In September, 2015 FCC opened their on-campus elementary school, the Light of Hope School, an initiative they began in order to educate the children of the poorest Christian staff. This part of the staff, mostly illiterate painters, cleaners and groundskeepers, live with their families in staff housing on campus. For these children and their parents, this school is a dream they dared not consider. Here, their children receive a continuous education, taught by graduates and student teachers from the FCC Education Department, in a brand new building in the safety of our campus, and within walking distance of their homes.

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Mercy Health Center

From the humble beginnings of two storage rooms, Mercy Health Center grew to a small 8 room building, including a waiting area, two medical exam rooms, an office, a patient room with space for three beds and room for the counseling center. Through two generous grants in received in 2016 from Blessings International and Noroton Presbyterian Church, FCC now has the funding to add a much-needed second floor to Mercy. This expansion began on July 1, 2016 with a target completion date in the fall. This will provide dedicated space for a dental clinic, pharmacy and additional space for the counseling center.

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Hope Tower Update

One of the important goals of Forman Christian College is to have a student body comprised of 50% women/50% men in the baccalaureate program by 2023. Currently at 36% female, a key item required to achieve this goal is the availability of safe, culturally appropriate housing for these young women. Without it, families will never allow their daughters to travel to Lahore and live on the FCC campus.

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