Friday, May 09, 2008
Commencement is Sunday
Commencement on Sunday.
Thirty-two graduates will be honored at the Occupational Therapy Graduation Celebration tonight. The ceremony will be hosted by Dr. Barbara Williams, director of the Occupational Therapy program. New graduates will receive their master’s ceremonial hoods from Dr. Nadine Coudret, dean of the College of Nursing and Health Professions. A dinner at Carter Hall will follow the ceremony. The class will receive their master’s diplomas during the Commencement ceremony at Roberts Stadium on Sunday.
The Alumni Association’s Graduation Celebration Reception and Dinner will be held Saturday, May 10. During the event, the Alumni Association will present its annual awards. Award recipients are Dr. M. Edward Jones, Special Recognition Award; Dr. Jeanne K. Barnett, Faculty Recognition Award; Jamie L. Wicks ’91, M ’97, Alumni Service Award; and Wayne S. Trockman ‘81, Distinguished Alumni Award.
Approximately 1,450 USI students are eligible to graduate at the spring Commencement ceremony to be held at Roberts Stadium on Sunday. During the ceremony, four individuals who have had a significant impact on the development of the University will receive honorary degrees.
A role model for women, Sherrianne M. Standley, vice president emerita for Advancement, will deliver the Commencement address and receive a Doctor of Laws degree.
Standley is an Evansville resident who retired last year after an illustrious 31-year career influencing the University’s growth and development. She is active on numerous civic boards and is president of the YWCA of Evansville. She is the chair of the Evansville New Markets Tax Credit Governing Board and a member of the Vanderburgh County Sheriff’s Merit and Pension boards. She is a life member of Keep Evansville Beautiful which she served as director, vice chair, and chair. She serves on the USI Foundation Board of Directors and is active in the USI Varsity Club and USI Foundation President’s Associates. She is a former trustee of Trinity United Methodist Church.
Other honorary degrees will be awarded to Bruce and Carol Baker of Warrick County and Victor V. Schriefer, Jr. of Evansville.
Bruce Baker has more than 18 years of service to the Board of Trustees, the longest tenure of any USI trustee. He served as chair of the board for two terms, from 1992 to 1997 and from 2006 to 2007. He also was vice chair of the board and chair of the Finance Committee for two years and vice chair of the board and chair of the Long Range Planning Committee for nine years. He built and operates Newburgh Health Care. He will receive a Doctor of Laws degree.
An ambassador for the University, Carol Baker has a flair for welcoming University visitors and friends to events. She is a member of the USI Foundation Board of Directors and is active on the University home committee
Both Bakers are active at Main Street United Methodist Church in Boonville. They are recipients of the Suzanne Nicholson Leadership Award from the USI Foundation. Carol will be awarded a Doctor of Laws degree.
A retired Sterling Brewery quality control manager, Schriefer will be awarded the Doctor of Science degree. A generous contributor to the USI Foundation, Schriefer is a member of the Fraternal Order of Police, Rolling Hills Country Club, Masonic Temple, Scottish Rite, Hadi Shrine, Eagles, and Kennel Club. He worked at Sterling Brewery for approximately 23 years.
When nominating the honorary degree candidates, President H. Ray Hoops said, “With all they have done for the University of Southern Indiana, it is fitting that they receive the highest honor the University can bestow. They have been outstanding representatives of USI and to the community, the region, and the state.”