The Herald Bulletin

April 20, 2014

Ellspermann to deliver AU commencement address

Honorary degree recipients, related events announced

For The Herald Bulletin
The Herald Bulletin

---- — ANDERSON — Indiana Lt. Gov. Susan Ellspermann will address the Anderson University Class of 2014 during commencement exercises on Saturday, May 10.

The 3 p.m. program will be conducted in the Ward Fieldhouse of the Kardatzke Wellness Center.

Speaking during Anderson University's baccalaureate service will be Dr. David Markle, senior pastor of Park Place Church of God in Anderson. Baccalaureate will take place at 10 a.m. that day in Reardon Auditorium.

All events are free and open to the public.

Anderson University will award four honorary degrees during commencement. Ellspermann will receive the Honorary Doctor of Laws. Ministers and educators Ken and Arlene Hall will receive the Honorary Doctor of Divinity. And artist Esther K. Augsburger, creator of the "Servant" sculpture on campus, will receive the Honorary Doctor of Fine Arts.

Other scheduled commencement events May 10 include the Falls School of Business hooding ceremony at noon in the lobby of Reardon Auditorium for candidates of both Master of Business Administration and Doctor of Business Administration degrees.

The hooding ceremony for Master in Music Education will be conducted at noon in the lobby of the York Performance Hall.

Related events scheduled prior to commencement include the School of Theology Senior Recognition and Awards Chapel on Tuesday, April 29, at 11 a.m. in Miller Chapel.

On Friday, May 9, at 6 p.m., the hooding ceremony for Master of Christian Ministries will take place in Miller Chapel.

A special pinning ceremony for the Anderson University School of Nursing will be conducted on Friday, May 9, at 6 p.m. in Reardon Auditorium.

The certification ceremony for the Teach for Indiana Program (TIP) will be held on Thursday, May 8, at 6 p.m. in Reardon Auditorium.

As Indiana's 50th lieutenant governor, Ellspermann manages six state agencies including the Indiana State Department of Agriculture, the Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority, the Office of Defense Development, the Office of Community and Rural Affairs, the Office of Tourism Development and the Office of Small Business and Entrepreneurship.

She also serves as president of the Indiana Senate and chairs the Indiana Counter Terrorism and Security Council.

Raised in Ferdinand, Ellspermann is one of six children. After graduation from Forest Park High School, she worked her way through Purdue University as an engineering cooperative education student with General Motors.

She graduated Purdue as an industrial engineer and established a career in engineering and management at Michelin and Frito-Lay. She later earned a master's and doctorate degree in industrial engineering at the University of Louisville and began a consulting practice, Ellspermann and Associates.

She later became the founding director of the University of Southern Indiana's Center for Applied Research and Economic Development.

In 2010, Ellspermann was elected to represent Dubois, Perry, Spencer and Warrick counties in the Indiana House of Representatives. In November 2012, she was elected to serve with Gov. Mike Pence.

Ellspermann is married to Jim Mehling, principal of Forest Park High School. They have a blended family of four daughters, two sons-in-law and two grandsons.

Esther K. Augsburger is a faith-based sculptor of lifelong accomplishment. She earned a Master of Arts degree in sculpture in 1978 from James Madison University and also completed art studies in Switzerland.

Her 1988 piece, "Servant," is on display in Decker Hall, and her work has been recognized in worldwide and can be found in many countries.

The Rev. Arlene Hall, a 1945 AU graduate, has served the church with distinction as a champion of Christian education for children and adults as an author and pastor.

Hall is a prolific author and editor of church curriculum materials, including "Egermeier's Bible Study Book." She earned a Master of Arts degree from Scarritt College and served Park Place Church of God as minister of Christian education for many years.

Dr. Kenneth F. Hall has also served the church as a Christian educator, administrator, author, publisher and editor. He also served as the Warner Press director of church curriculum.

Hall graduated from AU in 1948 and served the university with distinction as a professor of Christian education, and chairman of the AU Religious Studies Department. He earned a Master of Divinity from Butler University, and a doctorate from Christian Theological Seminary.

A prolific author of teaching materials for church educators, Hall wrote "Bridges to Teaching: A Basic Guide for Teaching in the Church," and collaborated with "Peanuts" creator Charles Schulz on a book for parents of young children called "Two By Fours."