Center Point resident Andrea Lynn Thomas was among 171 students who received the bachelor of arts degree during Hanover College's 178th annual commencement ceremony, held Saturday, May 28, at The Point on the College's campus.
Thomas, a Kinesiology & Integrative Physiology major, is the daughter of Joseph and Vicki Thomas, Center Point. Before attending Hanover, she graduated from Northview High School.
Located on 650 acres overlooking the Ohio River in southeastern Indiana, Hanover is a premier, nationally ranked liberal arts institution that has core strengths in the sciences, education and business.
Fund for Theological Education
Nick Joyner, a religion major from Jasonville, Indiana, has been named a 2011 FTE Undergraduate Fellow by national nonprofit The Fund for Theological Education. Joyner is one of 40 FTE Undergraduate Fellows nationwide, and along with other fellowshiprecipients, he is currently attending the FTE Leaders in Ministry Conference, June 15-19, at Dillard University in New Orleans.
Dianne Oliver, UE associate professor of religion and chair of the Department of Philosophy and Religion, nominated Joyner for the prestigious fellowship. "Nick brings a unique set of gifts to his academic studies and to ministry," Oliver said. "This fellowship will give him opportunities to connect with others who are pursuing the same vocation."
Prospective FTE Undergraduate Fellows apply for the program during their sophomore or junior year at an accredited North American college or university.
They must maintain a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.0 and be nominated by a faculty member, administrator, chaplain, campus minister, or current pastor.
FTE also requires fellows to display "exceptional gifts for ministry: love of God and church, imagination, creativity, compassion, a capacity for critical thinking, leadership skills, personal integrity, spiritual depth, dedication to a faith tradition, and a passion to understand and to serve the needs of others."
As an FTE Undergraduate Fellow, Joyner will receive professional development opportunities (such as the FTE Leaders in Ministry Conference) and a $2,000 stipend. "The money will help as I pursue an education and different types of ministry projects," Joyner said. "I want to find a way to continue my study of religion and the mind while fulfilling my call to ministry."
On the UE campus, Joyner has been a member of Student Christian Fellowship, and he served as chaplain of Kappa Chi for one year. Last November, he participated in the first-ever Festival of Young Preachers at UE's Neu Chapel. In January, he attended the national Festival of Young Preachers in Louisville, Kentucky, where he was inducted into the Academy of Preachers. On occasion, Joyner also preaches at his home church, Anchored in Faith Ministries.
The Fund for Theological Education is a national, ecumenical nonprofit organization that provides fellowships and leadership development for young people exploring a call to ministry. Over the past 50 years, the Atlanta-based organization has awarded more than 6,000 fellowships to some of today's leading pastors, scholars, and teachers who serve churches, theological schools, and communities across the nation.
About 13,000 Purdue University students earned academic honors for the spring 2011 semester.
To earn honors, students must have had at least a 3.5 semester or cumulative grade point average on a four-point scale.
Colin C. Beckley, Brazil
Allie J. Melega, Brazil
Oakley C. Campbell, Center Point
Melinda S. Jackson, Clay City
Estil J. Caton, Clay City
Whitney J. Ames, Clay City
Carson L. Hendrix, Cory
Brooklyn R. Wellman, Cory
Purdue University awarded about 7,000 degrees to students following the spring semester.
Jon R. Carmicheal, Brazil, MS in Elec & Computer Engr, Graduate School
Jeri J. Casassa, Brazil, Doctor of Pharmacy
Melinda S. Jackson, Clay City, Bachelor of Science
Carson L. Hendrix, Cory, Bachelor of Science
Joel B. Farmer, Cory, Bachelor of Science
Ohio Northern University
Brock E. Dalton, son of Tony Dalton, 3816 E County Road 900 N, Brazil, and Lori Dalton, recently graduated with distinction from Ohio Northern's Pettit College of Law at Ohio Northern University. He received the degree of Juris Doctor.
On campus, Dalton was active in the Sports Law Society.
Dalton received his undergraduate degree from Indiana State University.
Olivet Nazarene University
Olivet Nazarene University announces the spring 2011 dean's list, which includes local residents:
Laura Fleschner of Terre Haute
Garrett Sevigny of Terre Haute
Andrea Gregory of Terre Haute
Erica Kimmel of Clay City
Kasey Waite of Clay City
Matthew Elless of Ladoga
To qualify for inclusion on the dean's list, a student must have been enrolled as a full-time undergraduate student and must have attained a semester grade point average of 3.50 or higher on a 4.00 grading scale.
Olivet Nazarene University is an accredited Christian, liberal arts university offering over 120 areas of study. It is centrally located in the historic village of Bourbonnais, Illinois - just 50 miles south of Chicago's loop - with additional School of Graduate and Continuing Studies locations in Rolling Meadows, Ill. and throughout Chicagoland.