From the Manchester College Archives

News Release

Contact: Jeri Kornegay
Director of Media and Public Relations
260-982-5285  jskornegay@manchester.edu

 

The Class of 2008

Graduation speakers urge:

Welcome others, welcome change

 

Welcome strangers as a way of life, approach the future with an open mind for change, apply your learning … and heartfelt “Thanks!” were the messages of Graduation Day 2008 at Manchester College.

The College awarded a master’s of accountancy, 153 bachelor of science degrees, 37 bachelor of arts degrees, two associates degrees and two honorary degrees on a cool, breezy afternoon. Thirty of the students graduated with honor, including Sarah R. Hall of Roaring Spring, Pa.

“Through Manchester, I have been given the space to ponder, to question, to grow into an adult,” said Hall, who received a bachelor of arts degree in peace studies.  “Without you, my family, my friends, my professors and mentors, I would not be the woman I am today,” she told graduating seniors, family and friends at the baccalaureate service.” I know my beliefs will continue to evolve, and my passions may change, but I am content in knowing that, and am anxious to try my hand at ‘the real world.’

President Jo Young Switzer urged the graduating class to open their hearts and minds, just as the College community did to them when they arrived on campus four years ago. She recalled Paul and Mary Grandstaff of North Manchester, who invited Manchester College students into their home for Sunday dinner for more than 40 years, the dinner table surrounded at the beginning with a few students, and some evenings with 100 young diners. “What happens to us and to our community when we choose to make welcoming strangers a way of life? It’s been at the heart of Manchester College for 119 years,” said Switzer.

Loren Finnell, a 1964 graduate of the College who with his wife founded the philanthropic network Resource Foundation, received an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree. Finnell, a North Manchester native who took advantage of the recent birth of the Peace Corps upon graduation from the College to do service in Ecuador, urged the graduates to take some chances.


Accounting graduate Mo Abu Zayda of Ramallah
thanks his mother

“Whatever your area of interest may be, I challenge you to go forth and apply your learning and experiences from Manchester College,” Finnell said.  “Be committed and do not be afraid to break new ground. Most of all, be kind, considerate and understanding of your fellow human beings, and of the earth that God has given us.”

The Resource Foundation was “borderline failure” for the first eight years, “and there were many days when quitting would have been the easy way out and nobody would have blamed me,” Finnell said. Today, a healthy foundation annually helps more than 5 million individuals in 23 Latin American and Caribbean countries with more than $10 million in grants.

Also receiving an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters was Donald E. Miller of Richmond, Ind., who attended the College in the late 40s but transferred to another school. The theologian and author is a former member of the College’s Board of Trustees. Now, he has a degree from Manchester College – honorary Doctor of Humane Letters.

“We need to approach the future with an open mind for change, be willing to accept challenges, and continually seek opportunities where we can impact the world around us,” said Sarah L. Conwell in her class response. “Manchester College has given us the tools we need; it is now up to us to use them.” Conwell, of Kokomo, graduated with high honors and a bachelor of science degree in accounting and management. 

Class of 2008

    ***summa cum laude  **magna cum laude  *cum laude

 Graduate                           Degree       Major                                             City                              

Mohammed Abu Zayda

BS

Accounting

Ramallah, West Bank

Farida Adam

BS

Political Science

N. Manchester, Ind.

David Allen

BS

Accounting

Salem, Ind.

Jennifer Allen

BS

Communication Studies

Wheatfield, Ind.

Jason Andorfer

BS

Biology

Dyer, Ind.

Brent Ash

BS

Marketing

Indianapolis

Bruce Bainbridge

BS

Environmental Studies

Marion, Ind.

Christopher Ball

BS

Marketing

Bristol, Ind.

Cornelius Bambo

BS

Physical Education

Indianapolis

Jennifer Bauman***

BS

Education/Mild Intervention

Rochester, Ind.

Stephanie Bennett

BS

Education/Mild Intervention

Peru, Ind.

Laura Beutler

BA

English

Roann, Ind.

Elizabeth Binkley*

BA

Education/Mild Intervention

Goshen, Ind.

Leticia Bitner

BS

Psychology

Tipton, Ind.

Ashley Bogue

BS

Sociology

Kokomo, Ind.

Jerome Bostic

BS

Psychology

Fort Wayne, Ind.

Melissa Bower

BS

Psychology

Franklin, Ind.

Courtney Branscomb

BS

Education/Mild Intervention

Huntington, Ind.

Sabrina Brinkmeier

BS

Education/Mild Intervention

Pearl City, Ill.

Rosalie Brubaker

BS

Communication Studies

South Bend, Ind.

Lindsey Bryant*

BA

Psychology

Monon, Ind.

Natasha Bryant

BS

Education

Fort Wayne, Ind.

Elizabeth Burkholder

BS

Biology

Brownsburg, Ind.

Amy Byrket

BS

Accounting

Wakarusa, Ind.

Kristen Caldwell

BS

General Business

Fort Wayne, Ind.

William Caldwell

BS

Finance

Kokomo, Ind.

Amy Carnahan

BS

Environmental Studies

Holgate, Ohio

Shaun Carrico

BS

Psychology

Marion, Ind.

Rachael Carson

BA

Education

Warsaw, Ind.

Georgi Chunev**

BA

Computer Science/Math

Sofia, Bulgaria

Kyle Cline

BS

Psychology

Mishawaka, Ind.

Jeanna Collins*

BA

Education/Mild Intervention

Bourbon, Ind.

Sarah Conwell**

BS

Accounting/Management

Kokomo, Ind.

Brittany Cook

BA

Music Education

Etna Green, Ind.

Tyler Corn

BS

Physics

Clayton, Ind.

Aaron Cripe

BS

Mathematics

Goshen, Ind.

Mary Cullen

BS

Biology-Chemistry

Columbia City, Ind.

Carrie Darnell

BS

Social Work

South Bend, Ind.

Thomas Davidson

BS

Physical Education

Fort Wayne, Ind.

Darcy Davidson**

BA

History

Auburn, Ind.

Elizabeth Davis

BS

Marketing

New Albany, Ind.

Tarran Day

BS

Psychology

Tipton, Ind.

Holly DeNeve**

BS

Political Science

New Carlisle, Ind.

Amanda Dennis

BS

Education/Mild Intervention

Vevay, Ind.

Zachary Dommer

BS

Marketing

New Haven, Ind.

Doncho Donchev

BS

Finance

Huntington, Ind.

Drema Drudge

BS

English

N. Manchester, Ind.

Valerie Drudge

BS

Education

Claypool, Ind.

Jena Eichenlaub

BA

Music

Kendallville, Ind.

Anna Emrick

BS

Nonprofit Management

Mason, Mich.

Julie Eslinger

BS

Accounting

Granger, Ind.

Elizabeth Fall

BS

Biology-Chemistry

Indianapolis

Rebecca Flanders***

BS

Education/Mild Intervention

Ada, Mich.

Jesse Flynn

BS

Management

Rochester, Ind.

Jerry Ford

BA

Athletic Training

Lafayette, Ind.

Rena Freiburger

BS

Education/Mild Intervention

Huntington, Ind.

Megan Frick

BS

Communication Studies

Wawaka, Ind.

Yvonne Gicheru

BS

Biology-Chemistry

Nakuru, Kenya

Chet Gilbert

BS

History

Angola, Ind.

Jacob Grady

BS

Social Work

N. Manchester, Ind.

Andrea Graft

BS

Marketing

Garrett, Ind.

Whitney Gray

BS

Social Work

Pendleton, Ind.

Christopher Greenwood

BS

History

Lawrenceburg, Ind.

Sarah Grieb

BA

English

Kokomo, Ind.

Nathan Grier

BS

Philosophy

Wabash, Ind.

Kelli Griewank

BS

Psychology

Plymouth, Ind.

Elizabeth Grindstaff*

BA

Biology-Chemistry

Butlerville, Ind.

Nathan Grotrian

BS

Education

Millersburg, Ind.

Laurie Grube

BS

Educational Studies

Akron, Ind.

Andrew Haff*

BS

History

Westminster, Md.

Sarah Hall*

BA

Peace Studies

Roaring Spring, Pa.

Emily Hallgren*

BA

Peace Studies/Spanish

Fennville, Mich.

Sarah Hanson*

BS

Education/Mild Intervention

Huntington, Ind.

Mitchel Harnish

BS

Management

Bluffton, Ind.

Tia Harrison

BA

Chemistry

Crawfordsville, Ind.

Caitlin Haynes*

BA

Sociology

Glen Arm, Md.

Lindsey Helstern

BS

Management

Rochester, Ind.

Jessica Henn

BS

Exercise Science

Huntington, Ind.

Anthony Herber*

BS

Chemistry

Roanoke, Ind.

Brent Hershberger

BS

Accounting

Middlebury, Ind.

Tyffany Hippensteel

BS

Social Work

N. Manchester, Ind.

Michael Holler

BS

Finance

South Whitley, Ind.

Rachel Horen

BS

Education

Mitchell, Ind.

Aaron Hostetler

BA

Sociology

Bremen, Ind.

Daniel Irwin

BS

History

Craigville, Ind.

Jacob Johnson

BS

Management

Batesville, Ind.

Adam Jones

BS

Marketing

Rochester, Ind.

Joshua Jordan

BS

Accounting

Indianapolis

Samuel Kent

BS

Health/Physical Education

San Pierre, Ind.

Micheal Khayyat

BS

Finance/Accounting

Jerusalem, Israel

Mackenzie Kinder

BS

Accounting

Logansport, Ind.

Jacob Koziel

BS

Biology-Chemistry

New Carlisle, Ind.

Julia Krisiak

BS

Adapted Physical Education

Boswell, Ind.

Alicia Krueckeberg

BS

Athletic Training

Decatur, Ind.

Emmanuel Kwizera

BS

Engineering Science

Birmingham, Ala.

Amanda Ladig

BA

English

Kimmell, Ind.

Ashley Lampkins

BS

Communication Studies

Fort Wayne, Ind.

Megan Leese

BS

Biology-Chemistry

Kokomo, Ind.

Breana Lindsay

BA

English

Fremont, Mich.

Shelby Lloyd*

BA

Biology-Chemistry

Bellvue, Colo.

Felix Lohitai

BS

Peace Studies

N. Manchester, Ind.

Matthew Lombard

BS

General Business

Roanoke, Ind.

Jamie Long

BS

Communication Studies

Corunna, Ind.

Benjamin Martin*

BS

Environ. Studies/Pol. Science

Myersville, Md.

Erin McComas

BA

English/Communication

Fort Wayne, Ind.

Ashli McCombs

BS

Communication Studies

Fort Wayne, Ind.

Samuel McFadden

BS

Communication Studies

North Manchester

Charles McKinney

BS

Nonprofit Mgt./Marketing

Fort Wayne, Ind.

Jenny Mevis**

BA

Education/Mild Intervention

Lakeville, Ind.

Casey Miller

BS

Accounting

Lafayette, Ind.

Marcus Miller

BS

5-12 Social Studies Education

N. Manchester, Ind.

Fiona Mills-Groninger**

BS

Chemistry

Whiting, Ind.

Danielle Moeller**

BS

Education

New Haven, Ind.

Wendi Moon*

BS

Sociology

N. Manchester, Ind.

Ashley Murphy

BS

Athletic Training

Auburn, Ind.

Sarah Neuhalfen

BS

Education/Mild Intervention

Greentown, Ind.

Mary Newman

BS

Social Work

Fowler, Ind.

Ngoc Nguyen

BS

Accounting/Finance

Hanoi, Vietnam

Justin Nicolette

AA

English

Fort Wayne, Ind.

Sarah Nubani

BS

Biology-Chemistry

Oldsmar,  Fla.

Nkechi Onyeji

BS

Political Science

Fort Wayne, Ind.

Bruce Orr

BS

Social Work

Bristol, Ind.

Scott Osborne

BS

Accounting

Syracuse, Ind.

Matthew Palladino

BS

Exercise Science

N. Manchester, Ind.

Audra Pape

AA

Education

Fort Wayne, Ind.

Candace Parks

BS

Psychology

Brook, Ind.

William Patch

BA

Chemistry

Otterbein, Ind.

Amanda Patch*

BA

Biology-Chemistry

Otterbein, Ind.

Breann Peters

BS

Education

Knox, Ind.

Ha Phan*

BS

Finance/Accounting

Hanoi, Vietnam

Adam Piotrowicz

BS

General Business

North Liberty, Ind.

Krystal Poe

BA

Art

Warsaw, Ind.

Timothy Polakowski***

BA

Social Work/Spanish

Rockton, Ill.

Megan Price

BS

Social Work

Huntertown, Ind.

Nicole Prouty

BA

English

Huntington, Ind.

Michelle Pugh

BS

Education/Mild Intervention

Cromwell, Ind.

Adam Pyle***

BA

Mathematics

Huntington, Ind.

Tolani Rasaki

BS

Political Science

Indianapolis

Jeremy Raymond

BS

Accounting/Finance

Huntington, Ind.

June Riley

BS

Psychology

Mishawaka, Ind.

Billie Rodriguez

BS

Sociology

Elgin, Ill.

Jenna Rogers

BS

Psychology

Kokomo, Ind.

Norma Rojas

BA

Accounting

Ligonier, Ind.

Caleb Samuel*

BS

Biology-Chemistry

Jos, Nigeria

Crystal Santos

BS

Accounting

Huntington, Ind.

Kristen Sasena

BS

Athletic Training

Columbus, Ind.

Renee Satterthwaite

BS

History/Sociology

Huntington, Ind.

Jami Schrader

BS

Environ. Studies/Biology

Fort Wayne, Ind.

John Sheets

BS

Accounting

Decatur, Ind.

Joel Sherer

BA

Psychology

Meridian, Idaho

Melissa Shoufler

BS

Management

Bristol, Ind.

Jacilyn Simmons

BS

Management

Pendleton, Ind.

Anna Simons

BS

Peace Studies

Granger, Ind.

Nicholas Simpson

BS

English

Georgetown, Ind.

Jennifer Smith

BS

Education/Mild Intervention

Van Buren, Ind.

Jessica Smith

BS

Political Science

Pendleton, Ind.

Margaret Smith*

BA

Finance/Accounting

N. Manchester, Ind.

Janaki Soman

BS

Economics

Singapore, Singapore

Joel Spencer

BS

Exercise Science

Roanoke, Ind.

Jeremy Stackhouse

BS

Management/Marketing

Hamilton, Ind.

Nathaniel Stewart

BS

Biology-Chemistry

N. Manchester, Ind.

Jennifer Stewart*

BS

History

N. Manchester, Ind.

Andrew Suhre

BS

Music

Michigantown, Ind.

Parker Swanson

BS

Education

Elgin, Il.

Byron Sweet

BS

Communication Studies

N. Manchester, Ind.

Heather Terflinger

BS

Education

N. Manchester, Ind.

Eracleo Vallejo

BA

Nonprofit Mgt./Marketing

Syracuse, Ind.

Karly Van Ort

BS

Education

Waterloo, Ind.

Valerie Vance

BA

Marketing

Andrews, Ind.

Elyssa Vanderbilt

BS

Education

Fort Wayne, Ind.

Steven Vanek

BS

Nonprofit Mgt./Marketing

Crown Point, Ind.

James Vincent

BS

Education/Mild Intervention

North Vernon, Ind.

Jamaal Wade

BS

Management

Indianapolis

Joel Waggy

BA

Communication Studies

Goshen, Ind.

Jordan Walberry

BA

Chemistry

Huntington, Ind.

David Walton

BS

Biology-Chemistry

Rising Sun, Ind.

Jennifer Ware

BA

Social Work

Albion, Ind.

Emily Wentzel

BS

Communication Studies

Kewanna, Ind.

Matthew White

BS

Communication Studies

Terre Haute, Ind.

Matthew Williams

BS

Communication Studies

Carmel, Ind.

Eric Williams**

BS

Accounting

Bristol, Ind.

Austin Wyss

BS

Athletic Training

Fort Wayne, Ind.

Luke Yoder

BS

Management

Angola, Ind.

 

 

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