SHERMAN, TEXAS—Members of the Austin College Class of 2013 are counting down the days until graduation—with both excitement and trepidation. Austin College President Marjorie Hass will present diplomas to more than 340 bachelor’s degree candidates and 18 Master of Arts in Teaching degree candidates who will take part in graduation events May 18 and 19 on campus.
Baccalaureate, Saturday, May 18
Official events for graduates and families begin Saturday evening with a Baccalaureate service at 7 p.m. in Sid Richardson Center of Robert T. Mason Athletic/Recreation Complex. The sermon will be presented by the Reverend Dr. Alfred W. Morgan, now retired Presbyterian minister. He has been an ordained Presbyterian minister for 42 years, active in many areas of ministry. He held pastorates at Woodlawn Presbyterian Church in Corpus Christi, Texas, and Holy Trinity Presbyterian Church of San Antonio, as well as Hope Presbyterian Church of Austin, from which he retired recently as senior pastor after 28 years. He is a 1967 graduate of Austin College.
Commencement, Sunday May 19
Commencement ceremonies begin at 8:30 a.m. Sunday, May 19, on the Clyde L. Hall Graduation Court, north of Caruth Administration Building. The Commencement address will be presented by Carolyn Hessler-Radelet, acting director of the Peace Corps. She took on that role in September 2012, having served as deputy director since June 2010. Early in her career, she was a Peace Corps volunteer in Western Samoa and a public affairs specialist in the Peace Corps/New England recruiting office.
The speaker has an extensive career in public health, specializing in HIV/AIDS and maternal and child health. She served as vice president and director at John Snow, Inc., a global health organization in Washington, D.C., where she oversaw the management of public health programs in more than 85 countries. She was actively involved in the establishment of the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), serving as primary author of its first strategic plan. She was also appointed as a John Hopkins Fellow with USAID in Indonesia. Additionally, she served as a board member of the National Peace Corps Association, on the steering committee for the U.S. Coalition for Child Survival, and was founder of Special Olympics in The Gambia. A graduate of Boston University, she holds a master’s degree in health policy and management from the Harvard School of Public Health.
Mrs. Hessler-Radelet will be introduced by 1988 Austin College graduate Helen Lowman, who currently oversees Peace Corps programs in 21 countries as the regional director for the Peace Corps Europe, Mediterranean and Asia region. She previously served as country director and associate director of the Peace Corps program in China, acting country director in Mongolia, and as a Peace Corp Volunteer in Thailand. Beyond her Peace Corps work, she served as vice president of intercultural education and quality for AFS Intercultural Programs/USA, an international non-profit providing intercultural learning opportunities around the world. Early in her career, she worked with the Texas Natural Resource Conservation Commission, coordinating environmental events for K-12 education. She holds a master’s degree from University of Denver’s Josef Korbel School of International Studies.
Senior speaker, selected by her classmates, is Catherine Stodola of Cedar Hill, Texas. She has been very active on campus, with much of her involvement centering on service to others. This spring, she was named the Oscar C. Page Servant of the Year based upon her commitment to community service on campus and in the community. She leads the campus Habitat for Humanity chapter, received an Austin College Global Outreach Fellowship to Tanzania to teach about malaria and HIV/AIDS, completed an internship with the Community Council for the Homeless at Friendship Place in Washington, D.C., and spearheaded the annual campus Tostan dinner. She has participated in every major service event at the Service Station. Catherine is the daughter of Eugenia and Mark Stodola.
During the ceremony, Hessler-Radelet and Morgan will receive honorary doctoral degrees, along with Jerome Fullinwider of Dallas, who has a long and distinguished career in oil and gas exploration and development. After beginning his career with Standard Oil of Ohio and, later, general manager with Cherry Brothers in Dallas, he founded and leads several companies, including HKN Energy, V-F Petroleum, and V-F-Russia. He also serves as a visiting lecturer in economics and entrepreneurship at the Russian American Institute in Moscow. Graduating from the U.S. Naval School of Justice, Mr. Fullinwider served with the U.S. Navy in Korea and China and retired as a lieutenant.
For 52 years, Mr. Fullinwider has been active as a founding board member of the Institute for Humane Studies at George Mason University. He has served on many other boards, including National Center for Policy Analysis, Northwood University, Abell-Hanger Foundation, Dallas Symphony Orchestra, Baylor Health Care System Foundation, and Highland Park Presbyterian Church. In recognition of many years of entrepreneurship and philanthropy, he received an award in April from the Association of Private Enterprise Education.
A graduate of Southern Methodist University, Fulllinwider was awarded an honorary Doctor of Law from Northwood University in 2007.
Class of 1963 and Golden ’Roo Reunion
The weekend also will include the Golden Anniversary reunion for members of the Class of 1963 and all previously recognized classes of Golden ’Roos. Reunion activities begin Friday, May 17, and conclude with Commencement celebrations.
Austin College is a leading national independent liberal arts college located north of Dallas in Sherman, Texas. Founded in 1849, making it the oldest institution of higher education in Texas operating under original charter and name, the College is related by covenant to the Presbyterian Church (USA). Recognized nationally for academic excellence in the areas of international education, pre-professional training, and leadership studies, Austin College is one of 40 schools profiled in Loren Pope’s influential book Colleges That Change Lives.