AU President James L. Edwards selected as 2002 commencement speaker

Tue, 2012-07-24 10:42 -- univcomm
The Anderson University commencement committee recently announced that Dr. James L. Edwards, president of Anderson University has been selected to address the graduating class of 2002 during commencement exercises, May 11. The 3 p.m. program will be held in Warner Auditorium followed by a presidential reception in the breezeway area of the Krannert Fine Arts complex. This event will mark only the second time that Dr. Edwards has delivered the commencement address during his 12 years as president. Speaking at the baccalaureate service will be Dr. Ronald V. Duncan, general director of the Church of God. Anderson University’s baccalaureate service will take place earlier that day in Reardon Auditorium at 10 a.m. Both events are open to the public.

Receiving honorary degrees during commencement will be three local Anderson resident and alumni of Anderson University: David L. Coolidge, Minister of Music and Worship Emeritus at Park Place Church of God; Shirley King Coolidge, AU Assistant Professor of Music Emeritus and Organist Emeritus at Park Place Church of God; and Jean Ratzlaff Johnson, prominent Church of God Missionary and founder of the Church of God program “Children of Promise.”

A 1957 graduate of Anderson University, David L. Coolidge has devoted a career spanning 40 years to the music ministry of Park Place Church of God in Anderson. During his years of service, he has significantly contributed to the worship experience of generations of Anderson University students, faculty and staff. During his service as Minister of Music and Associate Pastor at Park Place Church of God, he led large choirs of graded singing, handbells, orchestra and other instrumentalists. At his retirement in 1999, the Park Place Church of God congregation honored David Coolidge and his years of ministry with the distinction “Minister of Music and Worship Emeritus.”

David Coolidge completed graduate studies at Anderson University’s School of Theology, Butler University and received a master’s degree from Christian Theological Seminary in 1966 specializing in the area of Sacred Music. He is a member of the American Choral Directors Association, American Guild of English Handbell Ringers, and the Madison County Ministerial Association. He is continues to be active as a soloists, teacher, leader, choral conductor in conferences, conventions and workshops. David L. Coolidge will receive the honorary Doctor of Sacred Music.

A native of Ashland, Kentucky, and a 1960 alumna of Anderson University, Shirley King Coolidge has served with distinction in the Anderson University department of music. She earned a master’s degree in organ from Butler University before becoming a member of the music faculty and university organist in 1963. Serving as assistant professor, she taught music theory, organ and piano. She has appeared often as a recitalist, lecturer and clinician at seminars and workshops at home and abroad. Appearing as soloist with the Anderson Symphony Orchestra, she has accompanied numerous university groups and served as an accompanist for the Indiana Choral Director’s Association Summer Conference Reading Session.

Honored with the Anderson College Distinguished Alumni Award in 1985, she was named “Organist Emeritus” by Park Place Church of God in 1999 where she served as staff organist for 40 years. She has been honored with the Women of Achievement Lillian E. Denny Award for arts and literature by the YWCA and was honored at her retirement in 2001 by being named “Assistant Professor of Music Emeritus” by Anderson University. During the fall of 2001, she received the AU Distinguished Alumni Award and was named Outstanding Music Alumna by the AU Department of Music. AU will award the honorary Doctor of Sacred Music to Shirley King Coolidge.

Anderson resident Jean Ratzlaff Johnson graduated from Anderson University in 1952. Along with her husband Sidney, she began a missionary career in India in 1955 serving approximately 18 years. Jean and her husband continued their missionary work in Thailand until 1986 when Sidney was requested to coordinate missionaries and missionary work on behalf of the Church of God in Asia. As a result, Jean quickly became involved with families and children of need—particularly those from third world countries.

In 1992, as a result of her love and service to the concerns needy children, Jean began the program “Children of Promise” through the Church of God. “Children of Promise” is currently a joint sponsorship program of the Women of the Church of God and Outreach Ministries of the Church of God that helps provide nutrition, health care, education, and Christian love to thousands of children in more than a dozen countries.

Jean Ratzlaff Johnson will receive the honorary Doctor of Humane Letters from Anderson University. Anderson University is a private, four-year, Christian liberal arts institution of approximately 2,400 undergraduate and graduate students. Established in 1917 by the Church of God the university offers more than 60 undergraduate majors and graduate programs of study in theology, business and education.

Anderson University is a private, four-year, Christian liberal arts institution of approximately 2,400 undergraduate and graduate students. Established in 1917 by the Church of God, the university offers more than 60 undergraduate majors and graduate programs of study in business, education and theology.

Public Invited to 2002 AU Graduation Events

Anderson, Ind. --- Anderson University’s 84th commencement exercise will be conducted at 3 p.m., Sat., May 11, in Warner Auditorium adjacent to the university campus. Dr. James L. Edwards, president of Anderson University will address graduates and guests. Dr. Ronald V. Duncan, general director of the Church of God, will be the speaker for the baccalaureate service. The baccalaureate service will be conducted at 10 a.m. (EST) on Sat., May 11, in Reardon Auditorium. Both events are open to the public.

Following graduation, President Edwards will host a reception in the breezeway area of the Krannert Fine Arts Building for graduates and their families. Dr. Edwards indicates the reception is a special opportunity for graduates and parents to receive congratulations from university faculty.

Other special ceremonies during Anderson University’s graduation weekend include the university’s Master of Business Administration hooding ceremony at 12:30 p.m. on Sat., May 11, in Reardon Auditorium lobby.

The 2002 pinning ceremony for graduates from the Anderson University School of Nursing will be Fri., May 10, in Byrum Hall at 6 p.m., followed by a reception for graduates, family and friends in Hartung Hall, room 275.

The School of Theology will conduct a special hooding ceremony for graduates on Tuesday, April 30, at 11:00 a.m. in the School of Theology’s Miller Chapel. Dr. Cheryl Bridges Johns, Professor of Spiritual Formation, Church of God School of Theology in Cleveland, Tenn., will be the guest preacher for the occasion.

Anderson University is a private, four-year, liberal arts institution of approximately 2,400 undergraduate and graduate students. Established in 1917 by the Church of God, the institution offers more than 60 undergraduate majors and graduate programs in theology, business, and education.

Honorary Doctorate Recipients:

David L. Coolidge
Minister of Music and Worship Emeritus at Park Place Church of God

Shirley King Coolidge
AU Assistant Professor of Music Emeritus and Organist Emeritus at Park Place Church of God;

Jean Ratzlaff Johnson
Church of God Missionary and founder of the Church of God program “Children of Promise.”