Ryder selected as 2005 commencement speaker; weekend events announced

Fri, 2012-07-27 11:34 -- univcomm

Anderson University’s commencement scheduled for this Saturday, May 7, at 3 p.m. will be relocated to the Ward Fieldhouse inside the Kardatzke Wellness Center located on the northeast corner of the university campus (north of University Boulevard). The 3 p.m. (EST) scheduled time for the commencement event at the Kardatzke Wellness Center will remain as scheduled. Receptions for students and honorary degree recipients will be conducted on the south lawn of the Kardtazke Wellness Center immediately following commencement. All other commencement-related events taking place on Saturday, May 7, will be conducted in the locations as originally communicated.

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Church of God Ministries, owners of the Warner Auditorium facility, informed university officials on, Wednesday, May 4, of the need to relocate the commencement event due to environmental concerns in the building. Dr. Ronald Duncan, General Director of Church of God Ministries, indicated to the university that based on results of environmental testing, Warner Auditorium has been temporarily closed. Church of God Ministries is taking immediate steps to resolve the environmental issues. More details will be forthcoming from Church of God Ministries.

Commencement seating in the Ward Fieldhouse is limited. We urge parents and family members of graduating seniors to take their seats inside the fieldhouse no later than 2:30 p.m. Entrance into Ward Fieldhouse may be gained on the south and north side of the Wellness Center facility. Parking for the general public will be available on the Church of God campground accessible from Fifth Street. Parking for physically challenged persons will be available in a lot on the north side of the Kardatzke Wellness Center facility accessible from Graceland Avenue.

Questions regarding Anderson University’s commencement activities should be directed to the office of Media and Electronic Communications at 765-641-4122. Information regarding commencement is also available on the Anderson University web site at www.anderson.edu.


Anderson University recently announced that Ms. Anne Ryder, well-known Indianapolis television personality and president of Ryder Media, will address the graduating class of 2005 during commencement exercises, May 7. The 3 p.m. program will be held in teh Ward Fieldhouse of the Kardatzke Wellness Center. Speaking during the baccalaureate service will be Rev. Rodney Stafford, senior pastor of Fairfax Community Church in Fairfax, Va. Anderson University’s baccalaureate service will take place earlier that day in Reardon Auditorium at 10 a.m. Both events are free and open to the public.

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Other events scheduled on Anderson University’s May 7 commencement day include the Hooding Ceremony for the School of Education at 11:30 a.m. (as well as the certification ceremony for the Teach in Indiana Program--TIP) in the atrium of the Kardatzke Wellness Center and the Hooding Ceremony for the Falls School of Business at 11:30 a.m. in Byrum Hall.

AU will offer earlier events associated with the university’s commencement weekend that include the School of Theology Senior Recognition and Awards Chapel on Thursday, April 28, at 11 a.m. in Miller Chapel. Also scheduled is the traditional School of Nursing Pinning Ceremony on Friday, May 6, at 6 p.m. in Byrum Hall.

Anne Ryder, receiving an honorary Doctor of Laws during Anderson University's commencement, is an Emmy-award winning anchor and TV reporter, columnist, and speaker. Indianapolis-born and raised, a graduate of Broad Ripple High School, she worked her way through the ranks for 20 years at Eyewitness News, becoming the longest-tenured anchor in the station's history. She left the anchor desk in May, 2004, so that she could achieve a better balance between work and family. While she no longer anchors evening newscasts on Channel 13, she continues to bring her award-winning special reports and series to viewers of Eyewitness News.

Ryder began her television career in 1981 at WLFI, the CBS affiliate in Lafayette, Indiana, then went to WTHI in Terre Haute where she anchored and reported. WTHR-channel 13 hired Ryder in 1984. Ryder’s reporting has taken her all over the world, from war-time Bosnia and Kosovo, to Northern Ireland, to Calcutta, India. Anne was the only American reporter in more than a decade to be granted a sit-down interview with Mother Teresa. It was the last interview the nun gave before her death. She created and produces "Hope to Tell" and "In an Instant," through which she tells stories of hope and inspiration.

She is President of Ryder Media LLC, and maintains an affiliation with WTHR, Channel 13 to provide freelance special reports and other services. Ryder has earned numerous national, regional and state honors for her reporting, including the prestigious Gabriel and Wilbur awards, the Edward R. Murrow award and ten Emmys.

A graduate of the University of Missouri-Columbia Journalism school, She is the recipient of two honorary doctorates of Humane Letters—from Marian College and The University of Indianapolis. In addition, she received the Governor’s Sagamore of the Wabash distinction in 2004. Ryder is married to Kevin O’Keefe and they have one daughter, Jennifer.

Rev. Rodney Stafford, AU's baccalaureate speaker, is the Senior Pastor of Fairfax Community Church (FCC). Over the last eighteen years, Fairfax Community Church, located in the Washington D.C. area, has sent over forty-five persons into vocational ministry, many of those going into cross-cultural mission settings.

Stafford received his undergraduate degree from Anderson University and a Master of Divinity from the Anderson University School of Theology. He has served the state and national ministries of the Church of God in a variety of roles. He currently serves as a member of the Church Multiplication Association.

Stafford has been married for twenty-five years to his wife, Donna. The couple have two children - a married daughter, Kora, and an 18 year-old son, Zach. Recently, they welcomed their first granddaughter, Emma, into the Stafford family.

Other persons receiving honorary degrees during Anderson niversity's commencement on May 7 will be:

JAMES F. AULT — DOCTOR OF LAWS James F. Ault has served Anderson, Indiana, his entire life as an industrial leader and community activist. A native of nearby Wilkinson, he rapidly advanced through the leadership ranks of General Motors serving in numerous roles, including director of engineering and general manager of the Delco Remy Division. During his 35-year career with GM, he also served as the general manager of the Saginaw Division and executive-in-charge of the Europe Automotive Component Group.

In 1994 he founded the Anderson Community Bank. He serves as chairman of the Board of Madison Community Bank. Throughout his life, Ault has been devoted to strengthening the educational, social, and cultural opportunities for the residents of Anderson and Madison County. He has provided leadership to numerous local organizations, including the United Way, Anderson Community Schools, Flagship Enterprise Center, Saint John’s Health System Children’s Clinic, Wilson’s Boys and Girls Club, the Madison County Community Foundation, the Paramount Heritage Foundation, and the Anderson Fine Arts Center.

ROBERT O. DULIN Jr. — DOCTOR OF DIVINITY Robert O. Dulin Jr. has completed more than four decades of committed service as a pastor, community and church leader, national speaker, and author. An ordained minister of the Church of God, the Rev. Dulin has served two congregations with distinction: The First Church of God in Cincinnati and the Metropolitan Church of God in Detroit, Michigan, where he has given outstanding leadership for nearly 30 years.

As a community leader, Rev. Dulin has advanced and strengthened relationships throughout Detroit and surrounding communities by his advocacy and support to family and youth organizations. A popular speaker, he has led numerous conventions and conferences both in the United States and around the world. He has advanced the work of the American Association for the Advancement of Science by providing health education to faith-based communities in the Virgin Islands.

Anderson University is a private, four-year, Christian liberal arts institution of approximately 2,700 undergraduate and graduate students. Established in 1917 by the Church of God, the university offers more than 60 undergraduate majors and graduate programs in business, education, nursing, and theology.