Harold Holzer, one of the countryís leading authorities on Abraham Lincoln and political culture during the Civil War era, will be the keynote speaker during the 2011 Culver-Stockton College Commencement Ceremony. Holzer is a noted writer, lecturer and frequent guest on television. In 2000, he was appointed by President Bill Clinton to serve on the United States Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commission. He served as co-chair of the commission from 2001-2010. For his work with the commission, Holzer was honored by President George W. Bush with the National Humanities Medal in 2008. The United States Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commission is now known as the Lincoln Bicentennial Foundation, and Holzer currently serves as chairman of that organization. Throughout his career, Holzer has authored, co-authored or edited 36 books. In addition, he has written some 450 articles for magazines and scholarly journals. Holzer is also a frequent guest on televisions programs, including C-SPANís The Washington Journal, Lincoln presented by the History Channel and The News Hour with Jim Lehrer, among others.
Anna Grgurich of Novinger, Mo., will receive a Bachelor of Arts in media communications. Grgurich is the daughter of Edward and Melanie Grgurich of Novinger, Mo. Grgurich is a member of the Phi Eta Sigma Freshman Honor Society and Alpha Chi National Honor Society. She was also named to the Presidentís List for eight consecutive semesters for her academic accomplishments. Grgurich will graduate summa cum laude, and will be the recipient of a number of awards during the Honors Day ceremonies to be held May 16. In addition to her academic achievements, Grgurich is also a member of the Lady Wildcats basketball team.
During commencement, Culver-Stockton will also announce and honor the faculty members who have been selected to receive the 2011 Reuling Prize and the 2011 Helsabeck Prize for Teaching Excellence. The Reuling Prize honors former C-SC president Walter S. Reuling who died in March 2008, and goes to a faculty member selected by his or her peers. The Helsbeck Prize is awarded annually to a faculty member selected by a committee of students, faculty and staff from submitted nominations. Both prizes honor teaching excellence.
Seating in Charles Field House is on a first-come, first-served basis on May 21. Handicapped seating will be available, but those who need special accommodations are asked to contact the Registrarís Office at (573) 288-6330. A shuttle service will be available from parking lots at the Comfort Inn, County Market, and Nichols Field (baseball).
A continental breakfast will be available from 8 to 9:15 a.m. in the dining hall of the Gladys Crown Center. Following commencement, there will be a reception for graduates, families and friends on the Johnson Hall Patio.
Pins will be presented to graduates of the nursing program, a partnership between Culver-Stockton College and the Blessing-Riemen College of Nursing, on Friday, May 20 at 2 p.m. at Madison Park Christian Church, Quincy, Ill.
Baccalaureate is at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, May 20, in Alexander Campbell Auditorium. Dr. Timothy James, C-SC board of trustees member and associate general minister and administrative secretary for the National Convocation of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in Indianapolis, Ind., will be the featured speaker. James is a native of Cleveland, Ohio where he previously served as pastor of Fifth Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) since 1978. He has also served as pastor in Louisville, Ky. James received a Bachelor of Arts from Culver-Stockton College. He went on to earn his a Master of Divinity from Christian Theological Seminary in Indianapolis, Ind., and a Doctorate of Ministry from United Theological Seminary in Dayton, Ohio.
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