Friday, June 19, 2015

Roll Credits...

From the desk of Cathy Harvey, Administrative Assistant to the Deans of Shepherds College

Whenever I see a modern day movie, I marvel at the list of credits that roll by detailing all the people it took to produce the film including the song list and artists.  Name after name flows up and off the screen, crediting all those lending a role in the production.  I always feel bad for the worker bees who garnish but a breath of space for their invaluable part in the completion of the piece.  The names often roll by so quickly, there is barely time to read their full name and job title, so I have made a point to sit through all the credits attempting to read their names as a nod of respect to the work they also did beyond the big name actors who played leading roles—and besides, some of best music flows with the credits.  Without this roster of blue collars, there would simply be no film to enjoy.

With that in mind, I would like to script a nod of thanks to all the folks who helped create the Shepherds College graduation events and give paper applause, at least, to their good work and dedication.  This is my attempt to remember everyone over the last five months who crafted their piece of the puzzle that so beautifully shaped Baccalaureate and Commencement 2015.  If I missed your name, I sincerely apologize, and please know how appreciated you are!

Roll credits, please!

Cue Lift High the Lord Our Banner from Integrity Music as you read the credits.

In alphabetical order:


Dennis McNabb – Resident Song Leader (all 5 years)
Mark Mulder – Chose the resident Baccalaureate Prayer Commissioners
Nate Peterson – Audio & Sound
Daniel Smith – Oversaw and guided the resident Baccalaureate Prayer Commissioners
Aaron Solomon – Program Greeter
Gary Spiegel – Opening prayer
Samuel Zdancewicz – Scripture reader

Faculty/Staff Ensemble
Jordan Debbink – Ensemble music arranger, singer and Baccalaureate pianist
Elyse Cyr
Amy DeBurgh
Andrew Kolkman

Hand Bell Choir
Kim DeVrou – Director
Gail Bartman
Jamie Flower
Susan Frail
Gayle Freeman
Becky Henline
Rebekah Marvel
Seth Peters
David Rich
Lisa Wetzel


Resident Prayer Commissioners:
Dan Condor
June Furman
David Koss
Gary Spiegel
Corrie Vanderhenght


Friday Celebration Dinner Reception
Jordan Debbink – Pianist
Audrey Oswalt – Caterer
Student Servers:
Abby Grabinski
Isaac Helfrich
Micah Muma
Ashley Nelson
Becci Terrill – Table Decorations

Graduation Day
Audio, Sound
John Andrus
Kit Luchterhand

Color Guard
Michele McGarry – Coordinator
Gloria Dahlberg
Dave Fantl
Sue Frail
Andrew Gilchrist
Gloria Pavuk
Aaron Solomon
Dave Slye
Melba Wright
Trinity International University – Flag poles and stands

Cupcake Reception
Chef Cassandra Comerford
Sue Kurschner – Culinary Arts Paraprofessional
Second Year Culinary Arts Student Servers:
Abby Grabinski
Kirsten Graybill
Isaac Helfrich
Jonathan Ingram
Joshua Maher
Geovanni Melendez
Julian Melendez
Micah Muma
Ashley Nelson
Torrey Ryan
Grant Ugolini

Greeters, Ushers, Escorts
Nancy Amstutz
Sherri Collicott
Dan Dark
Amy DeBurgh
Jonathan Ingram
Bill Kraiss
Pam Kraiss
Willetta McVicker
Donn Mogford
Gary Spencer
Gary Spiegel
Cindy Weitzel

Grounds, Domestics & Parking Lot Team
Dave Slye, Facilities Administrator
Steve Gillmore, Maintenance Supervisor
Denise Gillmore, Domestics Supervisor
Warren Beth, Volunteer
John Caldart, Volunteer 
Faith Davidson
Gayle Freemen
Sue Frail
Jessica Gobeli
Becky Henline
Dick Koehn
Jocelyn Monroe
Jo Ellen Paul
Seth Peters
Tess Spahr
LouAnne Stevens
Bob Theilig
Gerald Warriner


Corrie Ladd
Abby Wohlgemuth

Plant Decorations
Owen Lackey, Horticulture Instructor
Second Year Horticulture:
Andrew Bickelhaupt
Suzanne Dean
Tommy Hayward
Joey Martin
Willetta McVicker
Olya Porth
Cherokee Thompson

Student Choir
Steve Jensen – Director
Sandy Jensen – Pianist
Michael Bayer
Nathan Ford
Abby Grabinski
Andrew Gummow
Jonathan Isaac Helfrich
Jonathan Ingram
Karilyn Johnson
David Jones
Katalin Lehman
Joey Martin
Rashard McCoy
Jonathan McGowan
Willetta McVicker
Geovanni Melendez
Julian Melendez
David Moran
Micah Muma
Ashley Nelson
Kathryn Norton
Crystalanne Nystrand
Olya Porth
Wade Philips
Torrey Ryan
Amy Spieker
Nee Dow Too
Ellie Treiber
Zachary Wandel
Gretchen Winter

Brian Canright
Guilia Hoke, Union Grove High School Media Arts student volunteer

Judy Anderson – steamed all new flags and graduation gowns-no small task!
Julie Anderson – Processional/Recessional door holder and graduate line guide
John Andrus – Music for Class of 2015 electronic yearbook
Johnnie Mae Evans – Ironed color guard shirts
Gretchen Hansen/Gigi’s Joy Photography – Photographer for Senior Photo Day, Baccalaureate and the Graduation Celebration
Miranda Kasprzak – Class of 2015 electronic yearbook, “From Dream to Reality”
Pam Kraiss – Stapled the commencement programs
Kathi Sawyer – Processional/Recessional door holder
Karen Seifer – Cleaned and disinfected the closet designated for Color Guard uniforms, hand addressed all the graduation invitations, put together flags

I Peter 4:10 says, “Each one should use whatever gift he has received to serve others, thereby administering the grace of God in its many forms,” and at this exciting time of year when we have an opportunity to showcase the hand of God during Baccalaureate and Graduation, it’s Shepherds Ministry community at its best, plus many volunteers, all working together as one unified family.  

So thank you, everyone, who contributed your part(s) of the puzzle that fashioned the whole glorious finished product!

“Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine…
to him be glory…”! 
-Ephesians 3:20

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