Concordia-Chicago commencement speakers named
April 27, 2011––Charles Dull, PhD, organization and executive development expert, and Gregory Miche, PhD, Concordia University Chicago professor of foundations, social policy and research, will address graduates at Concordia’s Spring Commencement ceremonies May 7.
Dull, who will address the Undergraduate Commencement, served Aid Association for Lutherans, now Thrivent Financial for Lutherans, first as director of family health to senior vice president. While there, he initiated many family life-member benefits, including the largest church-based Marriage Encounter program in the U.S.
Currently, Dull has a private consulting practice that focuses on organization and executive development with businesses, universities, government and religious organizations in the United States, Europe and Asia. He previously worked with many organizations including Wheat Ridge Ministries and two White House committees, Hunger in America and Family Life in America
Michie, who will give the address at Graduate Commencement, he over 20 years experience as a teacher and teacher educator in Chicago school. As a classroom teacher, he developed an award-winning media literacy/video production program for middle school students.
For the past ten years Michie has prepared teachers for work in Chicago schools through his involvement in two programs. The first, a social-justice focused alternative route to certification for career changers, and the other a year-long professional development school model for undergraduates.
In 1996, Michie received of the Golden Apple Award for Excellence in Teaching. He is also the recipient of the Distinguished Young Alumni Award from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
At Commencement, the University will present Mark Bender, a 1974 and 1976 Concordia-Chicago alumnus, with a doctor of letters honoris causua and Carol Bartell, a 1976 alumna, with a doctor of laws degree. Gerald C Brunworth, a 1969 alumnus, will receive the Spiritus Christi Medallion—presented to an individual who has performed responsibilities with unusual effectiveness and influence and with the highest quality of service.
In addition, Yoko Y. Avramov, a 2004 Concordia-Chicago graduate, will be named Alumna of the Year. The award is presented to a graduate whose service to the church and community has brought honor to the University.
Held in Geiseman Memorial Gymnasium, Undergraduate Commencement will be at 10 a.m. and Graduate Commencement will be at 3 p.m.
Taking part in conferring degrees to the graduates will be Concordia University Chicago President John F. Johnson, PhD; Manfred B. Boos, PhD, senior vice president for academics; Gary E. Wenzel, PhD, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences; Kevin Brandon, EdD, dean of the College of Education; Marnee Fieldman, MBA, CPA, interim dean of the College of Business; and Tom Jandris, PhD, dean of the College of Graduate and Innovative Programs. Campus Pastor Jeffrey Leininger, PhD, will serve as chaplain.
About Concordia University Chicago
Concordia University Chicago is a liberal arts-based Christian university in the Lutheran tradition. Through its College of Arts and Sciences, College of Business, College of Education, and College of Graduate and Innovative Programs, Concordia offers more than 100 areas of study in small classes taught by professors who are passionate about teaching and student success.
With more than 5,000 full-time undergraduate and graduate students, Concordia University Chicago is located in River Forest, 10 miles west of downtown Chicago. Learn more at www.cuchicago.edu.