Planned in the Christian tradition, University Pastor Rachel Tune has coordinated the service with volunteers from the senior class, who have written prayers, selected scriptures and will share music and reflections.
The title for this year's service, "Each Having Gifts, We Share Them Together," was chosen by the bulletin cover artist Shiloh Aderhold from Thomasville, N.C., based on suggestions from the planning committee.
According to Tune, the planners felt that throughout their four years at Wittenberg, their class was distinctive in working together as a team. For instance, the students in the class formed a cabinet in their first year to involve more students in class activities.
The planning committee also selects the beneficiaries of the offering at the Baccalaureate service. This year's offering will support the Class of 2008 Scholarship, the first of its kind at Wittenberg. The planners felt the scholarship effort was something that will leave a legacy at the university.
"All of us, together, have actively engaged in raising the level of student-led service initiatives," said Mark Preston, senior class president from Naples, Fla. "It's satisfying to know that we're about to leave behind a positive influence on future generations to come."
Erik Lindsjo from Solna, Sweden, Erica Strauss from Burlington, Ky., Nicole Butler from Cincinnati, Ohio, and Samantha Mohr from Northbrook, Ill., will offer reflections, and Eliza Waggoner from Wyoming, Ohio, will read a poem she has written. Tune will deliver the homily.
Senior members of the Wittenberg Choir, Just Eve and Wittmen Crew, the university's women's and men's a cappella singing groups, will provide music. This year, the class will also memorialize former Women's Basketball Head Coach/Associate Director of Athletics Pam Smith, former Associate Professor of Music Tom Kennedy and former class member Karl Fazli, all of whom passed away in the last four years.
Pre-service music will be offered by Steve Wolgast from Springfield, Ohio, David Wallingford from Bellevue, Ohio, and Professor of Music Donald Busarow, playing the organ, and Joelle Kluck from Strongsville, Ohio, providing a vocal solo.
Written By: Ryan Maurer
Photos By: Robert Gantt
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