Sending Christian Leaders into the World
MILWAUKEE, WI - On Saturday, May 18, Wisconsin Lutheran College held its spring commencement exercises in the Recreation Complex - Time of Grace Center. At the service, WLC will award diplomas to more than 180 traditional undergraduate students, adult accelerated degree program students, and graduate students.
Prof. Mary L. Heins, assistant professor of communication, gave the keynote address. Heins began teaching at WLC in 1978 and will retire this year. In 1978 there was one communication course, COM 101, in the WLC course catalog. Today more than 25 courses are offered by the School of Professional Communication. Except for a semester she spent teaching in Hong Kong, Heins has taught COM 101 every semester since 1978. She also has taught more than half of the other communication courses offered.
Her role at WLC extended well beyond the classroom. She served as Internship Coordinator for WLC for more than 12 years, and she started the tradition of Afternoon Tea 20 years ago. Many graduating seniors have learned about dining etiquette from her at the annual Etiquette Dinner.
Heins also takes an interest in improving lives outside of WLC. She has presented numerous workshops in the community on parenting and communication skills as well as served as a communication consultant in various capacities. She served on the Wauwatosa Common Council for more than six years as a 7th District Alderperson.
After her keynote, Heins was awarded an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree by WLC's President, Dr. Daniel W. Johnson, in recognition of her academic career of scholarship, faithful service, commitment to excellence, and contributions to learning.
John (Jack) Bechtel '19, who is graduating with degrees in biochemistry and marine biology, was selected to be the student speaker. Jack has enjoyed participating in bioengineering research as a member of the iGEM team on campus for four years, presenting at the international conference three of those four years. Bechtel, of Hubertus, Wisconsin, is grateful to have been involved in a variety of other excellent research opportunities here at WLC as well. Jack was awarded the Herbert O. Fleischer Scholarship for the Outstanding Biology Major in 2017 as a sophomore and the Ben Carr & Bryan Jansen Innovation Scholarship as a senior. In August he will be pursuing his Ph.D. in cellular and molecular biology at the University of Chicago.
WLC alumni Ben Carr '07 and Bryan Jansen '03 received the Alumni Service Award during the service. Jansen welcomed graduates to the ranks of WLC alumni.
Wisconsin Lutheran College prepares its graduates to be Christian servant leaders in the workplace and in the community.
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