Brisco offers certainties to WBU grads

PLAINVIEW - Wayland Baptist University held its 2004 Spring Commencement ceremony Saturday afternoon at Harral Memorial Auditorium. In all, 75 students participated in the event.

Dr. Thomas V. Brisco, Dean of the Logsdon School of Theology at Hardin-Simmons University, urged graduates to take with them three certainties found in Psalms 8: They live in a God-centered universe, God knows them by name and He has prepared a purpose for their lives.

"God trusts you and He has entrusted you," Brisco said. "Without you, there would be something missing."

Brisco, an archeologist, told the graduates that he has been amazed at the amount of change in the world just within their lifetime. He said we live in a world full of uncertainty and conflict.

"But through it all, I pray there will be three certainties you take with you," Brisco said. "God holds us safely in a world that is His, He knows us and He trusts us."

Senior class speaker Chris Currah challenged his classmates to do three things: recognize their potential, set goals and don't be afraid to fail.

"If you shoot for the stars and hit the moon, at least you hit something," Currah said.

Elisabeth Good of Pharr and Martha Ann Trull of Crosbyton were recognized as the highest ranking seniors. Each graduated Summa Cum Laude, maintaining a perfect 4.0 grade-point average.

Good, earning a Bachelor of Science degree in psychology and religion, also completed the honors program, writing and defending a thesis titled "Evaluating the Construct Validity of Subjective Tests of Visual Imagery: Considering Self-Perception and Social Desirability Factors."

Trull graduated with a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in accounting.

Dr. Don Cook and Dr. Phillip Almes, both of whom retired at the end of the semester, were presented as emeritus professors. Cook, who began teaching at Wayland in 1964, was named Emeritus Professor of English. Almes, who spent the last 20 years teaching for Wayland, was named Emeritus Professor of Mathematics.

Master of Business Administration: Humphrey Chavunduka, Management, Plainview; Jana Dunn Huff, Management, Kermit; Ahmad Nahhas, General Business Administration, Plainview; Fany Smith, Management, Managua, Nicaragua.

Master of Christian Ministry: William Gregory Gasaway, Christian Ministries, Pampa.

Master of Education: Teresa Hale Higgins, Reading, Plainview; James Shiloh Posey, Educational Administration, Brownfield.

Master of Science: Elizabeth Dalene Burns, Multidisciplinary Science, Hereford.

Bachelor of Arts: Cassie Leah Birkenfeld, Business Administration/Mass Communications, Nazareth; Korby S. Calley, Psychology, Snyder; Joe P. Clay, Jr., Mass Communications, San Juan Pueblo, New Mexico; Alisha M. Corzine, History, Castle Rock, Colorado; Christopher J. Currah, Religious Education, Lander, Wyoming; Amanda Gayle Day, Psychology, Merkel; Abby Michelle Flanigan, Religion, Post; Jennifer Fletcher-Herrin, History, Amarillo; Matthew Alden Garnett, English/Language Arts, Glen Rose; Jeremy Ray Harris, Religion, Gruver; Stephen Howe, Religious Education, Buda; Maria Isabel Martinez, Spanish, Plainview; LaFawnda Mays, Psychology, Friona; Edna Marleny Morales, Music/Business Administration, Plainview; Laura Ofelia Olivares, Psychology, Plainview; Keith Dale Platte, Religion, Shattuck, Oklahoma; Joshua Clay Rieff, Religion, Lubbock; Kaci M'Ree Risser, Music, Matador; Wesley Ryan, Religion, Carlsbad, New Mexico; Melissa Kay Shackelford, Mass Communications, Plainview; Celina Rae Vasquez, History, Bedford; Sara Lynn Wagoner, Music, North Richland Hills; Brandon Thomas White, Psychology, Dalhart; Yvette Amber Ysasaga, Criminal Justice, Lubbock.

Bachelor of Business Administration: Pierre A. Brown, International Management, Panama City, Panama; Jason Robert Flick, Management Information Systems, Kress; April Christine Gunter, Management/Marketing, Olton; Katherine Diane Gutierrez, Accounting, Plainview; Mykolas Jasaitis, Management/Marketing, Vilnius, Lithuania; Megan Lace Petillo, Management/Marketing, Farmington, New Mexico; Martha Ann Trull, Accounting, Crosbyton; Clay W. Whittington, Economics/Finance, Silverton.

Bachelor of Music: John Edward Baker, Church Music, Odessa; Jimmy Dale Cannon, Music Education, New Deal; Christina Ezelle Cox-Lujan, Music Education, Plainview; Jennifer Lynn Mackie, Music Education, Pampa.

Bachelor of Science: Patrick Dewayne Cornelius, Psychology, Amarillo; Tonja Joan Edens, Mathematics, Kress; Dean Forest, Political Science, Hobbs, New Mexico; Amy D. Frei, Physical Education, Temple; Denice LeAnn Fuller, Psychology, Plainview; Elisabeth Ann Good, Psychology/Religion, Pharr; Dusty Lee Herrin, Physical Education, Anton; Misty Diona Jones, Biology, Lamesa; Alisa Caroline Lackey, Psychology, Plainview; Tandi Morton Laos, Physical Education, Pampa; Erin Alicia Lomasney, Psychology, Gallup, New Mexico; Jantzen Mitchell Louder, Mathematics, Hereford; Teri Lynn Mayfield, Biology, Wichita Falls; Sharla Clariss McCloskey, Chemistry/Mathematics, Redwater; Derrick Nathaniel McEwen, Physical Education, San Antonio; Jason Michael McLaughlin, Mathematics, Wichita Falls; Joshua Joseph Milner, Physical Education, Phoenix, Arizona; Karrie Dawn Peoples, Psychology, Hale Center; Mark Richard Smith, Mathematics/Biology, Whiteface; Keitha Anne Tyler, Physical Education, Brownfield.

Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies: Jeremy Quintrell Douglas, Elementary Education, Littlefield; Salina Marie Elliott, Elementary Education, Floydada; Jose Garcia, Mathematics, Plainview; Brenda L. Moreno, Elementary Education, Plainview; Marianne Broome Thompson, Elementary Education, Estes Park, Colorado; Herminia Alcala Zuniga, Elementary Education, Plainview.

Bachelor of Science in Occupational Education: Randy K. Curtis, Religion, Cortez, Colorado; Tina Garza, Human Services, Plainview; Jose Maria Manuel Hernandez, Jr., Business Administration, Stockdale; Laura A. LeBrock, Occupational Education, Olton; Raul Ortegon, Jr., Occupational Education, Plainview.