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Monmouth College's May 13 baccalaureate service to celebrate the arts

Barry McNamara
05/08/2017
Baccalaureate with feature a message delivered by the Rev. Dr. Lewis Galloway, senior pastor of the Second Presbyterian Church in Indianapolis, as well as activities celebrating the arts on campus.
The arts will be celebrated at Monmouth College’s baccalaureate service, which will held at 2 p.m. May 13 in Dahl Chapel and Auditorium, the day before the College’s 160th Commencement exercises.

The service will feature a message delivered by the Rev. Dr. Lewis Galloway, senior pastor of the Second Presbyterian Church in Indianapolis, as well as activities celebrating the arts on campus.

“We are thrilled to have the Rev. Dr. Lewis Galloway preaching,” said the Rev. Dr. Teri Ott, Monmouth’s chaplain. “He is a wonderful preacher and the senior pastor of one of our flagship PCUSA churches.”

A graduate of Davidson (N.C.) College with master’s degrees in theology and divinity from Union Presbyterian Seminary in Richmond, Va., Galloway has a strong commitment to mission. He has developed many hands-on opportunities for community mission, having served as president of the Interfaith Hunger Initiative of Indianapolis, among other positions.

In addition to Galloway’s message, there will be a performance by one of the College’s a cappella groups, The Sassy Lassies, and readings of poetry and creative writing by seniors Niaira Marshall of Chicago and Hayden Reid Fulfer of Bloomington, Ill. Art by seniors Kallie DiTusa of Johnsburg, Ill., and Gabrielle General of Skokie, Ill., will be highlighted in the program.

“We will also be adding Highland dancers to the processional this year, thanks to the leadership of Kathryn MacDougall (a freshman from Peoria, Ill.),” said Ott.

The service will culminate in a “rousing” performance of “Rise,” a Katy Perry cover arranged by the group Superfruit. Soloists for the performance – which was conceived by and will be directed by seniors Johnny Williams III of Kewanee, Ill., and Rowan Williamson of Gays Mills, Wis. – will be seniors Kathleen Brown of Gaithersburg, Md., Alec Dutko of Sterling, Ill., Kelsi Ford of Geneseo, Ill., Jamar Jones of Rockford, Ill., and Nadine Waran of Selangor, Malaysia.

The baccalaureate service will be live-streamed on the College’s main Facebook page.