At the college level
Posted: Wednesday, September 10, 2008 11:41 am
The Messenger 09.10.08
Eric Olexa, son of Paul and Joy Olexa of Union City, was among the 290 students who recently graduated from Union University in Jackson during the summer commencement ceremony in the Fred DeLay Gymnasium on campus.
He graduated with honors with a master of science in nursing, with a major in nurse anesthesia.
The students who graduated bring to more than 950 the number of Union graduates from the Class of 2008, making it the largest class in Union’s history. The commencement included the first graduating class from Union’s nurse anesthetist program.
Union President David S. Dockery delivered the commencement address.
Union University is a liberal arts-based university affiliated with the Tennessee Baptist Convention. Founded in 1823, Union is the oldest institution affiliated with the Southern Baptist Convention.
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Katherine Drerup, a senior at Oconee County High School, recently returned from Washington, D.C., where she attended a People to People Leadership Summit at George Washington University.
Miss Drerup was nominated and accepted to the program based on outstanding scholastic merit, civic involvement and leadership potential. She, along with fellow delegates from around the world, participated in the week-long extensive program. Through workshops, presentations, excursions and discussions, she learned how to be an effective leader and how to develop her own leadership abilities to make a difference in her community.
She is the daughter of Capt. and Mrs. John Drerup of Athens, Ga., and the granddaughter of Peggy Drerup of Union City and the late John Drerup.
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