Anderson, Indiana

AU honors community contributors

Mon, 2012-05-07 09:52 -- univcomm
May 7, 2012

Lois Settlemeyer earned two degrees from Anderson University decades ago, so when she learned she would be receiving an honorary doctorate from her alma mater she was shocked.

“I was just amazed to hear the news,” the now-award-winning photographer said. “What an honor.”

During Saturday’s graduation service, Settlemeyer was one of four to receive an honorary degree, along with Charles Dickmann, Frank Campbell, and Johnny Wilson.

Settlemeyer earned a bachelor’s from AU in 1966 and a Master of Ministry from AU’s School of Theology in 1978. She worked for Dow Chemical Company for 31 years and retired as a development scientist.

wilson“This day is about you,” Settlemeyer said to the graduates, after thanking family and friends who’d come in from several states to celebrate the honor. “I would say, as young people, go out carrying the joy you received at Anderson University into your community.”

Wilson said the doctor of humane letters is the “highest honor” he’s ever received. While at Anderson High School and then AU in the 1940s he was known as “Jumpin’ Johnny” for his leaping ability. He played for the Harlem Globetrotters and returned to AU in 1970 to finish his bachelor’s degree in education. He has coached at the high school and college levels.

[Photo: John E. Wilson receives an honorary degree during Anderson University's commencement on Saturday, May 5.]

“This feels very good,” Wilson said moments before graduation. “What an honor. It means a lot knowing the university thinks enough of me to give me this degree.”

Karen Williams, dean of AU’s School of Nursing, presented Campbell with his degree. She pointed out his humility and said he’s devoted his life to the healing arts and has been a great servant leader for the community.

“If I told all my blessings, we’d be here too long,” Campbell said after receiving the degree.

He said he was grateful for the attention the honor would bring to the Madison County Community Health Centers, where he is the medical director. He received his medical degree from Indiana University’s School of Medicine and worked in private practice for 30 years. For part of that time, Campbell was the chief of staff at Community Hospital Anderson.

dickmannCharles Dickmann, long-time Anderson attorney, said he was grateful for the honor. He thanked his family, saying the doctor of humane letters would go along nicely with his week of celebrations for his 93rd birthday, which is Monday.

[Photo: Charles Dickmann gives a "thumbs up" after receiving an honorary degree during Anderson University's commencement on Saturday, May 5.]

Dennis D. Carroll, an AU Trustee, said Dickmann has lived a life of excellence and exemplified servant leadership.

Dickmann served the community for 62 years with his law firm and continues to provide counsel for the firm. He received both a bachelor’s and law degree from IU. He also served in the military during World War II, leaving as a captain.

Dickmann, a noted philanthropist, has been deeply involved in the community, Carroll said, on boards including the United Way, YMCA, Chamber of Commerce, and others.

— Abbey Doyle is a reporter for The Herald Bulletin. Reposted with permission. Photo credit: Don Knight.

Anderson University is a private Christian university of 2,600 undergraduate and graduate students in central Indiana. Anderson University continues to be recognized as one of America's top colleges by U.S. News and World Report, The Princeton Review, and Forbes. Established in 1917 by the Church of God, Anderson University offers more than 65 undergraduate majors and graduate programs in business, education, music, nursing, and theology.