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ACI Baccalaureate and Commencement June 1 and 2

2007. 05. 24.

CALDWELL – Albertson College of Idaho (ACI) will congratulate its 116th graduating class with a baccalaureate on Friday, June 1 at 8 p.m. and commencement ceremony on Saturday, June 2 at 10 a.m. More than 200 students are expected to participate in commencement.

Klaus Scharioth, Ambassador of the Federal Republic of Germany to the U.S., will give the commencement address and will receive an honorary degree.

Germany is playing a significant role in the world right now as it holds the rotating six-month presidency of the European Union, in addition to leading the Group of Eight (G8) for 2007.

A profile of Scharioth in the January 2007 issue of the Washington Diplomat, said "the ambassador stresses that strengthening both sides of the U.S.-EU partnership is 'not mutually exclusive, but mutually reinforcing,' noting that the world's most pressing problems cannot be solved without transatlantic cooperation."

Scharioth attended the College of Idaho (as CofI was formerly known) on a one-year Rotary Scholarship from 1967-68. He said it was his education at the C of I, and the influence of Professor George V. Wolfe, that led him to study international law, which launched his career.

Wolfe was a political science professor at the College of Idaho from 1946 to 1970, and Scharioth took five classes from him during his time at the C of I. Wolfe and Scharioth stayed in close contact until Wolfe's death in 1990.

Scharioth has continued to support CofI over the years. In March, he hosted a fundraiser for the George V. Wolfe Endowed Scholarship. The scholarship began in 1981 and is awarded annually to an CofI sophomore, junior or senior majoring in political science, history, philosophy or pre-law.

William H. Chalker, who taught philosophy and religion at the College of Idaho from 1960 until he retired in 1987, is the baccalaureate keynote speaker and will receive the President's Medallion.

Chalker published a book last year called "Science and Faith: Understanding Meaning, Method and Truth," which he said is a culmination of the teaching he did while at the College of Idaho.

Other honorary degree recipients include:

  • ACI Trustee Jack K. Lemley, director and president of Lemley International, an infrastructure engineering and construction company. During his 45-year career, which includes being the chief executive officer of the company that built the English Channel Tunnel (Chunnel), Lemley has traveled and supervised work in 65 countries and all 50 states. Lemley was past chairman of the Olympic Delivery Authority for the 2012 Olympics in London. He worked for several years for Boise-based Morrison-Knudson (now Washington Group International) including as general manager of the King Khalid Military City Project in Saudi Arabia.

    Lemley has received many awards and recognitions, including an ASCE – OPAL Lifetime Achievement in Construction Award, National Academy of Construction Induction, Engineering New-Record, "125 Years…125 Top People" selection, Idaho's Hall of Fame Association, Outstanding Achievement in Industry, and Honorary Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire.

  • Alice E. Hennessey, a businesswoman and philanthropist, who came — sight unseen — to Boise in 1958 to become secretary to the CEO of the fledgling Boise Cascade Corporation. She became an officer of the company in 1971 and retired in 1996 as senior vice president with responsibility for human resources and corporate relations. For eight years after retirement, Hennessey was president of the Idaho Community Foundation, a statewide non-profit she helped found. She is currently on the board of St. Luke's Health System, is a member of the Idaho Humanities Council, and is a founding member of the Idaho Women's Charitable Foundation.

    Hennessey has received numerous awards and honors for her work including the Ralph J. Comstock Light of Philanthropy Award from the St. Luke's Health Foundation and the Idaho Statesman Distinguished Citizen award. She was awarded an honorary degree by Michigan Technological University.