Bergsten, Dyke To Speak At CMU
As Central Methodist University prepares to celebrate Commencement and related festivities, two special people will give special addresses as part of the celebration on Saturday, May 5.
CMU alumna Jenny Bergsten will deliver the Commencement address, while the Rev. Lynn Dyke will speak at Baccalaureate, CMU President Marianne Inman announced.
Bergsten, who will retire from the CMU Board of Trustees this summer after more than 20 years of distinguished service, will deliver the Commencement address at ceremonies beginning at 2 p.m. in Puckett Fieldhouse.
Rev. Dyke, Mid-State District Superintendent for The Missouri United Methodist Church, will deliver the Baccalaureate service address Saturday morning at 10:30 in Linn Memorial UMC on the CMU campus.
"We are honored by the leadership of these two talented and committed persons and their presence with us on May 5," noted President Marianne E. Inman.
Virginia Wood Bergsten
Mrs. Virginia Wood Bergsten's connection to CMU goes back to her undergraduate days at then-Central College, from which she graduated cum laude in 1959 with a bachelor of arts degree.
Now a resident of Annandale, Va., along with her husband Dr. C. Fred Bergsten ('61), Mrs. Bergsten has served several terms on the CMU Board of Trustees (previously its Board of Curators). Presently she chairs its Teaching and Learning Committee and is also a member of its Trustee and Governance and Executive Committees.
After gaining her undergraduate degree from CMU, she worked for a short time in its Registrar's Office, then taught freshman composition classes in 1959-60. She later taught in high schools in Mehlville, Mo., Massachusetts, and Virginia, and at the International Language Institute in Washington, D.C.
In 1985 she was awarded the Distinguished Alumni Award from Central Methodist, and the College Service Award in 1995.
Mrs. Bergsten received the master of arts degree in literature from The American University in Washington, D.C. She has been active in educational, civic, and community service organizations in the Annandale area for many years.
Rev. Lynn Dyke
Rev. Lynn Dyke currently serves as the Mid-State District Superintendent for the Missouri Annual Conference of The United Methodist Church, with offices in Columbia. That district covers 14 counties and 80 churches in mid-Missouri.
Over the past 30 years, Rev. Dyke has served churches in Kimberling City and Marshfield, Mo., and in Arkansas and Kansas. She also worked in a youth services role for The United Methodist Church's Pacific Northwest conference in Seattle.
A native of Maryland, she moved with her family to the greater Kansas City area as an adolescent. Rev. Dyke graduated from Southwestern College, a UMC institution in Winfield, Kan., with a degree in elementary education.
She then attended Iliff School of Theology in Denver, and subsequently was ordained in the Kansas East Conference of the UMC.
Rev. Dyke's husband Dr. Jim Meyer is an associate professor on the Missouri State University faculty. They have one son, Matt, who is attending the Golf Academy of America in Texas.
Founded in 1854, Central Methodist programs range from undergraduate and graduate studies to high-school dual credit offerings. Serving more than 5,000 students on its historic main campus in Fayette, through collaborative programs at locations across Missouri, and online, the CMU mission emphasizes academic and professional excellence, ethical leadership, and social responsibility.
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