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2012
Bob’s Tribute to Baldy, Josh Ness
Today as you turn 70 its appropriate for Bob to pause and sing the praises to Baldly and for me to say: Happy birthday Papa!

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In Praise of Thomas Berry
“And you were a house on fire and I couldn’t understand why. ‘Burn me all down to the ground,’ you said, ‘the fire is on the inside.’ Flames dancing like ghosts, behind the windows. Pain jumping from the walls. I said we need hope now more than ever before, do you believe it? The answer was silence…I took it as a no.”

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2010
My Main Man
By Jason Waltman
Bobby Joe Waltman passed away three days before his grandson presented this speech in his honor at the NU Faith in the Humanities Conference. The commemorative speech was part of an advanced public speaking class.

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2009

Fight the Good Fight
2009 Student Commencement Speech by Alex Croutworst

They say that
True education is not filling a bucket, but setting a fire. We have been warmed by the fire of intellectual curiosity — and we know that that flame will never die out.” More

A Bone for Pedro
A commemorative speech by Danielle Diamond

Pedro saw my family in the best possible light — there’s the saying: “I only wish I was as good as my dog thinks I am.” More

I Wanna Be a Rock Star
A spiritual devotion by Gary Gillespie

Throughout the centuries great thinkers have sought to discover what is the highest good. This was one of the big questions of Greek philosophy. What is the summum bonum of life? More

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2007

Honoring My Father
A Father’s Day Address by Victor Formenko

“On several occasions the KGB broke into our apartment and fined my father
the equivalent of a month’s worth of wages” — More
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To My Mother
A Commemorative Speech bySarah Cockrell

“It was the first day of Kindergarten and my mother was the piano player for my teacher Ms. Allen.
Every morning that year my mom would play the song “My Country Tis of Thee” after my class recited the pledge of allegiance.
I was so happy that she was my mom. — More
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My Dad, My Best Friend
A Commemorative Speech by Sandra Vleck

“My dad doesn’t tell me how to live. He simply lives and let’s me watch him do it.” — More
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Tribute to Anna Louise Sacks
A commemorative speech by Porsha Robinson

“Everyone would gather around the table, and listen to what Madea had to say.  She was the one in the family
everyone went to for advise or a word of wisdom.” — More
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In Praise of Grandma
A Commemorative Speech by Katherine

Grandma “just loved life.”  This was evident when we saw her dancing in the kitchen each time
“Jingle Bell Rock” or “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree” came on the radio. — More
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Thrills and Agonies of Basketball
A speech to entertain, by Marissa Camp

“For my family, basketball is not just a game, but a way of life. From my earliest memory my family life has
revolved around basketball.” —More
Fall 2006
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Surviving the Pasayten Wilderness:
A F 16 Pilot’s Backpack Trip Turns Educational
by Gary Gillespie

“It was the worst day of my life.Holed up under a fir tree at dusk, we had just finished forty-eight hours of evading in the rain.
My body was literally shaking from the cold.”  More
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Spring 2006
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Out of the Salt Shaker, a Commencement Address by Communication Major Gideon Copple
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I —
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference. More
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We will Not Forget:A Commemorative speechby Josh Burdick

Nick Berg was a 26 year old contractor kidnapped in Iraq in 2003. After holding him as a prisoner for several weeks, forcing his
family to beg for his release, the terrorists choose instead to video tape his murder.  More

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Eulogy for Dad, by Gary Gillespie

Each day one thousand World War Two veterans pass away.
Each day the ranks of the Greatest Generation suffer a thousand losses. More
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Fall 2005
Spring 2005
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Renaissance Man

A Commemorative Speech by Grant Enloe
My father’s favorite Bible verse is Ephesians 2:10, “You are Gods work of art.” He believes that everyone
is a masterpiece created by God. Everyone is created with a purpose. Everyone is unique. More
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See you when I’m Home
A Commemorative Speech by Michelle Thomas
You said “Goodbye, I love you and will see you when you get home.”
Now I know that home meant Heaven. More
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Today is a Good Day
An eulogy by Michael Stracener
D.L. Moody said of his own death, “One day you will open the paper and read that D. L. Moody is dead.
Don’t you believe it! In that day I will be more alive than I have ever been before.” More
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In Memory of School Shooting Victims

A speech by Tiffany Zulkosky
“We honor our loved ones, not by the way we grieve, but by the way we live.” More

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A Mother Standing Tall
A commemorative Speech by Brittany Johnsen
“The art of mothering is to teach the art of living to children.” More
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