2009 Fall Commencement scheduled for Dec. 16

Release Date: 12/4/2009

Clarksville, Ark. --- University of the Ozarks will award degrees to 15 graduates during its 2009 Fall Commencement, scheduled for 4 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 16, in Munger Chapel.

Judy BorckThe Commencement speaker will be Judy Borck of Palos Verdes Estates, Calif., who is the chair of the University’s Board of Trustees. The University Chamber Singers will also perform.

Borck, who has served on the Board since 1998, is the former CEO and president of Country Home Bakers, a one-time major supplier of frozen bakery products for in-store bake-offs and food service. Country Home Bakers and affiliates was a private, family owned business established in 1958. Borck’s grandfather started the family’s wholesale baking business in 1913 and her father pioneered the frozen bake-off concept in the 1950s. The business sold in 2004.

Borck was named Executive of the Year by the Snack Food and Wholesale Bakery Industry in 2001 and the South Bay Woman of the Year in 2002. Prior to running Country Home Bakers, Borck served as director of programs for the Switzer Center, a non-profit organization in Torrance, Calif., dedicated to helping disabled and emotionally disturbed children. A graduate of Syracuse University, she went on to complete several years of graduate work in educational psychology at the University of Southern California.

The Fall 2009 graduates are Bruce Cameron of Houston, Texas; Emma Cantele of Berryville, Ark.; Andrew Cogan of Clarksville; Whitney Eastman of Ash Grove, Mo.; Lindsey Hanna of Rockwall, Texas; Josue Lanza Aguilar of Honduras; Emalee Pearson of Salt Lake City, Utah; Kimberly Penick of Dallas, Texas; Veronica Flores of El Salvador; Tyson Rush of Fort Smith, Ark.; Scott Smith of Rowlett, Texas; Susan Sparks of Clarksville; Huei Yin Tan of Malaysia; Zachary Wingate of Berryville; and Phillip Woodard of Clarksville.