Ideally, senior projects should reflect the full range of a student's education. In Sterling College senior Matt Ehresman's case, that should have been nearly impossible. "I created my own major," he said, "graphic communications. I minored in youth ministry and I also took some business and music classes-I thought they might be useful."
They were. Ehresman says his senior project-producing an 11-song CD featuring all three of SC's praise and worship bands-used the full scope of his education at Sterling. He designed the cover for the CD; worked with the bands on the music; arranged for copyright on the songs they chose; and organized the distribution and sales of the final product.
But though the project reflects Ehresman's education, that was not his primary reason for producing a CD. "We didn't do this to make ourselves look good," said Ehresman. "We did it because worship has been a really important part of Sterling College for us, and we've really grown in it during the past few years." He credits Theology and Ministry Professor Dr. Hank Lederle for leading them in this growth. "Dr. Hank was really instrumental. He developed the worship program so that we were able to do this. He's passionate about worship, and he's t