Plan II Honors Commencement Convocation 2006
Saturday, May 20, 2006 9:00 am
Hogg Memorial Auditorium
Plan II Honors Graduation Convocation Speaker: Bjorn Billhardt, CEO, Enspire Learning
Bjorn (PII ’97) is the founder and CEO of Enspire Learning, an interactive e-learning and online simulation design company with over 50 creative professionals located in the heart of Austin. Bjorn founded Enspire Learning with two college friends in his apartment in 2001 and grew the company to serve strategic training needs for organizations such as the World Bank, Yahoo, Capital One, and Wholefoods. His company is a recognized leader in the development of online simulation design and has won numerous industry awards such as the Top 5 Training Products of 2005 award by HR Executive Magazine. Bjorn has also authored articles and case studies on effective e-learning for publications such as CLO Magazine and Harvard Business School Publishing.
Prior to his work in the field of e-learning, Bjorn worked at McKinsey & Company and Baan. He holds a B.A. and a B.B.A. from the University of Texas at Austin and an MBA with Honors from Harvard Business School.
Plan II Honors Graduation Convocation Student Speaker, James Riddlesperger:
James Riddlesperger grew up in Fort Worth with his parents, Jim and Kris, and younger brother David. He graduated from Paschal High School in 2002. One day soon, he hopes to collect his B.A. in Plan II, economics, and history. While at the University, he has worked in the Undergraduate Writing Center as a consultant, the UT Learning Center as a supplemental instructor in economics, and for Plan II as a tutor for Dr. Dever’s logic course. He has been fortunate enough to serve as academic co-chair for the Plan II Students’ Association, to spend a summer at Shakespeare at Winedale, and to survive Plan II Physics. This summer, James will join Teach for America, and for the next two years he will teach social studies in Baltimore.
May 2006 Plan II Honors students who are Dean's Distinguished Graduates, College of Liberal Arts:
The 2005/2006 Plan II Chad Oliver Teaching Award recipient: James Loehlin, Department of English
James Loehlin was born in Austin and is a Plan II graduate of the University of Texas, where he was a student of Chad Oliver's. He was a Marshall Scholar at Oxford University, where he earned an MA in English Literature. He holds a joint PhD in Drama and Humanities from Stanford University. He taught drama at Dartmouth College between 1995 and 1999, when he returned to Austin as Associate Professor of English, succeeding Jim Ayres as Director of the Shakespeare at Winedale program.
Professor Loehlin is the author of two books on Shakespeare, and has recently completed a book on Chekhov for Cambridge University Press. He is a winner of the Harry Ransom Teaching Award and the President's Associates Teaching Award. He has taught two freshman tutorial courses for Plan II, as well as the World Literature survey.