Wally Sherertz, a.k.a. Michael Shelle, a 1963 graduate of
Hardin-Simmons University, visited the campus on March 3 to encourage and speak
to students during Tuesday chapel.
Although Sherertz spent over 20 years as an educator in
Texas, Colorado, and Virginia, his most recent work started at the age of 50
when he moved to New York and pursued his dream of becoming a professional
actor and singer.
During chapel Sherertz was accompanied by distinguished
musician and long time friend Dr. Robert Gilbreth (’64) as he performed a
handful of songs from a variety of Broadway shows. Together the pair delighted students,
faculty, staff, and guests with such songs as “They Call the Wind Maria” and
“Dream the Impossible Dream.”
Sherertz mixed humor and real-life experiences to tell the
story of how HSU shaped him and set him on the path to success in all aspects
“My whole life has been a spiritual journey, and HSU
provided me with professors that were sensitive to, and grounded in, their
beliefs, and they were always willing to share,” said Sherertz.
Sherertz went on to encourage students to always seek help
and trust in the Lord.
“Trust that help will come…but maybe not in the way that you
asked for it.”
In closing, Sherertz offered fond words for his alma mater
saying, “I owe it all [his accomplishments] to the work I was able to do right
here at HSU!”
Wallace Sherertz married Peggy Graham (’62) who together have
three children, five grandchildren, and one great grandson. Peggy is the daughter of Dr. George Graham,
who served as Executive Vice President of HSU for 10 years and as interim
President from 1962-1963.
About Michael Shelle
Michael Shelle (a.k.a. Wally Sherertz) appeared in the
international tour of Camelot, as Merlin, and other supporting roles, (starring
Richard Harris); in the first national tour of Titanic; and in principal and
supporting roles in regional and stock shows such as: Park Your Car in Harvard
Yard; Beyond the Horizon; A Man for All Seasons; Our Town; Shenandoah (Charlie
Anderson); The Most Happy Fella (Tony); South Pacific (Emile); Brigadoon; 1776;
The Radio City Christmas Show (Myrtle Beach – Santa); Captains Courageous;
Fiddler on the Roof (Tevye); and many others. In guest appearances on TV: 7th
Heaven, Law and Order, The Guiding Light, All My Children, and on film in Kate
and Leopold, starring Meg Ryan and Hugh Jackman.