Daneli Rabanalez-Hernandez of Arcola, Illinois, is the first recipient of the Media Catalyst Scholarship honoring the memory of Professor Carl L. Fletcher.
As a full-time freshman student in 2013, Daneli worked closely with Brian McIntyre Utter, general manager of Olivet’s Shine.FM
broadcasting network, to establish Brilla.FM. Initially, she served as program director and a program host for this Hispanic radio ministry.
Brilla.FM’s mission is to collect, organize and broadcast Christian music of the Spanish culture. Broadcasting online, it reaches the entire Latin culture in many Spanish-speaking countries. Programming reflects the current focus of Spanish Christian music and is about 70 percent worship songs. These are performed in Spanish by Spanish artists. Music styles represented include salsa, norteño, bachata, rock and contemporary.
Today, in addition to pursuing her education at Olivet, Daneli is the on-air host of “Shine Evenings” for the Shine.FM network.
“Occasionally a student comes along with a natural talent and a God-given passion for using his or her gifts to make a difference. Daneli is such a student,” Utter says. “She is truly a catalyst for the kingdom in what she does both with Shine.FM and Brilla.FM. We are so excited for her to be the first student to receive this scholarship and honor the memory of our friend Carl.”
Professor Fletcher — who passed away Nov. 7, 2015 — was a well-loved and well-respected professor in Olivet’s Department of Communication
. To honor his life and legacy, his colleagues, family and friends have established the Media Catalyst Scholarship at Olivet. It is designated for students who are majoring in communication and committed to being catalysts for Christ in the world through media excellence.
"Carl was passionate about the impact of Christian radio and training future Christian broadcasters,” Utter says. “The outpouring of tributes by colleagues in the Christian radio industry, and his students past and present, shows what a huge impact Carl had on all of us at Shine.FM and Olivet."
Professor Fletcher also served as director of broadcasting in the Department of Communication and as operations director for the Shine.FM network. He joined Olivet’s faculty in 2007 and enjoyed sharing his expertise in radio programming and production with students and through Olivet’s radio ministry. Nurtured by his care and guidance, Olivet graduates are working in radio stations from coast-to-coast and around the world.