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Dunn delivers State of University address Thursday

Oct. 28, 2008

KALAMAZOO--A Thursday, Oct. 30, Academic Convocation at Western Michigan University will feature President John M. Dunn's State of the University address as well as a series of awards honoring faculty and staff achievements.

The event is set for 3:30 p.m. in the Dalton Center Recital Hall. The longstanding academic tradition of gathering to honor accomplishment and focus on important University issues and initiatives is free and open to the public. A reception will be held immediately following the convocation in the adjacent Richmond Center for Visual Arts.

During the convocation, awards will be presented to seven members of the WMU faculty and staff for outstanding achievement. Awards presented include the Distinguished Service, Distinguished Faculty Scholar, Distinguished Teaching and Emerging Scholar awards. Each of these four awards carries a $2,000 cash prize.

This will be the second State of the University address for Dunn, who became WMU president in July 2007. The annual address is a time for the president to ask the University to take stock of recent events and accomplishments, assess challenges and set a direction for the coming year.

Dunn's address also will be broadcast on WMUK-FM, the University's public radio station, at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 30. The convocation ceremony can be seen on Channel 5 of EduCABLE, the University's cable television system, at noon Friday, Oct. 31; Monday, Nov. 3; Tuesday, Nov. 4; and Wednesday, Nov. 5.

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Media contact: Cheryl Roland, (269) 387-8400, cheryl.roland@wmich.edu

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