WMU News

Floyd addresses 'State of the University' at Feb. 8 convocation

Feb. 3, 2000

KALAMAZOO -- Western Michigan University President Elson S. Floyd will deliver a "State of the University" address Tuesday, Feb. 8, as part of WMU's annual Academic Convocation in the Dalton Center Recital Hall.

The event, which is open to the public, is intended to recognize excellence and academic achievement at the University. It is sponsored by the Office of the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs.

Dr. Timothy Light, provost and vice president for academic affairs, will give the welcome at the convocation. Alumni Teaching Excellence Awards will be presented by M. Jamie Jeremy, executive director of the WMU Alumni Association, to Dr. Ronald B. Chase, professor of geosciences, and Dr. Frank M. Gambino, associate professor of marketing.

A Distinguished Faculty Scholar Award will be presented by Light to Dr. James M. Hillenbrand, professor of speech pathology and audiology. Light also will present the Outstanding Emeritus Scholar Award to Dr. Elizabeth B. Garland, professor emerita of anthropology.

George A. Franklin, chair of the Board of Trustees will present Distinguished Service Awards to G.H. Yorgo Demetrakopoulos, former assistant to the dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, and Dr. C. Dennis Simpson, professor of community health services and director of WMU's Specialty Program in Alcohol and Drug Abuse.

Following the awards ceremony, Floyd will give the address. The convocation will be followed by a reception in the lobby of the Dalton Center.

Floyd's address will be carried at 7 p.m. that evening on WMUK (102.1), the University's public radio station.

Media contact: Cheryl Roland, 616 387-8400, cheryl.roland@wmich.edu

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