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Founders' Day Convocation to feature address by Herman Eure, annual awards

January 14, 2008

Herman E. Eure, professor of biology and associate dean of the undergraduate College, will deliver Wake Forest University’s 2008 Founders' Day Convocation address during a ceremony at 4:30 p.m. Feb. 7 in Wait Chapel.

The event is free and open to the public.

A public reception will be held afterward in the Scales Fine Arts Center Lobby outside the Charlotte and Philip Hanes Art Gallery.

In a speech titled, “Using Our Past as a Road Map for Charting Our Future: The Evolutionary History of Wake Forest University,” Eure will draw upon his teaching of evolution to trace the historical events, people and core values that have produced the university as it exists today—values and experiences that must factor in planning for the future.

Eure earned his doctorate in biology from Wake Forest in 1974 and immediately joined the faculty. During his tenure he has served on numerous committees and received many awards for his contributions to the university both inside and outside the classroom.  He served as chairman of the biology department from 1998 to 2006, when he became associate dean of the College.

During convocation, the Medallion of Merit, Wake Forest’s highest award for service to the university, will be presented to Murray C. Greason Jr.  Greason is an attorney with the Winston-Salem law firm Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice and a graduate of Wake Forest, having received a Bachelor of Science degree in 1959 and law degree in 1962.  He is a member and former chair of the Wake Forest Board of Trustees. During his tenure as chair, he led the search for the university’s 13th president, Nathan O. Hatch, who took office in 2005.”

Several annual teaching, research and service awards will also be presented, including the Kulynych Family Omicron Delta Kappa Award, for contribution to student life; the Reid-Doyle Prize for Excellence in Teaching; the Award for Excellence in Research; the Kienzle Teaching Award, the Cowan Faculty Research Prize; and the Joseph Branch Excellence in Teaching Award.

New student members of Mortar Board and Omicron Delta Kappa, both national honor societies, will be recognized during the ceremony, and special recognitions will pay tribute to Wake Forest’s successful fall athletic programs.

Press Contacts:

Eric Frazier
(336) 758-5237

Kevin Cox
(336) 758-5237

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