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Advisory: Media invited to Wake Forest Founders' Day Convocation


January 29, 2008

Members of the media are invited to attend Wake Forest University’s 2008 Founders’ Day Convocation ceremony at 4:30 p.m. Feb 7 in Wait Chapel.

The event is free and open to the public.

Herman E. Eure, professor of biology and associate dean of the undergraduate College, will deliver an address titled, “Using Our Past as a Road Map for Charting Our Future: The Evolutionary History of Wake Forest University.”

Eure, who joined the faculty after earning his doctorate in biology from Wake Forest in 1974, 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.  The common themes and traditions he will highlight from Wake Forest’s past are relevant and timely as the university works toward completing a long-range strategic plan begun in 2006.

During his long tenure at Wake Forest, Eure has served on numerous committees, including the University Senate as vice president and as president, and received many awards, such as the University Advising Award, the Yokley Faculty Service Award, The Jon Reinhardt Award for Distinguished Teaching and the Delta Delta Delta Award for Outstanding Contributions to Student Life.  Eure served as chairman of the biology department from 1998 to 2006, when he became associate dean of the College.

A number of annual teaching, research and service awards will also be presented, including the Medallion of Merit, Wake Forest’s highest award for service to the university.  This year’s recipient is Winston-Salem attorney Murray C. Greason Jr., who graduated from Wake Forest with a Bachelor of Science degree in 1959 and earned his law degree from Wake Forest 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.

Student recognitions during convocation will include new members of two national honor societies, Omicron Delta Kappa and Mortar Board, as well as tributes to Wake Forest’s successful fall athletic programs.

Media seating for convocation will be reserved in the first and second rows on the far right side of Wait Chapel. Cameras may be set up along the stairways and balcony. It is recommended that media needing audio feeds arrive at the chapel no later than 4 p.m.

Press Contacts:

Eric Frazier
(336) 758-5237


Kevin Cox
(336) 758-5237


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