Excellence. Optimism. Leadership. The themes of Dr. Julie E. Wollman’s inauguration as Edinboro University’s 17th president were in evidence all over campus during the weeklong celebration, Nov. 3-9.
The natural highlight of the week was President Wollman’s formal inauguration convocation on Friday, Nov. 9, but the celebration also included panel discussions, performances, displays and other activities. The more than 30 events engaged hundreds of students, faculty, staff, alumni and visitors in academic and artistic explorations as well as activities that were simply fun.
The Inauguration ceremony mixed centuries-old academic formalities and warm personal touches, including the President’s choice to focus her Inaugural Address on three students who embody the concepts of the Inauguration theme.
Additional highlights of the week included a speech by renowned feminist, author and human rights activist Sister Joan Chittister, the launch of an Art Enhancement and Sustainability Initiative that included an exhibition of seldom-seen works from the University’s permanent collection in Baron-Forness Library, and a panel discussion on the “Interrelationship of Art and Culture” that featured the President’s parents, Dr. Harry and Anne Wollman.
Departments showcased their facilities in a series of lab tours, student actors and musicians performed, panels of students and faculty discussed current issues, and the greater Erie County community joined the campus community in a “Stuff the Bus” collection of supplies for area schoolchildren as a salute to President Wollman’s lifelong commitment to education.
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