Rodney Erickson, executive vice president and provost, led Penn State's Academic Convocation, which preceded the State of the University Address in Eisenhower Auditorium on Penn State's University Park campus. Erickson acknowledged outstanding faculty and staff, calling on several groups of faculty to stand and be recognized both in Eisenhower Auditorium and at other campuses who joined the celebration via satellite.
As part of Penn State's Academic Convocation, Eva Pell, vice president for research and dean of The Graduate School, left, and Penn State President Graham B. Spanier bestowed medals upon the two newest Evan Pugh professors, Anthony Cutler and Joanna Floros.
Penn State President Graham B. Spanier puts the Evan Pugh medal on Anthony Cutler, newly named Evan Pugh professor of art history.
Eva Pell, Graham Spanier and Joanna Floros lead the applause for Anthony Cutler just after he received his Evan Pugh medal.
Graham B. Spanier congratulates Joanna Floros, newly named Evan Pugh professor of cellular and molecular physiology.
Graham B. Spanier presents Joanna Floros with her Evan Pugh medal.
Joanna Floros is congratulated by Eva Pell, Graham B. Spanier, Anthony Cutler and those in attendance in Eisenhower Auditorium.
Cynthia Baldwin, chair of the Penn State Board of Trustees, said she was happy to be able to introduce both Rodney Erickson, executive vice president and provost, and Penn State President Graham B. Spanier at the event. After the Academic Convocation, Baldwin introduced Spanier for his State of the University Address.
Penn State President Graham B. Spanier spoke about the University's humble beginnings, and how its first president, Evan Pugh, set the stage for Penn State to become a leading research university. He also spoke about his continuing efforts to further humanize the University. For a story about his presentation, go to live.psu.edu/story/8040 To read the text of his remarks, go to www.psu.edu/ur/GSpanier/sou/sou_2004/ and to view streaming video of the presentation, go to Penn State Live at live.psu.edu and click on the link under In Motion on the left side of the page.