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|For Immediate Release
April 6, 2000
William C. Friday to Deliver UNC Asheville
Commencement Address May 13,
Asheville, N.C. -- William C. Friday, president emeritus of the University of North Carolina, will give the keynote address at UNC Asheville's 71st Commencement on Saturday, May 13. Friday is one of five accomplished individuals who will receive honorary degrees at the ceremony. The other honorary degree recipients are Pulitzer-Prize winning columnist William Raspberry, fiction writer and essayist Cynthia Ozick, medieval scholar Girard Etzkorn, and historian and educator Roy Carroll. Each will be awarded the honorary degree of Doctor of Humane Letters. Commencement will be held at 11 a.m. on the terrace of Ramsey Library.
* Friday has long been a champion of quality education in North Carolina. He was named president of the University of North Carolina in 1956, at the age of 36, and held that position for three decades. During that time, he successfully saw the university through consolidation into a 16-campus system and dealt with a host of social and political issues. Friday played an important role in national education policy, serving as chair of the American Council on Education in 1964 and the President's Task Force on Education in 1966-67, among others. Friday's approachable personal style and lively intellect are key factors in the popularity of his weekly show, "North Carolina People," airing on UNC-TV.
* Raspberry, who holds a 1994 Pulitzer Prize for Distinguished Commentary, was named one of the top 50 most influential journalists in the national press corps by the Washingtonian magazine. His syndicated commentary on topics ranging from education to justice appears in 225 newspapers. Raspberry joined the Washington Post in 1962; his coverage of the 1965 Watts riot in Los Angeles earned him the Capital Press Club's "Journalist of the Year Award." Among his honors is the 1994 National Association of Black Journalists' Lifetime Achievement Award. Raspberry teaches at Duke University, where he is the Knight Professor in Communications and Journalism.
* Ozick, a major American writer of fiction and essays, is the author of many widely acclaimed works of fiction, including "The Shawl," "The Puttermesser Papers" and "The Pagan Rabbi." She has also published three collections of essays, "Art & Ardor," "Metaphor & Memory," and "Fame & Folly," and is a regular contributor to The New Yorker magazine. She has received many prestigious awards, including the Jewish Theological Seminary's Distinguished Jewish Letters Award, the National Jewish Book Council Award for Distinguished Literary Contribution, and the American Academy of Arts and Letters Strauss Living Award.
Ozick will read from and discuss her essay "Who Owns Anne Frank" at 7 p.m. Thursday, May 11, at UNCA's Owen Conference Center. The reading, presented by UNCA's Center for Jewish Studies, is free and open to the public.
* Etzkorn, an internationally known scholar of medieval manuscripts and an emeritus professor, has devoted his life to making accessible the texts of important medieval thinkers. During his 22 years at the Franciscan Institute of St. Bonaventure University, he worked an editor of the institute's research projects, overseeing the publication of key modern editions of medieval philosophers William of Ockham and John Duns Scotus.
* Carroll, who served as interim chancellor at UNCA in 1990-91, recently retired from the University of North Carolina after a 45-year career. Carroll holds a doctorate in history from Vanderbilt University, and served as the chair of Appalachian State University's history department before joining the University of North Carolina's General Administration in 1979. There he served first as vice president for planning and later as senior vice president and vice president for academic affairs in 1996. He has published articles in professional historical journals in the U.S. and England, and has written extensively on academic program development, teaching and tenure, and governance in higher education.
For more information about UNC Asheville's Commencement, call the Office of Academic Affairs, 828/251-6470.
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