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College Convocation honors educators

This year's Convocation for the College will take place at noon Friday, September 10, on Dandelion Square. The annual event signals the start of the academic year and provides the opportunity for students, faculty, and staff to celebrate the beginning of the year together.

The ceremony includes presentation of the Goergen Awards for Contributions to Undergraduate Education in the College. The awards, first presented in 1997, are named for and sponsored by trustee and former board chairman Robert Goergen '60 and his wife, Pamela.


Thomas DiPiero, professor of French and of visual and cultural studies, and Wayne Knox '79, '84 (PhD), director of the Institute of Optics, will receive the Goergen Award for Distinguished Achievement and Artistry in Undergraduate Education. DiPiero has taught at the University since 1987 and recently completed a six-year tenure as chair of the Department of Modern Languages and Cultures. He teaches courses in French language and literature, critical theory, comparative literature, and visual and cultural studies, and was instrumental in the department's curriculum restructuring and in the creation of a new course in European studies.


Knox came to the University as director of the Institute of Optics in 2001 and teaches a survey course in optics. A Fellow of the Optical Society of America and Life Member of the American Physical Society, Knox joined Bell Laboratories in 1984 and most recently served as director of the advanced photonics research department.

Terry Gurnett '77, associate director of alumni relations and development and also coach of the women's soccer team, will receive the Goergen Award for Distinguished Contributions to Undergraduate Learning in the College. Gurnett has led the women's soccer teams to two NCAA Division III national championships. He has been recognized for coaching excellence on the conference, regional, and national levels, and was selected as the NCAA Coach of the Decade for the 1980s. In addition, Gurnett is associate director of athletics and oversees the Friends of Rochester Athletics.


Beyond individual achievement, the 2004 Goergen Award for Curricular Achievement in Undergraduate Education will recognize the Department of Computer Science, with Mitsunori Ogihara, chair, accepting on behalf of the department, and the Physical Chemistry Curriculum within the Department of Chemistry, with professors Robert Kreilick and John Muenter accepting for the curriculum.

The Convocation ceremonies will be followed by a picnic on Wilson Commons Quadrangle for students, faculty, and staff of the College. Classes in the College are canceled from noon until 2 p.m. so that members of the College community can attend the events.

Following the picnic, the annual Activities Fair, which showcases the more than 150 student clubs and organizations on campus, will be held from 3 to 4:30 p.m. on Dandelion Square.

In case of rain, the ceremonies will be held in Strong Auditorium, picnic fare will be served in Douglass Dining Hall, and the Activities Fair will take place in the Field House of the Robert B. Goergen Athletic Center.

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