PULLMAN, Wash. — Washington Gov. Gary Locke will be among the special guests participating in Washington State University’s first Faculty Honors Convocation Wednesday, March 28, at Beasley Performing Arts Coliseum. The 3 p.m. event also includes the inauguration of V. Lane Rawlins as WSU’s ninth president.

Joining the governor with remarks will be former WSU presidents Glenn Terrell, 1967-85, and Samuel H. Smith, 1985-00; and Albert C. Yates, Colorado State University president, who served as WSU’s provost from 1981-90.

The program also will feature the presentation of the university’s top faculty honors. The new Eminent Faculty Award will be given to Ralph Yount, professor and chair of chemistry and professor, School of Molecular Biosciences. Yount, who is in his 41st year on the WSU faculty, is internationally recognized for his research on the molecular mechanism of muscle contraction.

The Sahlin Faculty Excellence Awards will be awarded to James M. Krueger, veterinary and comparative anatomy, pharmacology and physiology, for research, scholarship and arts; Steven M. Parish, veterinary clinical sciences, for instruction; and Jay E. Brunner, director of the WSU Wenatchee Tree Fruit Research and Extension Center, for public service.

The Marian E. Smith Faculty Achievement Award will be given to Mary Bloodsworth, women’s studies and philosophy. As part of the recognition, Bloodsworth will give a talk at 2 p.m. March 27 on “Centering (on) the ‘D’ Word: Teaching (Towards) Diversity” in Avery Hall’s Bundy Reading Room. Jerry Reeves, animal sciences, will be recognized as the 67th presenter of the Distinguished Faculty Address, “Tomorrow’s Hormone Vaccines: Managing Animal Population and Prostate Cancer,” scheduled for 7:30 p.m. April 12 in Kimbrough Concert Hall.

The Regents’ Distinguished Alumnus Award, the highest honor the university bestows, will be presented to Jack Gorski, who earned a WSU master’s degree in 1956 and a doctorate in 1958, both in animal sciences. The scientist, named to the National Academy of Sciences in 1993, is best known for his discovery and characterization of estrogen receptors.

President Rawlins will deliver his inaugural address, “World Class Learning and Discovery in the Bryan Tradition.”

The WSU Trumpet Ensemble, directed by David Turnbull, professor of music, will present the convocation music that includes “Celebratory Music,” by WSU music faculty member David Jarvis and commissioned by the university. “The Honor Song” will be performed by Native American student drummers and singers.

A reception on the coliseum concourse follows the convocation.

Also related to the faculty event is the WSU 2001 Performing Arts Gala, featuring students and faculty of the School of Music and Theatre Arts. Coordinated by Turnbull, the gala is set for 7:30 p.m., also on March 28 in the coliseum.

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