At least two thousand freshmen, their parents and guests are expected to attend the 1997 UW Freshman Convocation, to be held at noon, Sunday, Sept. 28 in Meany Hall for the Performing Arts. The annual event officially marks the beginning of the new acade mic year, with classes starting on Monday, Sept. 29.
The principal speaker this year is Victoria A. Lawson, professor and chair of the Department of Geography at the University. Lawson’s research focuses on the economic development of Latin American countries. This summer, she continued her research in Ec uador, obtaining life histories of women and men who have migrated to Quito (the capital city). She has received numerous awards for her teaching, writing and research, including a 1996 UW Distinguished Teaching Award. Lawson is an adjunct faculty membe r in the Women Studies Department. The title of her convocation address is “Postcards from the Edge and Stories from the Borders.”
The academic procession will be led by Ronald M. Moore, associate professor of philosophy and University marshal, carrying the University mace. President Richard L. McCormick, members of the Board of Regents, deans, vice presidents, student leaders, facu lty medalists and recent faculty recipients of outstanding teaching awards, among others, will march in the procession.
The convocation will also feature music by the University Wind Ensemble. The event will be preceded by a no-host brunch at 10 a.m. in the Husky Union Building (HUB) Ballroom for freshmen, their families and guests, participants in the ceremony and other University representatives. A limited number of tickets for the brunch will be available at the door. Tickets are not required for the convocation ceremony. After the brunch, and preceding the ceremony, tours of campus will be offered. At the conclusi on of the convocation, the Alumni Association will host an informal refreshment period. <!—at end of each paragraph insert