At least two thousand freshmen, their parents and guests are expected to attend the 1998 UW Freshman Convocation, to be held at noon, Sunday, Sept. 27 in Meany Hall for the Performing Arts. The annual event officially marks the beginning of the new academic year, with classes starting on Monday, September 28.
The principal speaker this year is Dr. Robert A. Steiner, Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology, and Physiology and Biophysics at the University. Dr. Steiner is an internationally renowned researcher, the author of more than one hundred scientific papers and the recipient of a 1996 UW Distinguished Teaching Award for his outstanding work with undergraduates enrolled in introductory biology courses. Steiner is also an adjunct faculty member in zoology. The title of his convocation address is “I Heard the Owl Call My Name.”
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 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 conclusion of the convocation, the Alumni Association will host an informal refreshment period.