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University honors best, brightest at Founders Day

Board of Visitors Will Meet

By David Nutter

Spectrum Volume 18 Issue 27 - April 11, 1996

Virginia Tech is celebrating Founder's Day later this year than in previous years. The annual convocation which honors outstanding scholarship, students, teaching, and service will be held Friday, April 19.

"Founders Day represents the best of Virginia Tech," said university President Paul Torgersen. "It is the only time in the year when we honor what is best about Virginia Tech. The best teachers. The best students. The best staff members. The best alumni. It is a celebration of all that is good about Virginia Tech."

The celebration begins at 3:15 p.m. in the auditorium of Burruss Hall.

Following the convocation, the Virginia Tech Corps of Cadets will perform a retreat ceremony on the Drillfield.

The university will award the 1996 William H. Ruffner Medal to G. Truman Ward. A former member of the Board of Visitors, Ward is past president of the Alumni Association and is currently chairing the Regional Campaign Committee for the Campaign for Virginia Tech.

William "Bill" Latham will receive the Alumni Distinguished Service Award. The Class of 1955 graduate is a former member of the Board of Visitors and the past president of the Alumni Association.

Receiving a Special Citation by the Board of Visitors at the ceremony will be Harry Temple. Temple, a Tech alumnus, has spent 23 years producing a history of the Virginia Tech Corps of Cadets titled The Bugle's Echo.

Spectrum will have profiles of all the Founders Day honorees in next week's issue.

Also this weekend, the Board of Visitors will be meeting on Sunday, April 21, and Monday, April 22.

The committee meetings of the board will be held on April 21 from 2:30 to 5:30 p.m. in the Donaldson Brown Hotel and Conference Center.

The full meeting of the board will be held on April 22, from 8:30 a.m. to noon in Squires Brush Mountain Room.