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Honors week underway; American University president speaks

April 23, 1997

By Christi Kushlan

Lariat Reporter

American University president Dr. Benjamin Ladner spoke Tuesday as part of the fifth annual J. Harry and Anna Jeanes Academic Honors Week.

Ladner, a 1963 University graduate, was guest speaker at Tuesday's honors convocation in the Armstrong Browning Library.

Ladner encouraged and thanked students for giving of themselves to the University and for their individual pursuits of excellence.

National academic accomplishments were recognized by Dr. Wallace Daniel, College of Arts and Sciences dean.

Among the recognitions was one for the 'most prestigious pre-med fellowship,' Daniel said.

Gabe Calzada, an El Paso junior, was one of 25 pre-med students selected from around the nation to attend and participate in the Cornell Undergraduate Research Fellowship this summer.

'It is a full lecture series at Cornell University Medical School,' Calzada said. 'I will be working with medical professors giving lectures on cardiovascular disease and studying the physiology of the human heart.'

The rest of the week includes an Honors Program banquet Thursday and the National Conference on Undergraduate Research hosted by the University of Texas Thursday through Saturday, Elaine Harknett, Honors Program coordinator said.

The Academic Honors Week was made possible by a 'very generous' donation by J. Harry and Anna Jeanes, Harknett said.

Sarah Tapper, a Round Rock senior and honor student, said the Honors Program is 'about commitment of faculty, students and the program to expand our horizons to pursue academic excellence.'

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