Baylor to Hold Founders Day Celebration Feb. 26

Feb. 24, 1997

WACO, Texas -- Baylor University will hold its annual Founder's Day Celebration at

10 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 26, in Waco Hall.

Founder's Day is an annual event which honors the founding fathers of Baylor, when university officials, students and staff express their gratitude and appreciation for the establishment of the university.

President Robert B. Sloan Jr. will present the Baylor University Founders Medal -- reserved for individuals who have distinguished themselves in their professions and their service to Baylor and mankind -- to Mr. and Mrs Victor Newman of Waco.

The Newmans will be honored for their civic, religious and academic philanthropies. Since 1970, the Victor T. Newman Scholarship Fund and the Lillian Bowles Newman Scholarship fund have provided financial assistance to more than 100 Baylor students. Vic Newman is a former Baylor regent.

Special musical arrangements and speakers will highlight the program. Speakers will include President Sloan; Milton Cunningham, chaplain; William J. Dube, dean for academic scholarships and financial aid; and Melanie Goss, Baylor junior and Newman Scholarship recipient. Also speaking will be Mari Rebane, Baylor senior; Colin Cox, student body president, and Carolyn Bennett Scott, a 1991 Baylor graduatte and Newman Scholarship recipient.

Chartered on Feb. 1, 1845, by the Republic of Texas, Baylor is currently in its 151st year of continuous operation. Established in Independence, Texas, the university moved to Waco in 1886 and is now the largest Baptist university in the world with a current enrollment of more than 12, 000.

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