MEDIA ADVISORY: Major donation and academic center announcement

Posted: Thursday, 02 September 2010

Major donation and academic center announcement

Sept. 3 at 6 p.m.: A reception is scheduled for the Johnson Center for the Arts in downtown Troy (300 E. Walnut Street) in honor of the donors whose gifts are making possible the Manuel H. Johnson Center for Political Economy.

This event will include remarks by Dr. Jack Hawkins, Jr., Chancellor, Dr. Manuel H. “Manley” Johnson, former vice-chairman of the Federal Reserve Board, Dr. Scott Beaulier, director of the Center, Provost and Dr. Judson Edwards, dean of the Sorrell College of Business. Senior Vice Chancellor for Advancement and External Relations Dr. John Schmidt will moderate the event.

Sept. 4 at 2:30 p.m.: A special recognition ceremony will take place in front of Bibb Graves Hall recognizing a major gift to the University to support the newly created Manuel H. Johnson Center for Political Economy.

This event will include remarks by Chancellor Hawkins and will be moderated by Dean Edwards.

In connection with this event will be an opportunity to tour Bibb Graves Hall, which is undergoing renovation and expansion. This is the first media opportunity to see the expanse of the renovation and expansion since the project began 12 months ago.

Media are asked to be in place no later than 2:15 p.m. for this event.

In addition, Dr. Johnson and representatives from organizations who are major donors to the new Center will be honored on the field at halftime of the football game Saturday evening.

Fraternity Village ribbon cutting ceremony

Sept. 4 at 3:30 p.m.: Immediately following the Bibb Graves event, the University will officially cut the ribbon on its Fraternity Village complex on Pell Avenue.
Offering comments at this ceremony will be fraternity members Drew Price of FarmHouse, Andy Flowers of Sigma Chi, John Ferguson of Delta Chi, Chancellor Hawkins, and Dr. Doug Hawkins, president pro-tem of the Board of Trustees.
The houses will be available for walk-through coverage.

Special coverage instructions

Since Sept. 4 is also the first on-campus football game, reserved media parking for those covering the events will be in designated spaces in the parking lot that is between Adams Administration Building and McCartha Hall and adjacent to the Quad. Access this lot via Luther Drive (the intersection across from Stewart Dining Hall) and follow the driveway up the hill, turning right into the upper parking lot.
The University Relations Office will provide transportation for the media from Bibb Graves Hall to Fraternity Village and back.
Please contact the University Relations Office via email at or by phone at 334-670-3196 to confirm your organization’s attendance at these events.