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February 6, 1997

Nordenberg to be installed as chancellor at honors convocation

Mark Nordenberg will be formally installed as Pitt's 17th chancellor during the annual honors convocation on Feb. 28 from 3 – 5 p.m. in the Carnegie Music Hall.

Honors convocation will follow Pitt's annual Founders Day celebration, Feb. 27, commemorating the 210th anniversary of the University's founding.

Although Nordenberg was named chancellor by the Board of Trustees in June, there has never been a formal installation service marking the event. The installation will replace a guest speaker at this year's honors convocation, which recognizes outstanding achievements by faculty and students.

According to Director of Communications Ken Service, the ceremony at honors convocation will be the only event marking Nordenberg's installation as chancellor.

"This is it," Service said. "No additional money is being spent on it [the installation]." Classes will not be canceled for honors convocation. However, Provost James Maher has asked that faculty excuse student honorees who have classes scheduled during the period.

An academic procession in full regalia will open the ceremony. Faculty should contact the Office of Special Events at 624-7100 for instructions on joining the procession.

"Communication in the Contemporary World" will be the theme of the Founders Day celebration on Feb. 27 in the William Pitt Union Assembly Room. Chancellor Nordenberg will open the festivities with introductory remarks at 1:30 p.m.

The featured speaker at this year's Founders Day, which is open to all members of the University community, will be Kathleen Hall Jamieson, dean of The Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Pennsylvania. Her topic will be "The Politician, Press and Public: Lessons of the 1996 Presidential Campaign." Along with her work at Penn, Jamieson is the author of four books, the most recent being "Beyond the Double Bind: Women and Leadership." She also is the author of "Dirty Politics, Deception, Distraction and Democracy"; "Packaging the Presidency," winner of the Speech Communication Asso-ciation's Golden Anniversary Book Award; and "Eloquence in an Electronic Age," winner of the Winans-Wichelns Book Award.

Frequently quoted in major newspapers and interviewed on radio and television, Jamieson appeared weekly on the public affairs television series "Listening to America" with Bill Moyers during the 1992 general election campaign.

Following Jamieson's talk, Beverly Harris-Schenz, vice provost for Faculty Affairs, will moderate presentations by three speakers: * Daniel Everett, chair of the Department of Linguistics, will discuss "Jungle Talk: Conversational Style in Amazonia." * Martha Pollack, associate professor of computer science and intelligent systems, will explain "Talking Computers: Why Don't They Understand?" * Theodore Windt, chair of the Department of Communication, will address "The Rhetoric of the Conservative Crack-up in '96."

–Mike Sajna

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