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Alumni Weekend 2008

More than 630 alumni and guests enjoyed a full schedule of Alumni Weekend 2008 events April 25-27, ranging from a day at Keeneland Race Course to class reunion dinners that provided the perfect setting to catch up with all the news concerning classmates and families.

The alumni celebration luncheon, held in the William T. Young Campus Center, is always a highlight of the weekend, and this year there was a surprise in store for two members of the audience in particular. William T. Young Jr., chairman of the Board of Trustees, made an unannounced appearance to bestow the Transylvania Medal on Transylvania First Lady Susan P. Shearer and President Charles L. Shearer, each of whom has given the University 25 years of exemplary service. (See All 2008 University Awards, as well as Distinguished Achievement and Distinguished Service Award recipients here.)

In lieu of the traditional luncheon speaker, this year’s event was also given over to a celebration of the careers of two long-time professors who retired at the end of the school year in May. Mathematics and computer science professor James E. Miller (42 years of service) and sociology professor and former dean of students J. Richard Thompson (31 years) were lauded for their outstanding service to the University and its students.

At the end of the luncheon, the Alumni Association elected Wanda Poynter Cole ’67 president of the Alumni Executive Board and Clay Stinnett ’95 president-elect.

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