Local university to celebrate 159th birthday | News
A local university is celebrating a big birthday this weekend!
On Sunday, February 17, the University of Evansville will celebrate its 159th birthday at the annual Founders Day.
The celebrations begins with a convocation and worship service at 10:30 a.m. in Neu Chapel. The service is open to the public and will feature the Edgar M. McKown Lecture, given this year by the Rev. Dr. Leslie Griffiths, the Lord of Pembrey and Burry Port, England. Griffiths is a member of the British Parliament in the House of Lords, as well as the superintendent minister of Wesley's Chapel in London, which was built by John Wesley, the founder of Methodism.
As a regular columnist and BBC broadcaster, Griffiths has spoken extensively on various educational and social subjects, including euthanasia, the church and civic society, the relationship between Christianity and other faiths, and international affairs.
After the service, the UE Alumni Association will hold its annual Alumni Awards Luncheon. Four awards will be given out. The first, a Distinguished Alumna Award for Marjorie Soyugenc. George Day will receive the Young Alumnus Award. The Edie Bates Volunteer Service Award goes to Steve and Kathie Bugg, and Patricia A. Kishline will be given the Samuel Orr Honorary Alumni Award.