University Convocation Recognizes Faculty and Staff

Convocation Recessional led by Dr. David Parkyn and Dr. Joseph Jones

CHICAGO, IL (September 18, 2007) - "Make no little plans; they have no magic to stir men's blood..." These are the words of Daniel Burnham, the architect famous for beautifying Chicago's lakefront property at the turn of the 20th century. David L. Parkyn, president of North Park University, used these words in his welcome speech at Monday's University Convocation, encouraging the faculty, staff, administration, and students of the University to "dream big dreams".

The purpose of the convocation was two-fold, as the new Provost of North Park University, Dr. Joseph Jones, was installed, and the promotion and tenure of faculty members and the appointment of three new administrators was recognized. By way of installation of these members of the faculty and administration, representatives of the different on-campus constituents asked them to affirm their commitments to the University.

Members of the School of Music faculty, Terree Shofner-Emrich and Annie Picard, offered selections in honor of former music lecturer Kim Schmidt, who passed away last month at the age of 57.

The convocation closed with the colorful recessional of the faculty members, led by University Marshal Elizabeth Gray, to the tune of J.S. Bach's "Toccata" from Concerto Number 4, which was performed by Leon Nelson.