Carolyn Perry, Assistant Professor Emerita, will deliver the Gerald R. Robinson Distinguished Lecture.
LHU announces plans for spring convocation
March 30, 2012
Lock Haven University will celebrate its students and their achievements at the Gerald R. Robinson Academic Honors and Foundation Awards Convocation on Sunday, April 15. This ceremony, one of the signature events in the academic calendar, will take place at 2:00 p.m. in Price Performance Center.
Carolyn Perry, Assistant Professor Emerita, will deliver the Gerald R. Robinson Distinguished Lecture. Named in honor of the former vice president for academic affairs and distinguished educator, the Gerald R. Robinson Distinguished Lecture brings outstanding scholars and business leaders to campus annually for the spring Academic Honors and Foundation Awards Convocation. Dr. Robinson, for whom Robinson Learning Center is named, was associated with Lock Haven University for 22 years.
Professor Perry was a member of the Lock Haven University faculty for twenty-seven years, most of those years in the Department of English. She holds degrees from the University of Dallas and Washington University in St. Louis.
During her career at Lock Haven University, Professor Perry served the university and its students in a variety of roles, including service as Upward Bound Director, Writing Specialist in the Student Support Services (SSS) program, Founding Director of the Lock Haven University Writing Center, and a founding member of the University Writing Committee. She helped to create and coordinate the Writing Emphasis program and worked with faculty to promote writing across the curriculum and design plans for writing assessment. An outstanding teacher, she was recognized for excellence in teaching business writing by McGraw-Hill in the 1990s. Carolyn was particularly committed to student advising, as was her late husband, Robert O. Perry, Associate Professor of English Emeritus. The Perrys served for years as volunteer academic advisors, and staunch supporters, of the Bald Eagle football team.
Carolyn retired in 2004 and now lives and writes in New Orleans. Her first book, “For Better, For Worse: Patient in the Maelstrom,” a memoir of her experiences during and after Hurricane Katrina, was published in 2011 and is a candidate for this year’s Independent Publishers “IPPY” award.
A highlight of the convocation ceremony will the Roll of Honor. Some 200 students will be recognized for their achievements with the presentation of academic honors and Foundation Scholarships. The student recipient of the 2012 President’s Award for Distinguished Service on Women’s Issues will be announced.
The Gerald R. Robinson Academic Honors and Foundation Awards Convocation is sponsored by Lock Haven University and the Lock Haven University Foundation.
The purpose of the Lock Haven University Foundation is to generate and manage resources for the benefit of Lock Haven University and its students. The Foundation gives much of the money raised to students through academic and athletic scholarships, which help students achieve their goal of a higher education. The Foundation manages nearly 120 individually named scholarships for current students, many of which have multiple recipients. In addition, the Foundation awards dozens of scholarships for incoming freshman. The Foundation awards nearly $800,000 annually in academic and athletic scholarships.
Lock Haven University is a member of the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education (PASSHE), the largest provider of higher education in the commonwealth. Its 14 universities offer more than 250 degrees and certificate programs in more than 120 areas of study. Nearly 405,000 system alumni live and work in Pennsylvania.