The University Record, September 10, 1997

Festivities feature academic procession through Central Campus, 5K walk/run

Lee C. Bollinger and Jean Magnano Bollinger at the Nov. 12, 1996, Regents' meeting at which he was named president. Photo by Bob Kalmbach


By Jane R. Elgass

A formal procession through Central Campus (see Maps of inauguration events) of some 300 individuals is a special feature of the Sept. 19 installation of Lee C. Bollinger as the 12th president of the University. The traditional procession this year will include more than 100 U-M faculty, who earlier this summer received an open invitation to participate. The walk through the Central Campus area is designed to involve more members of the University community in the ceremony than normally is possible.

"Inaugurations are important events in the life of a university community," notes Walter Harrison, vice president for university relations and chair of the Inauguration Planning Committee. "They afford us the occasion to look forward to a future full of promise and look back on a rich tradition of human accomplishment and triumph.

"Our committee has tried very deliberately to make this an occasion for the entire University community-faculty, staff, students and alumni-to enjoy. We hope as many people as possible will join us in celebrating Lee Bollinger's presidency and in celebrating ourselves as a vibrant learning community."

The procession, set to begin at 10:15 a.m., will start on the steps of the Rackham Building. The marchers will split into two groups, with one going around the east side of the Diagonal and classroom buildings, and the other along State St. The two groups will then merge at the center of the Diag and proceed to Hill Auditorium for the inauguration ceremonies, scheduled to start at 10:30 a.m. (See map.)

Marchers in the procession, the order of appearance dictated by tradition, will be the masters of ceremonies and chief marshal, flag bearers, Inauguration Planning Committee and Presidential Search Committee members, student delegates, delegates of learned societies, delegates from other higher education institutions, faculty members, deans, executive officers, emeritus presidents and Regents, government officials, invited speakers and current Regents. The procession will be lead by Louis G. D'Ale cy, chair of the Senate Advisory Committee on University Affairs, carrying the University mace. Bollinger will be at the end.

Music for the processional will be provided by Margo Halsted, University carillonist, from the Baird Carillon in Burton Tower.

Robing of the platform party and delegates will take place in Rackham Auditorium, prior to the processional.

Activities for inauguration day begin with a 7:30 a.m. 5K run/walk on North Campus that will start in the parking lot south of the Computing Center and Advanced Technology Lab near the intersection of Beal and Glazier Way. (See map on back page of insert.) Run/walk participants will be able to park in the visitor lot south of the Art and Architecture Building. Participants can sign up the day of the event beginning at 7:15 a.m.

Bollinger, an avid runner, will be joined in the run/walk by members of the men's cross country team, coached by Ron Warhurst, and the women's team, coached by Mike McGuire. The Student Athlete Advisory Council will help stage the event.

A special feature of the ceremony, scheduled for 10:30 a.m.-noon, will be the performance of "Fanfare for a New President," composed for the occasion by William Bolcom, the Ross Lee Finney Distinguished University Professor of Music. The "Fanfare" will be performed by the Symphony Band under the direction of Kevin Sedatole.

Former U-M President Harold T. Shapiro, now president of Princeton University, will return to campus to give the inauguration address. Other participants in the ceremony include Paul C. Boylan, vice provost for academic affairs and dean, School of Music; Provost Nancy Cantor; members of the Board of Regents; Michael Nagrant, president of the Michigan Student Assembly, representing undergraduate students; Anne R. Reeves, co-president of Rackham Student Government, representing graduate students; Na than Norman, manager of Building Services and a member of the Presidential Search Committee, representing staff; Calvin Jay Tobin, president of the Alumni Association, representing alumni; and state Sen. John Schwarz, (R-Battle Creek), representing citizens of the state. Regent Andrea Fischer Newman will present a message from Gov. John Engler.

Musical selections during the ceremony will be presented by University Organist Marilyn Mason; Kimberly Haynes, singing the National Anthem; the Women's Glee Club and the Men's Glee Club.

A Universitywide outdoor reception will be held noon-2 p.m. on Ingalls Mall. Included will be food and refreshments and performances by a number of student groups, including a jazz quartet, steel band and the U-M Dance Company, and a performance by the Business and Finance Division Diversity Choir.

Preceding and during the reception, the Fanfare Band will perform in front of Hill, on the Diag near the flag pole, near the Ingalls Mall entrance to the Michigan League, the plaza in front of Rackham and east of Burton Tower.

In the event of rain, the reception will be cancelled and all food and beverages will be donated to Food Gatherers of Ann Arbor for distribution to shelters and other non-profit organizations.

An arts and humanities symposium, "Turning a New Leaf," will be held 3-5 p.m. in Rackham Auditorium. The symposium, part of the University's celebration of the Year of the Humanities and Arts (YoHA), will include Ian Grandison of the School of Natural Resources and Environment; Yau Ching of the Program in Film and Video Studies; June Howard of the Department of English, the Program in American Culture and Women's Studies Program; Michael Daugherty of the School of Music; James Cogswell of the School of Art and Design and Peter Sparling of the School of Music.

The inauguration ceremony is free but tickets are required and are limited to two per person. They will be distributed on a first-come, first-serve basis to faculty, students and staff at the Michigan Union Ticket Office beginning Thursday (Sept. 11) through Sept. 19, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Friday and 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday. Tickets for members of the greater community will be distributed 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Sept. 17-19.

Members of the Inauguration Planning Committee, in addition to Harrison, are: Paul Boylan, vice provost for the arts and dean, School of Music; Nancy Cantor, provost and executive vice president for academic affairs; Andy Coulouris, student, representing the Michigan Student Assembly; Thomas Dunn, outgoing chair of the Senate Advisory Committee on University Affairs and professor of chemistry; Julie Ellison, associate vice president for research and professor of English; Ejner Jensen, profes sor of English; Roberta Palmer, secretary of the university; and Joseph Vining, professor of law.