Children's Literature, Featured, Speakers|February 17, 2012 11:00 am

Hollins Honors Professor, Staff Member, at Founder’s Day Convocation

Two Hollins employees were recognized for their exemplary accomplishments and service at the university’s annual Founder’s Day convocation on February 16.

Professor of Finance and Economics Casimir Dadak received the Herta T. Freitag Faculty Legacy Award. First presented in 2000, the award honors a member of the faculty whose recent scholarly and creative accomplishments reflect the extraordinary academic standards set by Freitag, who was professor of mathematics at Hollins from 1948 to 1971.

Betty Dooley, assistant to the vice president for academic affairs, was presented the Roberta A. Stewart Award. Established in 1993, the award is granted annually on Founder’s Day to a member of the community, employed by the university, whose service most closely reflects the extraordinary standards set by Stewart in 40 years at Hollins. Recipients demonstrate long-term service; loyalty to the university and commitment to its principles; effectiveness; friendly, cooperative acceptance of responsibilities assigned; genuine wisdom; and deep caring for students and colleagues.

Hollins’ annual Founder’s Day program honors the birth of  Charles Lewis Cocke, who was born on February 21, 1820.  Cocke was a young mathematics professor from Richmond, Va., who, at the age of 19, wrote that he wished to dedicate himself to the “higher education of women in the South.” Within a few years Cocke fulfilled that dream by accepting the position offered him as principal of the institute, which would become Hollins College. The motivating force behind the first women’s college in Virginia and one of the first in the nation,  Cocke is properly known as the founder of Hollins.

Candice Ransom M.A. ’07, who has published 110 books for children and young adults, was the guest speaker at this year’s Founder’s Day convocation, which was held in duPont Chapel. Ransom, who earned her master of arts degree in children’s literature from Hollins,  delivered an address on beloved children’s book author and Hollins alumna Margaret Wise Brown, whom Hollins is celebrating with a yearlong festival through June 2012. Here is the text of her remarks.

Prior to the convocation, members of the senior class and a member of the campus community chosen by that class  processed to the Cocke family cemetery at the southeast end of campus and placed a wreath on Charles Lewis Cocke’s grave. The class of 2012 selected Associate Professor of History Peter Coogan to accompany them.


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