Founders Week
September 14-20, 2003

Alumni and friends celebrated the 150th anniversary of the University's founding by commemorating the past and reflecting upon the University's important role in the future. An entire week of special events and activities featured the 150th Birthday Party on September 14 and Founders Day on September 20, and much in between.

Graduate students presented "The Mad Hatter's Tea Party" outdoors during the Birthday Party.

Ted Drewes (second from right), A.B. '50, of Ted Drewes Frozen Custard, created "Ses-quetes"—a special concoction in honor of the University's Sesquicentennial. Jacqueline Ulin (right), A.B. '97, J.D. '01, helped him serve the special Birthday Party treats.








Another Birthday Party specialty, Gerald L. Early (center), the Merle Kling Professor of Modern Letters, read stories to children in Olin Library.

Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Thomas Friedman opened this year's Assembly Series during Founders Week; he'll be back on campus as the Commencement keynote speaker in May.

As part of the Birthday Party, the Chinese Student and Scholar Association presented a musical stage show of traditional Chinese fashions in Edison Theatre.

  Founders Day

More than 800 guests attended the annual Founders Day dinner September 20 at the America's Center, where distinguished alumni and faculty were honored:

Distinguished Alumni Awards
Geoffrey E.H. Ballard, Ph.D. '63
Norman Foster, B.S. '60, M.S. '64
Caryn Mandabach, A.B. '71
Melvin L. Oliver, M.A. '74, Ph.D. '77
Harry J. Seigle, A.B. '68
Bennett A. Shaywitz, A.B. '44, M.D. '63

Distinguished Faculty Awards
Jay R. Turner, D.Sc. '93, associate professor of chemical engineering

William E. Wallace, the Barbara Murphy Bryant Distinguished Professor of Art History

Alison J. Whelan, M.D. '86, associate professor of medicine

Peter J. Wiedenbeck, professor of law

Robert S. Brookings Awards
Sam Fox, B.S.B.A. '51
Jack C. Taylor, BU44