110 The History of Wake Forest
At the beginning of the aca-
demic year, tennis star Arthur
Ashe was the Opening Convo-
cation speaker on September  5.
In his remarks, he urged the
audience, especially students, to
place academics above athlet-
ics. Anne S. Tillett, former Chair
of the Department of Romance
Languages, was presented the
Jon Reinhardt Award for Dis-
tinguished Teaching during the
Convocation.
The School of Law spon-
sored a forum on the twenty-
fifth anniversary of the passage of
the Civil Rights Act of July 1964.
Entitled “Twenty-Five Years
of the Civil Rights Act: History and Promise,” it was organized by Law Professors
Suzanne Reynolds and Charles Rose and held in Carswell Hall on November 9–10.
The Berlin Wall fell in November 1989, and a colloquium entitled “Springtime of the
Nations: Revolution in Eastern Europe” was held in March 1990.
The Association of Women Faculty and Administrators celebrated its first year.
Founded by Mary DeShazer (English) on the Reynolda Campus and Mariana Mor-
ris (Physiology) at the Medical School, the group had a membership of 135 women
and was open to all interested female faculty and administrators. Bill Joyner recom-
mended that Women’s Studies be included in the special needs category of the capital
campaign set to begin in 1991. The number of black faculty on campus increased to
fourteen, twice as many as in 1987, now making up 4.4 percent of the total faculty,
while blacks represented 8.8 percent of the student body.
On March 7, 1990, the University Senate sent a letter to President Hearn request-
ing the establishment of a committee of students, administrators, and faculty to assess
environmental and conservation problems on campus and to make recommenda-
tions for their remediation. A few years later, an interdisciplinary environmental
studies minor grew out of this initiative. The faculty approved a Russian language
major, which would be offered for the first time in fall 1990. The Art Department
marked its twentieth year with a gallery show featuring works by eighteen alumni of
the department from 1980–1987.
White House Chief of Staff John Sununu was the speaker for Founders’ Day.
He received the honorary degree Doctor of Law. Rhoda Billings was his sponsor and
invested him with the Wake Forest hood. Ed Wilson (English) received the Omicron
Delta Kappa Award for Contributions to Student Life; Steve Boyd (Religion) received
the Reid-Doyle Prize for Excellence in Teaching; Mark Leary (Psychology) received
the Excellence in Research Award; Sarah Watts (History) received the first Sears-
Roebuck Foundation Teaching Excellence and Campus Leadership Award (in the
only year it was given); and Ken Middaugh (Babcock School) received the Graduate
Arthur Ashe’s Opening Convocation speech was
captivating
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