September 4, 2008
Written by Jessica Benham
In an effort to help incoming freshmen understand the importance of academic integrity, Texas Tech's 2008 University Convocation will host a keynote speaker with years of experience on the topic. Melora Sundt, associate dean of academic affairs at the University of Southern California's Rossier School of Education, will focus her speech on Texas Tech's Statement of Ethical Principles and the Strive for Honor initiatives. University Convocation will be held at 5 p.m. Tuesday (Sept. 9), in the United Spirit Arena. Guy Bailey, president of Texas Tech University, will welcome new students to the university community. Tara Miller, senior associate at the Center for Campus Life, said that Sundt was highly recommended from the Provost's Office as a person who has great experience in issues of academic honesty. "This year, the keynote speech will focus on academic integrity and will encourage students, in all they do, to strive for honor," she said. Convocation is a university-wide ceremony that celebrates the beginning of the academic year and officially welcomes all new students. At the conclusion of the ceremony, faculty, students and staff are invited to attend the President's Picnic, which is held on the student recreation center rugby fields on the east side of the United Spirit Arena. Food is free to all in attendance. CONTACT: Tara Miller, associate director, Center for Campus Life, Texas Tech University, (806) 742-5402, or firstname.lastname@example.org.