Former UR President Thomas H. Jackson was recognized as a Distinguished University Professor in a ceremony last Wednesday.

Upon Jackson’s announcement to step down as the university president last year, the Board of Trustees began a drive to create a professorship in his name.

“Endowed chairs are critical to the success of a great research university,” Board Chairman G. Robert Witmer Jr. said in his opening remarks.

The Jackson chair was endowed by the Board of Trustees along with other members of the university community.

“It is safe to say that just as great cathedrals are built brick by brick, great universities are built chair by chair,” UR President Joel Seligman said in his remarks honoring Jackson.

The ceremony honored Jackson for his legal scholarship. Before coming to UR, he was dean of the law school and provost at the University of Virginia. He also worked as an academic administrator, teacher and legal professional.

“No longer the president, he is still the consummate scholar,” Trustee Robert Goergen said.Sorority fundraising events raise money for charityDelta Gamma Sorority held its annual Anchor Splash fundraiser on Sunday, raising money to donate to the Delta Gamma National Foundation, in addition to the Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired.

Both organizations help the blind and visually impaired achieve success and independence in their lives.

In a change from previous years, the Midnight Ramblers a capella group sang the national anthem to open the competition, which involved 13 teams competing in various aquatic events at the Zornow Center in the Goergen Athletic Center.

These events included such races as the 200-yard freestyle relay, the underwater relay, and the medley relay.

Joining these more traditional swimming events were synchronized swimming and a sweatshirt relay, in addition to a banner and spirit contest.

The Anchor Splash event charged $30 for each team that registered, and charged admission in addition to selling raffle tickets to raise money for donations.

The 13 teams were composed of eight to ten members each.

The winning team in the contest won two large pizzas, ten certificates for free ice cream sundaes at Abbots and ten free games of bowling.

There were other prizes raffled off at the event, including a $30 gift certificate to Dick’s Sporting Goods and two free tickets to the Little Theatre.

Kappa Delta Sorority held their Shamrock performance show last Wednesday in Strong Auditorium, raising $1,500 for the Mt. Hope Family Center and Prevent Child Abuse America.

Groups performing at the event included the Bhangra team, the Ballet Performance Group, the Midnight Ramblers, Off-Broadway On-Campus, the Vocal Point women’s a capella group and the Strong Jugglers.

“We were really proud of this year’s show,” sophomore and Kappa Delta Vice President of Public Relations Jen Balaban said. “We would like to thank all of the groups that performed for such a great cause.”

Tickets to the show were $5 and all proceeds went to the two charities. Reporting by Bonnie Jarrett and Matt Majarian.

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