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April 22, 2004

U.S. Senator To Address Trinity University Undergraduates

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SAN ANTONIO — Trinity University will hold two commencement exercises on Saturday, May 15, conferring degrees upon 80 graduate students and 492 undergraduates. U.S. Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas) and a Trinity graduate from the class of 1973, will deliver the commencement address to undergraduates. Walter R. Huntley Jr., president of Huntley & Associates of Atlanta, and a member of the Board of Trustees, will address graduate students. Mr. Huntley graduated from Trinity in 1971 and 1973.

Commencement for students receiving master’s degrees in arts, teaching, accounting, and health care administration is at 9 a.m. in the Margarite B. Parker Chapel. No tickets are necessary for admission. The ceremony for undergraduates is at 10:30 a.m. in Laurie Auditorium, where seating is limited and tickets are required for guests and relatives of candidates for Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science, and Bachelor of Music degrees.

In addition to Senator Cornyn, a graduating senior will speak at Trinity’s undergraduate ceremony. Helen Orr of Pampa, Texas, who is majoring in religion with a minor in psychology, will address the assembly. At Trinity, she is president of the Blue Key honor fraternity, has been a resident assistant with the campus residential life staff during her junior and senior years, and was co-creator of a date rape education project for first-year orientation. In addition, Ms. Orr has been a peer leader for a study of body image among sorority members and served as a peer tutor and teaching assistant in the religion department. This spring, she received the Presidential Award of Excellence from John R. Brazil, president of Trinity, in recognition of her willingness to “give unselfishly of her time to the University to make it a better place to live.” The daughter of Dawson and Carol Orr of Pampa, she is a graduate of Pampa High School.

Also during the undergraduate ceremony, the Dr. and Mrs. Z.T. Scott Faculty Fellowship Award will be announced recognizing a faculty member who has demonstrated excellence in teaching and advising students. Mike Bacon ’89, president of the Trinity University Alumni Association, also will welcome the new graduates into the association.

Senator Cornyn was attorney general of Texas when he decided in 2002 to run for the United States Senate to replace Sen. Phil Gramm, who did not seek reelection. Previously, Senator Cornyn was a state district judge in Bexar County from 1985-90 and a member of the Texas Supreme Court from 1991-97. During those judicial years, Senator Cornyn earned a reputation as a staunch conservative who believes strongly in traditional American values. After graduating from Trinity with a degree in journalism, he went on to earn a law degree at St. Mary’s University.

In the Senate, he serves on the Senate Committee on the Judiciary, the Armed Services Committee, the Environment and Public Works Committee, and the Senate Budget Committee. He sponsored the Border Security and Immigration Reform Act of 2003 to try to improve the nation’s immigration system. Senator Cornyn, who grew up in a military family, also is interested in providing the best training and equipment for the armed forces.

Mr. Huntley is an Atlanta consultant whose firm specializes in business and economic development projects in both the public and private sectors. He was president of the Atlanta Economic Development Corp. from 1986 to 1996 and promoted economic development projects to create and retain jobs, thus strengthening and expanding the city’s tax base. Under his leadership, the agency initiated a wide range of development projects, including industrial, office, mixed-use, downtown, and neighborhood revitalization – projects whose value exceeds $500 million. Previously, he served in the administration of Atlanta Mayor Maynard Jackson and in the cabinets of former mayors Bill Campbell and Andrew Young. He is a member of numerous business and civic organizations in Atlanta, and is on Board of Trustees at Trinity.  In 1971, Mr. Huntley earned a bachelor’s degree in biology, and he was awarded a master’s degree in urban studies from Trinity in 1973.

Trinity University is a nationally recognized liberal arts and sciences institution noted for its exceptional faculty and commitment to the comprehensive preparation of its talented student body. It is a learning community that has charted its course with a steadfast commitment to excellence since it was founded in 1869.

Media note: A media availability with Senator Cornyn will be scheduled closer to the graduation date. Trinity’s Office of Public Relations will notify your news organization of the time and place.

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