Stevens will mark a significant moment in its 141-year history this fall, when it holds a three-day celebration to officially welcome its seventh president.
The inauguration of Dr Nariman Farvardin will take the spotlight during Presidential Inauguration events, scheduled for Oct. 13, 14 and 15, that will feature a series of events open to alumni, students, families and friends of Stevens.
Among the events will be the official swearing in of Dr. Farvardin on Friday, Oct. 14, at 2 p.m. inside Canavan Arena. Dr. Farvardin, the former provost at the University of Maryland and former dean of the university’s A. James Clark School of Engineering, officially took office on July 1.
To register for Inauguration events and for more information and a full list of events, visit the Stevens Presidential Inauguration website at www.stevens.edu/inauguration.
The Inauguration events vary from the relaxed to the formal and include an Academic Colloquium, “Excellence Through Innovation,” with U.S. Secretary of Energy Dr. Steven Chu and Bell Labs President Dr. Jeong Kim as guest speakers; and the Presidential Inauguration Gala, a formal dinner dance celebrating Dr. Farvardin as well as recipients of the Stevens Honor Award and the Charles V. Schaefer, Jr. Entrepreneur Award. J. Scott Swensen ’74, chairman of Conduit Capital Partners, will receive the Stevens Honor Award, and John G. Puente, M.S. ’60, director of Micros Systems, will be honored with the Schaefer Entrepreneur Award at this event that also honors members of the Edwin A. Stevens Society.
Saturday, Oct. 15, will also feature Stevens’ annual Homecoming, with the Stevens Athletics Hall of Fame Brunch, where new members will be inducted; a community barbecue; sports games; and Greek open houses during the day. Dr. Farvardin will also meet with alumni at a reception for alumni and freshmen parents on Saturday afternoon.
Each of the inauguration events is designed to bring the Stevens community together to celebrate, converse and interact with Dr. Farvardin and his family as well as with the prominent guest speakers, University officials commented.
Here are just a few more highlights of this historic weekend:
- Thursday, Oct. 13, 3 to 5 p.m., Student Research Colloquium, Babbio Center. This event will present an open forum showcasing undergraduate and doctoral students’ summer research findings from Stevens scholars and fellowship programs.
- Friday, Oct. 14, 9 a.m. to noon, Academic Colloquium, De Baun Auditorium. This colloquium, “Excellence Through Innovation,” will feature guest speakers Dr. Chu and Dr. Kim and focus on the impact of innovation and entrepreneurship. The event will explore how technology transfer and its consequential entrepreneurial skillset and knowledge enhance the classroom experience and the university community at large.
- Saturday, Oct. 15, 3 to 5 p.m., Samuel C. Williams Library. Alumni can meet Dr. Farvardin at this President’s Reception for both alumni and freshmen parents. The event will also include Stevens student performances.