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Baruch College Convocation 2009

Baruch College Convocation 2009 was held in Mason Hall on Thursday, August 27. Provost James McCarthy welcomed a full house of freshmen and introduced interim President Stan Altman. Dr. Altman forged a bond with the students by presenting himself as “the freshman President of Baruch College.” He offered his own life and career as a case in point of what can be achieved when one is open to unexpected opportunity. “The story of Baruch College is an example of what can be achieved when one believes the impossible is possible.” he said. Other speakers were Undergraduate Student Government President Tanvir Hossein and author John Elvis Smelcer.

John Elvis Smelcer and President Stan Altman

John Elvis Smelcer and President Stan Altman


Baruch College was pleased to welcome John Elvis Smelcer to provide the 2009 Convocation address. Smelcer is one of the most widely published writers in America. He is the award-winning author of over 40 books, published in an eclectic range of interests. Aside from Smelcer’s many novels and poetry collections, he has published books in history, mythology, anthropology, archaeology, linguistics, as well as anthologies, plays, screenplays, and children’s picture books. His short stories, poems, interviews, and essays -- read by millions -- appear in over 400 magazines and journals worldwide. Many of America’s greatest writers and scholars collaborate with John Smelcer, most recently John Updike with The Binghamton Poems and Noam Chomsky with The Complete Ahtna Poems and The Ahtna Noun Dictionary. His writing has been nominated for dozens of literary awards, and he has won many of them, most recently The James Jones Prize, a prestigious award for the best first novel in the nation; the Kessler Prize for the best book of poetry published in America by a poet over 40. Smelcer's books have been contenders for the Pulitzer Prize, the National Book Award, and the American Book Award.

Event Details:

Thursday, August 27, 2009 at 9 am
Mason Hall Lawrence and Eris Field Building 17 Lexington Avenue, First Floor


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