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Program unveiled, tickets to be distributed for inauguration
STANFORD -- Staff and student tickets for the Friday, Oct. 2, inauguration of Gerhard Casper as Stanford's ninth president will be distributed on Tuesday and Wednesday, Sept. 29-30, organizers of the event have announced.
Classes, which start Sept. 30, will not be held on the day of the inauguration, Registrar Jack Farrell said.
The morning's events are intended to be unpretentious, campus-oriented, and with a definite nod toward the performing arts. Casper's speech is expected to center on academic issues.
"President Casper has the student community, and particularly his fellow entering students, at the heart of his inauguration address," said Stephen Peeps, director of the inauguration committee and associate vice president for development. "He also hopes to have as many staff members as possible present."
For that reason, supervisors are being asked to release as many employees as they can to attend the event.
A total of about 8,000 tickets will be available at three locations on both days. From 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., and from 4 to 6 p.m., employees and students can pick up one ticket per Stanford identification card at booths in White P laza. (ID cards will be punched with the issuance of each ticket.)
SLAC staff can get tickets from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the personnel department on both days. Hospital employees can pick up tickets from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the hospital's human resources office. Employees of Lucile Salter Packa rd Children's Hospital can get their tickets at the main hospital, using Packard IDs, but can only obtain one ticket at a time.
Ticket distribution was delayed so that students would have equal access, Peeps said. Members of the Academic Council were invited in a separate process, since faculty were encouraged to participate in the procession at Frost A mphitheater. Among the faculty participating will be Dr. Regina Casper, professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences, and the new president's wife.
Faculty tickets have been mailed directly.
The inauguration and investiture ceremony is scheduled to start at 9:30 a.m. Attendees are being asked to be in their seats by 9:15 a.m. Gates to Frost open at 8:30 a.m.
Parking near Frost will be limited. On both Oct. 1 and 2, the following streets will be blocked to parking: Lasuen between Campus Drive and the Littlefield Center, and Museum and Roth from Palm to Lasuen.
Inauguration program set
The program's prelude music, Chameleon, was composed and will be performed by Kwame Yao Anku, a student in African and African-American Studies. The Inauguration Processional was composed for the occasion and will be conducted by Arthur P. Barnes, professor of music and director of bands. It will be performed by the Stanford Brass Ensemble. Organist Kimberly Marshall, assistant professor of music, will play A Stanford Fanfare composed for the occasion by Jod y D. Rockmaker, assistant professor of music, composition and theory.
After the procession, there will be an invocation by Diana D. Akiyama, associate dean of Memorial Church, and a welcome by President Emeritus Donald Kennedy, the Bing Professor of Environmental Studies.
The Stanford String Quartet then will perform Quartet in D Major, Opus 20, No. 4, by Franz Joseph Haydn. After a reading from the writings of Jane Lathrop Stanford, delivered by Patricia L. Ryan, senior lecturer in acting, dram a department, Provost Gerald J. Lieberman will introduce John Freidenrich, chairman of the Board of Trustees, who will conduct the investiture.
Casper will then make his inaugural address to the Stanford community.
After the 20-minute address, the combined Stanford choral organizations will perform Mendelssohn's Festival Song: To the Artists, conducted by Gregory A. Wait, senior lecturer in music.
President Emeritus Richard W. Lyman, the J.E. Wallace Sterling Professor in the Humanities Emeritus, will make closing remarks. The Stanford Hymn will be followed by the benediction, by Robert C. Gregg, dean of the chapel.
March to Quad
Recessional music will be played by the Stanford Brass Ensemble, and there will be a performance by Timothy Zerlang, university carillonneur, as the audience joins in the recessional as it proceeds to the Inner Quad for a commu nity reception.
The audience is encouraged to follow the recessional to the Inner Quad through Littlefield and the Memorial Court, Peeps said.
"And anyone who can't make it to the inauguration is definitely encouraged to come to the reception," he added.
The reception and receiving line will be a chance for the entire campus community to meet the Caspers as well as John and Jill Freidenrich. During the reception, a celebration of the arts at Stanford will take place in the Inne r Quad (see accompanying story), Memorial Church will be open to visitors for the first time since the October 1989 earthquake, and the Anderson Print Collection will be on view in the nearby Art Gallery.
The reception is scheduled to last from 10:45 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. Light refreshments will be served.
Casper, a professor of law, has been president since he succeeded Kennedy on Sept. 1. He previously was provost at the University of Chicago. He announced a reorganization of the Stanford administration on Sept. 9 and will make his first appearance at a meeting of the Stanford Faculty Senate on Thursday, Oct. 8.
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