More than 1,000 alumni, family and friends of the Ervin Scholars Program visited campus Sept. 14–16, 2012, to participate in “Celebrating 25 Years of Excellence: Our Names and Our Stories.”
“Throughout the weekend, we recognized the extraordinary scholars who, in pursuit of academic excellence, service, leadership and diversity, have continued the legacy of Dr. John B. Ervin and Dean James E. McLeod,” says Margaret West, PhD, associate director of the Ervin program.
As dean of the College of Arts & Sciences, McLeod was instrumental in establishing and building the Ervin Scholars Program. Today, it is considered a nationally pre-eminent program that fosters and enhances the overall quality and diversity of Washington University’s student body. McLeod died Sept. 6, 2011, after a two-year battle with cancer.
Scheduled activities during the weekend included an Assembly Series lecture by civil rights pioneer Ruby Nell Bridges. Bridges was the first African-American child to integrate the all-white William Frantz Public School in New Orleans. The Problem We All Live With, a painting by Norman Rockwell, depicts her historic walk to school Nov. 14, 1960.