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UND Honors Dr. Connie Bateman, Endowed Morrison Fellow

At the 11th Annual Morrison Leadership Summit, the University recognized Morrison Fellow thanks the Morrisons’ who endowed the position.

Photo by Shawna Noel Schill

Investiture Ceremonies have a long history, rooted back nearly a thousand years. Dr. Connie Bateman was celebrated on Oct. 4 for being named to an endowed fellowship position, one of academia’s highest honors.

Some 100 people attended the 11th Annual Morrison Leadership Summit, which was held in the Barry Auditorium at Nistler Hall on campus. Some guests were donors of endowed positions, including Barbara Morrison, wife of the late Dale Morrison. Others invited included students, faculty, staff, campus leadership, alumni, and friends of the Nistler College of Business and Public Administration.

Investiture has a long history. Investiture comes from the Latin words for “dress in robes,” and like the knighthood rituals it’s modeled after, the ceremony is meant to confer the authority and symbols of high office.

In this case, Dr. Connie Bateman was formally “invested” in her endowed Morrison Fellowship.