A reception is set for Monday, Aug. 22, to honor David A. Shapiro, WCU’s Robert Lee Madison Professor of Communication Sciences and Disorders and recipient of the 2016 Oliver Max Gardner Award, the most prestigious honor presented to faculty by the University of North Carolina system.
The event will be held from 5 to 6:30 p.m. in the Grandroom of A.K. Hinds University Center.
Shapiro received the award from UNC President Margaret Spellings and UNC Board of Governors Chairman Lou Bissette during a meeting of the board in May.
The honor, established through the will of North Carolina Governor O. Max Gardner and presented since 1949, recognizes faculty who have “made the greatest contribution to the welfare of the human race.”
As a speech-language pathologist and board-certified specialist in fluency and fluency disorders, Shapiro has given the gift of unimpeded communication to thousands of people who stutter by helping them achieve fluency of speech. His work has taken him to six continents for both research and service delivery, and he has been honored for his efforts by state, national and international associations. As president of the International Fluency Association, he expanded the organization’s membership from just the United States and United Kingdom to countries around the globe.
Shapiro is profiled in the latest issue of the university magazine.
Those planning to attend the reception are asked to RSVP by 5 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 18, by emailing email@example.com.
By Randall Holcombe