Twenty-Fourth Annual Scottish Heritage Awards Banquet at St. Andrews University April 5
Laurinburg, N.C. - St. Andrews University will present The Flora MacDonald Award and Scottish Heritage Center Service Award during the 24th Annual Scottish Heritage Awards Banquet on April 5.
June Skinner Sawyers will be receiving the Flora MacDonald Award while Dr. John Sprague will receive the Scottish Heritage Center Service Award.
A native of Glasgow, Sawyers is the author or editor of more than 20 books and published essays dealing with Scottish and Celtic topics. Her latest work, Bearing the People Away: The Portable Highland Clearances Companion is expected shortly. Later this year, she will present a paper on the country songs of Bruce Springsteen at the International Country Music Conference in Nashville. She teaches at Newberry Library in Chicago.
“She is being honored for her many years of writing, publishing, speaking and numerous educational efforts which have helped to bring awareness of Scottish and Celtic history and culture into the American mainstream,” said Scottish Heritage Center Director Bill Caudill.
Sawyers will also be making two presentations over the weekend. The Last of the Clans – the Art and Iconography of the Highland Clearances will be presented Friday while Lay Down Your Weary Tune – Dylan, Scotland and the Ballad Tradition will close out the presentations on Saturday.
“Dr. Sprague recently retired after 40 years of service as the Director of the North Carolina State University Pipes and Drums,” said Caudill. “He co-founded the organization as a student and has consistently provided quality musical education and leadership for dozens of students, alumni and community members over the years. Under his leadership, the NC State University Pipes and Drums have continued to thrive and provide quality Scottish music to the Greater Triangle as well as the NC State campus.”
In addition to the announced awards, the Highland Award will be given to outstanding Scots with ancestral ties to the Highland Settlement of the Carolinas. Started in 2000, the award has been presented each year as a surprise to the recipient or recipients.
The awards are a part of the annual Scottish Heritage Weekend at the University. Originally founded in 1989 as a celebration of the 250th anniversary of the coming of the first group of Highland Scots to North Carolina, the “Our Scottish Heritage” Symposium provides an unparalleled opportunity for persons interested in Scottish and Scottish-American history and culture to learn from the top scholars in their fields. The Charles Bascombe Shaw Memorial Scottish Heritage Symposium continues this forum for study and interaction for anyone interested in Scottish history, culture and tradition.
The weekend includes presentations by the Lord Rector of the University of St. Andrews Scotland Alistair Moffat, Dr. David Caldwell, Dr. Gerard Carruthers and Sawyers Friday and Saturday. Saturday’s festivities also include a free concert by the St. Andrews University Pipe Band and Concert Choir. “A Musical Celebration of National Tartan Day” will take place in Avinger Auditorium and include the music of Scotland.
The final event of the weekend is the annual Kirkin’ of the Tartans Worship Service at Laurinburg Presbyterian Church on Sunday morning.
For a full schedule of events and registration information, please go to http://www.sapc.edu/shc/scottishheritagesymposium.php or call the Scottish Heritage Center at 910-277-5236. Email reservations are also taken at email@example.com. Please remember to include Scottish Heritage in the subject line and include names of all participants. The deadline to register is March 29.
About St. Andrews University
St. Andrews is a student and teaching-focused University which offers a broad range of undergraduate majors in a curriculum that is global in scope and practical in its application. St. Andrews has added a first graduate level program with a Masters in Business Administration. The quality of the St. Andrews educational experience has been recognized by U.S. News and World Report, The Princeton Review, and GI Jobs among others. In addition to its academic programs, the University has an acclaimed university press, men’s and women’s athletic teams, a nationally competitive equestrian program, and an award-winning pipe band. St. Andrews is a branch of Webber International University, Florida. Further information may be obtained by visiting the University’s website www.sapc.edu, calling 800-763-0198, or sending an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.