FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 25, 2003
BIRMINGHAM, Ala.—Birmingham freelance writer, lecturer,
and retired Southern Progress executive Philip A. Morris will receive
Birmingham-Southern College's Medal of Service during its
annual Honors Day Convocation April 22 at 10:30 a.m. in Munger
Hall Auditorium on campus.
The Medal of Service recognizes Morris' contributions
to the welfare of Birmingham-Southern and the Birmingham community.
Morris was executive editor of Southern Living magazine from
1976-91. He began his long tenure with the magazine in 1969 and
also held positions as building
and landscape editor and senior design editor among others. He was an editor-at-large
for Southern Accents, Southern Living, and Coastal Living from 1991-2000.
Prior to his career at Southern Progress, he was a reporter for
The Oklahoma Journal, The Daily Oklahoman, and Oklahoma City Times.
Morris' service to Birmingham-Southern includes as a member of the Campus
Plan and Beautification committees, planning and leading an “Experiencing
the City” Interim course in January 2003, and serving as a guest lecturer
for various college courses, among other efforts.
His community activities include involvement
with several successful projects such as renovation of Linn Park,
redesign of Birmingham
and restoration of Vulcan Park. He is past president and chairman emeritus
of Operation New Birmingham and received the Alabama Humanities Award in
1994 and the American Society of Landscape Architects Professional
Award in Communications
for “Designs on Birmingham” in 1990.
Morris received his bachelor's degree
in English literature from Rockhurst College and was
a Loeb Fellow at the Harvard University Graduate School
of Design where he studied urban design.
Honors Day is a celebration of the year's
academic accomplishments at Birmingham-Southern. In addition
to the convocation which will include a processional
of graduating seniors and faculty in cap and gown, the day will feature academic
awards presented to outstanding students in each of the six academic divisions,
a luncheon, and a demonstration of scholarship and creative works by students