FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 14, 2003
BIRMINGHAM, Ala.—Birmingham freelance writer, lecturer,
and retired Southern
Progress executive Philip A. Morris will receive Birmingham-Southern
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.
began his long tenure with the magazine in 1969 and also held positions
building and landscape editor and senior design editor among others.
He was an
editor-at-large for Southern Accents, Southern Living, and Coastal Living
Prior to his career at Southern Progress, he was a reporter for
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
City” Interim course in January 2003, and serving as a guest lecturer
various college courses, among other efforts.
His community activities include involvement
with several successful projects
such as renovation of Linn Park, redesign of Birmingham Botanical
restoration of Vulcan Park. He is past president and chairman emeritus of
Operation New Birmingham and received the Alabama Humanities Award
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
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
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
creative works by students and faculty.