Senator Sam Nunn to Receive The Ivan Allen Jr. Prize for Progress and Service

The Impact of Terrorism on Society

The Ivan Allen College, the liberal arts college of Georgia Tech, honors Sam Nunn, co-chairman and chief executive officer of the Nuclear Threat Initiative (NTI) and former U.S. Senator, with the 2004 Ivan Allen Jr. Prize for Progress and Service on Monday, March 22 at 1 p.m. After the award presentation, Senator Nunn will give a keynote address about "America's Security Challenges." Nunn joins past recipients of the Prize: Senator Zell Miller in 2001, President Jimmy Carter in 2002, and syndicated columnist Molly Ivins in 2003. The program takes place at the Georgia Tech Hotel & Conference Center ballroom on the Georgia Tech campus. Doors will open at 12:50 p.m. The public is invited to attend.

The College will also present for the first time three new Ivan Allen Jr. Legacy Awards. Sponsored by Ivan Allen Workspace, the new awards honor the memory of Ivan Allen Jr., (1911-2003), Atlanta's legendary former mayor, businessman, and Tech alumnus, who served as mayor from 1962-70. The Legacy Awards will be awarded to one student, one faculty member and one alumnus who exemplify the qualities for which Ivan Allen was known.

In addition, Ivan Allen College celebrates its Founder's Day on March 22 by presenting two enlightening panel discussions featuring a number of high-profile experts. The morning panel on "A Retrospective Look at the Mayoralty of Ivan Allen Jr." will take place at 10 a.m. in the Global Learning & Conference Center, room 236. Participants for the morning panel include: Dr. Ronald H. Bayor, professor of history in the School of History, Technology, and Society at Georgia Tech and founding and current editor of the Journal of American Ethnic History; Paul Hemphill, co-author of Ivan Allen's autobiography entitled Mayor: Notes on the Sixties; Dr. Georgia A. Persons, professor of political science in Georgia Tech's School of Public Policy; Dr. Clarence Stone, research professor of public policy and political science, George Washington University and Professor Emeritus at the University of Maryland. Dr. Andy Ambrose, deputy director and chief operating officer of the Atlanta History Center, will moderate the panel.

The afternoon panel discussion on "The Impact of Terrorism on Society: Global Perspectives" at 2:30 p.m. in the Global Learning & Conference Center, room 236, features a diverse panel of international experts including Gilles Andreani, head, Policy Planning Staff, French Foreign Ministry, Uday Bhaskar, deputy director, Institute of Defense Studies and Analysis (IDSA), India; Lawrence Papay, vice president for the Integrated Solutions Sector, Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC); and Robert J. Ursano, chair, Department of Psychiatry, Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences. Dr. Susan Cozzens, professor of the School of Public Policy at Georgia Tech, will moderate.

Today as co-chairman and chief executive officer of the Nuclear Threat Initiative (NTI), Nunn works to reduce the global threats from nuclear, biological and chemical weapons. He brings to this mission his extensive experience as a U.S. Senator from Georgia for 24 years (1972-1996).

During his tenure in the U.S. Senate, Nunn served as chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee and the Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations. He also served on the Intelligence and Small Business Committees. His legislative achievements include the landmark Department of Defense Reorganization Act, drafted with the late Senator Barry Goldwater, and the Nunn-Lugar Cooperative Threat Reduction Program, which provides assistance to Russia and the former Soviet republics for securing and destroying their excess nuclear, biological and chemical weapons.

In addition to his work with NTI, Nunn has continued his service in the public policy arena as a distinguished professor in the Sam Nunn School of International Affairs at Georgia Tech and as chairman of the board of the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, D.C. Nunn recently retired as a partner in the law firm of King & Spalding.

Raised in the small town of Perry in middle Georgia, Nunn attended Georgia Tech, Emory University and Emory Law School, where he graduated with honors in 1962. After active duty service in the U.S. Coast Guard, he served six years in the U.S. Coast Guard Reserve. He first entered politics as a member of the Georgia House of Representatives in 1968.

Ivan Allen College is named for the late Ivan Allen Jr., who represented the essence of "the new South" and, among other things, is credited with helping ease racial tension in Atlanta during his two terms as mayor. Each year in March-coinciding with Mayor Allen's birthday-the College honors its namesake by presenting the Ivan Allen Jr. Prize for Progress and Service to a distinguished public figure.

Ivan Allen College, the liberal arts college of Georgia Tech, was founded in 1990 to provide a strong liberal arts dimension for all Tech students and to permit focused majors in humanities and social sciences, with an international, technological and professional emphasis. Ivan Allen College includes the Schools of Economics; History, Technology and Society; the Sam Nunn School of International Affairs; Literature, Communication and Culture; Modern Languages; and Public Policy as well as Air Force, Army, and Navy Reserve Officers' Training Corps (ROTC) units.

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