Gyurko Honored With Ringing of USS Arizona Bell
The bell of the USS Arizona was rung today to honor Lanin A. Gyurko, a professor in the Spanish and Portuguese department.
The bell â€“ which is rung only on significant occasions in the life of The University of Arizona â€“ is tolled at the Student Union Memorial Center on the third Wednesday of each month during the academic year to recognize faculty, staff, students and alumni for achievements that bring prestige and recognition to themselves and the University.
On Feb. 7, Gyurko was presented with a Homage Volume of writings done in his honor by former students, colleagues, writers, administrators and distinguished academic figures. The project was inspired by Gyurko's former students, who were searching for a meaningful way to honor this sought-after professor.
Individuals from all over the United States flew to Tucson for the presentation. Many of Gyurko's former students maintain contact with him and recommend his courses to others.
Gyurko has devoted his life to teaching, research, publication and mentorship. During his 31 years at the UA, he has served as head of a number of dissertation committees. A widely published author, he also maintains relationships with world renowned writers, such as Carlos Fuentes.
The bell was rung at 12:07 p.m. The time corresponds with the date that the battleship was sunk at Pearl Harbor: Dec. 7, 1941.
For more information, or to submit a nomination, visit the Outstanding University Achievements Web site.