HACKETTSTOWN, N.J., Feb. 28, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- The Senior Meteorologist for Channel 7 Eyewitness News, Bill Evans, will serve as keynote speaker for Centenary's 137th Spring Commencement on May 12, 2012. He will also receive an honorary Doctorate in Humane Letters from the institution.
As a senior on-air weather personality, Evans has written and produced numerous documentaries on hurricanes, severe weather and its impact on the environment. In the course of his research, he has flown in "Hurricane Hunter" aircraft during major storms. He was presented with the annual Outstanding Meteorologist Award by the National Weather Service for his research and reporting efforts.
All of the books that he has authored have themes related to the environment. Evans' debut novel, Category 7, was published in 2008 and became a New York Times bestseller. His other works include Frozen Fire, Dry Ice and a weather book for children titled It's Raining Fish & Spiders, set for bookstores on April 24, 2012. His fourth novel, Blackmail Earth, is set for release on June 19, 2012.
Evans has won 10 Emmy Awards for his entertaining and informative weather reporting. In addition to his television broadcasting duties, he does the weather for RadioDisney, ESPN Radio, WGCH-AM, WPLJ-FM and appears on ABC radio in major markets throughout the United States, as well as filling in on Good Morning America.
He is a member of the Friars Club and the Washington Speaker's Bureau. A true believer in the importance of community service, Evans is a board member of Leak and Watts Family and Children's Services of the Bronx and Yonkers. He is also an avid supporter and fundraiser for such children's charities as Morgan Stanley Children's Hospital at Columbia Presbyterian, Special Olympics of New York, the National Young Adult Institute, Junior Achievement of New York and Connecticut, Kids in Crisis of Greenwich, Ronald McDonald House, Juvenile Diabetes of New York, Connecticut and New Jersey, Mt. Vernon Hospital and Boy Scouts of America.
"The Centenary community is so pleased that Bill Evans will be serving as the keynote speaker for the 137th Spring Commencement," says Dr. Barbara-Jayne Lewthwaite, Centenary College President. "We all look forward to hearing his inspirational messages for our graduating seniors and hope to continue a long relationship with him."
Evans conducted a book signing of Dry Ice at Centenary in the fall and has plans to return this summer to promote his upcoming titles. Members of the community will be invited to participate in those opportunities.
Centenary College's main campus is located in Hackettstown, N.J., with its equestrian facility in Washington Township (Morris County). The Centenary College School of Professional Studies offers degree programs in three locations: Hackettstown, Parsippany and Edison, and at corporate sites throughout New Jersey. The School of International Programs recruits international students for study at Centenary and Centenary students for study abroad.
SOURCE Centenary College