The name “Robin” hangs from the heights of one of the University of North Dakota’s newest, tallest and most cutting-edge campus buildings.
This weekend a grand gesture will be returned, when the honorary title of “Doctor of Letters” will hang from the personal walls of the building’s namesakes.
Seymour “Si” Robin and Mary “Betty” E. Bazar Robin will be presented with honorary doctorate degrees at UND’s Spring Commencement Ceremony, to be held the afternoon of May 12.
The Robins, who own and oversee the California-based aerospace antenna manufacturing company Sensor Systems, Inc., were the pivotal benefactors behind the design and construction of Robin Hall. Si and Betty were there, nearly two years ago, to help cut the ribbon on the soaring $22 million building that now serves as home base to UND Aerospace’s pioneering work in unmanned and autonomous systems.
“UND Aerospace and its great, capable people are very close to our hearts,” said Si Robin, CEO and executive vice president of Sensor Systems, Inc. “Betty and I are deeply honored to receive this recognition and would like to thank the University for everything it does to educate, prepare and train the next generation of aviation and aerospace leaders.”
“The contributions by Si and Betty added another first to UND’s long string of firsts in unmanned education and research – the first academic building devoted to unmanned,” said UND President Mark Kennedy, adding that the Robins’ strong support is made more amazing by the fact that they have no ties to the University, or even the state.
“For so passionately sharing our purpose to be an engine of opportunity for our students, state and nation by advancing our signature aerospace programs,” Kennedy continued, “they will be appropriately honored by the University of North Dakota.”