Charlie Sheen will be honored at Syracuse University next Wednesday for his recent accomplishments in the field of social media and communications.
The S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications and The Tully Center for Free Speech will present the former Two and a Half Men actor with an honorary degree from Syracuse University.
Sheen will accept the award and take part in a Q&A session at 2:30 p.m. in the Joyce Hergenhan Auditorium of Newhouse 3. Overflow seating will be available in the Legal Seafoods area of Newhouse 3, and the event will be broadcast live through the university website.
The social media magnate recently set a Guinness World Record for the fastest climb to a million Twitter followers — in a grand total of 25 hours and 17 minutes, between March 1 and 2.
While known for movies such as Major League, Platoon and Wall Street, Sheen's place in popular culture history may be marked for popularizing such terms as "tiger blood" and "winning."
"Charlie Sheen truly exemplifies our university's commitment to community engagement and Scholarship in Action," according to an official SU press release. "Honoring Sheen is another milestone in Syracuse University's gleaming path of educating our students to lead the way into the golden age of the online time of digital information."
Sheen's nationwide tour, "My Violent Torpedo of Truth/Defeat is Not An Option," is set to begin Saturday in Detroit. Last year, he was the highest paid actor on television. But Sheen's career is in limbo after being fired from CBS's top-rated Two and a Half Men.
Roy Gutterman, director of The Tully Center for Free Speech, said the center has been trying for weeks to bring Sheen to campus. He declined to disclose the amount SU agreed to pay Sheen for his speaking engagement.
"The value of Charlie's presence on the SU campus is priceless for our students," Gutterman said. "He truly personifies the free speech values of the Tully Center. We feel very privileged and honored that Charlie is bringing his tiger blood to campus to accept this award.
"Duh, Syracuse is winning."
The NewsHouse wants to know what you think about the university recognizing the Two and a Half Men actor for his social media success.
Send us your reactions and thoughts and we'll include them in a special collector's edition of The NewsHouse that will go live on Wednesday when Sheen arrives, followed by 24/7 coverage of his campus vist.