November 3, 2003

Greek System Recognizes Professors

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The annual Greek Faculty Appreciation Reception honored professors from each of the seven colleges for their passion and dedication in their academic field last Thursday at the Alpha Delta Phi fraternity house. Three students were also recognized as Greek scholars for their strong academic record and involvement in extra-curricular activities.

The Panhellenic, Interfraternity and Multicultural Greek Councils chose the theme “Believe!” for this year’s event to describe the inspiration that many professors deliver in the classroom. “Our teachers and our professors are the ones who teach us leadership skills and inspire us to believe in ourselves. [The theme] describes how lucky we are to have such good professors,” said Anar Rathod ’04, Panhellenic executive vice president and co-organizer of the event.

The councils chose the theme based on a similar slogan used in Baltimore. “We got the idea from the Baltimore mayor who came up with it. He posted [this slogan] all over the city. … I read about it and was inspired by the idea,” said David Chalenski ’04, Interfraternity Council executive vice president and co-organizer of the event.

To choose the faculty award recipients, each house nominated a professor from each college. Students were asked to write an essay describing why the professor deserved this honor. “The selection committee [composed of members from each council] chose faculty recipients based on the number of nominations they received and the strength of the essays,” said Lennon Jackson, assistant dean of students. This year’s recipients included Profs. Richard Curtis, Ken Reardon, Karen Graubart, Ken Ackley, Paul Wagner, Kate Walsh, Mary Cassasola and George Boyer.

Katherine Bankert ’05, Kevin Rooney ’04 and Jason Lee ’04 were also chosen as Greek scholar recipients based on their involvement inside and outside of the classroom. This award was based on self-nomination and students submitted a resume and recommendations. Each council chose a recipient for the scholar award. “We selected [the award] based on three qualities: diversity, scholarship and [involvement in] extra-curricular activities,” Chalenski said.

The reception also included a keynote speaker and catered food. The councils selected Prof. Isaac Kramnick, government, to deliver this year’s address. “We asked some of the individuals in fraternity and sorority affairs for people who fit this year’s theme. We choose this professor [to deliver the keynote address] based on the recommendations we received,” Rathod said.

The councils considered this year’s event a success, but are still finding ways to improve the event in future years. “Our goal is to increase faculty participation next year,” Jackson said. “[But] the student committee and students did wonderfully and I’m looking forward for [this event] to be a great success again next year.”

Archived article by Eileen Soltes