Kellogg Kicks Off 175th Year with Focus on Namesakes...
John Emory and Patrick Henry would be pleased with the college that bears their names, according to a long-time Emory & Henry College religion professor who spoke Tuesday evening (view photo album).
Emory & Henry, as it did 175 years ago when it began, lives up to its calling to seek educational excellence through an emphasis on vital piety and civic virtue, according to Dr. Fred Kellogg, who spoke at the College’s academic convocation, which kicked off a year-long celebration of the institution’s 175-year anniversary.
Keeping in mind the influence of John Emory, the College emphasizes vital piety through the teaching and research of religion which is integrated across the curriculum. While welcoming students from all faith communities, Kellogg said Emory & Henry is “not trying to give you the answers, but is trying to help you in your own quest.”
The College exercises Patrick Henry’s commitment to civic virtue through the Appalachian Center for Community Service and the Public Policy & Community Service degree program as well as through the integration of service learning in all parts of the curriculum.
Kellogg’s speech underscored a main theme of the 175th anniversary: Emory & Henry is distinguished by the symbolism of its namesakes and has remained true throughout its history to the calling suggested by those names.
Throughout the 2011-12 academic year, Emory & Henry will be returning to this theme under the banner “Legacy & Vision: Timeless Quality Since 1836” and during a variety of events, including an Oct. 13 keynote address, which will be delivered by world-renowned historian Doris Kearns Goodwin.
During Tuesday’s convocation, Emory & Henry also recognized four individuals for their accomplishments as E&H teachers and administrators: Dr. Felicia Mitchell, was honored with The William Carrington Finch Award for Faculty Excellence; Jamie Smyth, the director of publications, received The Earnest E. and Elizabeth C. Maiden Award, in recognition of distinctive contributions to the College; Dr. Laura Hainesworth of the Chemistry Department, was honored with the Exemplary Teaching Award; and Dr. Teresa Keller of the Mass Communications Department was awarded the Faculty Travel Grant.