Entering its 14th year, the Celebration of Teaching and Learning (CTL) annually honors the pursuits of the Mount’s students and faculty. Dr. Maggie Davis, Associate Provost for Academic Support, describes the event as being important “because it allows us to build community and appreciate the good work that takes place in the classroom and beyond.”
During Honors Season, which takes place several months prior to the CTL, students can apply for various honors to be recognized for their academic and service pursuits. There are a variety of student awards—including ones for academics, honor societies, student affairs, and leadership. The deadline for application to the various honors is Feb. 26, 2018, and a full list can be found at www.msj.edu/honorsawards.
Faculty and staff are also honored during the CTL for their efforts in strengthening the educational environment of the students. For the faculty who demonstrate excellence in teaching, students can nominate them to receive the Clifford Award. Other faculty recognition includes the Distinguished Scholar Award for outstanding research, and staff are recognized with Mission awards.
The celebration is meant to showcase the talents of Mount students, as well as the rich educational environment of the Mount. “It recognizes important issues as they relate to our mission—excellence in the classroom, integrating life and learning, and respect and concern for others, the diversity of the ways we support the community, as well as service,” says Davis.
This year’s Celebration takes place April 12. The presentations and recognition ceremonies take place throughout the day, enabling students, faculty, staff, and guests to enjoy as much of the Celebration as they wish. CTL will commence with the Keynote address given by Dr. Robert Bodle, this year’s presenter. Bodle, an associate professor in the Communication and New Media Studies Department, will be discussing his work from the past several years in relation to user privacy on the Internet. The presentation, titled “An Unexamined Life Is Worth Living: Surveillance and Freedom in a Digital Age,” will take place from 9:25-10:40 a.m. and will include an interactive session with questions and concerns from the audience.
Following the Keynote, breakout sessions featuring various faculty will take place across campus. Each will present sabbatical or summer grant research, as well as other topics of interest, to anyone interested. Lunch will also be provided in the 5/3rd Dining Hall, and all are invited.
In the afternoon, students, faculty, and staff will be recognized at the Honors Convocation in the University Theatre. A poster session featuring faculty and student presentations will also take place in the Harrington Gym until 4 p.m.
Over the course of the day, the Mount honors and recognizes the achievements of its students, who have dedicated their time and energy toward the pursuit of their education. The event embodies the nature of higher education, as well as celebrating the mission of the Mount as it is carried out by students, faculty, and staff.