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Celebrating our eMERITus faculty
This morning, it was a pleasure to celebrate our emeritus faculty members with our annual breakfast and “state of the College” address by Dean Hauser. This annual gathering is always enlightening, as the emeritus faculty seem to always give the Dean a good workout in fielding questions about the College and what is happening around campus – and a lively and thought provoking discussion always ensues.
In preparing my remarks for breakfast, I was curious to see how Merriam-Webster’s dictionary defined “emeritus.” According to Webster, emeritus is defined as holding after retirement an honorary title corresponding to that held last during active service.” For a moment, I had to pause and read that definition again. Frankly, the emeritus faculty I am privileged to know certainly play a role much more prominent in the life of the College than just “honorary” and are certainly very active! Many of these faculty members still come to campus each day, teach courses, conduct research in labs, work with grad students, serve on committees, and many do so without receiving any compensation in return from the University. In addition, these faculty are some of our most loyal advocates and give generous financial support to ensure future excellence in ACES.
So, with no disrespect to Merriam-Webster, I have to suggest an additional definition be added to the word “emeritus” – at least here in the College of ACES. I propose the following: “a title bestowed upon an individual whose life calling is to serve as a teacher, researcher, and mentor to others. A person who gives unwavering amounts of time, energy, and financial resources to the future success and accomplishments of society.” Thank you to our “eMERITus" faculty for all that you do. You have laid a strong foundation for our past successes, but are and will continue to be a key element to tomorrow’s accomplishments.