From WGIL radio:
One local official says students can strengthen their own self confidence by celebrating the achievements of other students and alumni at their school. Roger Taylor greeted new and current students as well as faculty Thursday with the Opening Convocation at Knox College.
Taylor says at the school, they nurture academic excellence by recognizing their fellow staff and alumni and says it’s at the core of teaching and learning. Taylor says the staff and students play an integral role in that specific aspect.
“The college can be better than its buildings and facilities,” Taylor told the students. “The college can be better than the administrative team that leads it. But a college can never be better than its faculty.”
Taylor was among the schools officials who recognized some of the staff and students with awards. The Philip Green Wright/Lombard College Prizes for distinguished teaching went to Jeremy Day-O’connell and Steve Fineberg. The Faculity Scholarship Prize for a student who exhibited exceptional academic ability and significantly contributed in extra curricular activities went to Sarah Kurian. The Janet C. Hunter Prizes for salaried and hourly staff went to Scott Sunderland and Pat Pendergast.
74th District State Representative Don Moffitt was on hand for the ceremony and also welcomed the students to the community of Knox and their bigger family in Galesburg.