“Today we celebrate some of the best of our student body and our faculty here on campus, and some of the members of our alumni body who are making a difference in the wider world,” President Sean Decatur said to open Kenyon’s 2022 Honors Day Convocation. The ceremony, held in Rosse Hall the morning of April 19, recognized two outstanding members of the College’s faculty with Trustee Teaching Excellence Awards. James P. Finn ’70, a member of the Board of Trustees, presented the awards to Professor of Dance Julie Brodie and Assistant Professor of Arabic Qussay Al-Attabi.
Al-Attabi was praised by his nominators for his ability to “skillfully harmonize intellectual rigor and generosity of spirit” and for having “a sharp mind and a generous heart.” In nominating Brodie for the award, one student noted that she “opened my eyes to a whole different world … I learned to let go; to be more expressive and to take chances.”
The monetary award, established by the Board in 1999 to annually honor both senior and junior faculty members who demonstrate excellence inside and outside of the classroom, was just the first of many to be presented at the annual event celebrating achievements by students, faculty and other members of the Kenyon community.