Juniors and seniors inducted into Emerson College’s Gold Key Honor Society on April 13 were urged to take their knowledge and intellect and put it toward the greater good.
“You have been educated to serve humanity, and my final, best hope for you is that you come to know in your souls what Plato said in his Republic…that ‘good education makes good people, and good people act nobly,’” President Lee Pelton told students in his remarks.
The Gold Key Honor Society is an organization at the College that recognizes academic achievement. Membership is offered to juniors in the top 5 percent of their class and seniors in the top 10 percent of their class, regardless of major.
This year, membership was extended to 104 students. Students were inducted in a ceremony held in the Tufte Performance and Production Center’s Semel Theater, to an audience full of friends and family members. In addition, three Emerson faculty members were presented with teaching awards for their service, skill, and innovation in the classroom.
David Kishik, assistant professor of philosophy in the Institute, aptly got philosophical when accepting his Helaine and Stanley Miller Award for Outstanding Teaching from former Trustee Helaine Miller ’55.
He said Emerson’s motto is “learning by doing,” but that “it’s not just about what we’re doing right now, but what we will be doing in the future.” Some people are anxious about the future, and others are more sanguine, but what’s important is that you stop and think, Kishik said.
“At least if you stop and think about what you’re going to do, it doesn’t really matter if you’re optimistic or pessimistic, because at least [you] aren’t going into it blindly,” he said. “[That’s] not so simple. All the evil and misery and stupidity and pettiness and futility in the world are all consequences of thoughtlessness.”
Also honored for teaching were Alden Jones, affiliated faculty in Writing, Literature and Publishing, who was presented the Alan L. Stanzler Award for Excellence in Teaching by Chief Academic Officer Michaele Whelan, standing in for Stanzler, who couldn’t attend; and Rhiannon Luyster, assistant professor in Communication Sciences and Disorders, who accepted the Emerson College Alumni Award for Teaching Innovation from Travis Small ’97, vice chair of the Alumni Association.
Juniors inducted into the Gold Key Honor Society were:
Alta Lewis Millard
Vitor Marques Van Der Put
Gold Key seniors are: