Editor’s Note: Following is the speech given by 2007-08 Professor of the Year Anne Weed, professor of English and chair of the Division of Humanities and Fine Arts, at academic convocation Aug. 26.
Thank you, Dr. Coombs, for your generous introduction, and thank you Dr. Burke, faculty, students, and members of the Board of Trustees.
I am deeply honored to have been chosen as the 2007-2008 Professor of the Year. I am pleased to welcome our returning students and grateful for the opportunity to extend a special welcome to our newest students, this year’s transfer students and the Class of 2012. I am also grateful to my colleagues in the Division of Humanities and Fine Arts for their wisdom and advice. They and others at Keuka have served as exemplary role models, and I have learned a great deal from them. I would also like to thank my family: my husband Jim; children Kate, Jon, and Tom; my parents; and my in-laws for their unflagging support.