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Chancellor’s Honors Banquet

Last night I had the pleasure of hosting my first Chancellor’s Honors Banquet. This annual tradition celebrates the hard work and accomplishments of our students, faculty, and staff.

We honored students who are leaders in—and outside—the classroom. We saluted faculty and staff who make a difference through their teaching, research, and service.

Students Natalie Bennett, Savannah Clay, Joshua Dobbs, Carson Hollingsworth, Elisabeth Logan, Monil Mehta, and Louis Varriano were named Torchbearers, our highest student honor.

Our top faculty award, the Macebearer, went to Michael Handelsman. A Distinguished Professor of Humanities, he teaches Spanish in the Department of Modern Foreign Languages and Literatures. He is also director of the College of Arts and Sciences Global Studies program and faculty director of our Office of National Scholarships and Fellowships.

We honored Benjamin Blalock, the Blalock-Kennedy-Pierce Professor of Analog Electronics in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, with the Alexander Prize.

Michelle Brown, an associate professor in the Department of Sociology, received the Jefferson Prize for her prolific and groundbreaking research in the criminal justice field.

We presented Christopher Craig, a professor whose career in the Department of Classics spans nearly four decades, with the L. R. Hesler Award for exceptional teaching and service.

These are just a few of our honorees. I invite you to read about all of the award recipients in today’s Daily Beacon or on the Chancellor’s Honors Banquet website.

Thank you to everyone who submitted nominations, served on an awards committee, or helped to make this year’s banquet a memorable evening.

I am proud to be a part of this university and am so impressed by the people who make it such a special place to be.