As a former recipient of the Daniel L Brenner Scholarly Achievement Award I’ve been asked to serve on this year’s committee to evaluate the scholarly works of my colleagues who have been nominated for this year’s award. The committee makes a recommendation to the President of the University and the recipient’s name is announced at the faculty dinner where s/he receives a $1,000 honorarium.
As a Jesuit institution of higher learning, Rockhurst University is dedicated to excellence in many fields. Every year faculty members must provide an Annual Update in which they list and reflect upon three areas vital to the transformative enterprise of Learning, Leadership, and Service in the Jesuit Tradition. Faculty report on their activities in Teaching, Scholarship, and Service. As a dynamic institution we always seek ways to improve, to strive for magis (more or the greater part) as the Jesuits say. Faculty, in turn, try to inspire in students this sense of magis, of always striving for excellence: what is good, what is wholesome, what is life-giving.