ADRIAN, Mich. – “Everyone is creative – everyone is born with that creative spark,” said Dr. Jennifer Ellsworth in her opening remarks for Adrian College’s annual fall convocation. Part of the James Borland Convocation Speaker Series, Dr. Ellsworth captured the attention of those in Herrick Chapel on Wednesday, September 4.
Dr. Ellsworth, assistant professor of Business and director of the Institute for Creativity, touched on inhibitions, the creative process and why students and individuals should care about creativity. Her speech cited 2013 research from IBM; the company had looked at business leaders from around the world and stated that leaders cite creativity and innovation as the top skills for employees.
“We’re taught to stay in the lines,” she said when discussing barriers for creativity, “and then later in life we’re told to think outside the box.” She went on to say, “Creativity leads to a fuller, richer life. Take chances. Take risks.”
During convocation, Dr. Agnes Caldwell, vice president and dean of Academic Affairs, welcomed new faculty to Adrian College. Dr. Caldwell also honored faculty members who had achieved highest honors in the academy of promotion and tenure. Five professors were promoted to the rank of assistant professor with tenure, and Dr. Deborah Field, department of History and Art History, was promoted to the rank of full professor with tenure.
Teaching Award recipients were also honored.
Dr. Kevin Darr, department of Exercise Science and Physical Education, was awarded the Ross Newsom Award for Outstanding Teaching. Dr. Darr joined the Adrian College faculty in 1989, and specializes in anatomy and physiology. Students and colleagues alike regularly sing his praise, saying he is “an outstanding teacher in the classroom and an extremely special mentor outside the classroom.”
Dr. Melissa Stewart was the recipient of the Exemplary Teaching Excellence Award. Dr. Stewart teaches courses ranging from World’s Christianity to Jesus in Film. She joined the faculty in 2003.
In her closing remarks, Dr. Ellsworth talked about the rapidly changing world and how useful creativity will be because of it. “I challenge you all to be bold, unleash your creativity and go for the new and improved,” Dr. Ellsworth said.