Today's post is about an event that took place earlier in November: the investiture ceremony for the College of Liberal Arts and Science's two new W.D. and Sara E. Trowbridge Professors, Robert Markley of English and Peter Fritzsche of History. If you are an exceptionally diligent reader of this blog, you will remember that I first posted about the Professorship some time ago, when the appointment was initially made. The investiture comes after the fact, a nice ceremonial event in which the honor is celebrated and the honorees are given medallions (like the one pictured to the left) indicative of their titles. Professors don't get to wear medallions all that often, so that alone makes an investiture seem like a pretty special event!
To the right is a picture of the two honorees, sporting their medallions, along with Dean Ruth Watkins of LAS, Ilesanmi Adesida, the Provost of our campus, yours truly, and Diane Koenker, the chair of the History Department.
The event was held at the Alice Campbell Alumni Center on November 5th--I am posting about it now just because it took a while for pictures to be send to my office! Here are a couple more of Bob, both during his remarks and after the ceremony.
I'm told that we don't know too much about the Trowbridge family whose gift made this Professorship possible, but they (like all who choose to support the mission of public higher education and humanities research) have my gratitude.
Congratulations, too, to Bob (and Peter) on this well-earned distinction!