The Spirit of Emerson

The Spirit of Emerson is that which increases the radiance, reputation, pro-social organizations, and/or creative, positive expression of Emerson College.

Definition and "E-Spirit"

Keeping in mind that, in Stéphane Mallarmé words, “to define is to destroy; to suggest is to create”, and keeping in mind that spirit is often intangible and fresh, the “spirit of Emerson” will not be tightly defined. However, to give guidance to the committee, this working definition of “the spirit of Emerson” will serve as a touchstone for the selection process for the Award recipient.

The Spirit of Emerson is a positive outpouring of Emerson College’s activities, interpersonal relations, creations, diversity, and expression including the spirit of all stated in Emerson’s mission statement, President Pelton’s five strategic objectives, our legacy, motto, or/and "E- spirit." E-spirit is electric, innovative energy in thought and creation in the E-age, in which “E” stands simultaneously for “electric” and “Emerson.”

The Spirit of Emerson also includes the deliberate honoring and acknowledging of those who do exude such spirit.

The Spirit of Emerson Award

The Spirit of Emerson Committee is now calling for nominations for the 2016 Spirit of Emerson Award. The Award will be given annually to no more than two individuals or groups of individuals each year who have exemplified the College spirit as determined by the Committee. Find out more »

Committee Members

Eiki Satake, Chair

Cate Hirschbiel, 2015 Spirit of Emerson Award winner, Iwasaki Library

Becca Chairin, representative, EAGLE’s Executive Board

Anne Doyle, representative, Academic Affairs

Anna Drummond, representative, 2016 Chair of Core Staff and active member of EBONI

Michael Duggan, representative, Academic Affairs

Rachel Gelaw, representative, Human Resources

Nancy Howell, representative, Communications and Marketing

Steven Martin, representative, Student Life

Ashley Tarbet, representative, Diversity and Inclusion

Spirit of Emerson Award Committee Administrator

Brianne Kowalski, coordinator, Undergraduate Performing Arts

Ex Officio

Tom Cooper, Faculty, Professor of Visual & Media Arts

Andy Tiedemann, Administration, Vice President of Communications & Marketing