I have spent several months trying to think of the right word to describe what we are doing when we say research, scholarship or creative activity. Words like innovating, creating, exploring, studying, learning, expanding, or detecting are all good words but these, like so many others, just do not seem to be enough.
Somehow what we do when engaged in research, scholarship or creative activity, is so much more diverse, rich, and important, than a collection of everyday adjectives and verbs. Maybe the problem is that what we do is more of a reflection of part of our lives’ purpose and not just an activity in which we engage. Somehow, when we are in the act of researching or creating, or expanding the pool of knowledge, we are, in fact, closer to our human purpose. Maybe our condition, and in some cases our spirits, are somehow ennobled by our work. Learning to appreciate what we do, and what others are doing makes our world a better place.
This is where the idea of the Spotlight on Scholarship event developed. The idea that we celebrate each other, and the truly amazing work that we are doing to make this world a little better (and in some cases a lot better). We want to enhance the image of our institution and the people who work here, to show (or rather dazzle) our community the magic that is happening at NKU. Let them burn their eyes on our greatness....
SOL: The Norse Goddess of Enlightenment
Sol is the Norse goddess of enlightenment, she is the sun, and she is rebirth, wisdom, creation and enlightenment. It is believed that Sol was adapted by the Norse from other pagan religions throughout northern Germany and Scandinavia. It is not surprising that after long northern winters, the coming of light is a sign of spring, new beginnings, rebirth and renewed energy. It is fitting that this deity be a woman; key to creation.
This is why we named the NKU award for outstanding research, creativity and scholarship after this Norse deity; she embodies the spirit of a new and better tomorrow. The spirit of creativity and the search for knowledge is a constant force at NKU, like the sun it is ever present, ever burning, ever renewing, with inexhaustible energy. Irresistible strength, focused on the pursuit of the discovery and creativity; that is who she is and that is who we are.
2019 SOL Award Winner
Zach Hart - Communications
"Sensemaking among Parens of Children with Disabilities"