Liberal Arts Faculty Award Teko-Agbo the 2016-2017 riverrun Fellowship
Buffalo, New York – October 11, 2016 – In conjunction with the riverrun organization, the Department of Liberal Arts at D’Youville College has awarded Teko G. Teko-Agbo the 2016 riverrun Fellowship in the Liberal Arts.
Riverrun provides fellowships to outstanding majors in the liberal arts in recognition of the value that such education provides to the community and its role in fostering engaged citizenship.
Teko is a pre-novice in the Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate living communally at the Holy Angels Church as he studies for the priesthood. Teko, a dedicated and serious thinker, is also a philosophy major. He will carry his philosophical education forward with him into his theological studies and eventually into ministry.
For Teko, this award is vital because, with it, he “will be able to pay college fees and for books without taking loans.” In a world in which knowledge and education are routinely submitted to the demand that they prove useful and serve ends outside themselves, liberal arts majors remain a bastion of free inquiry, liberating imagination, and self-discovery.
As Teko himself explains, “Some advantages of studying the liberal arts are the knowledge of oneself, an important skill for all workers; the spirit of justice, which always brings about positive changes in society; and most important of all, the analytical skill, which trains the mind to think beyond the prejudices and preconceived notions one acquires naturally growing up.”
Because he has inculcated these values and is an excellent example of the important skills he describes – self-knowledge, abiding concern for justice, and deep critical analysis – the Department of Liberal Arts at D’Youville College is proud to honor Teko G. Teko-Agbo.