By USC blog contributor Farren Benjamin
On Wednesday night, the Trojan Athletic Senate put on its first annual Faculty Appreciation Dinner in the Galen Center Founders Room. The event, which was open to all senior student-athletes and members of the Trojan Athletic Senate, provided an opportunity for student-athletes to invite a professor or faculty member of their choice in hopes of strengthening the bonds between student-athletes and their professors. The evening was filled with great food, presentations from Athletic Director Pat Haden and Sociology professor from the Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences Amon Emeka.
Emeka, a former swimmer at California State University of Bakersfield, was able to relate to and understand student-athletes vigorous schedule while in college and also expressed his appreciation for their work ethic and the lessons they learn through athletics. The dinner provided a great opportunity for student-athletes to mingle with other professors in different departments at USC as well as form stronger relationships with current faculty members across the board.