On Thursday, April 24, the first annual Humanities Awards were held, honoring students in the humanities majors (English, Creative Writing, Modern Languages, Fine Arts) with the highest GPAs. Jillian Benedict, senior English/Creative Writing major, was the featured speaker. Her comments focused on the necessity of the study of English and writing, and of the humanities more broadly — “as necessary as breathing,” in her words.
The evening also saw the presentation of the inaugural Allison Roelofs Award. Allison Roelofs is an alumna of the Widener English department who exemplifies collegiality, excellence in academics, and post-graduate success. This award in her name recognizes an English major who demonstrates early-career excellence.
The award was given to Kimberlee Roberts, a freshman. The department was delighted that Allison, who made the award possible, was able to attend the ceremony.