Twenty-three standout students, employees, student organizations honored
By Stella Katsipoutis-Varkanis
Twenty-three standout students, employees, and student organizations were honored with Aaron O. Hoff Awards during an online ceremony today. The annual awards, presented by the Division of Campus Life, honor the legacy of Aaron O. Hoff 1836—the College’s first African American student—and recognize awardees for their inspiration, contributions, dedication, and leadership in the Lafayette community.
Each spring for the last 30 years, the Division of Campus Life calls on the Lafayette community to nominate the individuals and groups who embody Hoff’s strength of character and his endeavors to build community. Award recipients are then selected by a nine-person committee of students and administrators. Awards are presented in several categories—individual, organization, educator, and program.
Individual Student Awards
Katie Gonick ’20 received the Robert I. Weiner Interfaith Award, which recognizes the student who contributed most significantly to interfaith work by promoting constructive dialogue between religious and intercultural groups on campus.
Olivia Resnick ’20 received the Residential Spirit Award, which recognizes a student who has gone above and beyond to contribute to their living environment, making the hall a fun and welcoming place to live.
Victoria Puglia ’21 received the Frances Ocansey-Ahene Spirit of Multiculturalism Award, which recognizes an upper-level student whose commitment to academic excellence and inclusive leadership within the community transcends all barriers and exemplifies the ethos of multiculturalism at Lafayette College.
Fatimata Damba Cham ’23 received the World Citizen Award, which recognizes the student who has demonstrated commitment to international or global issues through academic work or co-curricular leadership at Lafayette College.
Maria Ahmed ’20 received the Service Above Self Award, which recognizes a student who best exemplifies the qualities of caring and concern for others through participation in service activities. This active citizen is committed to discovering the root cause of social issues and supports solution-based initiatives with significant amounts of personal time.
Educator Awards (faculty, administration, and staff)
Assistant Professor of History Hafsa Kanjwal received the John T. McCartney Excellence in Diversity Education Award, which recognizes a faculty member who demonstrates intellectual passion, mentorship of students, and a strong commitment to diversity. The recipient inspires high academic achievement in her or his students and promotes cultural awareness for the campus community.