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Hoffman C'10 Receives Oesterlein Award

Jennifer Hoffman C'10 recently received the 2010 Oesterlein Award from Salem College during the annual Founders Day ceremony on April 23. The Oesterlein Award is named in honor of Salems first teacher when it was founded as a school for girls in 1772. Candidates are nominated by members of the...

Jennifer "Jenni" Hoffman C'10 recently received the 2010 Oesterlein Award from Salem College during the annual Founders Day ceremony on April 23.

The Oesterlein Award is named in honor of Salem’s first teacher when it was founded as a school for girls in 1772. Candidates are nominated by members of the entire Salem community – faculty, staff and fellow students – and each nominee must compete against other truly outstanding seniors. The winner must have attended Salem all four years of college; made a notable contribution to the quality of life at Salem and exemplified quality leadership; and been conscientious and diligent in the pursuit of academic excellence, attaining at least a 3.0 average overall.

Hoffman will soon graduate with not only two degrees but also a minor, College Honors and a GPA of 3.9.  She has participated in everything from athletics and the arts to the Women in Science and Math program and the Honor Council. She recently delivered an honors presentation on feminist perspectives on domestic violence in the annual Celebration of Academic Excellence Day.

Hoffman interned at the World Camp for Kids where she wrote grants for the organization, worked on their anti-malaria campaign and served as an area representative. In 2008 she stayed in homes in Malawi and taught children in six primary schools about HIV/AIDS, the under-valuing of girls and the consequences of deforestation in their area. She spent this past Jan Term in Vietnam with a fellow Salem student, volunteering with an organization that helps disabled children.

Following graduation, Hoffman, who is the daughter of Mark and Karen Hoffman of Chapel Hill, will work with Americorps for a year before applying to medical school.