ENG 300 award recipients: Dylan van Wyk, Alison Massey and Venetia Beytell.
Award season in the Humanities Faculty
Throughout April the university not only celebrated the graduation of the class of 2018, but also ongoing academic successes as undergraduate and honours students were rewarded for their work in 2018.
The Department of English hosted their annual recognition of academic achievement award ceremony on 11 April at Kya Rosa. Certificates were awarded for the highest achievers in each English module offered by the Department from first year to honours level.
Kate Watson received the award for Best Student in English 100, Kayla Thomas the award for Best Student in English 200 and Allison Massey the award for Best Student in English 300. Jana Muller received the award for Best Student in English Honours. Micaela Shaw won the Juanita Hall Memorial Award for an English 300 student going on to Honours, and Rozanne Roos won the Philip Milstein Prize for a second language student who showed significant improvement. Certificates were also awarded to the three highest achievers for each semester of the undergraduate modules and to the highest achiever of each Honours module. For a complete list of award winners, visit the English department’s UP webpage.
The evening was hosted by Head of Department, Professor Molly Brown, and featured a musical performance by a staff member and student of the English Department, Kirsten Dey and Rozanne Roos.
The Department of Historical and Heritage Studies also hosted their annual awards ceremony in the Merensky Auditorium on 12 April. The ceremony took place as part of the Humanities Faculty’s centenary year and had the theme “Advice to my younger self”. Dean of the Humanities Faculty, Professor Vasu Reddy, spoke at the event and his advice was to “take time to get to know yourself” and “just reflect” to make the most of the time as a student.
Certificates were awarded for outstanding performance in the History and Heritage and Cultural Tourism modules from first year to honours level. Yolande Meintjes, recipient of the awards for outstanding performance in Heritage and Cultural Tourism, best research report at honours level, and outstanding performance in History and Heritage and Cultural Tourism at all undergraduate years, said her advice to her younger self was to “stop stressing and believe in yourself”. The recipient of the awards for best research report in History at honours level, outstanding performance in History at honours level, and outstanding performance in History and Heritage and Cultural Tourism at all undergraduate years, Elize Soer, advised to “save everything on Google Drive”. Recipients of awards for outstanding performance in History and Heritage and Cultural Tourism, over all three years at undergraduate level or at honours level, also included Winnie Senomoadi and Nicola Irving. A special award for a student who “displayed exceptional empathy and support towards a fellow student” was awarded for the first time by Head of Department, Professor Karen Harris, to Margaret Mosetlhe.
Prof. Harris explained that watching students “grow and blossom when they were insecure at first” is the highlight of the annual awards ceremony.