Defiance Resident Receives Awards at William Woods University

Ida Hoffmann of Defiance, Mo., a senior at William Woods University in Fulton, Mo., received the President’s Award at the university’s co-curricular honors banquet, April 19.

The daughter of Margo Hoffmann, she also has been named to the 2006 edition of “Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges” and was named the 2006 Distinguished Scholar in communications-broadcasting. She is majoring in communications with an emphasis in broadcast journalism and a minor in film.

The faculty of various disciplines at William Woods have the opportunity each spring to designate one graduating senior as a Distinguished Scholar. A minimum grade point average of 3.4 is required, but the faculty may consider other relevant academic factors and variables in the selection process.

The President’s Award is presented to the graduating senior who has made unusual and outstanding contributions to the university during his or her undergraduate years. The recipient of the President’s Award must display sound academic accomplishments and demonstrate characteristics of loyalty, service and devotion to William Woods University, as well as extensive participation in campus activities and evidence of personal leadership.

Hoffmann was one of 12 William Woods University students selected for Who’s Who, based on being an outstanding campus leader. A campus nominating committee and editors of the annual directory chose the students based on academic achievement, service to the community, leadership in extracurricular activities and potential for continued success.

By being listed in “Who’s Who,” Hoffmann joins an elite group of students from more than 2,300 institutions of higher learning in all 50 states. Outstanding students have been honored in the annual directory since it was first published in 1934.

Hoffmann has been chair of President’s Twenty, a University Ambassador, a staff writer for the school paper, news manager and DJ for the school radio station, treasurer of Woods Wire and a member of Chi Omega sorority, Lambda Pi Eta Communication Honor Society and Alpha Chi Honor Society.

She is also involved in community activities for her church including Council on Aging, where she has built homes for the elderly poor in North Carolina every summer for four years. She has also volunteered at local nursing homes and a crisis pregnancy center. She has also taught Vacation Bible School and has served as a chaperone at several Morning-Out-For-Mom events.

Outside of church, she has volunteered to help students with reading disabilities at a local elementary school and has served as a chaperone for Youth in Government, a program run through the YMCA, which helps high school students become more informed of political processes in a hands-on manner.