The small things added up for Janelle Hoffman ’13 this spring when she stood in the Ehinger Center to accept the Dean’s Award for student activities from her mentor, Sara Waldron, the dean of student life. In her four years, Hoffman says she “lived” for her roles in student government, from voting on capital projects to improving service at the snack bar. It culminated, as the outgoing president, in this moment receiving the highest award for student achievement. She realized that she owed something.
Hoffman is on a payment plan for a pool table and games at the new student center, part of the senior gift from her class. Now a public affairs associate for the education nonprofit JerseyCAN, she intends to contribute more, and for a long time. “I feel like we were given so many opportunities and so much room to grow, and at the same time the university needs to grow and change,” Hoffman says. “We have an opportunity now to take what Drew has given us and contribute to what’s going on there.”—Dustin Racioppi