The 9th Annual Philosophy Department Awards Ceremony were held on April 11. Alumni, family members, friends, staff and faculty all showed up to pay tribute to this year’s winners. For the second year in a row, Gerry Callaghan's droll humour and natural comic timing made him an excellent emcee for the event.
As we do every year, the Department invited an alumna/us to say a few words about how studying philosophy has made a difference in their life since graduation. This year William Candlish (BA 07), Manager of Community Participation and Employment Supports at KW Habilitation, gave an entertaining presentation about what philosophy has taught him and how he uses it in his job.
Awards were presented to the top undergraduate and graduate philosophy students including essay prizes for the three best undergraduate philosophy essays of the year and the three best philosophy graduate essays as well as the best first year and the best upper year awards in Women's Studies. Additionally, the Angus Kerr-Lawson Essay prize for the best paper in American or Naturalistic Philosophy and an award for outstanding citizenship and contribution to the Department by an undergraduate student were given out.
We were pleased to be able to have the awards presented to students by various faculty members (some of whom showed off their bracelet-making skills) and special guest Bob Ewen (BA ’71), a long-time benefactor of the Department. The event is made possible by generous donations to the Philosophy General Fund by alumni, faculty and friends of the Philosophy Department.