Junior Angela Kwebiiha receives the William F. Field Alumni Award
By Anna-Maria Goossens | Wednesday, May 20, 2020
By Anna-Maria Goossens
Wednesday, May 20, 2020
Only five students in all of the College of Humanities and Fine Arts received the William F. Field Alumni Scholar Award in 2020, and UMass Theater major Angela Kwebiiha is one of them.
The William F. Field Alumni Scholar Awards, established in 1976, recognize and honor third-year students for their academic achievements at UMass Amherst. Kwebiiha, who is a member of the Commonwealth Honors College and is pursuing a minor in Afro-American Studies in addition to her theater work, has distinguished herself in several areas of theater including dramaturgy, performance, and technical theater.
"Thank you to everyone who has guided my education experience in the School of Humanities and Fine Arts," said Kwebiiha. "I am so grateful for everyone who has taken me under their wing and was patient with my growth! I specifically want to thank everyone in the Department of Theater and am so honored that I was even nominated for this award! Thank you to the Alumni Association for this honor!"
The honor was richly deserved. In his nominating letter, Theater Chair Harley Erdman wrote: "(Angela) is well-known to me as a multitalented member of our community who has acted in a number of our shows and worked behind the scenes in various ways. She is witty, personable, and enthusiastic; she possesses an infectious energy that helps to lift every team or project." He added, "Angela is multi-faceted. Her passions lie at the intersection of multiple departments, communities, and endeavors. Her achievements here reflect a concern for social justice and community service. We nominate her as someone embodies the spirit of the liberal arts student in an exceptional way."