Gretchen Roeck '05
B.A. Religion; Chicago, Ill.
Religion Department Fellow; Alumnae Endowed Scholarship; Appalachia Service Project (ASP) - Staff/Supply Coordinator, Staff/Finance Coordinator; Department of Religion - Teaching Assistant; Denison Community Association - President, Vice President; Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week - Organizer; Denison University Fair Trade Alliance (DUFTA) - Organizer; S.T.A.Y. Tutoring Program - Tutor/Mentor; Companion to the Elderly - Companion; President's Student Service Award; Women for Sustainable Development - Participant, Organizer; Women's Varsity Tennis; Denison Service Orientation; The Castle Rock Institute
Supporting comments: "From the beginning, her highly developed sense of reflection was a valuable contribution to the Denison Community Association. Service-learning has a goal of changing the self and the community. Gretchen understood the importance of reflection to reach this goal, and came up with imaginative ways to accomplish this with our members. Her personal leadership style was one of collaboration - doing with, not doing for. She would persuade others to get involved in projects by doing them herself. I admire her immensely for her selfless work on issues like fair trade, hunger and homelessness and sustainable development. She will always be an advocate for justice and peace whatever she does with her life. Gustavo Gutierrez says that, 'Theology is something you do after the sun goes down.' It is the second act; the first one is working for justice in the social order. Gretchen has earned her marks as a scholar but her scholarship is set in the streets where it can make a difference. There are remarkable students who make the world of Denison work and save it from being broken. And there are a significant few who bring a broken world to Denison and invite reflection. Gretchen is the latter but not to the neglect of the former. She gives authentic definition to leadership by the way she lives."