Feb. 17, 2004

Contact: Kathy Rose-Mockry, Emily Taylor Women's Resource Center, (785) 864-3552.

Nominations to honor outstanding KU women due March 12

LAWRENCE -- The Commission on the Status of Women and the Emily Taylor Women's Resource Center seek nominations of outstanding University of Kansas women for annual awards that honor female students, faculty, staff and alumnae who have enriched and improved the campus community through their service, teaching or involvement.

Completed nominations are due by 5 p.m. Friday, March 12, in the Emily Taylor Women's Resource Center, Room 400 in the Kansas Union.

A tradition at KU for more than 40 years, the awards will be presented at the KU Women's Recognition Program at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 20, in the Big 12 Room at the Kansas Union.

Nominators are encouraged to consider women of diverse backgrounds, disciplines, affiliations and experiences who have made significant contributions to the campus or the community. Individuals may nominate as many women as they wish.

Student award recipients receive stipends from the KU Women's Memorial Award fund. Student award categories are for outstanding achievement as an international woman, nontraditional student, athlete, leader, student in partnership (campus service) and a student in community service.

The Sally Frost Mason award goes to an undergraduate woman in biological sciences who has demonstrated academic excellence and involvement in campus activities.

Nominees also are sought for an outstanding woman educator or staff member and for a pioneer -- a woman who has contributions of local or state significance.

Hall of Fame nominees may be female student, faculty, staff and alumnae who serve as role models for students, career women and community leaders.

Please contact the Emily Taylor Women's Resource Center, (785) 864-3552 or etwrc@ku.edu, for more information or nomination forms.

The following is a list of the specific awards.

HALL OF FAME -- exemplary KU alumnae, faculty and staff women who serve as role models for students as career women and community leaders.

OUTSTANDING WOMAN EDUCATOR -- female professor, instructor or student teaching assistant who, through outstanding teaching skills, has contributed to the academic and personal growth of KU students.

OUTSTANDING WOMAN STAFF MEMBER -- non-faculty woman who, through outstanding work performance, has contributed to the academic and personal growth of KU students.

OUTSTANDING INTERNATIONAL WOMAN STUDENT -- female student from a country other than the United States who has demonstrated academic achievement and has made a contribution to the campus or community through her involvement.

OUTSTANDING NONTRADITIONAL WOMAN STUDENT -- nontraditional female student who has demonstrated academic achievement and has made a contribution to the campus or community through her involvement. ("Nontraditional" includes those who are continuing their education after an absence from school, those who are over 21 and beginning their college education, those who work full time and attend school part time, and those who are parents or veterans.)

OUTSTANDING WOMAN STUDENT IN ATHLETICS -- female student who has actively participated in KU athletic organizations and has contributed to the development of women's intercollegiate athletics.

OUTSTANDING WOMAN STUDENT IN LEADERSHIP -- female student who has demonstrated outstanding leadership skills by taking an active role in campus or community organizations, developing a new project or addressing a current need.

OUTSTANDING WOMAN STUDENT IN PARTNERSHIP -- female student who has made outstanding contributions to students through her collaborative work (paid or volunteer) and interactions with campus departments, services or organizations.

OUTSTANDING WOMAN STUDENT IN COMMUNITY SERVICES -- female student who has made outstanding contributions to off-campus organizations or agencies.

SALLY FROST MASON AWARD -- female undergraduate student in the biological sciences who has demonstrated academic excellence or involvement in campus activities or in her department.

OUTSTANDING PIONEER WOMAN -- Kansas woman who has made historic contributions of local or statewide significance.

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