Jan. 27, 2004

Contact: Todd Cohen, University Relations, (785) 864-8858.

New 'KU Women of Distinction' calendar features 11 students, Gov. Sebelius

LAWRENCE -- A new limited-edition calendar, "KU Women of Distinction" -- which features photos of 11 women pursuing undergraduate or graduate degrees at the University of Kansas along with two faculty members, several administrators and Kansas Gov. Kathleen Sebelius, a KU graduate -- is now available on campus.

Only 5,000 copies of the calender will be printed.

The new poster-calendar highlights the accomplishments made by female students and faculty -- and KU's leading role in women's issues. It includes biographies, calendar grids for the spring and summer semesters, and summaries of KU milestones. These highlight the creation of women's studies and the Hilltop Child Development Center, and areas in which KU leads the nation, notably:

 • KU's sociology department offered the first course in the nation in the field now known as women's studies.

 • In 2002, the chemistry department boasted the highest proportion of female faculty among the nation's top 50 chemistry departments.

KU's Emily Taylor Women's Resource Center led the effort to develop the calendar. Katherine Rose-Mockry, director of the center, assembled a campuswide committee last summer to explore an idea suggested to her by Elizabeth Topp, professor of pharmaceutical chemistry. More than 25 campus offices and local individuals contributed to the project.

Calendars are being given away this week at the KU Bookstore in the Kansas Union, and additional calendars will be available at the KU women's basketball game against Oklahoma State at 7 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 31.

The following students are featured on the calendar:

From Coffeyville
Catherine Bell, senior in communication studies, daughter of Mark and Julia Smith; Field Kindley Memorial High School graduate.

From Hutchinson
Nicolette Raya, third-year pharmacy student, daughter of Cecilia Raya; Buhler High School graduate.

From Lawrence
Lase Ajayi, senior in psychology, daughter of Omofolabo and Akin Ajayi; Free State High School graduate.
Jessica St. Clair, graduate student in American studies and psychology; Valley Center High School graduate.
Dot Nary, doctoral student in developmental and child psychology.

From Pittsburg
Kaelyn Fox, senior in business administration, daughter of Terry Fox; Colgan High School graduate.

From Shawnee
Casey Onedia Collier, senior in communication studies, daughter of Janice Collier; Shawnee Mission North High School graduate.

From Wellsville
Beth N. Dwyer, fourth-year pharmacy student, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Kermit Deterding; Wellsville High School graduate.

From Springfield
Melanie Hadley, senior in piano, daughter of Bruce Hadley; general equivalency diploma.

From Edina
Caroline Smith, sophomore in pre-medicine, daughter of Mark and Julia Smith; Edina High School graduate.

From Harare
Vimbayi Kajese, junior in pre-business administration.

Other women featured on the calendar include:

 • Bozenna Pasik-Duncan, KU professor of mathematics
 • Maryemma Graham, KU professor of English
 • JoAnn Smith, KU vice provost for university outreach and dean of continuing education
 • Kathleen McCluskey-Fawcett, KU senior vice provost for academic affairs
 • Sandra Gautt, KU vice provost for faculty development
 • Marlesa Roney, KU vice provost for student success
 • Mabel L. Rice, Fred and Virginia Merrill distinguished professor of advanced studies and director of the child language doctoral program and two centers in the Schiefelbusch Institute for Life Span Studies at KU
 • Janet Murguia, KU executive vice chancellor for university relations
 • Mary Murguia, U.S. federal district court judge for the district of Arizona
 • Marilyn Stokstad, KU distinguished professor emerita of art history
 • Beverly Smith Billings, president of Alvamar Inc.
 • Emily Taylor, KU dean of women emerita
 • Barbara W. Ballard, KU associate vice provost for student success
 • Gov. Kathleen Sebelius


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