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Aug. 24, 2006
Contact: Katherine Rose-Mockry, Emily Taylor Womenís Resource Center, (785) 864-3552.

Fourth edition of KU Women of Distinction calendar available now

Shannon K. Portillo

Shannon K. Portillo of Lake Quivira is a masterís degree student in American studies and doctoral student in public administration.

LAWRENCE — Some are distinguished professors, some are talented athletes. Some are raising funds, others are advising students. All are women making significant contributions to the University of Kansas.

And all are featured on the KU Women of Distinction calendar, available now at the bookstores in the Kansas and Burge unions and the Edwards Campus and the Student Involvement and Leadership Center.

This is the fourth edition of the calendar. Katherine Rose-Mockry, program director for the center, said the calendar strives to feature women of diverse interests, disciplines and backgrounds to emphasize the importance of providing opportunities and role models for women to achieve their goals and follow their dreams.

“This year’s group of women, as with previous years, represent important developments for women in critical areas, including science research and teaching; athletics; leadership; public service and administration; international affairs; student affairs; and philanthropy,” she said.

Faculty, staff and alumnae featured in the calendar are: Vanessa Lima Carneiro, who earned a master’s degree from KU in international studies; Judge Deanell Reece Tacha, co-chair of Women Philanthropists for KU and a member of the KU Endowment Board of Trustees and Executive Committee; Kelly M. Bowers, who earned a doctorate from KU in counseling psychology; Tammara L. Durham, director of the Freshman-Sophomore Advising Center and doctoral student in higher education administration; Madeleine Baker, who earned a bachelor’s degree from KU in political science and environmental studies; Judy Locy Wright, assistant vice president and director of the Chancellors Club for KU Endowment, chair of KU Endowment Task Force, Women Philanthropists for KU; Sally Roney Hoglund, co-chair of Women Philanthropists for KU; Ann Eversole, assistant vice provost for Student Success; Mary Lou Michaelis, professor of pharmacology and toxicology; Gunda I. Georg, University Distinguished Professor of Medicinal Chemistry; Barbara N. Timmermann, University Distinguished Professor and chair of the Department of Medicinal Chemistry; Susan Lunte, professor of pharmaceutical chemistry.

Students featured in the calendar are listed below by hometown, major, parents’ names and high school attended (when available).

From Lawrence ZIP 66046; Sioux Falls, S.D. ZIP 57105; and Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Sarah Brokenleg, senior in social welfare, daughter of Karen Brokenleg and Jack Neimonen of Sioux Falls, S.D., and the Rev. Martin Brokenleg of Vancouver, British Columbia.

From Halstead ZIP 67056
Lindsey Miles, junior in community health and pre-nursing, daughter of Kirk and Shelley Miles; Halstead High School.

From Cheney ZIP 67025
Whitney Fasbender, senior in pre-nursing and journalism and mass communications (strategic communications emphasis), daughter of Kenneth and Arlene Fasbender; Cheney High School in Sedgwick County.

From Lake Quivira ZIP 66217
Shannon K. Portillo, master’s degree student in American studies and doctoral student in public administration who received bachelor’s degrees in political science and international studies from KU in spring 2004, daughter of Jerry and Jo Portillo; Shawnee Mission Northwest High School.

From Overland Park ZIP 66209
Melissa Horen, junior in political science and Jewish studies, daughter of Jeff and Susan Horen; Blue Valley North High School.

From Independence ZIP 67301
Ali Bannwarth, first-year law student who received bachelor’s degrees in political science and journalism and mass communications (strategic communications emphasis) from KU in spring 2006, daughter of David and Marlene Bannwarth; Independence Senior High School.

From Cheney ZIP 67025
Whitney Fasbender. See KINGMAN COUNTY.

From Derby ZIP 67037
Michelle Tran, senior in Slavic languages and literatures and Russian, East European and Eurasian studies with a minor in Arabic, daughter of Chinh and Lan Tran; Phillips Exeter Academy, Exeter, N.H.

From Tecumseh ZIP 66542
Michelle Rissky, senior in biology and pre-medicine, daughter of Roy and Lorraine Rissky; Shawnee Heights Senior High School.

From Holbrook ZIP 86025
Tiffany Jeffers, senior in athletic training with a minor in religious studies, daughter of Bill and Lois Jeffers; Holbrook High School.

From Lee’s Summit and Raymore, ZIP 60483
Tammara Durham, doctoral student in higher education administration, daughter of Lee and Zora Durham of Lee’s Summit; bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Missouri State University; Raytown South High School.

From Sioux Falls ZIP 57015
Sarah Brokenleg. See DOUGLAS COUNTY.

From Vancouver, British Columbia
Sarah Brokenleg. See DOUGLAS COUNTY.


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