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Aug. 7, 2007
Contact: Katherine Rose-Mockry, Emily Taylor Women’s Resource Center, (785) 864-3552.

Fifth edition of KU Women of Distinction calendar available Aug. 13

Monica Papes, Elisa Bonaccorso and Sheri Gonzales Warren

LAWRENCE — Now in its fifth year, the University of Kansas “Women of Distinction” poster-calendar recognizes the accomplishments of female faculty, staff, alumni and students. The 2007-08 edition will be available Aug. 13 at the start of Hawk Week activities at KU.

Calendars, which are free although donations are accepted, will be available at several campus locations, including the KU Bookstores and the Student Involvement and Leadership Center in the Kansas Union in Lawrence; the KU Medical Center in Kansas City, Kan.; and the Edwards Campus in Overland Park.

Brief biographies of the 22 women are included in the calendar, which is issued by the Emily Taylor Women’s Resource Center. For more detailed information on each calendar participant, including additional activities and personal commentary, go to www.etwrc.ku.edu.

Katherine Rose-Mockry, program director for the center, assembled a committee of faculty, staff and students to evaluate nominations and make the selections for this year’s calendar.

“In the fifth year of the calendar, we are pleased to have established a tradition of publicly acknowledging the importance of women’s contributions to KU and the community at large,” Rose-Mockry said. “The women who have been featured have achieved in areas that once had been off limits at levels once considered unattainable. Their accomplishments challenge limiting stereotypes and pave the way for women beginning their careers and rising up the ranks to follow their dreams and make a difference in the world.”

Both individuals and named groups are among the women featured in photographs on the calendar. Groups this year are the Women Deans Group, Women Engineers Group, World Focus Group and the Disability Advocacy and Awareness Group.

KU faculty, staff and graduates on the calendar are Marta Caminero-Santangelo, associate professor of English; Linda Mullens, special assistant to the vice provost for Student Success; and Nancy B. Zurbuchen of Kansas City, Mo., president of Motional Media and co-founder of the Kansas City Council of Women Business Owners, who received a KU bachelor’s degree in education and a KU master’s degree in communication studies.

Students featured individually on the calendar are Gabriel Bargen, doctoral student in audiology; Teresa Lo, summer 2007 bachelor’s degree candidate in history; Natabhona Marianne Mabachi, doctoral student in communication studies with emphasis in health communication; Ellen Stolle, senior in biochemistry and genetics, biology and Spanish; and Liz Stuewe, senior in American studies, political science and pre-secondary education.

Women Deans Group participants are Ann M. Brill, dean of the William Allen White School of Journalism and Mass Communications; Diana B. Carlin, former dean of the Graduate School and International Programs and now dean-in-residence at the Council of Graduate Schools in Washington, D.C.; and Dorothy Knoll, dean of students at KU Medical Center.

In the Women Engineers Group are Paulette Spencer, director of the KU Bioengineering Research Center and Deane E. Ackers Distinguished Professor of Mechanical Engineering; Lisa Friis and Sara E. Wilson, associate professors of mechanical engineering; Sarah L. Kieweg, assistant professor of mechanical engineering; and Erika Meza-Zerlin, junior in mechanical engineering.

Featured in the World Focus Group are Paola Adriazola, spring 2007 graduate in political science and strategic communications; Sheri Gonzales Warren, doctoral student in public administration with emphasis in civic engagement and nonprofit management; Elisa Bonaccorso, doctoral student in ecology and evolutionary biology; and Monica Papes, doctoral student in ecology and evolutionary biology.

Recognized in the Disability Advocacy and Awareness Group are Nina Zuna, research associate at the Beach Center on Disability, and Mary Ann Rasnak, director of the Academic Achievement and Access Center.

Students and recent graduates are listed below by hometown, major, level in school, parents’ names and previous school attended (when available).

DOUGLAS COUNTY
From Eudora 66025 and Leesville, La.
Nina Zuna, summer 2007 doctoral degree candidate in special education, daughter of F.M. and the late Anna Trujillo of Leesville, La.; Leesville High School; bachelor’s degree from the University of Louisiana-Monroe; master’s degree in special education from the University of Hawaii-Manoa.

From Lawrence 66044
Liz Stuewe, senior in American studies and political science, daughter of Beth Wasson and Paul Stuewe; Lawrence High School.

JOHNSON COUNTY
From Prairie Village 66208
Ellen Stolle, senior in biochemistry and genetics, biology and Spanish, daughter of Calvin and Susan Stolle; Shawnee Mission East High School.

MONTGOMERY COUNTY
From Coffeyville 67337
Teresa Lo, summer 2007 bachelor’s degree candidate in history, daughter of Victor and Susan Lo; Field Kindley Memorial High School.

SHAWNEE COUNTY
From Topeka 66605
Erika Meza-Zerlin, junior in mechanical engineering, daughter of Eliezer and Debra Meza-Zerlin; Shawnee Heights High School, Tecumseh.

LOUISIANA
From Leesville 71446
Nina Zuna. See DOUGLAS COUNTY

NEBRASKA
From Nelson 68961
Gabriel Bargen, doctoral student in audiology; master’s degree in audiology from KU; master’s degree in education from University of Nebraska-Kearney; bachelor’s degree from Texas Christian University.

NEW MEXICO
From Santa Fe 87506
Sheri Gonzales Warren, doctoral student in public administration with an emphasis in civic engagement and nonprofit management; master’s degree in public administration from KU; bachelor’s degree in communication and journalism from the University of New Mexico-Albuquerque.

BOLIVIA
From La Paz
Paola Adriazola, KU graduate with bachelor’s degrees in political science and journalism and mass communications (strategic communications emphasis); daughter of Silvia and Carlos Adriazola Arze.

KENYA
From Nairobi
Natabhona Marianne Mabachi, doctoral student in communication studies; master’s degree in communication studies from KU; master’s degree from Coventry University in Coventry, England; bachelor’s degree from University of Warwick in Coventry, England.

ROMANIA
From Timisoara
Monica Papes, doctoral student in ecology and evolutionary biology with emphasis on tree phenology in rainforests; bachelor’s degree in biology from West University in Timisoara, Romania; master’s degree in systematics, macroevolution and biodiversity from KU.

VENEZUELA
From Puerto La Cruz
Elisa Bonaccorso, doctoral student in ecology and evolutionary biology with emphasis on the evolution of neotropical birds; bachelor’s degree in biology from the University of Simon Bolivar in Caracas, Venezuela.

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