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March 24, 2008
Contact: Kathy Rose-Mockry, Emily Taylor Women's Resource Center, (785) 864-3552.

Women’s Recognition Program to honor faculty, alumni, staff, students March 27

LAWRENCE — Outstanding women in the University of Kansas community will be honored at the annual Women’s Recognition Program at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 27, at the Big 12 Room in the Kansas Union.

Diana Carlin, professor of communications studies, will be the keynote speaker. Carlin is completing an appointment as dean-in-residence and director of international outreach with the Council of Graduate Schools in Washington, D.C., and will be return to KU in August. A reception will follow the program to congratulate recipients and celebrate their accomplishments.

Student awards honor outstanding women in athletics, community service, the international arena and leadership. Awards also recognize women as single mothers and women in partnership.

Awards also will go to female faculty and staff members. Jennifer Jordan, director of the Business Career Services Center in the School of Business, will receive the Outstanding Woman Staff Member Award. Mary Klayder, University Honors Lecturer in the Department of English, is the Outstanding Woman Educator.

Exemplary women leaders will be inducted into the KU Women’s Hall of Fame, a tradition since 1970. The 2008 inductees are Elizabeth Broun, the Margaret and Terry Stent Director of the Smithsonian American Art Museum in Washington, D.C.; Ann Cudd, professor of philosophy and director of the Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies Program at KU; Audrey Langworthy, former state senator from Prairie Village; Maritza Machado-Williams, director of KU’s Academic Programs for Excellence; and Marlesa Roney, KU’s vice provost for Student Success.

The 2008 Pioneer Woman Award will recognize Cora M. Downs, a school teacher and journalist who became the first woman on the Kansas Board of Regents in 1881. She died in 1915. During her short tenure on the board, Downs and her fellow regents recommended the construction of KU’s third building, Chemistry Hall. In 1896, Downs was named to the board of managers for the Kansas Pavilion at the World’s Fair in Chicago. The pavilion featured Lewis Lindsay Dyche’s Panorama of North American Mammals, a version of which is part of KU’s Natural History Museum. Her granddaughter, also named Cora M. Downs, became an acclaimed scientist at KU.

KU’s Commission on the Status of Women and Emily Taylor Women’s Resource Center sponsor the Women’s Recognition Program.

Students receiving awards are listed below by hometown, level in school, major, parents’ names, previous schools attended (when available) and award.

From Lawrence 66044
Melissa Yolanda McNair, master’s student in elementary education; bachelor’s in education from KU, summer 2007; Thomas Edison Vo-Tech High School, Jamaica, N.Y.; Ethel Bohning Single Mother Award.

Elizabeth (Liz) Stuewe, senior in American studies and political science, daughter of Beth Wasson and Paul Stuewe; Outstanding Woman Student in Leadership.

Brandi Michelle Wiens, junior in human biology; Central Christian High School, Hutchinson; Ethel Bohning Single Mother Award.

From Lawrence 66046
Nelly Catherine Wambui Gatotho, senior in chemical engineering, daughter of James Wachira Gatotho; Lawrence High School; Outstanding International Woman Student.

From Lenexa 66215
Maya Israel, graduate student in special education; master’s degree in special education from KU; bachelor’s degree from Ottawa (Kan.) University; Wichita High School Southeast; Outstanding Woman Student in Partnership.

From Colby 67701
Clarissa Unger, junior in political science and international studies; daughter of Jeffrey and Marilyn Unger; Colby High School; Outstanding Woman Student in Community Service.

From Aurora
Megan Williams, graduate student in American studies, daughter of Phil and Cathy Williams; Waubonsie Valley High School; Outstanding Woman in Partnership.

From Northville 48167
Nicole Mary Cauzillo, senior in English, daughter of Linda Cauzillo; Northville High School; Outstanding Woman Student in Athletics.


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