Several of the Woman of Distinction Awards nominees were present on March 25 for Let Her Voice Be Heard. Left to right: Kathy Ryan, Jennifer Alles, Christina Veppustek, Nicole Jacobs, Emma Randall, Elizabeth Gruber, Kimberly Wonesky and Carroll Rhodes.
LOCK HAVEN, Pa. - Lock Haven University is pleased to announce the nominees for the Twelfth Annual Woman of Distinction Awards. Lock Haven University is a member of the Pennsylvania State
System of Higher Education (PASSHE), the largest provider of higher education in
the commonwealth. Its 14 universities offer more than 250 degree and certificate
programs in more than 120 areas of study. Nearly 405,000 system alumni live and
work in Pennsylvania.
The Woman of Distinction Awards honor women who go above and beyond in their service to the campus and the community. Special emphasis is placed on service to further women’s issues on campus or in the community.
There are three award categories: student, staff and faculty. All award winners’ names will be displayed in the lobby of the Parsons Union Building on the LHU campus. Each winner will also receive an individual plaque and a monetary award. The student award will be presented during spring convocation. Faculty and staff awards will be presented at the President’s fall opening meeting.
The 2010 Woman of Distinction committee is chaired by Erin Kennedy, Assistant Professor of Psychology. Kennedy said, “The women who were nominated are very high quality and involved in great work on campus and in the community.” She added, “One thing that strikes me every year is how many people get repeat nominations. Clearly these women are making a strong impression on their peers. I have really enjoyed being a part of this award and seeing all the contributions LHU women are making.”
The 2010 nominees were announced on March 25 at “Let Her Voice Be Heard,” a reading and reception honoring LHU women. A celebration of women and women’s writing, the event featured readings by women writers from Lock Haven University as well as readings of various works by famous female authors by students and faculty. “Let Her Voice Be Heard” was sponsored by the President's Commission on the Status of Women, the HOPE Center, the Women's Studies Program, and the English Club.
Faculty nominees for Women of Distinction are Kim Alexander, Associate Professor of Sociology; Elizabeth Gruber, Associate Professor of English; Amy Kutay, Professor of Biology; Cheryl Newburg, Associate Professor of Psychology; Anna Mae Smith, Associate Professor and Associate Director, Physician Assistant; Carroll Rhodes, Director of Student Support, Academic Development and Counseling; and Amy Way, Associate Professor of Health Science, Clearfield Campus.
Staff nominees are Judy Hughes, Clerical Supervisor, Clearfield Campus; Krisy Meeker, Typist/Clerk, Small Business Development Center; and Kathy Ryan, Secretarial Supervisor, Performing Arts.
Student nominees are Jennifer Alles, Senior, Sociology/Social Work major; Gwen Grieb, Senior, Health Science/Pre-PA major; Nicole Jacobs, Graduate, Masters of Liberal Arts/GA Honors Program; Emma Randall, Sophomore, Sport Administration major; Christina Veppustek, Senior, Communication Studies major; and Kimberly Wonesky, Senior, Communication Media major.
The Woman of Distinction selection committee is comprised of faculty, staff and students. Serving on this year’s committee are faculty members Nicole Burkholder-Mosco, Associate Professor of English; Melinda Hodge, Professor of Art; and Jacqueline Whitling, Associate Professor and Chair, Department of Chemistry. Staff members on the committee are Tammy Houser, Secretary, Department of History, Political Science, Economics and Foreign Languages; and Cynthia Ward, Secretary, Human Resources. Students serving on the committee are Aaron Dabney, Sophomore, Business Administration major; and Jillian Tyson, Freshman, Health Science (Pre-PA) major.