CONTACT: LESANNE B. FLIEHLER
100 Old Public Library
Iowa City IA 52242
(319) 384-0042; fax (319) 384-0055
Annual tribute to women at the UI to be May 6
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- "A Celebration of Excellence and Achievement Among
Women," the university's annual tribute to the accomplishments of all
women at the university, will be Tuesday, May 6, 4-6 p.m. in the IMU Main
Lounge. The event is free and open to the public. The awards program will
begin at 5 p.m. with introductory remarks by Provost Jon Whitmore. The awards
ceremony will be signed by an American Sign Language interpreter.
Special presentations will include the University of Iowa Distinguished Achievement
Award, which this year will be given to two women: Mary Jo Small, associate
vice president for finance and university services, and N. Peggy Burke, associate
professor emeritus in sport, health, leisure, and physical studies.
The celebration first began when the university gathered in 1982 to award
the Jane A. Weiss Memorial Scholarship. This annual event has expanded in
scope, recognizing outstanding scholarship, research, service, leadership
and activism among undergraduate, graduate, staff, and faculty women at the
University of Iowa. The celebration now also includes the awarding of the
Jean Y. Jew Women's Rights Award, the Adele Kimm Scholarship, the Ada Johnson/Otilia
Maria Fernandez Women's Studies Scholarship, and the Wynonna Hubbard Scholarship.
A celebration dinner follows the awards presentation at 6 p.m. Reservations
are required for the dinner. Proceeds from the dinner will benefit the Pre-Vocational
Training Program. A different women's group is chosen as the dinner beneficiary
each year. Reservations may be made by calling the Pre-Vocational Training
Program at 335-0560.
The Pre-Vocational Training Program conducts training programs for girls
and women that promote nontraditional careers as a means of achieving job
satisfaction and greater economic independence. One such program is a 12-week
training session in which women have the opportunity to job-shadow in various
university maintenance shops. This experience, in combination with classroom
instruction, helps women prepare to enter jobs or further training in the
skilled trades or technical occupations. Through several training programs
and related consultation services to public and private organizations, the
Pre-Vocational Training Program demonstrates the full breadth of the university's
commitment to excellence and achievement among women in all professions.
In addition to the Distinguished Achievement Award, the following scholarships
and awards will be announced:
Jane A. Weiss Memorial Scholarship will be awarded to Paula Ford,
a graduate student in anthropology; and Catherine Halley, a graduate student
in English. The scholarship is named in honor of Jane Weiss, an assistant
professor of women's studies and sociology at the time of her death in 1981.
The award is made to the doctoral student whose dissertation promises to expand
understanding of important women's issues. Ford's dissertation is titled "Cultural
Politics and Women's Health Networks in Nicaragua." Halley's dissertation
is titled "Posing Lesbian: Femininity, Authenticity, and Representation."
Adele Kimm Scholarship will be awarded to Lindsay Farmer, an undergraduate
student in psychology. The scholarship began as a bequest from Adele Kimm,
in memory of her brother S. Conrad Kimm and his wife Hilda. The scholarship
is awarded by the Women's Studies Program.
Ada Johnson/Otilia Maria Fernandez Fellowship will be awarded to Julia
Siverls, a graduate student majoring in planning, policy, and leadership studies.
The fellowship is named in honor of two Iowa graduates who are among the first
African American and Latina women to be found in university records. The award
is given alternate years to an undergraduate or a graduate woman student of
Wynonna G. Hubbard Scholarship will be awarded to Rahni Spencer, an
undergraduate student majoring in theatre arts and communication studies.
Established by University of Iowa Vice President Emeritus Philip G. Hubbard,
in memory of his wife, the award is given each year to an African American
woman with a grade-point average of 3.0 or above who demonstrates an unusual
interest in the well-being of others.
Jean Y. Jew Women's Rights Award will be given to Yvonne "Bonnie"
Slatton, associate professor of sport, health, leisure, and physical studies.
The award is named for Jean Y. Jew, professor of anatomy, who fought an uphill
battle for more than a decade to defend herself against slander and sexual
harassment from faculty in her department, a struggle which she ultimately
won. Given annually by the Council on the Status of Women and the Women's
Resource and Action Center, the award honors a faculty, staff, or student
member of the university community who has demonstrated an outstanding effort
or achievement in improving the status of women on campus.
University sponsors of "A Celebration of Excellence and Achievement
Among Women" are Associated University Women, Campus Mail, Council on
the Status of Women, department of orthopaedic surgery, department of physiology
and biophysics, Finance and University Services, IMU Food Services, Affirmative
Action, Office of the President,
Office of the Provost, Office of the Vice President for Health Sciences,
Office of the Vice President for Research, Opportunity at Iowa, Printing Department,
Rape Victim Advocacy Program, University Libraries, Women's Resource and Action
Center, and Women's Studies Program.
If you need babysitting to attend this event, call the Women's Resource and
Action Center, 335-1486, by Friday morning, May 2.
Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend all University of
Iowa-sponsored events. If you are a person with a disability who requires
an accommodation in order to participate in this program, please contact Sara
Piere in advance at 335-3555.