CONTACT: LESANNE B. FLIEHLER
100 Old Public Library
Iowa City IA 52242
(319) 384-0042; fax (319) 384-0024
Annual tribute to women at the UI to be May 5
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- "A Celebration of Excellence and Achievement
Among Women," the University of Iowa's annual tribute to the accomplishments
of all women at the university, will be Tuesday, May 5, 4-6 p.m. in the
IMU Main Lounge. This program is free and open to the public. The awards
program will begin at 5 p.m. with introductory remarks by President Mary
Special presentations will include the University of Iowa Distinguished
Achievement Award, which this year will be given to Jean Kendall, former
director of the Iowa Memorial Union, who retired in January after serving
the University for more than 50 years.
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 G. 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
Women in Computer Science organization. A different women's group is chosen
as the dinner beneficiary each year. Reservations may be made by calling
Women in Computer Science (WICS) was formed to inspire interest in,
understanding of, and opportunity for women and minorities in computer
science. The group's mission is to promote a supportive environment in
which to study and work and to develop an appreciation for the differences
each person brings to the field of computer science. WICS organizes seminars,
provides tutoring, assists students through computer loans, and promotes
mentoring of new students by older students. WICS membership includes both
women and men who are students, faculty, staff, and graduates of the department.
Former students provide important connections to business and industry.
Current students play a key role in WICS as active role models for new
college students and for elementary and secondary school students through
WICS outreach programs.
In addition to the Distinguished Achievement Award, the following scholarships
and awards will be announced at the awards ceremony:
Jane A. Weiss Memorial Scholarship will be awarded to Mary Beth
Combs, a graduate student in economics. 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. Her dissertation is titled "The Married Women's Property Acts
and Wealthholding Patterns of the British Middle-Class, 1851-1901."
Adele Kimm Scholarship will be awarded to Patricia Reid, a graduate
student in history. 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 Nicole Hayter, an undergraduate student majoring in history. 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
Wynonna G. Hubbard Scholarship will be awarded to Elaina Livings,
an undergraduate student majoring in pre-business. Established by UI 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 thewell-being of
Jean Y. Jew Women's Rights Award will be given to Christine H.B.
Grant, director of UI Women's Athletics. 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 Associate Provost for Health Sciences, Associated
University Women, Campus Mail, College of Business Administration, College
of Nursing, Council on the Status of Women, Department of Dermatology,
Department of Internal Medicine, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Department
of Physiology and Biophysics, Engineering Administration, Finance and University
Services, IMU Food Services, Information Technology Services, Linda and
Rick Maxson, Office of Affirmative Action, Office of the President, Office
of the Provost, Office of the Vice President for Research, Opportunity
at Iowa, Pre-Vocational Training Program, Printing Department, Rape Victim
Advocacy Program, University Libraries, Women in Computer Science, Women
in Science and Engineering, Women's Resource and Action Center, and Women's
The awards ceremony will be signed by an American Sign Language interpreter.
Babysitting may be provided by volunteers. Please call the Women's Resource
and Action Center for more information, 335-1486, by May 1.
Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend all UI-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