CONTACT: JANE HOSHI
100 Old Public Library
Iowa City IA 52242
(319) 384-0017; fax (319) 384-0024
Release: March 20, 2000
UI's annual tribute to women to be held March 28
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 held from 4 to 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 28,
in the Iowa Memorial Union Main Lounge. A reception begins at 4 p.m., followed
by the awards program at 5 p.m. The program is free and open to the public.
Special presentations will include the University of Iowa Distinguished
Achievement Award, which this year will be given to co-winners Mary Jo Lessmeier
and Josephine Gittler.
Lessmeier is detective sergeant with the UI Department of Public Safety
and has been an officer there for 25 years. She became a detective in 1986.
She has worked extensively with victims of sexual assault and has been a member
of the Johnson County Sexual Abuse Investigation Teams since 1993. She was
also a member of the Child Abuse Investigation Protocol Committee.
Gittler is professor of law and director of the National Maternal and Child
Health Resource Center. In 1973, she was the first woman appointed to the
faculty of the College of Law. She is recognized for her work in formulating
and implementing public policies and laws on behalf of disadvantaged women
and children, especially low-income women and children, women and children
of color, children with disabilities and chronic illness, abused and neglected
children and delinquent children.
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 6:30 p.m. Reservations
are required for the dinner. Proceeds from the dinner will benefit the Henry
B. Tippie College of Business Women in Business organization. A different
women's group is chosen as the dinner beneficiary each year. Reservations
may be made by calling 319-335-3555.
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 Jolene Marie
Stritecky, a graduate student in anthropology. 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 proposal title is, "Christianity and Women's Political
Activism in Solomon Islands."
Adele Kimm Scholarship will be awarded to Fiona Young, an undergraduate
student majoring in women's studies. 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
Lisa Devine, a graduate student in anthropology. 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 color.
Wynonna G. Hubbard Scholarship will be awarded to Dara Tene Hickman,
an undergraduate student majoring in pre-business and psychology. 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 Jean Martin of
Motor Vehicle Maintenance Service. 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
that she ultimately won. Given annually by the Council on the Status of Women
and the Women's Resource & 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 Dr. Francois Abboud; Admissions; the Associate Provost
for Health Sciences; Central Mail System; College of Engineering Administration;
College of Medicine; Council on the Status of Women; College of Public Health;
the Departments of Family Medicine, Internal Medicine, Microbiology, Pediatrics,
Physiology & Biophysics, and Sociology; Graduate College; Henry B. Tippie
College of Business; Human Resources; IMU Catering; Office of Affirmative
Action; Office of the Provost; Opportunity at Iowa; Printing Department; Support
Service Programs; University Libraries; Women in Science and Engineering;
and Women's Resource and Action Center.
The awards ceremony will be signed by an American Sign Language interpreter.
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 call (319) 335-3114 in advance.