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Release: Sept. 27, 2000
UI senior earns Glamour's 'Top Ten College Women of Year' award
IOWA CITY- University of Iowa senior Nicole J. Kirkwood of Dyersville, Iowa,
is featured in the October issue of "Glamour" as one the magazine's
"Top Ten College Women of the Year." "Glamour" annually
recognizes college female seniors for their outstanding achievements in academics,
leadership and contributions to society.
Kirkwood says the $1,000 accompanying scholarship, the expense-paid trip
to New York City and personal introductions to some of the nation's leading
women, including UNICEF director Carol Bellamy and author Naomi Wolf, all
have been humbling.
"To stand in a crowd of women who inspire me is empowering. The magazine
has given me a medium to get my message about mental health across, and the
recognition tells me that I'm doing something right."
Kirkwood, a Presidential Scholar, recently helped launch enABLE, an Iowa
City-area advocacy and support network that provides resources for persons
struggling with mental health problems. She became involved with the project
last summer after being diagnosed with bipolar disorder, commonly known as
"I want to make things easier on others who will travel the same road
as I have," she says, alluding to her new dot-org plans.
Since July, she has been developing www.feel-better.org,
a site that when up in the coming weeks, will offer a forum for mental disorder
sufferers to talk about their challenges and share non-medical advice with
persons dealing with similar illnesses. Feel-better.org will not be a substitute
for professional mental health services, Kirkwood says.
Kirkwood's academic focus in her economics and global studies majors has
led her to a 3.95 grade point average. She is involved and holds several officer
positions in 25 campus activities in addition to earning 12 UI, state and
national honors and awards, including the Virgil Hancher Scholarship. As a
UI junior, she was initiated into Phi Beta Kappa, was named a Harry S. Truman
Scholarship finalist for 2000, and will soon see her co-authored research
with associate professor of economics John Solow published in the Journal
of Economic Behavior and Organization.
Kirkwood will travel to The Hauge, Netherlands for the Nov. 18-25 United
Nations Climate Summit, where she will join 200 other university and college
students from around the country who competitively applied to take part in
the event. Kirkwood's trip is co-sponsored by Ozone Action, a non-profit climate
Kirkwood is the second successive UI Student Government member and UI female
to receive the "Glamour" honor. Lana Zak (B.A.'00), former UISG
president was featured by the magazine last fall and encouraged Kirkwood to
submit her own resume, supporting letters, and essays, which is required of