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Lt. Gov. Barbara Lawton presents the keynote speach at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh’s ninth-annual Celebration of Women, April 2 at Gruenhagen Conference Center. The Social Justice Week event, presented by the University’s Gender Equity Council, also included the program “Honoring Caregivers in Wartime: Stories of RNs in Major U.S. Conflicts.”

Many groups and individuals from the University and community were recognized for their contributions and achievements on campus and beyond:

  • Kadijhia Kelly, a counselor with Reach Counseling Services working in the Campus Violence Prevention Project, will receive an Outstanding Woman of Color in Education Award from UW System for her work as a victim advocate.
  • Deb Vercauteren will receive an award to honor the all-around success that she has achieved as University of Wisconsin Oshkosh head coach of women’s cross country and track and field by the United States Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA).
  • UW System has appointed Karen King (public affairs) and Jennifer Mihalick (chemistry) as Wisconsin Teaching Scholars, and Jennifer Considine (communication) and Annette Smith (human services and educational leadership) as Wisconsin Teaching Fellows for 2009-2010.
  • The UW System Institute on Race and Ethnicity has awarded Campus Reading Seminar grants to three UW Oshkosh faculty members: Liz Cannon, LGBTQ Resource Center director, and Karen Gibson and Susan Cramer, both of the College of Education and Human Services.
  • CCDET employment specialists Jacqueline Foth of Menasha, Kaylee Foulkes of Oshkosh, Cathy Gottshall of Menasha and Marsha Snow of Appleton received the Governor’s Integrated Employment Award for assisting people with disabilities obtain and maintain employment.
  • Lisa Szromba, assistant director of academic advising, received the Advising Profession Impact Award for faculty or full-time advisers who have five or fewer years of experience and have made a significant impact on their unit, on campus or in the field of advising.
  • Liz Whalley, associate director of academic advising and exploratory advising, received the Advising Excellence Award, which is granted to those who exhibit exemplary qualities of an academic adviser, including strong interpersonal skills, a caring attitude and behavior that builds strong relationships with advisees, and mastery of institutional regulations, policies and procedures.
  • UW Oshkosh Jewish studies professor Jodi Eichler-Levine was among 25 educators from across the U.S. chosen to attend the Institute for Educators program, hosted by the Jewish Women’s Archive, in Brookline, Mass., in July.
  • Jacque Bollinger, assistant director of staffing and residence life at the UW Oshkosh, has been elected to the Executive Board of the Association of College and University Housing Officers-International (ACUHO-I).
  • IMC’s efforts to promote women and diversity with authenticity throughout publications, media relations and new media strategies on behalf of units, colleges and programs are reflected in industry recognition, including ADDY, Admissions Marketing Report, and Council for the Advancement and Support of Education (CASE V) awards.
  • In recognition of performance above and beyond the expectations of their positions and responsibilities, STAR Awards were bestowed upon the following women the past year: Michelle Lamb, a senior IS operations technician in the Financial Aid Office; Gail (Abendroth) Marciniak, a program assistant in Residence Life; Red Darland, a purchasing agent/purchasing card administrator in Administrative Services’ purchasing department; Terry Coleman, a student services coordinator in the College of Business’s MBA program; and Nancy Bielak, Parking Services manager.
  • In addition, the University has received approval from the UW System Board of Regents to offer a women’s studies major beginning in fall 2009. The interdisciplinary program focuses on the status, experiences, and achievements of women and/or the analysis of how gendered social structures are created and perpetuated.

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