CONTACT: LESANNE B. FLIEHLER
100 Old Public Library
Iowa City IA 52242
(319) 384-0042; fax (319) 384-0024
Release: March 23, 1999
Annual tribute to women at the UI to be held March 30
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 held
4 to 6 p.m. Tuesday, March 30, in the IMU 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 UI Distinguished Achievement
Award, which this year will be given to Barbara Stay, professor
of biological sciences. Stay has been a faculty member at Iowa
since 1967, conducting research on the viviparous cockroach,
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 UI. 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
A celebration dinner follows the awards presentation at 6
p.m. Reservations are required for the dinner. Proceeds from
the dinner will benefit the work of the Lactation Facilities
Work Group, sponsored by the Family Services Charter Committee.
A different women's group is chosen as the dinner beneficiary
each year. Reservations may be made by calling 319-335-0746.
The Lactation Facilities Work Group was established in 1998
to support mothers who wish to continue breastfeeding while working
or enrolled at the university. The group strives to promote a
campus environment supportive of women who choose to breastfeed.
Funds received from the dinner will be used to expand and enhance
lactation facilities on campus. The group is sponsored by the
Family Issues Charter Committee.
In addition to the Distinguished Achievement Award, the following
scholarships and awards will be announced at the awards ceremony:
Adele Kimm Scholarship will be awarded to Sarah Freed,
an undergraduate student majoring in American 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 Willene Owens-Luper, a graduate student in educational
administration. 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 Nicole
Hill, an undergraduate student majoring in psychology. 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 the wellbeing of others.
Jean Y. Jew Women's Rights Award will be given to Susan
R. Johnson, M.D., associate dean for faculty affairs in the College
of Medicine and professor of obstetrics and gynecology. 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 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 the Associate Provost for Health
Sciences; Associated University Women; Central Mail System; College
of Engineering Administration; College of Medicine, Council on
the Status of Women; the Departments of Computer Science, Internal
Medicine, Microbiology, Physiology and Biophysics, Sociology,
and Theatre Arts; Finance and University Services; Graduate College;
IMU Catering; Information Technology Services; Mary Hendrix,
anatomy and cell biology; 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; School of Religion; University Libraries;
Women in Science and Engineering; and Women's Resource and Action
An American Sign Language interpreter will sign the awards
ceremony. Babysitting may be provided by volunteers. Please call
the Women's Resource and Action Center for more information,
335-1486, by Friday, March 26.
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 Wendy Brown in advance at 335-0557.