Celebration of Excellence to honor Mary Hendrix, give six awards
Mary Hendrix, professor and head of anatomy and cell biology, will receive the Distinguished Achievement Award at this years Celebration of Excellence and Achievement Among Women. The University of Iowas annual tribute to the accomplishments of all women at the University will begin with a reception at 4 p.m. March 31 in the IMU Main Lounge, followed by the program at 4:30 p.m. The program is free and open to the public.
In addition to the presentation of the Distinguished Achievement Award, recipients of the following scholarships and awards will be announced:
The Jane A. Weiss Memorial Scholarship is named in honor of Jane Weiss, an assistant professor of womens studies and sociology until her death in 1981. The award is made to doctoral students whose dissertations promise to expand understanding of important womens issues.
The Adele Kimm Scholarship is given each year to a deserving student in the Department of Womens Studies.
The Ada Johnson/Otilia Maria Fernandez 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.
The Wynonna G. Hubbard Scholarship was established by the late 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.
The Jean Y. Jew Womens Rights 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 Womens Resource and Action Center (WRAC), the award honors a faculty, staff or student member of the University community who has demonstrated effort or achievement in improving the status of women on campus.
The Margaret P. Benson Memorial Scholarship was created by a designated bequest to the University of Iowa Foundation to recognize qualified female applicants who demonstrate financial need and are committed to womens issues, diversity, and social activism. One or two awards are available each year.