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2012 IUPUI outstanding women leaders honored

Dawn Whitehead (from left), Amy Jones Richardson, Nancy Robertson, Chancellor Bantz, Pamela Perry, and Melissa Kacena. Not pictured are winners Ronda Henry Anthony and Mary Jane Brown and the student winners.
Dawn Whitehead (from left), Amy Jones Richardson, Nancy Robertson, Chancellor Bantz, Pamela Perry, and Melissa Kacena. Not pictured are winners Ronda Henry Anthony and Mary Jane Brown and the student winners. View print-quality image

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April 23, 2012

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Seven faculty and staff and five students were honored as Outstanding IUPUI Woman Leaders at the Women’s Leadership Reception last month.

Executive Vice Chancellor Uday Sukhatme opened the event with welcoming remarks followed by a keynote address by Khaula Murtadha, associate vice chancellor for lifelong learning speaking on this year’s theme: “Women Education – Women’s Empowerment.” Chancellor Charles Bantz gave closing remarks.

The faculty and staff awards are designated by the categories “veteran” and “newcomer.” The “veteran” award is for faculty or staff members who have been at IUPUI over five years and the “newcomer” designation is for those who have been employed less than five.

This year’s Woman Faculty "veteran" award was made to Nancy M. Robertson, associate professor of history and philanthropic studies, and director of women’s studies program in the IU School of Liberal Arts. Two faculty members were honored in the Outstanding Woman Faculty “newcomer” category this year: Rhonda Henry Anthony, associate professor of English and African Studies, and director of the Olaniyan Scholars Program, IU School of Liberal Arts, and Melissa Ann Kacena, assistant professor of orthopaedic surgery.

Two Outstanding Woman Staff “veteran” awards were given this year to Mary Jane Brown, executive director, Center for Adult and Lifelong Learning, IUPUI Division of Continuing Studies and Pamela Su Perry, communications director, IU School of Medicine. The Outstanding Woman Staff “newcomer” award went to Dawn M. Whitehead, director of curriculum internationalization in the IUPUI Office of International Affairs.

This year’s 2012 Inspirational Woman award was presented to Amy Jones Richardson, assistant director of recruitment, retention, and academic services with the IU School of Liberal Arts. The IUPUI Inspirational Woman award recognizes a nominee whose dedication, service and generosity is beyond the call of duty and whose work and life story inspires us.

The Office of Student Involvement named five women as Outstanding Woman Student Leaders at the reception: Sarah Nathan, a graduate student in philanthropic studies; Jessica Jackson, a senior in biology; Ashley Winfield, a senior in biology; Fatoumata Bah, a junior in chemistry and Kimberly Mezger, a senior in English.

Nominations are solicited from the campus community and the awards are given annually by the Office for Women and the Office of Student Involvement as part of the Women’s History Month celebration.