Success Multiplies: March
10 Event Planned
of Undergraduate Studies Sue Faerman
For Women (IFW) has been so successful that
last year it gave out more than eight times
the amount of award money to UAlbany students
and staff than it did in its first year, 1994.
During that same period of time, the number
of awards given almost quadrupled, from 10
awards in 1994 to 38 in 2004.
IFW was first launched in 1993 under the
leadership of Gloria DeSole, with the mission
of enriching educational and career opportunities
for women students, faculty, and staff at the
University. To date, IFW has given out $237,353
in awards to 330 undergraduate and graduate
students, faculty, and staff, who have used
the money to pay for everything from tuition
to books and travel expenses for research and
doctoral conferences. Currently functioning
under the Academic Affairs office as an all-volunteer
organization comprised of faculty, administrators,
and staff, this spring IFW is committed to
raising more than $20,000 to be awarded this
summer to deserving individuals. A fund-raising
appeal is in the works and a letter has gone
out to supporters both on and off campus. Contributions
may be sent to IFW at LE-G60. Checks should
be made out to the University at Albany Foundation.
Questions may be directed to Meredith Butler,
who is strategic planning/fund-raising chair.
One of the traditional goals of IFW has been
education, and each year, IFW has held a Winter
Forum, covering topics such as women’s
health issues, women in the arts, and women
in technology. This year, the Winter Forum
is being planned for Thursday, March 10, at
5:30 p.m. in the Campus Center Assembly Hall.
Past recipients of IFW awards have been invited
back to talk about their accomplishments since
receiving the IFW support.
Given the growth of IFW, readers probably
won’t be surprised to hear that it has
outgrown its prior leadership and organizational
structure. Since Kathy Turek was named chair
in 2002, the scope of responsibilities to run
IFW has gone far beyond just chairing the meetings.
Turek’s retirement from the University
in June 2004 left a void that now will be filled
by a Leadership Council, consisting of eight
women who will split the tasks Turek and her
predecessors, Carol Bullard and DeSole, once
In addition to the Leadership Council, the
new structure will rely on IFW members to participate
in a range of IFW subcommittees.
Dean of Undergraduate Studies and Director
of the Center for Excellence in Teaching and
Learning Sue Faerman will be the primary spokeswoman
and point person, overseeing operations and
chairing the Leadership Council. Faerman said, “IFW
has adopted a shared leadership model that
truly reflects the grass-roots, collaborative
spirit under which we were founded. Moreover,
this model reflects the new type of leadership
approach that many organizations are adopting
in the 21st century. It is a model that allows
people to contribute as leaders based on their
abilities and areas of expertise.”
Other members of the new IFW Leadership
Council, in addition to Faerman and Butler,
include Shai Brown, membership coordinator;
Diane Cardone, financial manager; Carol Anne
Germain, award application committee lead co-chair;
Christine Haile, campus leadership liaison;
Greta Petry, public relations chair; and Rosann
Santos; events coordinator.
If You Wish to apply for a 2005 IFW award, go
to the IFW Web site at www.albany.edu.ifw/ for
eligibility guidelines and applications
procedures. Applications are
due by Friday, Feb. 18.