IFW Awards Give Boost to Campus's Women
When Marion Harris, a 69-year-old Ph.D. student, needed money to help complete her research, she knew just where to turn. Harris is one of the recipients of a $1,000 Presidential Award from Initiatives for Women. Offering women at the University at Albany the opportunity to do everything from travel to Mexico to building their own private rooms, Initiatives For Women (IFW), has been providing a valuable service for students, faculty and programs by awarding grants for the past two years. IFW, a fund-raising organization at the University designed to enhance educational and career opportunities for women, has given awards to 17 women this year.
"I am so excited about winning the award," Harris said. "And with the help from the grant I am making great progress with my research." She added that one of the other winners, Marcia Esparza, has agreed to act as an interpreter for her, which will allow Harris to include Latino women in her research.
In an effort to keep the funds coming in, IFW hosts a Champagne Supper on Tuesday, Nov. 7, at 5:30 p.m. at the Colonie Country Club in Voorheesville. The evening's guest speaker will be Barbara A. DeBuono, New York State Commis-sioner of Health, speaking on "Women and Health: Preparing for the 21st Century." Tickets are $60.
The awards, given in varying amounts, provide these women with the means to advance themselves personally and professionally.
Those receiving Presidential Awards of $1,000 each this year are:
- Marcia Esparza, a Ph.D. student in Sociology, who wants to visit Chiapis, Mexico as part of a study of human rights and the Zapatista movement.
- Marion Harris, a (non-traditional) Ph.D. student, who will study mental health issues of white and black elderly women and draw comparisons between New York City and Albany.
- Lakishia Jetter, a University staff member, who will pursue an undergraduate computer science degree.
- Margery Saunders, a Ph.D. student in Social Welfare, to conduct evaluation research of the Center for Women in Government's leadership intern program (a program which encourages teenage women of color to consider careers in public policy and
- Catharine Sustana, a graduate student in English, who will use her award to create a "room of her own" to engage in creative writing projects.
Other awards went to:
- Nancy Belowich-Negron, director of the Office of Disabled Student Services, to attend an institute on leadership education, to help empower disabled students.
- Elissa Brown, a Ph.D. student in Psychology, to undertake thesis research in the clinical psychology effects of disclosing rape.
- Loucia Constantinou, a Ph.D. student in Educational Theory and Prac-tice, to return to Cyprus for completion of research on teacher education.
- The Institute for Research on Women, to create a competitive award for a faculty woman to write research grants.
- Jo-Anne Latza, a (non-traditional) undergraduate student in Sociology with a Psychology minor, who will use her award for tuition for two courses.
- Carol Sanchez, an MFA student in printmaking, who will purchase special tools to advance knowledge of mezzotint technique.
- Eileen Scanlon, a University staff member, for tuition for CPA exam preparation.
- Robin Shepard, a Ph.D. student in Criminal Justice, to attend the Amer-ican Society of Criminal Justice and present a paper on police supervision.
- Heather Sullivan-Catlin, a Ph.D. student in Sociology, to study co-housing communities and shared facilities and their impact on women.
- Julie Tomaso, an MFA student, to purchase materials for her MFA thesis exhibit paintings.
- Shannon Turner, a Ph.D. student in Clinical Psychology, to research irritable bowel syndrome (which primarily affects women) and cognitive therapy and
- Annie Verbicky, a Ph.D. student in English, to videotape the performance of her play, "Crossing Over: I'm Gonna Make it After All" on gender roles, to be shown at the New England Women's Studies Association meeting.
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