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:

Other awards went to:

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