Four from SCJ Take Initiatives for Women Awards

IFW Award winners Assistant Professor Cynthia Najdowski, Dean Alan Lizotte and Ph.D. Student Arna Carlock. (Missing: Doctoral Student Jeaneé Miller)

The School of Criminal Justice has long been home to numerous Initiatives for Women Award recipients, and this year is no different. Doctoral students Arna Carlock and Jeaneé Miller and Assistant Professor Cynthia Najdowski were honored at the annual IFW Summer Celebration on July 17. Dean Alan Lizotte was also recognized with the Bread and Roses Award. 

Arna Carlock

Arna Carlock received an award from the Karen R. Hitchcock New Frontiers Fund. The Hitchcock Fund was established by the friends and colleagues of Dr. Karen R. Hitchcock, 16th president of the University at Albany. It provides scholarships to doctoral-level women students at the University who show great promise of making a positive, transformational difference in our society. Carlock used her award to defray costs of presenting her dissertation research at the 2014 American Society of Criminology Annual Meeting.

Jeaneé Miller

Jeaneé Miller received the Shirley J. Jones Opportunity Fund Award. The Jones Fund provides support to an African-American woman student pursuing a doctoral degree. Recipients must be advocates for social justice and demonstrate characteristics of a change agent -- being proactive, creative, innovative, and willing to take risks and face challenges. Miller used her award to partially fund travel to urban archives in the Philadelphia area to collect data for the completion of her dissertation research, which compares the histories, including crime variables, of four Philadelphia neighborhoods and examines those areas' experiences with diversity.

Cynthia Najdowski

The Judy L. Genshaft Award went to Assistant Professor Cynthia Najdowski. The Genshaft Award provides support for a woman faculty or staff member at the University at Albany to participate in professional development, preferably through a seminar, workshop or institute, for candidates who are seeking a career in higher education administration. Najdowski used her award to attend the 122nd American Psychological Association Convention where she presented her research on issues affecting children in the legal system.

Alan Lizotte

The 2014 Bread and Roses Award was presented to Dean Alan Lizotte. This award recognizes individuals who have made extraordinary contributions on behalf of gender equity that enhances the quality of life for women at the University at Albany.