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Karen R. Hitchcock New Frontiers Fund Tops $300,000

By Vinny Reda (September 10, 2004)

The newest Initiatives For Women (IFW) endowed fund, the Karen R. Hitchcock New Frontiers Fund, has raised more than $300,000, according to IFW officials. This includes a significant contribution by Hitchcock to her namesake fund. The new fund was announced at this year’s annual IFW Summer Celebration at which former President Hitchcock was honored and presented with a gift.

The New Frontiers Fund will make awards to female Ph.D. students at UAlbany who show great promise.

IFW Chair Kathy Turek said donations and pledges to the New Frontiers Fund have “exceeded our most optimistic projections.” She added, “The New Frontiers Fund is an open fund—we welcome additional contributions. The IFW Web pages provide donation instructions and a response form.”

With the success of the New Frontiers Fund, IFW has topped the fund-raising milestone of $1 million.

Also at the summer celebration, 32 of the 39 IFW 2004 award recipients accepted their awards in person from Hitchcock, the guest of honor. The scholarships totaled $38,350.

The two Presidential Awards were given to Debernee Pugh, a Ph.D. candidate in Criminal Justice and Ilene Rutten in Reading.

The Louise C. and Earl M. Applegate Award was given to Ana Ameal, a Ph.D. student in Languages, Literatures, and Cultures. The Lillian Barlow Award went to Maryna Bazlevych, a Ph.D. candidate in anthropology. Triparna Vasavada, a Ph.D. student in Public Administration, received the Christine E. Bose and Edna Acosta-Belen IFW Feminist Research Award. The Gloria R. DeSole Fund for IFW Award was given to Edwina Smith, a third-year communication student. The first Ford Foundation IFW Women in Science Fellowship award was given to Elizabeth Albert, a graduate student in geology. The Judy L. Genshaft Fund for IFW Scholarship was given to Christina Sebastian, development officer for the School of Education. The Anne Gustin Scholarship for Women in Law and Government was awarded to Min Xie, a Ph.D. candidate in criminal justice. The Haynes-Davis Memorial Scholarship was awarded to sociology major Alfrieda Walker. The Honoring Our Mothers Award was presented to Yinxia Cao, a Ph.D. candidate in Educational Administration and Policy Studies and a master’s student at Rockefeller College. The Initiatives For Women Endowment Award was presented to Xiaolei Chen, a graduate student in Latin American and Caribbean Studies. The Shirley J. Jones Opportunity Fund Award was given to Selket Lewis, a master’s/Ph.D. candidate in counseling psychology. The Secretarial-Clerical Council IFW Award was given to Dee Dee Mrak, a library employee and graduate student in the School of Information Science and Policy.

In addition, 25 general awards were given. For more information, see: