Karen R. Hitchcock New Frontiers
Fund Tops $300,000
By Vinny Reda (September 10,
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
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
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.
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
In addition, 25 general awards were given.
For more information, see: www.albany.edu/ifw/recipients/recip2004.htm.