Women's History Month Reception and Awards Ceremony Friday

March 24, 2016

Come celebrate the women of Emporia State University’s past, present and future on Friday, March 25 from 3:30pm – 5:00pm at the Sauder Alumni Center. The Ethnic and Gender Studies program and the Department of Interdisciplinary Studies are sponsoring the reception.

Join the women and men of the Emporia community in celebration of the 2016 Women’s History Month Reception and Awards Ceremony. The recipients of this year’s Ruth Schillinger Award and Susan B. Anthony Scholarship will also be honored.

The first reception took place in March 1996 when the first Schillinger Award was given to Ruth Schillinger herself. This year marks the 21st anniversary of the Schillinger Award..

The Ruth Schillinger Award is named after a Dean of Women and ESU’s first Affirmative Action officer. To earn this award an individual must make extraordinary contributions to the women of Emporia State over a sustained period.

Dr. Marcia Schulmeister, professor of physical sciences, is this year’s recipient.  Dr. Schulmeister serves as director of the earth science programs in the physical sciences department. She has organized multiple events for women geologists, including serving on the Board of Directors of the Association of Women Geologists and organizing talks from prominent women geologists. Dr. Schulmeister has been an active volunteer in the Expanding Your Horizons program, which brings middle school girls to ESU to expose them to math and science events. She has also served for several years on the Ethnic and Gender Studies Steering Committee.

Finally, the Susan B. Anthony Scholarship is awarded to an ESU student who has demonstrated the most beneficial input into the growth and education of women on the ESU campus in addition to excellence in scholarship.

Receiving the scholarship for the 2016-2017 academic year will be Holly Davis.  Holly is an elementary education major, planning to graduate next May. While at Emporia State, she has been actively involved in BUILD Beauty, working to encourage women’s confidence and self-esteem. In the summer of 2015, she gave an interactive presentation to young girls in Big Brothers Big Sisters on this same theme, focusing on decreasing self-doubt created by media pressures. She continues to advocate for women in a variety of ways.

Friends and family of award recipients, students, and community members are welcome to join ESU as we honor hard working and amazing women.

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