Three honored during Women's History Month

March 25, 2015

Three women received awards during the 2015 Women’s History Month Reception and Awards Ceremony this month. The Ethnic and Gender Studies program and the Department of Interdisciplinary Studies sponsored the reception.

The first reception took place in March 1996 when the first Ruth Schillinger Award was given to Ruth Schillinger herself. This year marks the 20th 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. Heidi Hamilton, associate professor of communication and theatre, is this year’s recipient.  Dr. Hamilton teaches courses in communication and gender, social movements, and persuasion. Serving for several years on the Ethnic and Gender Studies Steering Committee, she is currently the Director of the Ethnic and Gender Studies Program.  Dr. Hamilton’s research focuses on women and political communication, including women politicians, social movement activists, and those involved in international diplomacy.

The Mary Headrick Award is named after a counselor in the ESU Counseling Center, this award is designed for those who go the extra mile and make a long-term commitment to promote the growth of women in our schools and community.

This year’s recipient of the Mary Headrick award is Dr. Ann Miller.  Dr. Miller is an associate professor of counselor education and the Director of Community Counseling Services. She teaches several counseling skills courses, and supervises and facilitates practicum for graduate counseling students. Dr. Miller established a women’s counseling group at Community Counseling Services and the Lyon County Jail to assist women affected by Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and substance abuse..

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 2015-2016 academic year will be Hayley Yocum.  Hayley is a sophomore in the social sciences department.  Hayley is a peer academic leader here at ESU, helping other students succeed, and is a member of THRIVE (The Healthy Relationship & Interpersonal Violence Education program).  Hayley’s goal is to teach history, and to inspire her female students to be involved in politics.