Jane Weston Chapman Award Honors Two Members of Campus Community

March 09, 2010

Junior Kristin Reeder and Dr. Kathleen Piker-King were presented with the 2010 Jane Weston Chapman Award for their contributions to enhancing the climate for women's participation throughout the Mount Union College community at the Women’s History Month Keynote Address held on Thursday, March 4.

                                            Dr. Kathleen Piker-King and Kristin Reeder 

A junior history major from Hilliard, OH, Reeder has been a three-year member of the Association of Women Students (AWS), serving as vice president then president. Reeder was responsible for coordinating the campus event, Take Back the Night for the past two years. She also attended the first national Take Back the Night conference in New York where she learned about Take Back the Night events around the country. During her tenure as president of AWS, Reeder worked with the Women’s History Month committee, the Gay Straight Alliance and other groups and individuals to plan a variety of gender issue related events.

Reeder serves as treasurer of the Feminist Majority Foundation, a fledgling student organization. She is also vice president of Alpha Xi Delta sorority, a member of the Residence Life staff, involved in the Mount Union College History Society and has served as a Preview and Orientation guide.

In addition, Reeder received recognition through membership in Alpha Lambda Delta, Sophomore Service Honorary and she has been named to the Dean’s List several times. Reeder is committed to bringing women’s issues to the attention of her peers and others.

Piker-King, professor of sociology and chair of the Department of Sociology, has been a member of the Mount Union faculty since 1978. She is dedicated to addressing and educating students and the campus community about women’s issues. Piker-King is an instructor of the Sociology of Gender course in which she teaches on topics of gender roles in families, occupations, politics, religion and sexism in contemporary American society. She also served as the director of the gender studies program for four years during which she guided the first program review of the gender studies minor.

In addition to her efforts in the classroom, Piker-King has been an active member of the Women’s History Month planning committee since its inception. She also volunteers on the ad hoc committee to ensure and plan a successful schedule of events for the Mount Union College community.

Piker-King assists in the planning of Women’s History Month to ensure a successful month-long celebration.  She maintains a high level of personal commitment to women’s history and the on-going issues related to gender in our society.

The award, named for the first female graduate of Mount Union, has been a part of Women's History Month at Mount Union since 1997. It is awarded to faculty, staff and students, male or female, who spread women's history and address women's issues on campus.

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