Jane Weston Chapman Award Winners Announced

March 30, 2016

ALLIANCE, Ohio – The 2016 Jane Weston Chapman Awards were presented March 29 at the Women’s History Month keynote address at the University of Mount Union.

Mount Union Director of Student Involvement and Leadership Kate Carnell presented awards to students Morgyn Miller, a sophomore of Barberton, Ohio, and Reilly Augustine, a junior of Euclid, Ohio, and faculty member Kimberly Kenney, adjunct professor of history.

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.

Miller, who is pursuing a degree in National Security and Foreign Intelligence, serves as president of the Association of Women Students (AWS). This year, she hosted a showing and panel discussion of Miss Representation, a documentary that analyzes how mainstream media contributes to the under- and misrepresentations of women in influential positions. Miller also coordinates a mentorship program for incoming first-year women and currently serves as finance assistant for her sorority, Alpha Delta Pi.

“One of Alpha Delta Pi’s core values is sisterhood, and Morgyn exemplifies this ideal in all of her actions,” said her nominator. “She also brings women’s issues to the attention of our sisters, as she always informs us of upcoming AWS events.”

Augustine, a neuroscience major and Chinese minor, has helped organize the Domestic Violence Shelter workshop for Mount students, along with The Miss Representation movie/panel, Take Back the Night and AWS Little Big program this year. She serves as the Vice President of AWS and held the position of treasurer and student senate representative last year.

“She definitely promotes gender equality, educates students on women’s history and encourages women’s participation in all areas of society,” her nominator said. “Reilly is dedicated to making Mount Union a better campus by educating the students on the importance of women’s and gender equality issues.”

According to her nominator, Kenney, the curator at the McKinley Presidential Library and Museum, “exemplifies personal excellence, commitment to first-rate teaching, community involvement, and dedication to demonstrating the power and importance of women – both in our nation, state, county and local community.” Her nominator also wrote that Kenney incorporates the centrality, importance, challenges and successes of women in her classroom, as chief curator at the McKinley Museum and in her cultural outreach. Earlier this month, she delivered a public lecture at Rodman Library on the history of Woman Suffrage in the United States, further serving to demonstrate her commitment to educating the community. 

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