Jane Weston Chapman Awards Honor Three Members of Campus Community

March 31, 2009

Dr. Sarah Torok, Lindsey Coyle and Linda Pauli are the recipients of the 2009 Jane Weston Chapman Awards.Dr. Sarah Torok, Linda Pauli and senior Lindsey Coyle were recognized with the Jane Weston Chapman award for their contributions in enhancing the climate for women's participation in any and all areas of Mount Union College community life at the Women’s History Month Convocation held March 31 in the Dewald Chapel.

The award, named for the first female graduate of Mount Union College, has been a part of Women's History Month at the College 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.

Torok, assistant professor of psychology, is dedicated to addressing women’s issues through her service-learning partnership with the Alliance YWCA, which she began in the spring of 2008. Students in her Gender Psychology class helped the YWCA develop and implement programming on bullying, body image and self esteem for the middle school girls in the Girls Together program. The Girls Together program culminated last year with a retreat on campus during which Torok and her students participated in many team building activities with the girls.

“Dr. Sarah Torok is committed to bettering the lives of women at Mount Union and in Alliance through her research and teaching practice,” said her nominator.

Pauli is director of the Health Center at the College. She makes sure Mount Union students have the information they need to live productive, healthy lives and make informed decisions that could impact them later in life. In this role, she coordinates several monthly campaigns on campus to address topics in conjunction with World AIDS Day, Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Diabetes Awareness Month, Healthy Heart Month and the Women’s Red Dress Campaign. In addition, she provides blood-borne pathogen training to protect both staff and students. She is also active beyond Mount Union, serving on the program planning committee and representing the nurse-directed health services for the American College Health Association Annual Convention.

“Linda personifies the philosophy of life-long learning that we embrace in higher education and has been committed for more than 20 years to serving Mount Union College and the Alliance community,” said her nominator.

Coyle is a senior business administration major of Parma. She is member of the Association of Women Students and takes a strong role annually in Take Back the Night. An active member of APO, UMADD and the Association of Women Students, she has served as a program administrator for Residence Life and is a Dowling Mentor. She has been a team leader for several years for the Making Strides breast cancer walk and is heavily involved in Relay for Life and CHOICES.

“Lindsey’s dedication to strengthening the awareness of Mount Union students, staff and faculty about women’s health issues is what makes her stand out,” said her nominator. “She has contributed a great deal to our campus as a strong woman leader.”

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