Jane Weston Chapman Awards Presented

March 30, 2012

The 2012 Jane Weston Chapman Awards were presented at the May 29 Women’s History Month keynote address at the University of Mount Union.

Mount Union Associate Dean of Students Karen Petko presented awards to senior Breanna Willis and faculty members Theresa Davis, history instructor, and Katherine E. Carnell, director of student involvement and leadership.

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.

Willis, a sport business major of Navarre, organized the inaugural University of Mount Union “Pink” softball game as a sport business project. The game was between Mount Union and Wilmington College and was held to celebrate the life of Donna Newberry of Muskingum College, who passed away last year of breast cancer. According to her nominator, Willis contacted all of the teams in the Ohio Athletic Conference in order to solicit cooperation for the idea. She was able to receive many donations to be auctioned, which meant going from business to business soliciting items for the event. The game raised a significant amount of money to be donated to breast cancer research. In 2012, the Ohio Athletic Conference has adopted the Pink Game for all of its schools. The Pink Game will take place on Saturday, April 28 at each respective institution in the conference.

“Bre’s efforts have created a lasting memorial for a beloved coach,” said her nominator. “Additionally, all of the Ohio Athletic Conference schools are contributing to the eventual cure for breast cancer.”

Davis, a full-time lecturer of history and a 1995 Mount Union graduate, created the course in women’s history at Mount Union. She is active on the Women’s History Month steering committee and the subject of her doctoral dissertation is women’s rights in nineteenth century America. She serves on a broad range of administrative organizations on campus, including SCHOLAR DAY, the assessment committee and the American Studies faculty board.

“Terry is an outstanding exemple of the vision of coeducation as reality, herald of women’s history, and someone who has, by her hard work and dedication, enhanced the climate for women’s participation at Mount Union,” her nominator wrote.

According to Carnell’s nominator, she wrote, submitted and secured an outside grant for a significant amount of programming money to fund a semester-long series of programs promoting women’s issues on campus. The series, called CONFIDENCE U, address topics such as ‘mean girls,’ men and feminism, disordered eating and worldwide issues of oppression. Additionally, as advisor to Mount Union’s sororities and fraternities, Carnell strives to make sure Mount Union fraternity men are made aware of and provided education with regard to gender issues, the responsibility they have to be sensitive to these issues and the role they play in either perpetuating or leveling the playing field.

“I continue to be impressed by her unwavering commitment to helping students succeed, which is demonstrated by her passion for ensuring that all students are provided with the tools that they need to be successful,” her nominator said.

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