Jane Weston Chapman Awards Presented at Convocation

April 08, 2010

Dr. Ann M. Ritchey, Pia Fitzgerald, and seniors Jennifer Thurin and Melissa J. Fleming were honored with Jane Weston Chapman Awards at a Women's History Month convocation Thursday, March 6.


Front row (from left to right):  Pia Fitzgerald and Melissa Fleming. Back row (from left to right):  Ann Ritchey and Jennifer Thurin.

Front row (from left to right): Pia Fitzgerald and Melissa Fleming. Back row (from left to right): Ann Ritchey and Jennifer Thurin.


Named for the first woman graduate of Mount Union, the awards are presented annually to the members of the faculty, staff and student body who spread women's history, address women's issues and generally enhance the climate for women's participation in any and all areas of campus life.

In her third year at Mount Union, Ritchey, assistant professor of mathematics, is a member of Mount Union Women and has been involved with the planning of Women's History Month.

"This award recognizes people that help make women strong on campus," said Ritchey.

According to Ritchey, this award helps her break the male-dominated stereotype of the mathematics discipline, and encourage women into the profession.

Fitzgerald, assistant director of residence life, recruits and selects resident assistants. She also coordinates the Great Expectations College Preparatory program at the College. Dr. Carol E. Canavan, chair of the award committee, said Fitzgerald has been the driving force for the past two years in creating, publicizing and maintaining the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day "Tunnel of Oppression."

Thurin, of Louisville, is a member of Alpha Phi Omega, Psi Kappa Omega academic honor society, Student National Education Association and women's tennis team. The early childhood education major received the Laurie Kolenbrander Award and has been on the Dean's List.

"Her dedication to her studies, her employment in our office and her extra-curricular activities are admirable," said Canavan.

Fleming, of Delaware, is a member of Alpha Phi Omega, Kappa Delta Pi education honorary, the Association of Women Students, the Association of International Students and Student Activities Council. The Spanish major also has been a Preview and Orientation guide, a resident assistant and on the Dean's List. Fleming coordinates the Multicultural Retreat and the United Methodist Women.

The award committee was comprised of Canavan, assistant to the dean of the College; Suanne McMillan, co-chair of Women's History Month; Dr. Annette Cryder, director of counseling services; Rev. Marty CashBurless, chaplain; and Rosemary W. Bienz, director of the academic support center.

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