Mount Union Announces Jane Weston Chapman Award Winners

March 07, 2008

janewestonchapmanSandy Douglas, senior women's administrator and head softball coach; Rev. Marty CashBurless, chaplain of the college; and Anna McClaugherty, a senior English major of Alliance, were honored with the Jane Weston Chapman Award at a ceremony held Thursday evening in conjunction with the Women’s History Month lecture, presented by Dr. Gail Dines.

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.

Douglas has coached at Mount Union for more than 20 years. She was recently named President of the Ohio Athletic Conference and has played an important role in planning the National Girls & Women in Sports Day on campus. Douglas has also played a key role in promoting the recognition of women’s sports teams and has been active in a number of National Women’s History Month events.

“Sandy has been steadfast in her coaching with our volleyball and softball teams,” said Larry Kehres, athletic director, upon her nomination. “Her players have been loyal supporters who come back to visit her at their annual softball alumni game.”

“Sandy is a valuable advocate and role model on campus for our lady student athletes,” said Amanda Espenchied-Reilly, director of service-learning and community service, who nominated Douglas for the award.

CashBurless is recognized for her spiritual leadership abilities. As a minister, she has proven herself to be a terrific role model of women by succeeding in a traditionally male occupation.  In the workplace, CashBurless is aware of women’s societal issues, both past and present, and strives each day to encourage change.

“Marty CashBurless is a shining example of female leadership on campus,” said nominator Dr. Jamie Capuzza, professor of communication. “She leads by example and is always available to lend support to those who need it.”

McClaugherty has taken on many leadership positions in activities both on and off campus. She serves as an intern for the YWCA, where she has developed a monthly newsletter and works with the 6th grade Girls Together group. She is an active member of Students for Environmental Awareness, actively developing recycling programs for the College and the YWCA.  Her leadership skills and self-motivation are what set her apart.

“Anna shows great initiative, creativity and enthusiasm in all of her volunteer efforts,” said her nominator, Espenchied-Reilly. “She is an amazing communicator and has maturity beyond her years.”

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