MOUNT UNION HONORS CAMPUS WOMEN LEADERS

April 27, 2010

 

ALLIANCE, Ohio - Dr. Saundra Tracy, vice president for academic affairs and dean of the college, and seniors Kimberly Goodall of Akron and Myeisha Howard (not pictured) of Aliquippa, PA, were honored with the Jane Weston Chapman Awards during a Women's History Month convocation at Mount Union College last Thursday.

Named for the first woman graduate of Mount Union, the awards are presented annually to that faculty/staff member and student(s) who have helped make College founder Orville Nelson Hartshorn's dream of coeducation a reality by their efforts to disseminate women's history, address women's issues and generally enhance the climate for women's participation in any and all areas of Mount Union community life.

Those who nominated Tracy described her by saying, "As a woman in a position of leadership and management, she is a positive role model for all students, faculty and staff. Her ability to work collaboratively, a trademark of women's leadership, inspires all with whom she works. She is trustworthy, confident, organized, and decisive - all-important qualities of a leader whether male or female. She demonstrates strong interpersonal skills, striking the perfect balance between the professional and the personal. Many members of the community have enjoyed her tutelage and nurture of leadership potential, for she knows that the real mark of leadership is to develop leadership in others."

Before joining the staff at Mount Union in 1998, Tracy served as dean of the College of Education at Butler University in Indiana. She was also a professor of education at Lehigh University and an associate professor of education at Cleveland State University. In addition, she is widely published and has held a number of community and professional leadership positions throughout her career.

Goodall was described by those who nominated her as, "An active participant in a variety of campus community efforts including the Black Student Union (BSU) and the College's Diversity Initiatives Steering Committee (DISC). She has often found herself taking the leadership on sticky problems that deal with the oppressive acts of others, whether against ethnicity or gender. She is a ?born leader' and we have enjoyed watching her grow in the development of those skills in the variety of roles she has taken on."

Goodall, a senior political science major, is a program director for the College radio station, WRMU 91.1, and as a member of Student Senate, serves as a student representative to the College's Board of Trustees.

Those who nominated Howard described her by saying, "A strong advocate for women's issues, she does so often through her classwork where she has been known to speak impassionedly about the inequities she sees in the subjects under discussion. Through class discussions she has always promoted a greater knowledge of the history of women."

Howard, a senior psychology major, was listed on the Dean's List for the fall 2000 semester and also in 2000, received the Wayne Manzilla Award, given in honor of the first African-American student who graduated from Mount Union in 1888, to an African-American student who excels academically.

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