Three Members of the Campus Community Honored with Jane Weston Chapman Awards

April 06, 2010

Dr. Michelle Collins-Sibley, Suanne MacMillan and junior Amy Rossler 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.

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.

Collins-Sibley, an associate professor of English and director of the liberal studies program, was nominated by one of her female students for being the "essence of a mentor" and giving her "knowledge, humor, encouragement and insight to go after my goals."

A recipient of the Governor's Humanitarian Award, given by the Ohio Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday Commission, Collins-Sibley has been active on campus in promoting diversity and equality.

Collins-Sibley earned a bachelor of arts degree from Stanford University, a master of arts degree from Monterey Institute of International Studies and a doctoral degree from the State University of New York at Binghamton.

MacMillan, secretary to multicultural student affairs, residence life, student involvement and leadership and CCTV, was nominated by a coworker for her hand in organizing many of the events the various offices for which she works.

"Over the past two years Suanne has almost single-handedly organized the Martin Luther King Jr. celebration and also Women's History Month activities," the nomination letter said. "Many people do not recognize all of the ?behind the scene' work that she does in regards to these programs."

MacMillan earned a bachelor of arts degree from Mount Union College.

Rossler, a middle childhood education major from MacDonald, Ohio was nominated for her work as president of the Association of Women's Students. She also helped form an on-campus theme house relating to women's issues where they plan to host monthly discussion groups for people across campus for sharing the experiences of women at the College.

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