Commission for Women Award recipients lauded for achievements

Each year, Penn State's Commission for Women honors women who have shown notable leadership and are accomplished in their fields, have supported the University’s diversity efforts and promoted equal opportunity, and/or have contributed to human causes and public service activities. The 2011 Rosemary Schraer Mentoring Award and the Achieving Women Awards acknowledge and exemplify the achievements and contributions among Penn Staters, reflecting the University’s mission of mentorship, leadership, service and promoting diversity.

The honorees received their awards at the annual Commission for Women luncheon on Friday, April 15.

Rosemary Schraer Mentoring Award: The Rosemary Schraer Mentoring Award was created in memory of Rosemary Schraer, former associate provost for Penn State. It honors a current University employee who exemplifies Schraer's giving of herself as a mentor. This year’s recipient was Peggy Lorah, Director of the Center for Women Students.

Achieving Women Awards: The Achieving Women awards are given to employees and students who have shown leadership and are accomplished in their fields, have supported Penn State's diversity efforts and promoted equal opportunity, and have contributed to human causes and public service activities. The following people were honored:

-- Athena Abate, undergraduate student in electrical engineering, College of Engineering

-- Dawn G. Blasko, faculty -- associate professor of psychology, Penn State Erie, The Behrend College

-- Sangita Chakraborty, graduate student -- doctoral degree program in biochemistry and molecular biology, Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center

-- Melissa E. Coles, staff exempt -- lead adviser, Penn State World Campus

-- Renata S. Engel, administrator -- associate dean for academic programs, College of Engineering

-- Tammy A. Miller, staff nonexempt -- trainer, Applied Research Laboratory

-- Penny K. Shade, technical service -- chef/supervisor, Housing and Food Services, Penn State Schuylkill

Links to descriptions about this year's award recipients will be available at http://www.equity.psu.edu/cfw/awards.asp.

Last Updated May 09, 2011