2013 Commission for Women Award recipients announced, lauded for achievements

Each year, the Commission for Women honors women who have shown notable leadership and who are accomplished in their fields, have supported the Penn State's diversity efforts and promoted equal opportunity, and/or have contributed to human causes and public service activities. The 2013 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 seventh annual Commission for Women luncheon on April 26. The keynote address was delivered by Coquese M. Washington, head basketball coach.

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 Cheryl Knobloch, associate director of the Penn State Women in Engineering Program, College of Engineering, University Park.

Achieving Women Awards

The Achieving Women Award recognizes Penn State women who have shown notable leadership and accomplishment in their fields, and have gone beyond the requirements of their employment duties and responsibilities in support of the University’s diversity efforts, promotion of equal opportunity or contribution to human causes and public service activities. The following people were honored:

Emily Wolf, undergraduate student
Aerospace engineering, College of Engineering

Katelyn Holmes, graduate student
Doctoral candidate in health policy and administration, and demography, College of Health and Human Development

Patrice M. Lombard, staff nonexempt
Financial assistant, Housing and Food Services, Penn State Hazleton

Melanie K. Doebler, staff exempt
Director of Project Development and Public Service Media, Outreach

Rhonda L. Reynolds, technical service
Snack Bar Worker B, Housing and Food Services, Penn State Erie, The Behrend College

Emilie Phillips Smith, faculty
Professor, human development and family studies, College of Health and Human Development

Marica S. Tacconi, faculty
Professor of musicology, School of Music, College of Arts and Architecture

Jacqueline Edmondson, administrator
Associate dean for Undergraduate and Graduate Studies, College of Education

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Last Updated January 10, 2015