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Thursday, June 02, 2011

Women of USI honored by YWCA

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To mark the 100th anniversary of the YWCA in Evansville, the YWCA and Old National Bank honored 100 women who, over the past 100 years, have made significant contributions to the community in the areas of women's empowerment, social/racial justice, arts, education, business/professions, philanthropy/volunteerism, education, and government/public service.

Sixteen University of Southern Indiana alumnae, current faculty/staff, and retired faculty/staff were among the women recognized.

Nearly 200 nominations were received after the YWCA invited the community to nominate women whose contributions to the community have made a lasting impact in their fields. A committee of men and women from various community organizations selected the final list of 100 women which includes educators, social reformers, philanthropists, business leaders and passionate volunteers.

"The accomplishments of these 100 women are outstanding. Their hard work, passion, and generosity have created and supported institutions, reforms and social services that have molded Evansville into the great city that it is today," said Erika Taylor, CEO of the YWCA.

The following women were among those honored:

Patty Avery '04, radio and television

Vaneta Becker '94, political science

Dr. Linda Bennett, president of USI

Dr. Nadine Coudret, dean of the College of Nursing and Health Professions at USI

Dr. Mary Dentino '80, business education

Luzada Hayes '90, social work, M'95, Master of Social Work

Kim Hermann '79, administrative systems

Suzanne Nicholson, director emerita of Development at USI (deceased)

Holly Dunn Pendleton M'07, Master of Business Administration

Betty Rice, USI First Lady, 1967-1994

Kathy Schoettlin '92, communications

Lisa Seif M'06, Master of Social Work

Sherrianne Standley, vice president emerita for Advancement at USI

Trudy Stock '86, accounting

Daniela Vidal, program coordinator, Advanced Manufacturing at USI

Tracy Zeller '89, accounting

An achievement dinner will be held on June 23 at the Scottish Rite to further commemorate the legacy. For more information, contact the YWCA at 812/422-1191.



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