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March 28, 2012
Three women were honored as “influential women” of Northwest Missouri State University during an awards ceremony Tuesday, March 27, as part of an annual commemoration of Women’s History Month.
Dr. Alisha Francis, assistant professor in the Department of Psychology, Sociology and Counseling; Jennifer Klute, secretary in the Department of History, Humanities, Philosophy and Political Science; and Destinee Biesemeyer, a senior political science major from Liberty were this year’s winners.
A total of 16 women were nominated and recognized at the ceremony in three categories for faculty, staff and students. Each nominee received a certificate and the winners received a plaque.
Francis is director of Northwest’s Freshman Seminar program and co-chair of the University’s Foundations of Excellence first-year experience study. She also serves on Faculty Senate committees and volunteers within the Maryville community. The nomination of Francis praised her energy and passion, adding “Her work ethic is over the top, and it would take two people to replace her. She is a fabulous colleague who always steps up to me challenges on campus and in the community – not just in the department.”
Klute was nominated for her “superb work” and her fair and professional treatment of others. Her nomination also said, “She’s hard working, efficient and keeps a positive attitude in less than ideal situations. Not only is she the backbone of our department, she’s also a role model for our students.”
Biesemeyer was recognized for setting a positive example for other students as well as her strong work ethic and campus and community involvement. Her nomination noted she is, “passionate in all that she does. Not only is she involved but she encourages others to get involved as well. She realizes the impact that one person can have and works to spread that message.” The nomination went on to describe Biesemeyer as courageous, competent, caring, inspiring and said she “surely will have a significant impact on the world.”
Nominations were accepted throughout the month in conjunction with Women’s History Month events highlighting the achievements of women. Events included a panel of student artists showing their work and leading a discussion, a book discussion and guest speakers along with displays in the J.W. Jones Student Union and the B.D. Owens Library.
The Intercultural International Center, the Department of History, Humanities, Philosophy and Political Science, and the Department of Art sponsored the month's events.
National Women's History Month was founded in 1987 when the U.S. Congress declared that it be celebrated during March in perpetuity. A presidential proclamation is issued annually to honor the achievements of American women.
A list of this year's "influential women" nominees appears below.
Dr. Alisha Francis, assistant professor, Department of Psychology, Sociology and Counseling
Dr. Dawn Gilley, assistant professor, Department of History, Humanities, Philosophy and Political Science
Susanne Nuttall, instructor, Department of Curriculum and Instruction
Sarah Park, instructor, B.D. Owens Library
Brenda Ryan, instructor, Department of English
Nikki Bucy, auxiliary services specialist, Auxiliary Services
Avis Curphey, secretary, Department of Psychology, Sociology and Counseling
Jennifer Klute, secretary, Department of History, Humanities, Philosophy and Political Science
Sue Nickerson, executive secretary, Office of Student Affairs
Jody Throener, residential life specialist, Office of Residential Life
Jennifer Carr, senior history major from Sheridan
Mary Connors, senior political science major from Garland, Texas
Ashley Cramer, freshman English major from Hamilton
Destinee Biesemeyer, senior political science major from Liberty
Madeline Mongar, junior history major from Creston, Iowa
Margaret Martens, master of education in teaching (history) from Chugiak, Alaska
Mark Hornickel, Media Relations Specialist
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