April 23, 2008

Inspiring Women nominations due June 30

by Stacey Vinson


CARBONDALE, Ill. — Southern Illinois University Carbondale's Inspiring Women Program is accepting nominations for the 2008 Inspiring Women awards. Nominations are due by June 30.

The program honors outstanding women who have made significant and lasting contributions to their communities and professions. Criteria for the awards include:

• Demonstrated achievement in the workplace or within the community.

• Commitment to community service or improvement and/or enhancing the quality of life for others within the community.

• Evidence of socially responsible, ethical and outstanding leadership either in a specific position of responsibility or while engaged in service activities.

Four recipients will be selected. Honorees will be notified by early August, and honored during the fifth annual Inspiring Women Gala on Oct.18.

Previous award recipients and their communities include:

2004: Dorothy Budell (Anna), Jackie Cox (Carbondale), Ethel Holladay (Du Quoin) and Jean Ellen Reynolds (Carterville).

2005: Elaine Melby (Marion), Margaret Nesbitt (Carbondale), Blanche Carlton Sloan (Carbondale) and Gloria Celesia Tison (Harrisburg).

2006: Gayla R. Borgognoni (Carbondale), Yolonde Peterson (Marion), Janet Proctor (Golconda) and Dixie Lee Travelstead (Du Quoin).

2007: Rosemary Berkel Crisp (Marion), Ella Phillips Lacey (Carbondale), Marsha Garwin Ryan (Carbondale) and Barbara Walton Throgmorton (Anna).

For more information about the Inspiring Women program contact Jean Paratore at 618/453-1339. Nomination forms are available at www.siuc.edu/inspiringwomen/ and should be mailed to Paratore, Office of the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs, Mail Code 4308, 1265 Lincoln Drive, Southern Illinois University Carbondale, Carbondale, IL 62901.