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Outstanding Research and Creative Projects Related to Women Recognized at UW-Eau Claire

RELEASED: April 4, 2005

EAU CLAIRE — In conjunction with Women's History Month, University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire students were honored for their work on projects dealing with issues affecting women.

The students were recognized during the 2005 Women's Studies Awards Celebration, held March 31, for their undergraduate and graduate research and creative projects.

Junior Kristine Norberg, an art major from Milaca, Minn., won the Mary Roelli Hilfiker Award for outstanding community volunteer for her Guatemala Art Project. This award, sponsored by Mary Hilfiker, was established to provide opportunities for one or more students to engage in enrichment activities, public service efforts or research projects.

The Virgiline and Joseph See Poetry Award went to Dec. '04 graduate Elissa Shaw, Medford, for her poem, "Silent Voices, Screaming Rage". Shaw majored in English with a minor in Women's Studies. The Virgiline and Joseph See Poetry Award is offered for an outstanding poetry submission by a student who knows the risk it takes to call oneself a poet. Patti See, student services coordinator for the Academic Skills Center, sponsored the award and also was Shaw's faculty sponsor.

Julia Lehman, a graduate student in English from Eleva, won the Tillie Olsen Award for Fiction or Creative Nonfiction for her piece of creative nonfiction, "Awakening the Silent Technologists." This award goes to a student whose outstanding work explores progressive gender relationships. See sponsored the award and Dr. John Hildebrand, professor of English, was Lehman's faculty sponsor.

Junior Erin House, Eau Claire, who had a double major in German and geography, received the Mary Katherine and Caroline Kessler Award for her paper "Dowry Murder: Is Culture Alone the Culprit?" The award was sponsored by Dr. Patricia Quinn, McNair Project director, Student Development and Diversity; Dr. Helaine Minkus, associate professor of anthropology, was House's faculty sponsor. The Mary Catherine and Caroline Kessler Award is offered to a student for an outstanding research paper or project in history.

Senior Erin Roesler, Milwaukee, who is majoring in English with a minor in Women's Studies, received first place in the undergraduate research paper category of the Helen X. Sampson award for her paper, "Do You Use the 'F' Word?: A Brief Look at the 'Fear of Feminism.'" Professor of library science Dr. Janice Bogstad and Dr. Sheila Smith, professor of adult health nursing, were Roesler's faculty sponsors. Junior Katherine Bowman, Eau Claire, who is majoring in English with a minor in Women's Studies, received two second place Helen X. Sampson awards for her papers "The Queen Anne Tradition of Hierarchy: Spatial Separation of the Genders, Races, and Classes in Victorian Homes," sponsored by Barbara Kernan, lecturer in the Women's Studies Program, and "Heterosexuality: Observing and Re-Evaluating a Compulsory Institution," sponsored by Dr. Susan Turell, associate professor of psychology and coordinator of the Women's Studies Program.

Junior Amanda Schaefer, an English major from Rice Lake, received first place in the undergraduate project category of the Helen X. Sampson award for her project, "It's Electric: Fragments of My Life as an Epileptic." Schaefer's faculty sponsor was associate professor of English Dr. Jennifer Shaddock. Jack Scott, Eau Claire, a senior majoring in English with a minor in writing, took second place in the same category for his project, "Hmong Marriage Customs: The Vehicle by Which Hmong Women's Social Status is Subordinated and Male Dominated Social Structure is Established and Perpetuated." Dr. Stacy Thompson, assistant professor of English, was Scott's faculty sponsor.

Receiving the Helen X. Sampson award in the graduate category was Julianne Johnson, for her story, "911." Professor of English Karen Loeb was Johnson's faculty sponsor.

Senior Diana Goller, an English major from Chippewa Falls, received a first place Donna C. Turell award for her project, "Letting Go the Life Raft: Creating a New Identity." Goller's faculty sponsor was See. Senior Jennifer Stafslien, a nursing major from Onalaska, received second place in this category for her paper, "Women Having Body Hair, " and another second place award was given to Erin Page, a senior from Park Falls, for her paper "Seeking a Hairy Ideal: A Journey of Self-Realization and Social Understanding." This award, sponsored by Dr. Susan Turell, is given for an undergraduate or graduate paper or project related to psychology or other human sciences. Turell was faculty sponsor for both second place award winners.

Senior criminal justice major Lindsey Nelson, St. Paul, Minn., received the Cecelia M. Belter award for "New Voter's Project for the UW-Eau Claire Campus." This award recognizes outstanding service by an undergraduate student to promote women's issues to the university through a class project, service learning, program development or student organizing activities. Jodi Thesing-Ritter, associate dean of student development, was Nelson's faculty sponsor.

Named for a pioneer advocate for women's studies and the goals of the women's movement both on the UW-Eau Claire campus and in the state of Wisconsin, the Helen X. Sampson Awards are funded through the UW-Eau Claire Foundation, as are all awards presented at the Women's Studies Awards celebration. Some are sponsored by individuals and others by the donations of many. Anyone wishing to contribute to the annual awards can contact the UW-Eau Claire Foundation office at (715) 836-5630, or the Women's Studies program office at (715) 836-5717.

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