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UW-Eau Claire Psychology Professor Named
Woman of Distinction by Girl Scouts

RELEASED: Sept. 20, 2007

Dr. Susan Turell
Dr. Susan Turell

EAU CLAIRE — University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire psychology professor and women's studies coordinator Dr. Susan Turell has been chosen as one of four Women of Distinction for 2007 by the Girl Scouts of Indian Waters Council.

The four local women, recognized for their ability to serve as role models for younger women and teen Girl Scouts because of their outstanding achievements and contributions to their communities, will be honored at a banquet to be held at 6 p.m. Monday, Oct. 8, at Florian Gardens in Eau Claire.

Kristina Risler, director of fund development and communication at the Girl Scouts of Indian Waters Council, said the selection committee, made up of respected community members, looks for women who demonstrate strength, integrity and civic responsibility.

Turell, who joined the UW-Eau Claire faculty in 2002, has worked against sexual violence and domestic abuse for 25 years. Shortly after coming to Eau Claire, she was instrumental in developing the Center for Sexual Assault Awareness on the UW-Eau Claire campus, which is now in its fourth year of collaboration with the Family Support Center in Chippewa Falls. Currently serving her second term as president of the Wisconsin Coalition against Sexual Assault, Turell received a Voices of Courage Award from that organization in 2004 and was named their 2005 Wisconsin Advocate of the Year. She also received a Diversity Teacher/Scholar award from the Office of Student Development and Diversity in 2004 and the UW-Eau Claire Excellence in Service award in 2005. Recently, she has turned her attention to the needs of people experiencing intimate partner violence in same-sex relationships. Risler said the Girl Scouts Indian Waters Council is recognizing Turell for living her life as a feminist, striving to demonstrate respect for all, and collaborating with others in a commitment to actively challenge oppression of all kinds.

UW-Eau Claire English professor Helen Dale, who nominated Turell for the award, cited her as "a longtime activist and advocate for the disempowered."

"She has devoted astounding energy to creating positive change in others' lives — and especially women's lives — since her arrival in Eau Claire," wrote Dale in her nomination letter. "What she has accomplished in less than five years is truly amazing. She is an inspiring, energetic and wise leader and role model for women in the Eau Claire Community."

A native of Texas, Turell earned her bachelor's degree from the University of Texas at Austin and her master's and doctoral degrees from the University of Houston.

The three other women to be honored at the Women of Distinction Banquet are Dr. Renee Surdick of UW-Stout; Gay Franz, field operations senior associate at Xcel Energy, and Circuit Court Judge Lisa Stark, who earned her undergraduate degree from UW-Eau Claire in 1979.

Anyone interested in attending the Women of Distinction banquet may contact Kristina Rissler at 715-835-5331 or kristinar@gsiwc.org by Sept. 26. Call the same number to learn how to nominate someone for the 2008 Women of Distinction.

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