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Winners of UW-Eau Claire Women's Studies Awards Announced

RELEASED: April 29, 2009

EAU CLAIRE — University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire students recently were honored for their undergraduate and graduate research and creative projects on women's issues during the 2009 Women's Studies Awards Celebration.

Recent graduate Jeni Haddad, Victoria, Minn., received first place in the undergraduate research paper category of the Helen X. Sampson award for her paper, "Beyond the Binary: Gender Transcendence in Sarah Grand's 'The Heavenly Twins' and Alfred Lord Tennyson's 'In Memoriam A.H.H.'" Dr. Audrey Fessler, assistant professor of English, was her faculty sponsor.

Senior mathematics major Amanda Funk, Clintonville, received the second-place Helen X. Sampson award in the undergraduate research paper category for her paper, "Economic Growth and Women's Status." Dr. Sanjukta Chaudhuri, assistant professor of economics, was Funk's faculty sponsor.

Recent graduate Megan Ostendorf, Green Bay, received the third-place Helen X. Sampson award in the undergraduate research paper category for her paper "Art and Feminism: A Look at the Structure of Patriarchy Epitomized in Art." Laurel Kieffer, lecturer of women's studies, was Ostendorf's faculty sponsor.

Recent graduate Amanda Rodning, Chanhassen, Minn., won first place in the undergraduate project category of the Helen X. Sampson award for her project, "Louise Pearce: An Inspiration for Generations of Female Scientists (PowerPoint)." She completed the project when she was a senior biology major. Her faculty sponsor was Lois Helland, lecturer of biology.

Receiving the Helen X. Sampson award in the graduate category was Karen Kohler, Eau Claire, for her project, "Our Daily Bread: An Analysis of Scandinavian Lutheran Church Cookbooks." Her faculty sponsor was Dr. Charles Hanson, professor emeritus of English.

The first-place Virgiline and Joseph See Poetry Award went to English graduate student Jason Peterson, Oak Grove, Minn., for his poetry collection. Second place went to English graduate student Christy Garibaldi, Cumberland, also for a collection of poems. The award honors an outstanding poetry submission by a student who knows the risk it takes to call oneself a poet. Patti See, senior student services coordinator in the Academic Skills Center, is the sponsor.

The Tillie Olsen Award for Fiction or Creative Nonfiction is awarded to students whose work explores progressive gender relationships. Senior English majors Amber Dehnke, Augusta, and Thomas Kauer, Rib Lake, tied for first place. Dehnke was awarded for her piece, "A Jar for a Moth." Dr. Karen Loeb, professor of English, was her faculty sponsor. Kauer was awarded for his piece, "To the Finish Line." Dr. Theresa Kemp, associate professor of English, was his faculty sponsor. See sponsors the awards.

Senior Amanda Niedfeldt, Stoughton, with majors in English and history, received the Mary Katherine and Caroline Kessler Award for her paper, "A Liberated Voice: Tony Sender's Autobiography and the German Left's Discourse of 'The Woman Question' during the Interwar Period." Her faculty sponsor was Dr. Teresa Sanislo, associate professor of history. The award is sponsored by Dr. Patricia Quinn, McNair Project director. The award is offered to a student for an outstanding research paper or project in history.

Recent graduate Alison Harder, Menomonie, received the Donna C. Turell award for her paper "The Intersecting Oppressions of Limiting Reproductive Justice for Women of Color and Women in Poverty." Her faculty sponsor was Kieffer. The award is given for an undergraduate or graduate paper or project related to the application of feminism to one's life. The award is sponsored by Dr. Susan Turell, professor of psychology and former coordinator of the women's studies program. Turell is now interim associate vice chancellor for academic affairs and dean of undergraduate studies.

Recent graduate Jessica Wiens, Lewiston, Minn., received the Cecelia M. Belter award for her project "Analyzing Activism: The Community Impact Experience of an Entry-Level Women's Studies Course." The award recognizes outstanding service by an undergraduate student to promote women's issues through a class project, service learning, program development or student organizing activities. Kieffer was her faculty sponsor. Jodi Thesing-Ritter, associate dean of student development, sponsors the award.

Senior music major Mary Webster, Boyd, was awarded the Mickey Crothers Award, which is offered to an outstanding, first-generation, undergraduate female student whose creative expression is related to gender issues or represents an unusual achievement for a woman. Webster won for her musical compositions.

Senior women's studies major Anne Estling Andrews, Chippewa Falls, was awarded the Ailish Frances Barcelo Award, a memorial award honoring Barcelo's life. Barcelo received her undergraduate degree from UW-Eau Claire in 2004 and died two years later while traveling in Egypt. She was a feminist who lived her life to the fullest. The scholarship is available to support an undergraduate woman in women's studies whose passion for women's issues is evident in her coursework and by the way she lives her life. The award is sponsored by Christine Webster, program associate in the Office of Multicultural Affairs.

Named for a pioneer advocate for women's studies and the goals of the women's movement at UW-Eau Claire 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.

To contribute to the annual awards, 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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