The annual Women of Distinction calendar features accomplished faculty, staff and students from across the university.

'Women of Distinction' calendars recognize outstanding faculty, staff, students

Twenty-four women from across KU are featured on the 2010-11 Women of Distinction calendar. They were honored Aug. 30 with a reception.

The women represent faculty, staff and students. Some are recent graduates. All have distinguished achievements in their work on campus and in communities locally, regionally and abroad.

The three faculty members selected this year are Alice Bean, professor of physics and astronomy; Estele Gavosto, associate professor of mathematics and associate director of KUís Office for Diversity in Science Training; and Donna K. Ginther, professor of economics and director of KUís Center for Economic and Business Analysis in the Institute for Policy and Social Research.

Staff members featured are Laura Isdell, assistant director of student housing; Precious Porras, assistant director of multicultural affairs; Adrienne Collins Runnebaum, assistant director of multicultural affairs; and Kristin A. Trendel, director of New Student Orientation. They were recognized for their role in championing student achievement.

Four students were recognized for individual achievements and 11 more were recognized for group accomplishments in working with athletics, the community and the campus organization Engineers Without Borders. Two are graduate students: Aslihan Demirkaya, a doctoral student from Turkey and a graduate teaching assistant in mathematics; and Porras, a doctoral student and member of the Office of Multicultural Affairs staff.

Calendars are free, although donations are accepted. They are available at numerous locations, including the KU Bookstores in the Kansas Union in Lawrence and at the KU Medical Center in Kansas City, Kan., and the Edwards Campus in Overland Park. Other Lawrence campus locations include the Student Involvement and Leadership Center in the Kansas Union, on-campus housing facilities and various university departments.


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