Five inducted into KU Women's Hall of Fame

Five women connected to KU have been inducted into the KU Womenís Hall of Fame.

The new inductees were honored during the annual Womenís Recognition Program to honor outstanding women in the KU community April 8.

Janet Murguia

Mary Murguia

Carol Marinovich

Karen Miller

Judy Loch Wright

The five inductees are

ó Carol Marinovich, the first woman elected mayor of Kansas City, Kan. Marinovich received a masterís degree in education from KU in 1982. She is senior vice president at Fleishman-Hillard in Kansas City, Mo.

ó Karen Miller, dean of KUís schools of allied health and nursing and senior vice chancellor for academic and student affairs at the KU Medical Center campus in Kansas City, Kan. She has served the KU Medical Center campus since 1996, when she began as dean of the School of Nursing.

ó Janet Murguia, president and chief executive officer of the National Council of La Raza, the largest national Hispanic civil rights and advocacy organization in the United States. Before taking the helm at La Raza, she was KUís executive vice chancellor for university relations for two and a half years. Murguia earned a law degree in 1985 and bachelorís degrees in journalism and Spanish in 1982, all from KU.

ó Mary H. Murguia, the first Latina to serve as Arizona district court judge, recently nominated by President Obama for a vacancy on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. Murguia earned a law degree in 1985 and bachelorís degrees in journalism and Spanish in 1982, all from KU.

ó Judy Locy Wright, assistant vice president of KU Endowment and director of the Chancellors Club, KUís premier giving society. Wright has a 1986 doctorate in communication studies from KU. She has served in professional roles in the Lawrence community and on the KU campus, including director of membership and development at the Spencer Museum of Art and the development director for fine arts at KU Endowment.

KU has inducted outstanding leaders into its Womenís Hall of Fame since 1970. The Womenís Hall of Fame site is on the fifth floor of the Kansas Union.

In all, 15 KU students, staff, faculty and alumnae were honored at the Womenís Recognition Program for their outstanding contributions and achievements. Six students received awards for their contributions in athletics, community service, the international community, leadership and science and recognition of their partnerships and achievements as single mothers. In addition, a number of women were recognized for outstanding contributions to on-campus housing and sororities.

The 2010 Pioneer Woman award will honor Mary Strong, wife of Frank Strong, KUís sixth chancellor.

Cheryl Holcomb, director finance and human resources in the School of Pharmacy, will receive the Outstanding Woman Staff Member award. In addition to her leadership skills with the pharmacy faculty and staff, Holcomb serves on the boards of the Lawrence chapters of the American Heart Association and Soroptimist International. Dale Urie, lecturer in humanities and western civilization, will be named Outstanding Woman Educator. Students consistently rank Urie as a favorite instructor and as one who has influenced their decisions to major in history or the humanities.

Melissa H. Birch, associate professor of business, will receive the Kathleen McCluskey-Fawcett Women Mentoring Women award. As a leader in international business education, Birch has demonstrated excellence in the KU business school and as the director of the Center for International Business Education and Research (KU CIBER). Appointed by the U.S. Secretary of Commerce, Birch serves on the Mid-America District Export Council. She is also a member of the Board of Directors of the Kansas City International Trade Council and the Kansas International Trade Coordinating Committee.

The program is sponsored by the Commission on the Status of Women, a student organization on campus since the 1960s, and the Emily Taylor Womenís Resource Center, a program of the Student Involvement and Leadership Center.

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