Kent State prides itself not only on their students, but their faculty as well. A recent event put on by the Women’s Center, showed appreciation for the women who put extraordinary time and effort into making Kent State the university we know and love. TV2’s Alexis Oswald has the story.
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Kent State employs many women from different backgrounds who give a lot of time and energy to the university. Some of the women act as inspiration to their peers and students on campus that they are nominated for a special event every spring semester called Mother, Mentor and Muses.
To be honored as a mentor to the students I work with is probably one of the greatest rewards I get from my work.
–Colleen Schmid, Honoree at event and Academic Program Coordinator for the Academic Success Center.
Mothers, Mentors and Muses is sponsored by the Women’s Center here at Kent State and it honors the women who have shown qualities of a mother, mentor or muse through their work with the university. This year, seventy-four women received the honor, making it the biggest class of honorees in the five years since it’s creation.
It makes for a humbling experience as Colleen Schmid, Academic Program Coordinator, for the Academic Success Center details.
“To be able to be honored as a mentor to the students I work with is probably one of the greatest rewards I get from my work,” Schmid said.
The women being honored come from all departments across Kent State as Cassie Pegg-Kirby the Assistant Director of the Women’s Center and the co-chair for the event, says they all have done tremendous work for the university.
“We have some grounds and custodial, administrative staff like I mentioned VPs, faculty, associate deans, part-time faculty. so it’s really run the spectrum,” Pegg-Kirby said.
The event not only recognizes the achievements of the hard work the women faculty bring to campus, but also acts as the biggest fundraiser for the Women’s Center and the scholarships they give out to female students each year, in fact honoring the two female students who win the scholarship each year. This makes the event beneficial to female faculty and students throughout campus.
While it’s a special event for the women on campus, Kimberly Kennedy, Special Assistant to the Division of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion says the honorees make the event diverse and important to the university as a whole.
“This is the time when you get to hear what everybody does and it opens up your mind to other success stories on campus,” Kennedy said.
These women are not just being honored for what they do, but for who they are as well as proving that a little dedication goes a long way, paving the path for generations in the future.
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