Dr. Liz Ahl

When we speak of putting learners at the centers of our classrooms and enabling them to be active participants (rather than passive recipients) in their education, we owe a debt to Women’s Studies.
– Dr. Liz Ahl, from her 2005 Kalikow Award acceptance speech.

The Theo Kalikow Award

Theo Kalikow

Every year, the President’s Commission on the Status of Women honors a faculty or staff member who has significantly contributed to the advancement of women’s issues with the Theo Kalikow Award.

Criteria for Award:

  • Brings women’s issues to public attention;
  • Demonstrates genuine concern for the advancement of women;
  • Works collaboratively with various campus and community constituencies; and
  • Is dedicated to improving or elevating the status of women through continuous involvement in and advocacy of women’s issues.

The person must have served a minimum of three consecutive years at PSU and must not be a current member of the President’s Commission on the Status of Women. Past Theo Kalikow recipients include Stacey Yap, Rita Chase, Sally Boland, Dorothy Diehl, Sheryl Shirley, Jeanne Dubino, Alice Staples, Bonnie Epstein, Liz Ahl, Wendy Palmquist, and Rebecca Noel.

Kalikow Award recipients and speeches by recent winners:

2014 – Kim Bownes

2013 – Mardie Burckes Miller

2012 – Cathie LeBlanc

2011 – Delilah Smith

2010 – Ann McClellan

2009 – John Clark

2008 – Robin DeRosa

2007 – Rebecca Noel

2006 – Wendy Palmquist

2005 – Liz Ahl

2004 – Bonnie W. Epstein

2003 – Patricia Campbell

2002 – Susan H. Walsh

2001 – Alice Staples

2000 – Jeanne Dubino

1999 – Sheryl Shirley

1998 – Dot Diehl

1997 – Sally Boland

1996 – Rita E. Chase

1995 – Stacey G. H. Yap

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