Congratulations to Sue Walsh who was honored as the eighth recipient of the Theo Kalikow Award at a reception on March 27. A campus counselor, Sue was recognized as a “lifeline, and a bridge to continued hope, independence and achievement” to the many women she has counseled.
Each year the President’s Commission on the Status of Women invites members of the PSC community to nominate individuals who demonstrate concern for the advancement of women, are dedicated to improving or elevating the status of women through continuous involvement in women’s issues, provide advocacy in bringing women’s issues to public attention and work collaboratively with various campus and community constituencies. According to last year’s winner, Alice Staples, “[Sue Walsh] does so with great caring and dedication.”
Theo Kalikow, now president of the University of Maine at Farmington, served PSC for seven years. During her tenure here she championed support for faculty and staff to pursue professional development opportunities and scholarly endeavors, and heightened the college community’s sensitivity to women’s issues.
“How powerful the effect of one’s example is,” noted President Wharton at the ceremony. “This award is a tribute to Theo and the leadership modeling she showed when she was a dean here at the College.”
“I feel very humbled to have received this award,” says Walsh. “It is a real honor to be included with all the previous winners, and all those who were nominated. I see them around campus doing so much and I respect them all.”
Also leading by example, is this year’s recipient of the Powerful Outstanding Women’s Advocate (POWA) Award, Melissa Merrill. The POWA is awarded annually to a student, based on the same criteria as the Kalikow Award. Merrill, of Ashland, was selected for her initiative, commitment to volunteerism, and for being an exemplary role model for other women.
Working with Sue Walsh, Melissa organized “Keeping You, Me and Memories Alive” a cancer walk in memory of her mother who died partway through Melissa’s first year of college. Melissa wanted to do something tangible to help fight the disease and honor the memories of those who have battled or are battling cancer. Walsh says, “We worked on this project together, which made it all the more special to win this award with Melissa. It’s been fun to watch her evolve into the young woman she is.”
Through Melissa’s dedication, the walk has become an annual event which increases awareness of how cancer affects the lives of more than just the patient. Each year the proceeds provide funding for special organizations, and book awards for students who have been touched by cancer in the life of a loved one.