John P. Clark, Harmony Reid Honored by President’s Commission on the Status of Women

April 1st, 2009 by Adam
John P. Clark
John P. Clark accepts Kalikow Award from PSU President Sara Jayne Steen

PLYMOUTH, N.H.-A longtime PSU administrator and a criminal justice major were recognized March 30 at the annual PSU President’s Commission on the Status of Women Awards Recognition ceremony. The awards are given to those who have demonstrated genuine concern for the advancement of women through their continuous involvement in advocacy for women.

PSU Athletic Director John P. Clark received the Theo Kalikow Award for his efforts in working toward the advancement of women, particularly in the field of athletics. Clark, who has been at PSU for more than four decades, said the Theo Kalikow Award meant a great deal to him, since Kalikow mentored him while she was Plymouth State’s dean of the college and interim president.

“This means more to me than you can ever imagine,” said Clark. “I respect, I admire and I love Theo Kalikow.”

PSU junior Harmony Reid, a criminal justice major, received the Powerful Outstanding Women Advocate (POWA) award for her work in helping victims of domestic violence. Reid, a North Kingstown, R.I., native, is an intern for the New Hampshire Coalition against Sexual and Domestic Violence, tracking legislation at the New Hampshire Statehouse.

Harmony Reid
PSU student Harmony Reid accepts POWA Award from President Steen

“My main goal is to continue to work helping victims of sexual violence against women, because it is a huge problem for our society,” Reid said.

New Hampshire State Senator Margaret Woods Hassan delivered the keynote address at the event, detailing women’s efforts in environmental protection over the past 50 years. Hassan said women are more motivated to point out dangerous environmental problems, because of the threat to their families.

“Women in our society have been given the caregiver role,” said Hassan. “It’s pretty hard to accept the status quo when the status quo is making your kids sick.”

PSU President Sara Jayne Steen also addressed the group, emphasizing the progress women have made in today’s world still falls short of true equality.

“Are we where we want to be?” Steen said. “No, not yet, and that’s why these awards and the recipients are so important.”

The President’s Commission on the Status of Women was first established at PSU in 1991. It is comprised of female and male PSU community members including undergraduate, non-traditional, and graduate students, as well as Operating Staff, PAT’s and Faculty. Their mission is:

• To identify broad-based and special concerns and issues for women at Plymouth State University.

• To create and recommend policies to improve the climate for women and guarantee an environment of equal educational and employment opportunities.

• To collaborate with existing organizations to promote a non-sexist and nondiscriminatory environment.

• To inform the University community on the status of women by collecting data, initiating and supporting outreach programs, and by preparing and
disseminating informational publications.

• To help women develop their skills, continue their education and increase networking by suggesting, and assisting in, the implementation of informational
and educational programs.

• To stimulate thinking regarding the basic social changes occurring in our society as newly defined roles for women and men emerge.

For more information about this release, contact Bruce Lyndes, PSU Media Relations Mgr., (603) 535-2775 or Bruce Lyndes