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Women's Studies to Honor Four Alumnae

Date: March 27, 2001
By: Marianne Kunnen-Jones
Phone: (513) 556-1826
Archive: Campus News

This year's Friends of Women's Studies awards luncheon will not only honor four distinguished UC alumnae, it will also introduce the Tristate community and UC campus to the new director of UC's Center for Women's Studies.

The "Women's Studies Presents" luncheon and workshops will take place on Saturday, March 31, in the Myers Alumni Center. Workshops will begin at 10 a.m. and the awards luncheon will begin at 12:30 p.m.

Women's Studies Acting Director Lisa Hogeland will introduce Anne Sisson Runyan, who will step into her new role as Center for Women's Studies director this September. Both Runyan and Hogeland will give presentations during the luncheon.

Runyan will assume the position that was left vacant by the death of English professor Robin Sheets in 1999. A gender and international relations specialist, Runyan currently serves as associate professor of political science and director of the Women's Studies Program at Wright State University. She is the first women's studies director at UC who has been appointed to a tenured position in women's studies, rather than an affiliated discipline.

Runyan is a native of Cincinnati. She founded and built the WSU women's studies program, as well as one at State University of New York at Potsdam. She holds a doctoral degree in international relations and a master's in public relations from American University. She earned her undergraduate degree at the University of Windsor (Canada).

The alumnae to be honored at the awards program will be:

  • Barbara Allen (MS, 1978), a Cincinnati fund-raiser.
  • Bonnie Lepper Green, (PhD, 1980) psychologist and professor at Georgetown University and resident of Fredericksburg, Va.
  • Dorothy Smith, (PhD, Pharmacy, 1972), head of the Consumer Health Information Corp. in McLean, Va.
  • Sharon Zealey, (law, 1984), U.S. Attorney for Southern Ohio.

Before the luncheon program, morning workshops will be offered in concurrent sessions. They include these topics and speakers:

  • "Women Growing Older: Challenging the Assumptions," with Janet Kalven, author and co-founder of Grailville in Loveland, and Mary O'Brien, author and gerontologist.
  • "Shaking the Diversity Blues," with Gladys Gpssett Hankins, author and minority business manager at Procter & Gamble.
  • "Women and Spirituality," with Valerie Louis, a UC alumnus in women's studies and a master's student in community counseling.

Cost for the program, including continental breakfast and lunch, is $22 (Friends of Women's Studies and Alumni Association members) or $25. The registration deadline is March 27. For registration or other information, call the Friends of Women's Studies at (513) 556-6653 or e-mail to

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