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Three Creighton Women Receive Mary Lucretia & Sarah Emily Creighton Awards

Elizabeth “Betsy” Elliot-Meisel, Ph.D., chair of the Department of History, Tanya Winegard, Ph.D., associate vice president for Student Life and Katie Del Vecchio, College of Arts and Sciences senior, received the 2012 Mary Lucretia and Sarah Emily Creighton Awards during Creighton University’s annual Founders Week luncheon on Thursday, Feb. 9, in the Harper Center Ballroom.

Meet Betsy Elliot-Meisel:
Elliot-Meisel’s term as chair the Department of History is coming to an end after 10 years. Known as one of the foremost scholars in the study of the Northwest Passage in Canada, she was selected as a committee member by the Fulbright Commission on the National Committee to select the winners of the Fulbright Fellowships to Canada.

During her tenure as dean she was known for creating a supportive environment for women in her department and across campus, allowing students , faculty and staff the opportunity to balance school, work and family. She is a champion for many women candidates for departmental scholarships, and she has guided a number of women returning to college to earn their degrees.

“She offers a model for how to work hard without losing what makes us most beautiful, which is our sense of the worth of every person and the ability to nurture what we find in others to its fullest potential,” said Britta McEwan, assistant professor in the Department of History.

Meet Tanya Winegard:  
Wingard, regarded by many as a “catalyst for change,” led the charge at Creighton in the push for education around Title IX and the rights of student victims. She is a tireless advocate for education and awareness on sexual assault and intimate partner violence, and created the position of assistant dean of students within the Division of Student Life, an office of victim advocacy for students needing a place to turn.

She encourages her women students to engage in active leadership roles while promoting and supporting women in her division. “She sincerely cares about our students and is one of the strongest advocates for creating a positive, safe, and engaging environment for them,” said Colette O’Meara-McKinney, associate vice president for Information Technology.

Meet Katie Delvecchio:  
Del Vecchio, a Claire Booth Luce Women in Science Scholar, recently presented her research findings in Kyoto, Japan last summer at the International RNA Society Conference, one of many presentations she has given.

She is a mentor to other Chemistry students, and her innate drive to learn through class discussions helps create an environment where more women students feel comfortable in participating – which helps her recruit more women into the research labs. All this while being involved in various volunteering activities both on and off Creighton’s campus, including raising money to keep a local Girl Scout troop from disbanding due to lack of funds, highlight Del Vecchio’s career.

“While Katie’s positive attitude is obvious to everyone she meets, I expect her to eventually be a wonderful teacher-scholar who attracts many other women to science,” said, David Dobberpuhl, associate chair of the Department of Chemistry.

The All University Committee on the Status of Women presents the Mary Lucretia and Sarah Emily Creighton Awards every year during Founders Week to people associated with Creighton University. Recipients must create an environment that supports women’s achievements; serve as role models for accomplishments for women; and encourage women faculty, administrators, staff or students in the development and use of their talents.

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