The award recipients will be notified of their selection by the end of April. Awardees will be invited to attend the Annual Ballam Women's Symposium to be recognized and celebrated for their achievements.
Mary Ann Williams Woman's Leadership Award Mary Ann Williams, Ph.D. August 1945 – November 1991 President, ASFW 1990 – 1991
The Association of Staff and Faculty Women’s Mary Ann Williams Woman’s Leadership Award annually recognizes a university woman who exhibits a special kind of leadership. Mary Ann Williams was ASFW President from 1990 – 1991. She instilled in others a sense of confidence to succeed, promoted a greater understanding of others, bridged differences and encouraged co-workers and friends to collaborate and cooperate. Mary Ann Williams touched many. The recipient of this award will be comparable in their actions to Mary Ann Williams. The award includes a certificate and a $500 honorarium.
Past recipients include: Tami Jones, Jennifer Beard, Jackie Royster, Mary Juhas, Bettina Bair, Sally Boysen, Margaret Bogenschutz, Deb Ballam, Kay Bea Jones, Jamie Mathews-Mead, Karen Wruck, Dr. Ellen Kaitz, and Krystyne Savarese.
2018 Mary Ann Williams Woman's Leadership Award Recipient Kristen Cole Senior Director of Operations The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center 2017 Mary Ann Williams Woman's Leadership Award Recipient Maryn Weimer Senior Associate Director Center for Automotive Research
Ruthmarie Mitsch Professional Development Award
The Ruthmarie Mitsch Professional Development Award provides a sum of up to $500 annually to help pay for the education and training costs for one or more ASFW members wanting to further their career goals and professional development. The award was the inspiration of Ruthmarie Mitsch, ASFW President, 2003 – 2004. Awards can be applied, but are not limited to:
Registration, fees or travel to professional conferences
2018 Ruthmarie Mitsch Professional Development Award Recipient Emily Keeler Program Manager and Community Builder, College of Pharmacy
2017 Ruthmarie Mitsch Professional Development Award Recipient Katy Arenschield Engineering Co-op and Internship Program Manager, College of Engineering Office of Career Services
2016 Ruthmarie Mitsch Professional Development Award Recipient Gabrielle Stephens Office Associate, College of Law
2015 Ruthmarie Mitsch Professional Development Award Recipient Pamela Schopieray Director, Career Services, OSU Mansfield
2014 Ruthmarie Mitsch Professional Development Award Recipient Tamara Dunaeff Graduate Program Manager, College of Nursing
Dr. Patricia Cunningham II Commitment to Service Award
The Dr. Patricia Cunningham II Commitment to Service Award, established in Spring 2017, annually recognizes a university woman who impacts the community through dedicated service. Dr. Patricia Cunningham, II, was a member of the ASFW Executive Board from 2012-2015. Her life motto was “service is our rent for living” and she lived by that each and every day by giving back to her community and advocating through work, personal commitments, and encouraging and engaging others to also make a difference in their own way.
Dr. Patty’s life story spanned from being homeless in her childhood to overcoming all odds by earning three advanced OSU degrees and devoting her life to her work as the Director of Social Change in the Office of Student Life. In her role, she oversaw programs that connected the university with the Columbus and surrounding communities to address challenges associated with living in poverty, educate and mentor high-risk juveniles to reduce recidivism, empower girls to develop their leadership skills, and provide professional and personal development opportunities for students. When interviewed, Dr. Patty said it best, “I am a scholar-activist that gets in the weeds. I do not just write a script, I also play a part…We all should lead and serve by example.” Dr. Patty was an active participant, board member, facilitator, and advocate in numerous organizations that had missions and visions for driving the needle towards a better future for underrepresented populations.
Dr. Patty’s impact on the university and the community was immeasurable and inspirational. The recipient of this award will also exhibit an undeniable commitment to giving back to the community through service. The award includes a certificate, one year ASFW membership, and a contribution of $500 to be donated in the awardee’s name to the program or organization of her choice.
In May 2017, ASFW established this award in memory of our dear friend and named her as the inaugural awardee. We were honored to have her sister, Kathryn Burns-Sanders, accept on her behalf and the contribution was made in Dr. Patty's name to Ruling Our Experiences, Inc. (ROX).