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WOW Achievement Award

Each year we honor an individual who has made outstanding contributions to the advancement of women at WIU with the Western Organization for Women Achievement Award. Contributions include activities such as mentoring of colleagues and students, service to women, and professional activities.

Achievement Award Winners

  • 2013 - 2014, William "Bill" Thompson
  • 2012 - 2013, Lora Ebert Wallace
  • 2011 - 2012, Virginia Boynton
  • 2010 – 2011, Judith Dallinger
  • 2009 – 2010, Candace McLaughlin
  • 2008 – 2009, Kathy Orban
  • 2007 – 2008, John T. Bernhard
  • 2006 – 2007, Department of Women’s Studies
  • 2005 – 2006, Sue Martinelli-Fernandez
  • 2004 – 2005, Karen Harris
  • 2003 – 2004, Charlene Callison, Sandra Nelson, & Donna Phillips
  • 2002 – 2003, Karen Mann
  • 2001 – 2002, Paula Wise
  • 2000 – 2001, Polly Radosh
  • 1999 – 2000, Kathy Veroni
  • 1998 – 1999, Janine Cavicchia
  • 1997 – 1998, Phyllis Farley Rippey
  • 1996 – 1997, Amy Dertz
  • 1995 – 1996, Martha Klems
  • 1994 – 1995, Mary Leach & Nancy Sherer
  • 1993 – 1994, Rosemary Aten
  • 1992 – 1993, Sheila Morath
  • 1991 – 1992, Jutta Helm
  • 1990 – 1991, Elizabeth Kaspar
  • 1989 – 1990, Essie Rutledge & Cathy Werner
  • 1988 – 1989, Cari Sheets
  • 1987 – 1988, Maurine Magliocco
  • 1986 – 1987, Ann Lamb
  • 1985 – 1986, Nell Koester & Janice Welsch
  • 1984 – 1985, Marion Blackinton & Jo Ann Hummers
  • 1983 – 1984, Peggy Foster & Beth Stiffler
  • 1982 – 1983, Katharine Hoyenga & Josephine Johnson
  • 1981 – 1982, Waneen Liudahl
  • 1980 – 1981, Bettye Thompson & Anne Vater
  • 1979 – 1980, Lynne Ruben & Essie Rutledge

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Some of WOW's Successes

Though these issues continue to require our attention, support, and advocacy, some of the ways WOW has made WIU a better place for all include:

  • Getting a dedicated Women's Studies program Degree Program
  • Documenting the need, advocating for, and raising the funds to establish a Women's Center
  • Establishing more equity on spending for the women's sports teams
  • Getting women's personal product bins in women's bathrooms
  • Advocating for more representation in administrative decision-making positions on campus
  • A Landmark study on salary equity
  • WIU's Parental Leave benefits
  • Dedicated Lactation Rooms on campus