Amazing Women Awards

25th Anniversary Logo

In honor of its 25th anniversary, Northern Illinois University's Presidential Commission on the Status of Women, in cooperation with the Office of the President, the Women's Resource Center, and the Women's Studies Program, recognizes the achievements of twenty-five amazing NIU women employees. Awards were presented at the PCSW 25th Anniversary Gala held April 27, 2006. Read Northern Today Article.

Intent of Awards

The awards were intended to celebrate women's achievements and contributions in their career and personal endeavors. Nominations of women were encouoraged from all employment classifications.


Currently employed by NIU as a member of the operating staff, supportive professional staff, or faculty.

25 Award Recipients

Betty L. Baugh 
Women’s Resource Center

Sonja R. Herington
Department of Foreign Languages

Alexandra G. Bennett  
Department of English

Debra R. Hopkins

Patricia Boesche
College of Liberal Arts & Sciences

Anne C. Kaplan
Administration & Outreach

Kathleen D. Brunson    
Student Financial Aide

Nancy J. Kasinski
Center for Access-Ability Resources

Virginia R. Cassidy
Office of the Provost

Blanch McHugh
Housing and Dining/Residential Life

Margaret M. “Margie” Cook
LGBT Resource Center

Elaine S. Pannell
Building Maintenance

Julie L. Crouch
Center for the Study of Family
Violence & Sexual Assault

Ellen S. Parham
School of Allied Health Profession

Sharon L. Dowen
Internal Audit – Administration

Carol Scheidenhelm
Faculty Development & Instructional
Design Center

Tamara Farley
Treasury Operations

Lise Mae Schlosser
Women’s Studies Program

LaVerne Gyant
Center for Black Studies

Denise D. Schoenbachler
Department of Marketing

Deborah Haliczer
Employee Relations Human Resources

Josephine M. Umoren
Family, Consumer, & Nutritional

Catherine M. Harned
Regional Development Institute

Lidia B. Vitello
Chemistry and Biochemistry

Lee Ann Henry
Division of University Advancement