The Women's Center at Kent State University is seeking nominations for its annual Mothers, Mentors and Muses awards that honor Kent State University women who have served in any of three roles. As a mother â€” one who has helped birth ideas, thoughts and academic endeavors in others or who serves as a nurturing individual to others; as a mentor â€” one who serves as a trusted counselor, colleague and role model; and/or as a muse â€” one who inspires creativity and artistic or academic passion in others.
The deadline for nominations is Jan. 20.
Nominees will be honored at the annual Mothers, Mentors and Muses reception on Tuesday, March 6, from 5-6:30 p.m. at the Kent Student Center Ballroom Balcony. In the past, more than 90 Kent State women have been nominated and honored.
School of Journalism and Mass Communication Associate Professor Barb Hipsman, who is a past honoree, says â€œWhat was truly amazing about Mothers, Mentors, and Muses was that it was like â€˜old homeâ€™ week â€” dozens of us had not seen each other in years and yet, we knew each other like old friends. Maybe it was a student in common â€” who needed counseling. Maybe it was a committee, a dreaded committee where we shared a few smiles and thoughts or perhaps it was in a learning setting where we learned from each other. We all wish we had more time with each other around campus and said as much that night. â€œ
Patricia Dennison of the Division of Enrollment Management and Student Affairs, who is also a past honoree, says â€œBeing part of this event was a realization that I can and do in my role as a Mother, Mentor or Muse make a difference in someone elseâ€™s life by encouraging and inspiring others on their journey â€” a wonderful opportunity to sow life-changing, positive seeds into others.â€
The Women's Center was established in 1996 and has been a motivating force toward the advancement of women in higher education. An integral part of the centerâ€™s efforts is to empower women with financial assistance in obtaining a college degree.
At the Mothers, Mentors and Muses reception, funds will be raised for the Womenâ€™s Center Endowed Scholarship Fund that provides two Kent State University female students with a $500 scholarship. Sixteen students have benefited from the scholarship funds since inception in 2003.
For more information and to nominate a colleague, visit www.kent.edu/womenscenter/index.cfm.