Five College of Communication and Information Women Honored with Mothers, Mentors and Muses Recognition

The Women’s Center named 46 women, including five women from CCI, as part of its 2017 class of Mothers, Mentors and Muses.


The 2017 Mothers, Mentors, and Muses of CCI include:


  • Jody Boles, Special Assistant, CCI

  • Anna Gower, Senior Secretary, Library and Information Science

  • Alice Kopunovitz, Administrative Assistant, Communication Studies

  • Valora Renicker, Associate Professor, Visual Communication Design

  • Molly Taggart, Faculty, Communication Studies


“It’s pleasantly surprising to be honored,” Taggart said. “It makes me feel good that people are noticing the work we do. If people paid more attention, we would be giving out awards constantly.”


All CCI honorees agreed they felt special when receiving notification of their nominations. Knowing their students and colleagues see the value in the work they do is touching, they said.


“My assistant heard I read my nomination email, and she was so excited,” Boles said. “She had been keeping the knowledge of my nomination a secret and couldn’t wait for me to find out. It was so cute.”


The Women’s Center 8th annual Scholarship Fundraiser will take place in the Kent State Ballroom 5-7 p.m., Tuesday, March 14. Connie Schultz, Pulitzer Prize-winning syndicated columnist and CCI professional-in-residence, will be the guest speaker at the fundraiser.


All CCI honorees are planning on attending the scholarship fundraiser. Collectively, they are eager to join the 350 women across campus recognized in previous years as Mothers, Mentors and Muses.


Students, faculty or community members interested in attending the event are invited to register as soon as possible.

POSTED: Thursday, March 09, 2017 11:39 AM
Updated: Thursday, March 30, 2023 03:09 AM
Charleah Trombitas