The College of Health Sciences and Professions (CHSP) was well represented during the 2020 Women’s Achievement Dinner awards ceremony, as five members of its faculty and staff were honored during a virtual event on April 30.
The awards bestowed and the CHSP honorees are as follows:
- Caregiver Award — Janice Wright, assistant clinical professor for the Division of Communication Sciences and Disorders
- Outstanding Female Mentor Award — Caroline Kingori, associate professor for the Department of Social and Public Health
- Outstanding Community Service Award — Rebecca Robison-Miller, senior director for community relations
- Making a Second Home Award — Sara White, assistant dean for student services
- Hidden Gem Award — Lindsay Radomski, administrative specialist for the Department of Social and Public Health
The Women’s Achievement Dinner awards highlights the successes of women at Ohio University and serve to “lift up those doing work in areas that may go unrecognized as ‘women’s work’ or more feminized labor.” The organizing committee for the awards included representatives from administrative senate, classified senate, faculty senate, graduate student senate, student senate and Women Leading OHIO.
“It’s always uplifting when our faculty and staff are honored for their incredible work,” said CHSP Dean Randy Leite. “Each of the individuals recognized within CHSP represents the best of what our college has to offer our students and community and their dedication and commitment to excellence is truly inspiring.”
Wright thanked Dr. Jennifaye Brown for nominating her for the Caregiver Award (VIDEO), which recognizes women who have the primary care-giving role for children or elders. She also thanked the faculty and staff in the School of Rehabilitation and Communication Sciences for their support.
“I think that it is wonderful that individuals are being recognized for their role as a caregiver as often as this role is overlooked. I know that there are many individuals on this campus who also deserve to be recognized for their role as caregiver. I am very thankful to the committee for choosing to honor me,” Wright said.
Outstanding Female Mentor Award
Kingori said she is truly honored to receive the Outstanding Female Mentor Award (VIDEO), given to a mentor in a structured or official capacity.
“This is a great honor for me especially because I am a product of great mentorship. I find a lot of satisfaction in helping others maximize their abilities,” Kingori said. “Being a mentor has been one of the most rewarding experiences of my life. I believe in paying forward, which is why I value mentoring my students.”
Kingori said being a mentor calls for constant self-reflection and that she approaches mentorship from a place of service, “where you give what you have to make someone else’s life better.”
Outstanding Community Service Award
Intended for women who are engaged with their local community, the Outstanding Community Service Award (VIDEO) left Robison-Miller “grateful and humbled.”
“It is especially meaningful that it’s an award specifically for women; I strive to be a woman who lifts other women up and am a strong believer that we are stronger when unified and supporting one another,” she said.
Robison-Miller has worked in university and community engagement, child welfare, advocacy and nonprofit leadership.
“I am proud of the work I have done over the years around child abuse and neglect, child advocacy and welfare, child sexual assault, human trafficking, opioid and other substance use disorders, race relations in local schools, socioeconomic disparity, and most recently around aging. I have a strong commitment to the community and my job and will continue to work hard to be a good community and university advocate and partner,” Robison-Miller said. “Finally, I am grateful to Dr. Leite and Dr. Brown for nominating me for this award, it means so very much, especially coming from two people who I respect so much.”
Making a Second Home Award
The Making a Second Home Award (VIDEO) is presented to women who have filled familial roles on campus and helped students adjust to life. This year’s recipient, Sara White, said she strives to make every CHSP student feel at home.
“I’d like to thank Dr. Jennifaye Brown for nominating me for the award, and the students I’ve worked with that took the time to share their experiences with the selection committee,” she said. “I have a deep love and appreciation for Ohio University, and it’s my hope that every student finds it to be a second home just like I have.”
Hidden Gem Award
For positions that may not receive regular recognition but contribute to OHIO in a way that their department or division would not function as well without them, the Hidden Gem Award (VIDEO) is a way to shine light on those accomplishments.
“I am so honored to receive this award. As an administrator, my job is often overlooked and it’s really humbling that Dr. Michele Morrone (interim chair of the Department of Social and Public Health) nominated me for the award,” Radomski said. “I put my heart and soul into my job and I am thankful that others see my passion and commitment.”
About the College of Health Sciences and Professions
Ohio University’s College of Health Sciences and Professions (CHSP) is a place where innovative education and research happen every day. Each year, more than 3,600 students graduate from our Athens and Dublin-based campuses prepared to serve as passionate professionals who are ready to change the world. As one of the largest health-focused colleges in the country, CHSP has a growing portfolio of degree and certificate programs housed in six academic units: the School of Applied Health Sciences and Wellness; the School of Nursing; the School of Rehabilitation and Communication Sciences; the Department of Social and Public Health; the Department of Social Work and the Department of Interdisciplinary Health Studies. All six connect faculty and students across multiple disciplines to explore the best approaches to addressing health and wellness in various settings. Find out more at: www.ohio.edu/chsp.