Pickerington – This year's Celebrate Women event held at the Ohio University Pickerington Center honored women in the present, who women will become in the future, and the women who got us here from the past. The all-day conference was held Friday, March 22.
The first "Women of Vision" award was given in honor of the late Dr. Jane Johnsen, who helped women reach their full potential on the Lancaster Campus for 25 years. Johnsen was 60 years old when she passed away in January. The award was accepted by her husband Don Renner. In the future, the award will be called the "Dr. Jane Johnsen Women of Vision Award."
Johnsen was an assistant professor of education. She was hired in September, 1987. Johnsen was named 2003 Professor of the Year by members of the Ohio University Lancaster Campus Beta Beta Theta chapter of Phi Theta Kappa. Johnsen was one of the first faculty members to become an advocate for lesbian, bisexual, gay and transgender students on campus. She also was an integral part of bringing the Diversity Studies Certificate to the Lancaster Campus this spring.
Five Lancaster Campus students were also honored. Sara Galbraith, Sarah Milam, Sharon Sheidegger, Kathleen Uhl and Ashley Van Bibber were each given an Outstanding Female Student Leader Achievement Award.
Newly appointed Ohio Supreme Court Justice Judith L. French was the keynote speaker for the conference. French became the 155th justice of the Ohio Supreme Court on January 1, 2013. She was appointed by Ohio Governor John Kasich.
More than 100 people attended this year's event. The annual Celebrate Women conference is planned in conjunction with Women's History Month. The focus of the event is to bridge women's relationships from the areas of community, university and business.