May 9, 2006
By Jessica Cuffman
The Muskingum Family Y, in recognition of their roles as outstanding individuals who make their community a better place to live and work, awarded Women of Achievement Awards to two Ohio University-Zanesville women on April 19.
The Winifred Vogt Education Award was given to Monica Jones, director of student services at Ohio University-Zanesville and cultural studies doctoral student. The award is given to honor a longtime Zanesville City Schools teacher whose primary concern was for young women in the community and for the future growth of the YWCA.
"This has been an extreme honor, but I truly am just doing the work that the Lord has called me to do, which is to make a difference in the lives of young people through higher education," Jones said.
"At St. Paul A.M.E. Church, she makes an effort to talk to the students about the tutoring center, staying in school, visiting a college campus and making goals," says one of her nominators, Kathy Brantley of Zanesville. "She demonstrates the ability to lead with warmth and empathy, while maintaining high standards for the students at Ohio University."
The Ethel Granger Schultz Young Adult Award was given to Kathleen Dobbins. Nominated by three professors at Ohio University and her supervisor, Dobbins was honored for being an excellent role model to her fellow students. The award is given in honor of a pioneer Zanesville family member who has made improvements in the community that will influence the future.
"Katie has re-instilled vigor into the Student Senate by initiating new events, raising awareness and involvement in the senate and by improving communications with the student body," says Rick Shriver, associate professor of communication.
"Having my professors nominate me for this award for doing work on a campus that I love is just icing on the cake," said Dobbins. "I could not have done anything without my fellow senators and Omicron members."
Jones earned her bachelor's degree in zoology from Ohio University and went on to earn her master's degree in higher education. She began her career at Ohio University as adult student and minority outreach coordinator before being named Director of Student Services in 2000.
Nominated by community leaders Kathy Brantley of the Putnam Underground Railroad Education Center (PURE) and Kenneth Burke of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), Jones' commitment to educational and community service is well documented through her volunteer work with these two organizations. She also serves as board member for the Muskingum Family Y, Scholarship Central, Martin Luther King Jr. Scholarship Fund and Zanesville-Muskingum County Convention and Visitors Bureau. Jones is a member of St. Paul A.M.E. Church where she says she gained the spiritual foundation that allows her to touch the lives of those with whom she comes in contact.
Dobbins is a senior in the Organizational Communications program at Ohio University-Zanesville, the president of the Student Senate, vice president public relations for the Zanesville chapter of Toastmasters International, a member of Omicron Alpha Society for communication majors and a player on the intramural softball team.
She is the daughter of Stanley and Kathy Dobbins of Beverly, Ohio. Upon completing her bachelor's degree, she intends to work before pursing a master's in communication degree.
Over the past 17 years, the Muskingum Family Y has recognized more than 100 women for their contributions to the Zanesville community. A panel of judges reviews the applications and recommends the award winners to the board of directors.
The Women of Achievement Awards pay tribute to six outstanding women who made an impact on the community in six distinct categories of education, health care, professions, business, special recognition and young adult. In addition, one female high school student is recognized. This year the judges also named a lifetime achievement award as well.
"I feel so humbled that others would see me as a woman of achievement because I see so many other women who are making a difference in Muskingum County," Jones said.
In addition to the awards ceremony and dinner, those in attendance participated in a silent auction to support the Muskingum Family Y.
Jessica Cuffman is a student writer with University Communications and Marketing.