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Five Central Michigan University women to be honored for commitment to excellence

CMU American Council on Education recognizes professional success in higher education

​​​Five Central Michigan University women will be honored for their commitment to excellence Tuesday, March 15, at the 2016 Woman of the Year luncheon.

Biology chairperson Tracy Galarowicz has been selected as Woman of the Year by the CMU American Council on Education. Galarowicz has mentored dozens of young women and supervised graduate and undergraduate research. She also has worked as the CMU institutional representative of ACE coordinating numerous conferences and events.

"Tracy recognizes the importance of women's voices in the College of Science and Engineering and has helped numerous young women excel in these fields," said management faculty member Amy McGinnis. "She also serves her community through volunteer work and by organizing events for women to connect with each other and grow as leaders."

Woman of Excellence recipients are Colleen Green and Dale-Elizabeth Pehrsson.​

Colleen GreenGreen serves as director of Native American Programs and the Student Transition Enrichment Program. She also is an undergraduate advisor for social and service sororities at CMU, Northwood University and Saginaw Valley State University and spends much of her free time helping these students develop as leaders. Green also serves on the youth committee of an organization that provides mentorship and guidance to young girls and women ages 4 through 18.

"Colleen introduces these young girls and women to cultures different from their own while allowing them to learn the importance of history and service," said Traci Guinn, executive director of the Center for Inclusion and Diversity and director of Multicultural Academic Student Services.

Dale-Elizabeth PehrssonPehrsson serves as dean of the College of Education and Human Services. In 2014, she represented CMU at the White House College Opportunity Summit, which focused on building educational partnerships to grow academic success of first generation, low-income and underrepresented students.

"I believe that in her position, Pehrsson is a leadership role model to all, especially to female students and faculty within her college, across the university and beyond," said Mary Jane Flanagan, executive assistant to the president.

Woman of Excellence honorable mention recipients are Mary Henley and Mary Senter.

Henley is director of the GEAR UP and Pathways programs at CMU, which help educate first-generation, low-income and underrepresented students about higher education opportunities. She also mentors many young women to help them establish personal and educational goals.

"Henley has a reputation for fairness, equity and justice," said communication disorders faculty member Dawn Nelson. "She has had a positive impact on women in leadership as these young women move to other campuses, countries and careers throughout the nation."

Senter is director of the Center for Applied Research and Rural Studies at CMU. She also has served in a variety of other leadership positions and has an extensive professional career of teaching, research and administrative work.

"Senter served as an early role model for me as a young woman in higher education," said Shawna Ross, director of the Mary Ellen Brandell Volunteer Center. "Her research benefited our understanding of the need for quality childcare for students as well as staff, of bias and lack of inclusion for our students, and many other justice issues."

Woman of the Year luncheon
The Woman of the Year luncheon will begin at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, March 15, in the Bovee University Center Rotunda. Tickets are $12 per person. Register by Thursday, March 10.

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