University Advocates for Women and Equity to Present Sister Pat Kowalski Women’s Leadership Award at Annual Reception April 19 St. Thomas Newsroom April 13, 2012 The St. Thomas community is invited to celebrate the annual spring reception of the University Advocates for Women and Equity on Thursday, April 19.At the reception, the Sister Pat Kowalski Women’s Leadership Award will be presented to a staff member, Pat Alexander, and to a student, Christina Weiberg. Three other awards also will be presented to Alexandra Campion, Lisa Johnson, Dr. Susan Marsnik and Dr. Tori Svoboda.The reception will be held from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. in the Great Room (100) of McNeely Hall on the university’s St. Paul campus.The Sister Pat Kowalski Women’s Leadership Award is given annually to a female employee of the university, rotating among different constituencies (faculty, exempt staff, nonexempt staff), and to a female student.Previous recipients of the award are: Pauline Lambert, 2000 Amanda Rios, 2001 Ann Johnson, 2002 Elizabeth Dussol, 2003 Nicole Gurgel, 2004 Kay Egan, 2005 JoAnn Andregg, 2006 Alethea Alden and Laura Stierman, 2007 Jill Manske, 2008 Mary Ann Ryan, 2009 Lauren Miller and Kelly Rodriguez, 2010 Debra Petersen, 2011Kowalski died in May 1999. The award is dedicated in memory of her spirit and work. She was director of community partnerships at St. Thomas for seven years. She initiated and facilitated programs and contacts with the broader community. She was a member of the University Committee on Women and was interested in issues concerning women and equality.For more information email Dr. Susan Myers.