UAWE Awards

The UAWE honors members of the UST community who have distinguished themselves in their work for women and women concerns. Each year the UAWE presents four awards.

Sister Pat Kowalski Women's Leadership Award

The Sister Pat Kowalski Women’s Leadership Award is given annually to two individuals, and will go this year to an exempt staff member and a student, each of whom has distinguished herself through her work on women’s issues.

This award honors a student and an employee of St. Thomas who have distinguished themselves though their work on women’s issues. Preference will be given to a student who is in the last year of her academic program. The employee award rotates among exempt staff, non-exempt staff, and faculty; the 2017 award will be given to a member of the faculty. Commemorating the leadership of Sister Pat Kowalski, the award recognizes those who demonstrate (1) clarity of vision through insights into the needs and aspirations of women at the University of St. Thomas; (2) courage of convictions through an ability to speak and act; (3) generosity of spirit through leadership by example, encouraging others to see that working on behalf of the women of St. Thomas may be a source of joy and life.

  • Nominations: To nominate a faculty member or a student for the Kowalski award, please write a letter to the Coordinating Council, no longer than 1.5 pages, explaining how the woman you wish to recognize demonstrates the following qualities:
          * Clarity of vision through insights into the needs and aspirations of women at the University of St. Thomas.
          * Courage of convictions through an ability to speak and act.
          * Generosity of spirit through leadership by example, which encourages others to see work in behalf of the women at St. Thomas
             as a source of joy and life.
 
  • Each year the awards include monetary contributions, one to the Servants of Mary (Sister Pat Kowalski’s order) for the care of their aged and infirm members. Another financial award will go to a non-profit organization named by each recipient.
  • Deciding body: The Coordinating Council of the UAWE.

Previous recipients of the Kowalski 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, 2011
  • Pat Alexander and Christina Weiberg, 2012
  • Susan Anderson-Benson and Emilee Sirek, 2013
  • Brenda Powell and Melissa Seymour, 2014
  • Peggy Jerabek and Bailey Fischer, 2015
  • Jazzmine Jackson and Martha McKinley, 2016

Good Sister Award

The Good Sister Award is given to a UST woman who shows readiness to help and support, in formal or informal ways, the women around her on campus.  Each year up to three awards may be given to members of the UST community (student, staff, or faculty), and may be given either to individuals or to groups of women.

  • To nominate a UST woman (student, exempt staff member, non-exempt staff member, or faculty member), please write a one-page letter of nomination describing how this woman has been a good sister to an individual or a group of women.  
  • Evaluation criterion: Nominee makes an effort in support of a woman or women going beyond the ordinary or beyond the job description. 
  • Deciding body: The Coordinating Council of the UAWE.

Previous recipients of the Good Sister award are:

  • Sue Focke, 2011
  • Susan Marsnik, 2012
  • Patty Petersen, 2014
  • Elizabeth Schiltz, 2014
  • Sarah Schmalenberger, 2014
  • Nora Fitzpatrick, 2015
  • Wendy Wyatt, 2015

Pauline Lambert Advocacy Award

The Pauline Lambert Advocacy Award recognizes a St. Thomas woman who has taken initiative in challenging problems that exist around gender issues on the St. Thomas campus. Each year up to three awards may be given to members of the UST community (student, staff, or faculty). The recipients will have identified a gender-related problem on campus and worked toward rectifying it.

  • To nominate a UST woman (student, exempt staff member, non-exempt staff member, or faculty member), please write a one-page letter of nomination describing how this woman has acted on a concern and challenged the UST community as a whole or members within the community to recognize a gender-related problem on campus.
  • Evaluation criterion:  Nominee has challenged the UST community (or members within it) to recognize a gender-related problem and to work toward rectifying it.
  • Deciding body: The Coordinating Council of the UAWE.

Previous recipients of the Pauline Lambert Advocacy award are:

  • Theresa Malloy, 2011
  • Alexandra Campion, Lisa Johnson, 2012
  • G Lee Xiong, 2013
  • Corrine Calvalho, 2014
  • Emily Kindelspire, 2014
  • Morgan Schreurs, 2014
  • Madelyn Larsin, 2015
  • Grace Nelson, 2015

Sapientia Award

The Sapientia Award for Scholarly or Creative Work Focused on Women (co-sponsored with the Women’s Studies Department and the Luann Dummer Center for Women) is given to a member of the St. Thomas community (man or woman) for an outstanding piece of work that has as its subject and/or focus a woman or women, or a concern related to women, and that seeks to empower women. Each year up to three awards may be given to members of the UST community (student, staff, or faculty).

  • To nominate a member of the UST community (student, exempt staff member, non-exempt staff member, or faculty member), please write a one-page letter of nomination describing the nominee’s scholarly or creative work that focuses on a woman or women or a concern related to women, and that works to empower women. If possible, please include a copy of the work (a photograph of artwork, a copy of a scholarly paper, etc.)..
  • Evaluation criteria:

      the work must focus on a woman or women, or deal with women’s concerns
      the work must be original in content
      the work must critically examine the forces that shape the situation of a woman or women
      the work must respond to systems that oppress women or must highlight empowerment of women
      the work must be recent (completed or published in the last two years)

  • Deciding body: A diverse committee of representatives from the UAWE Coordinating Council, the LDCW advisory board, and the WMST advisory committee will choose the Sapientia award recipient(s).

Previous recipients of the Sapientia award are:

  • Hannah Gikling, Sara Joyce, 2011
  • Julie Risser, 2011
  • Tori Svoboda, 2012
  • Olga Ivanova, 2013
  • Liz Wilkinson, 2014
  • Samantha Wisneski, 2014