University Residences' executive director receives 2013-14 Violet Haas Award

January 10, 2014  


Barbara Frazee

Barbara Frazee, executive director of University Residences, is the recipient of the 2013-14 Violet Haas Award. A reception to honor Frazee is scheduled for 3 p.m. Jan. 24 in the Anniversary Drawing Room in Purdue Memorial Union. (Photo provided)
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Barbara Frazee, executive director of University Residences, is the recipient of the 2013-14 Violet Haas Award, the Susan Bulkeley Butler Center for Leadership Excellence has announced.

Established in 1990, the Violet Haas Award recognizes individuals, programs or departments at Purdue that have effectively facilitated the advancement of women in hiring, promotion, education and salary, or those who have generally enhanced a positive professional climate for women at the University.

A reception to honor Frazee is scheduled for 3 p.m. Jan. 24 in the Anniversary Drawing Room in Purdue Memorial Union. In addition, Frazee's name will be added to the Violet Haas Legacy plaque, located in the Union outside Room 108. The reception also will honor recipients of the Butler Leadership in Action Award.

A Purdue alumna, Frazee has worked for the University her entire career. She became executive director of University Residences in 2007. She oversees administration, facilities, conferences, operations, marketing and residential life staff, and she works to ensure that students have a positive experience while living in University Residences.

Among her achievements as executive director is University Residences' Women's Leadership Series, the creation of which Frazee spearheaded in 2011 with support from the Butler Center.

The series is a grouping of events meant to assist the development of Purdue's young female student and staff leaders. It involves prominent female speakers from across the country as well as panels of women leaders from all walks of life. More than 150 of the University's female staff and students have participated in the series so far, and plans to expand the series are underway.
  
The Violet Haas Award, established in 1990 by the Council on the Status of Women at Purdue, is named for Haas, an electrical engineering professor from 1962 to 1986 who was instrumental in the early development of the Purdue chapter of the Society of Women Engineers.

In 2011, the council disbanded and passed the legacy of the Violet Haas Award to the Butler Center so that Purdue may continue to honor those working to support women in higher education.

The reception on Jan. 24 also will honor the recipients of the 2013-14 Butler Leadership in Action Award. They are Miriam Brown, a graduate assistant and alcohol and other drug education coordinator in the Student Wellness Office; Donatella Danielli-Garofalo, professor of mathematics; and Cherise Hall, director of financial affairs in the College of Agriculture.

The Leadership in Action Award recognizes Purdue faculty, staff, and students who have shown exemplary leadership within their respective areas of expertise.

Writer: Amanda Hamon, 49-61325, ahamon@purdue.edu

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