MA8A1116.jpg    Title IX Distinguished Service Award Recipients 

Pictured left to right in back: Patrice M. Buzzanell, Beth M. Holloway, Julie Wiejak, Cicelle D. Beemon and Lisa J. Goodnight. Left to right in front: Marcy H. Towns, Janet Badia, Ellen Ernst Kossek and Stacie Reardon.

The following individuals were recognized and honored as recipients of the 2022 Title IX Distinguished Service Award for their significant contributions to the advancement of gender equality in higher education, in intercollegiate athletics, and at Purdue University.

2022 Award recipients are:

Janet Badia, dean of the College of Liberal Arts, professor of women’s studies and director of Purdue Fort Wayne’s Women’s Studies Program from 2009-21.

Cicelle D. Beemon, program assistant at The Women’s Center at PFW and faculty advisor for the Black Student Union.

Patrice M. Buzzanell, Distinguished University Professor in the Department of Communication at the University of South Florida and Endowed Visiting Professor for the School of Media and Design at Shanghai Jiao Tong University. Buzzanell was formerly a distinguished professor in the Brian Lamb School of Communication. She also served as the Susan Bulkeley Butler Chair for Leadership Excellence and as director of the Butler Center.

Lisa J. Goodnight, vice chancellor for institutional advancement at PNW, professor of communication, chief of staff and chair of PNW’s Intercollegiate Athletic Advisory Committee.

Kelley Hartley Hutton, director of athletics at PFW, 15 seasons as head coach of the women's volleyball program and 13 years as senior woman administrator, and chairperson of the Summit League Women’s Basketball Committee.

Beth M. Holloway, professor of engineering practice, mechanical engineering, director of the Women in Engineering Program, and assistant dean of engineering for diversity and engagement. 

Ellen Ernst Kossek, Basil S. Turner Distinguished Professor at Purdue University's Krannert School of Management and the first elected president of the Work-Family Researchers Network.

Ashley Malone, PFW’s assistant athletic director for administration and championships and currently on PFW’s Diversity Council and Community Engagement Action Planning Team. 

Stacie Reardon, student affairs specialist in the Office of the Dean of Students at PNW and led programming and outreach geared toward bystander intervention and sexual violence awareness.

Dave Shondell, Purdue head volleyball coach, Big Ten conference 2011 Mideast Region Coach of the Year and 2021 Northeast Region Coach of the Year.

Laura Stegall, 2002 IPFW graduate, DME Academy’s athletic director, author of “Diary of a No Name Girl” and co-founder of I Can I Will - Win The Day Foundation.

Marcy H. Towns, Bodner-Honig Professor of Chemistry, 2021 Recipient of the IUPAC Distinguished Women in Chemistry Award, served as faculty athletic representative for a three-year term in 2017, and Society for College Science Teachers Outstanding Undergraduate Science Teacher Award in 2015.

Oriana White, 2022 Purdue graduate, received her MBA at PNW in the College of Business, former president of the Student Government Association, served as undergraduate admissions student officer, graduate aide for the Office of New Student Orientation, and graduate aide for the Office of Institutional Advancement. 

Julie Wiejak, executive director of undergraduate admissions at PNW, former experiences include head volleyball coach, senior women’s administrator, member of the Positive Coaching Alliance, and collaborated with Girls on the Run, Girls on the Go and Susan G. Komen Foundation to promote the mission of all women’s organizations.

Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 became law on June 23, 1972, by the signature of President Richard M. Nixon. Title IX is a comprehensive federal law that prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in any federally funded education program or activity.

Each of the Title IX Distinguished Service Award recipients demonstrates sustained accomplishments in one or more of the following areas:

* Maximizing institutional and/or societal resources to broaden access and opportunity to women in higher education.

* Expanding the range and quality of the female undergraduate or graduate student experience at Purdue.

* Contributing to the achievement of gender equity at all levels of the academic community.

* Contributing to the advancement of women in intercollegiate athletics.

* Providing local and/or national leadership on issues related to gender equity in education at all levels.