WFPA to honor Bunker, Toms
Women Faculty and Professional
Association has announced the winners of its three major annual
awards, who will be honored April 30 at its spring luncheon.
Woman of Achievement Award, which recognizes a woman who is a
leader in the effort to improve the status and professional environment
of women within the University community, goes this year to Linda
K. Bunker, William Parrish Professor of Education and a professor
of Human Services in the Curry School of Education.
U.Va., Bunker has chaired the Department of Kinesiology, served
as associate dean and sat on many school and University committees.
A tireless advocate for girls and women in sport, she works extensively
with the Womens Sports Foundation, has testified before
Congress and is a sought-after speaker. She has authored 14 books
and over l00 articles related to enhancing human performance,
and has received numerous distinctions and awards during her career.
WFPAs new Leading Light Award recognizes a woman who is
in the early to middle stage of her career and who demonstrates
professional qualities and behaviors that are an asset to
her place of work within U.Va. and to her colleagues alike.
The inaugural recipient is Martha Ann Toms, acting director of
U.Va.s Academic Center at Lynchburg and assistant director
of the centers conference division for K-12 education in
the School of Continuing and Professional Studies.
nominating Toms, Continuing and Professional Studies dean Sondra
Stallard wrote, Martha Ann has helped to turn a climate
of competition to one of collaboration, and she has gained the
respect and gratitude of many while showing them that all can
be successful through cooperation and mutual support.
years winner of the Aspiring Woman Award, a $500 scholarship
for a female employee who has returned to pursue an associate,
undergraduate or graduate degree, is Elizabeth Black, recruiting
coordinator for University Career Services.
is pursuing a bachelors degree from U.Va. and plans to attend
graduate school in law or counseling with a focus on child advocacy.
One of her professional goals is to establish a certificate program
in law concentrating on domestic issues for people in the social
services field, she said, adding that it is important for social
services staff to have a solid understanding of law and policy
when working with the community and the court system.
for the luncheon, which costs $19 per person, are due by April
19. For information, call 982-3283 or e-mail email@example.com.