Chosen For U.Va.s Zintl Award
2, 2001 -- A
University of Virginia biology professor and the Universitys
head of public relations share this year's Elizabeth Zintl Leadership
Award, which recognizes their high degree of service to U.Va.
Claire Cronmiller, associate
professor of biology, and Louise Dudley, assistant vice president
for university relations, will be honored at a ceremony Feb. 23.
The U.Va. Womens Center
created the award three years ago in memory of Elizabeth Zintl,
a writer and journalist who served as U.Va.s chief of staff
in the Presidents Office until her death in 1997. The award
honors Zintls professionalism, creativity and commitment to
the University and recognizes that such leadership is found in many
areas throughout the academic community.
"We are honored to present the
2001 Zintl Leadership Award to two women who have contributed so
generously to the University community," said Sharon Davie,
Womens Center director. "They are both extraordinary
leaders, but represent excellence in two very different ways. Claire
Cronmiller's mentoring of University women in science -- both students
and faculty -- has been remarkable. And Louise Dudley, who is often
the spokesperson for the University, has helped to shape this community
in powerful and humane ways both in front of and behind the scenes.
Both Claire and Louise are wonderful representatives of the excellence
and service embodied by Elizabeth Zintl."
Those who nominated both women
repeatedly cited the exceptional efforts they make in quiet, steady
ways -- Cronmiller in being a mentor and role model, especially
as a woman scientist, and Dudley for being trustworthy with all
parties as a liaison between the University and the media.
As the Universitys spokesperson,
Dudley is a virtual repository of U.Va. history, noted her supporters.
"The University is doubly indebted to Louise, for helping us
make the right choices on important issues and for communicating
those choices to the public," said Leonard W. Sandridge, executive
vice president and chief operating officer.
Claire Cronmiller displays a
selfless dedication to the University through her work with students
that goes far beyond normal expectations, Davie said. A researcher
in fruit fly genetics,
Cronmiller joined the biology department
in 1990. She applies creativity and care in all her interactions,
according to her colleagues, in ways that promote student success
-- in life as well as in the classroom.
She not only tutors and advises
students in biology, "she helps the whole person, not just
the student part of the person," said Ray Keller,
the Biology department chair. In addition she has participated in
the Office of African-American Affairs mentoring program since it
began almost six years ago. She makes a point of taking the students
she is mentoring to her lab and to biology department functions,
as well as attending the programs activities.
The award carries a $1,000 prize,
made possible by a gift from alumnus David A. Harrison III, which
the honoree may use for her professional or personal development.
Previous Zintl Award recipients
include Dr. Sharon Hostler, Medical Director of the Kluge Childrens
Rehabilitation Center and McLemore Birdsong Professor of Pediatrics,
for 1999; and Sylvia Terry, associate dean of African-American affairs,
and Patricia Lampkin, associate vice president for student affairs,
The 2001 Elizabeth Zintl Leadership
Award presentation and reception will be Feb. 23 at 4:30 p.m., McGregor
Room, Alderman library.
Because space is limited, those wishing
to attend should call the Womens Center at (804) 982-2361.
Contact: Carol Wood, (804) 924-6189