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Two Chosen For U.Va.’s Zintl Award

February 2, 2001 -- A University of Virginia biology professor and the University’s 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. Women’s 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 President’s Office until her death in 1997. The award honors Zintl’s 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, Women’s 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 University’s 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 program’s 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 Children’s 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, in 1998.

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 Women’s Center at (804) 982-2361.

Contact: Carol Wood, (804) 924-6189

FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: please contact the Office of University Relations at (804) 924-7116. Television reporters should contact the TV News Office at (804) 924-7550.
SOURCE: U.Va. News Services


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