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Annette Van Dyke receives 2003 Naomi B. Lynn Award

May 3, 2004

SPRINGFIELD - Annette Van Dyke, associate professor of Liberal Studies, Individual Option, and Women’s Studies at the University of Illinois at Springfield, was presented with the Seventh Annual Naomi B. Lynn Award at a ceremony held April 28 in the Women’s Peace and Friendship Garden on the UIS campus.

The award is made by the UIS Women’s Center Council in recognition of significant contributions to women at UIS and honors Lynn, who served as president of Sangamon State University and chancellor of UIS from 1991 to 2001. Awardees are recognized with a gift made in their name to the garden, which is located on the west side of the campus pond.

Chancellor Richard Ringeisen made the presentation, citing nomination materials that praised Van Dyke’s openness to diversity, accessibility to students, and involvement in campus activities. “Annette is a wonderful role model,” Ringeisen said, “for everyone, but especially for women on this campus. She is excellent at empowering women to follow their life’s dreams and is representative of the difference that strong women can make for all people.”

Van Dyke has been on the faculty at UIS since 1993. Her research and teaching interests focus on Native American culture, especially Native American women writers; women’s spirituality; and multicultural women’s literature. She is active in a number of professional and community organizations and serves on several campus committees.

Other 2003 nominees were Candi Clouse, a graduate student in Individual Option; Ashley Harvey, an undergraduate English student; Lyn King, administrative aide in Human Resources; and Loretta Meeks, professor of Teacher Education.

Past recipients were student Veronica Espina (2002), professor emerita Jacqueline Jackson (2001), multicultural student affairs coordinator Terri Jackson (2000); professor emerita Judith Everson (1999), counseling center director Judy Shipp (1998), and professor emerita Mattilou Catchpole (1997).

    The University of Illinois at Springfield, one of three U of I campuses, is a small, public liberal arts university that offers 40 degree programs – 20 bachelor’s, 19 master’s, and the Doctorate of Public Administration. UIS has a special mission in public affairs and service and is known for extraordinary internships, a wireless campus, extensive online offerings, and a commitment to teaching.
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