FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                        Date: October 18, 2000

                                                                                                            Contact: Lezli Austen

Terri Jackson receives UIS Lynn Award

SPRINGFIELD – Terri Rene Jackson, coordinator of minority student affairs, was named recipient of the University of Illinois at Springfield’s fourth annual Naomi B. Lynn Award in ceremonies held October 17 at the Women’s Peace and Friendship Garden on the UIS campus.

The Lynn Award is presented annually by the UIS Women’s Center in recognition of an individual who has made an outstanding contribution to the environment for women on the UIS campus. Awardees are recognized with a gift made in their names to the Women’s Peace and Friendship Garden, located on the northeast corner of the campus near the pond.

“Working with fewer resources than most, Terri makes time for all who seek her assistance, regardless of race, gender, or status,” said Lawrence Johnson, associate chancellor for access and equal opportunity, in his nomination statement. In the words of students who nominated Jackson, she is “an unsung heroine who continues to give” and “an ambassador in the true sense of the word.”

Jackson has been the coordinator of the Office of Minority Student Affairs since 1991, is adviser to the student organization SANKOFA, and a member of the Campus Senate Committee on Student Discipline, the campus Task Force on Sexual Assaults, the Diversity Task Force, and the advisory committee to the Women’s Center. In addition to her contributions to UIS, she is active in Springfield and throughout the state on the Illinois HIV Prevention Community Planning Group, the Statewide Minority Health Network, and the Women’s Wellness Initiative.

This year’s nominees included Patricia Faughn, director of the UIS Child Care Center; Veronica Espina, student in the community arts management program and editor of the student newspaper; and Michelle Crist-Houran, assistant director of residential life.

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