FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Date: October 29, 2001
Contact: Donna McCracken, 206-6716
SPRINGFIELD – Jacqueline Jackson, professor emerita of English at the University of Illinois at Springfield, was named recipient of the fifth annual Naomi B. Lynn Award in ceremonies held October 23 at the Women=s Peace and Friendship Garden on the UIS campus.
The Lynn Award is presented each year 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 campus, near the pond.
In nominating Jackson for the award, colleague John Knoepfle noted, AHer greatest contribution to women is her ability, not so much to break down the barriers that prevent women from making full use of their creativity and life experiences, as to walk right through them. She has opened up new possibilities and new environments for women,@ he continued, Anot by preaching but by example, encouragement, joy, and respect.@
One of three women in the charter faculty at Sangamon State University, Jackson is the author of numerous children=s books and books on creative writing including Turn Not Pale, Beloved Snail and The EndlessPavement. Her most recent work is The Round Barn, the story of three generations living at her family=s dairy farm outside Beloit, Wisconsin. She also hosted a long-running radio program for school children, has taken groups of university students to England and Scotland, and been a member of several writers= support groups in the area. Many of her students have gone on to become published authors.
Judith Everson, another member of SSU=s charter faculty, said that Jackson Ahas helped many women find their private and public voices. She has empowered the previously subdued by her own example of industry and strength.@ Said Everson, AJackie has been a role model and an advocate...a point of pride on campus for 31 years.@
This year=s nominees for the Lynn award also included Peggy Dunn, academic adviser in the Teacher Education program, and David Yemm, UIS police officer.