Friday, April 18, 2014

[513] Women of character, courage and commitment to be celebrated at MTSU April 26

MURFREESBORO — MTSU is putting the wraps on its National Women’s History Month celebration by acknowledging area residents who stand up for women’s rights.

The inaugural Women of Character, Courage and Commitment Gala is slated for 6 p.m. Saturday, April 26, in the Tennessee Room of the James Union Building.

Women and men in the MTSU community, Murfreesboro and Rutherford County who have been advocates for women’s rights will be honored.

Award categories and nominees are as follows:

  • STEM Award: for outstanding service to women in the fields of science, technology, engineering and math, Dr. Pat Patterson and Dr. Judith Iriarte-Gross (both MTSU);
  • Community Advocate: for outstanding advocacy of women in a local setting, Rosland  Grigsby-Rhyne, Dr. Ayne Cantrell (retired MTSU professor), Robbie Snapp, Judge Rachel L. Bell and Tammy Bryant;
  • Passionate Educator Award: for outstanding advocacy of women by an education professional, Gloria Scales Johnson, Christina Cobb and Dr. Meredith Anne Higgs (MTSU);
  • Collegiate Trailblazer Award: for an MTSU student who has been an exceptional contributor to women’s issues on the MTSU campus and who has the innovation and willpower to take the road less traveled when advocating for women, Verinique DiVionne Bailey and Brianee Knight.

Tickets may be purchased at the University Ticket Office at Gate 1A of Johnny “Red” Floyd Stadium until Saturday, April 19.

Admission is $20 for the public and $10 for students. This event is sponsored by the June Anderson Center for Women and Nontraditional Students. For more information, contact Valerie Avent, assistant director of the center, at 615-898-5725 or

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