Employees, students honored by University Women's Commission
Vicki L. Kroll
Apr 1, 2008
Three UT women were recognized last week for their work and contributions to the University community at the 22nd annual Outstanding Women’s Awards.
About 70 people attended the ceremony, which was sponsored by the University Women’s Commission.
Dr. Rosemary Haggett, Main Campus provost and executive vice president for academic affairs, spoke at the event and helped hand out awards to:
Kathy Arquette, secretary in the Counseling Center. She started working at UT as a part-time secretary in the Africana Studies Program in 2001 and then moved to the Counseling Center in 2004. She graduated with honors from the University with an associate degree in 2005 and is a senior in University College, where she is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in an individualized program.
“Kathy is the ‘glue’ that quietly and efficiently keeps the Counseling Center together,” wrote one nominator. “She remains calm, organized and focused through situations changing from normal to crisis at a moment’s notice. She can intuitively sense — whether by tone of voice, behavior, facial expression — what level of assistance may be required and makes it happen.” Another wrote, “Her professionalism and personal warmth are apparent in one’s first interaction with her. These characteristics are very important as she is most likely the first contact with a student who is seeking counseling services.”
Dr. Marietta Morrissey, acting associate dean for the natural sciences and mathematics in the College of Arts and Sciences and professor of sociology. She joined the faculty in the Sociology Department in 1989 and served as chair from 1991 to 1994. For the past nine years, Morrissey has served as an associate dean in the college, initially for social sciences and in her current role. In 2007, she traveled as a Fulbright Scholar to Costa Rica, where she studied the country’s social services development and promotion of economic growth.
“I have known her for 20 years and her loyalty and devotion to the College of Arts and Sciences are above reproach,” wrote one nominator. “Her research in Costa Rica brings her much satisfaction and pushes her to champion women’s rights and the ultimate importance of education.” Another noted, “Marietta’s time as associate dean has spanned the tenure of multiple deans and models for organizing the college and, as a result, her responsibilities and tasks. She has the personal skills, intellect and professional savvy to adjust and then excel in her work.”
Dr. Linda Smith, senior lecturer and adviser in the UT Honors Program. She began teaching at the University as a part-time English instructor in 1979. She became a lecturer in humanities in 1992. Smith is the adviser of the Society for Environmental Education, the UT liaison for the Washington Center Internship Program, and co-adviser for UT’s Student Honors Council. She received her master’s, law and doctoral degrees from UT and is pursuing a master’s degree in community counseling in the College of Health Science and Human Service.
“Her teaching in the Honors Program is highly successful, as reflected in the glowing evaluations students consistently give her every semester,” wrote one nominator. “She is viewed as a rigorous but empathetic instructor who is especially adept at creating effective discussion in a seminar setting.” Another wrote, “She does her work, her teaching and her advising with an upbeat and positive attitude. There is typically a line of students waiting outside her door to talk to her about class materials, educational opportunities, or just life in general.”
Outstanding Women Award winners, from left, Dr. Marietta Morrissey, Dr. Linda Smith and Kathy Arquette
The commission also presented $1,000 scholarships to four students. Receiving awards based on academic achievement, support of women’s and gender studies, and campus and community involvement were
Tammy Armstrong, a sophomore majoring in geography and planning and urban planning;
Janine Cannell, a senior majoring in pharmacy and toxicology;
Emily Pallotta, a senior majoring in education and mathematics; and
Julie Staple, a sophomore majoring in nursing.
University Women's Commission Scholarship recipients, from left, Janine Cannell, Julie Staple, Tammy Armstrong and Emily Pallotta