Prestigious Honors Bestowed on Six Women Educators

Gay G. Cima, professor of English at Georgetown University was honored for her scholarly work by the Association for Theater in Higher Education. She is the author of Early American Women Critics: Performance, Race, and Religion (Cambridge University Press, 2006) and Performing Women: Female Characters, Male Playwrights, and the Modern Stage (Cornell University Press, 1993).

Dr. Cima is a graduate of the University of Nebraska. She holds a master’s degree from Northwestern University and a Ph.D. from Cornell University.

Rose Marie Bukics, the Thomas Roy and Lura Forrest Jones Professor of Economics at Lafayette College in Easton, Pennsylvania, won the Outstanding Educator Award from the Pennsylvania Institute of Certified Public Accountants.

She is the author of Reading, Writing, and Thriving: How to Make The Wall Street Journal a Key Part of Your Business Curriculum.

Jacque Gray, research associate professor in the Center for Rural Health at the University of North Dakota, received the Excellence in Training Award from the Native Research Network. She was honored for her work in recruiting and training Native Americans or health research. Dr. Gray is the director of the new Seven Generations Center for Excellence in Native Behavioral Health at the university.

Dr. Gary holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Oklahoma and a Ph.D. in applied behavioral studies from Oklahoma State University.

Catherine Payn, an associate professor of music at Bucknell University in Lewisburg, Pennsylvania, had a scholarship fund named in her honor. The fund was established by the Lattal family, whose father and daughter are both Bucknell graduates. The need-based scholarships will benefit students studying voice or music, with a preference for students of opera.

Professor Payn joined the Bucknell faculty in 1989. She is a graduate of Westminster Choir College and holds a master’s degree and a Ph.D. from West Virginia University.

Karen P. DePauw, vice president and dean for graduate education at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, received the R. Tait McKenzie Award from the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance.

Dr. DePauw is a graduate of Whittier College in California. She holds a master’s degree from California State University Long Beach and a doctorate from Texas Woman’s University.

Patricia M. Lowrie, director of the Women’s Resource Center and senior adviser to the dean of the College of Veterinary Medicine at Michigan State University, was honored by the Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges. The association named its minority scholarship fund in her honor.

“Pat Lowrie devoted the majority of her career to promoting diversity in the veterinary profession,” said Christopher Brown, dean of the College of Veterinary Medicine. “She has been an important advocate and an impressive force for creating a more inclusive and diverse academic environment in veterinary colleges.”

Lowrie holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in zoology from Howard University in Washington, D.C.

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