USC Again Honors Remarkable Women
USC’s eighth annual Remarkable Women Awards, a ceremony sponsored by the Office of Campus Activities and Women’s Student Assembly, was held on March 3.
Twelve Trojan women — staff, faculty, undergraduate and graduate students — received commendation for their contributions to USC.
“You can’t believe how much these women are actually doing,” said Heather Larabee, assistant dean of students and director of Campus Activities, and a 2009 recipient of the award. “They all have done outstanding things in their field for the students on campus or in the community.”
A committee comprised of faculty, staff, students and past Remarkable Women reviewed the nominees. Recipients were honored at the ceremony with short speeches, plaques and flowers.
Jennifer Siu, recognized for her dedication as associate director of Recreational Sports, found the award particularly meaningful.
“It was an affirmation of years of hard work,” she said. “I think women should be appreciated, and the administration should recognize the women on this campus.”
Berit Elam, director of the Women’s Student Assembly, agreed.
“A lot of times, the faces of success that we see are those of men,” she said, “and this is a chance to highlight many of the female leaders and achievers.”
The 2010 Remarkable Women are:
Lynn Swartz Dodd: lecturer, religion, USC College
Maja Mataric: professor of computer science, neuroscience and pediatrics; director, Center for Robotics and Embedded Systems; co-director, Robotics Research Lab; and senior associate dean for research, USC Viterbi School of Engineering
Pamela Schaff: associate professor for pediatrics and family medicine; assistant dean for curriculum; and director, Program in Medical Humanities, Arts and Ethics, Keck School of Medicine of USC
Michele Dea: administrative services manager, chemistry, USC College
Tina Koneazny: director of USC Readers Plus, Joint Educational Project
Jennifer Siu: associate director of Recreational Sports, Student Affairs
Marissa Borjon: graduate student, USC Annenberg School for Communication & Journalism
Maud Comboul: graduate student, USC Viterbi
Wendy Vu: graduate student, USC College
Genevieve Flores: undergraduate, USC College
Laura Pomatto: undergraduate, USC Viterbi
Nina Portugal: undergraduate, USC Rossier School of Education and USC College
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