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An OSU Woman Who Changed My Life

Honor an Ohio State woman in your life by participating in our An OSU Woman Who Changed My Life project: Relate your story of how an OSU woman (faculty, staff, or student, past or present) had a significant impact on your life in an audio recording that will help preserve, celebrate, and share the positive impact of women at Ohio State.

If you would like to honor an Ohio State woman, contact womensplace@osu.edu.

 


Honoree: Susan Fisher

By Linda Montaño

"One of the things I learned from Susan is yes, you can have it all, as long as you’re not worried about things like hay in your hair."

 

Portrait of Susan Fisher

Linda Montaño describes how Susan Fisher’s passion and creativity inspired her and how Susan’s confidence in Linda’s abilities helped Linda believe in herself.
(Recorded 03/2012)

Honoree: Susan Fisher, former associate chair and professor, Department of Entomology
Speaker: Linda Montaño, director, Business Operations in the Office of International Affairs

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Honoree: Brenda Jo Brueggemann

By Kristina Torres

"Brenda is authentic; she brings her whole self into a relationship."

 

Portrait of Brenda Jo Brueggemann

Kristina Torres describes how Brenda Brueggemann is a multi-faceted and multi-talented woman who is adept at connecting with others and helping them grow and seeing the interconnectedness of many aspects of life.
(Recorded 12/2011)

Honoree: Brenda Jo Brueggemann, professor, Department of English, and vice chair of the Rhetoric, Composition, and Literacy program
Speaker: Kristina Torres, relationship manager, Office of the Chief Information Officer

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Honoree: Ana Berrios-Allison

By April Calkovsky

"She is very passionate about helping people find their career path and find their true self."

 

Portrait of Ana Berrios-Allison

April Calkovsky describes how Ana Berrios-Allison’s positivity and enthusiasm about the importance of living our best life inspires others to move forward with their lives, and how Ana empowers others, including April, to realize their career paths.
(Recorded 09/2011)

Honoree: Ana Berrios-Allison, associate director of Career Connection
Speaker: April Calkovsky, internship advisor with the College of Arts and Sciences Career Services

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Honoree: Dr. Martha Sucheston

By Francesca Druggan

"Dr. Sucheston is definitely that pebble … in the pond, and you continue to feel the ripples forever."

 

Portrait of Dr. Martha Sucheston

Francesca Druggan speaks about Dr. Sucheston’s eagerness to pass on her experiences, and how Dr. Sucheston was a strong influence on her leadership and instructional skills.
(Recorded 08/2011)

Honoree: Dr. Martha Sucheston, faculty emeritus, Division of Anatomy, College of Medicine
Speaker: Francesca Druggan, pathologist’s assistant for Department of Pathology, College of Medicine

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Honoree: Stephanie Hightower

By Kay Shabazz

"She made me feel like I would count at The Ohio State University and that was really important."

 

Portrait of Stephanie HightowerTrack photo of Stephanie Hightower

Kay Shabazz describes how Stephanie Hightower made her feel welcome at Ohio State and how Stephanie's confidence and loyalty to her home city inspires Kay.
(Recorded 10/2011)

Honoree: Stephanie Hightower, former OSU student athlete, president and CEO of Columbus Urban League
Speaker: Kay Shabazz, OSU alumna and current event planning and member support manager at Tech Columbus

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Honoree: Kathy Raffel

By Emily Panzeri

"She really helped me build confidence in myself about my abilities to pursue research."

 

Portrait of Kathy Raffel

Emily Panzeri describes how Kathy Raffel engaged her particular interests in social work and used innovative teaching methods to drive her students to be better social workers in the future.
(Recorded 8/2011)

Honoree: Kathy Raffel, doctoral student, College of Social Work
Speaker: Emily Panzeri, masters student, College of Social Work

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Honoree: Dr. Stephanie Cook

By Wanda Dillard

"She is like sunshine that just comes into your life and provides you with inspiration."

 

Portrait of Dr. Stephanie Cook

Wanda Dillard describes how Dr. Stephanie Cook sees the positive side of life and how even though she is a professional, she is down to earth.
(Recorded 8/2011)

Honoree: Dr. Stephanie Cook, assistant professor, clinical, Emergency Medicine; physician, FPG-Emergency Medicine
Speaker: Wanda Dillard, director of Community Development, Ohio State Wexner Medical Center

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Honoree: Laura Lembo Kraus

By Amelia Baumgardner

"Laura has been a major influence in constructing the woman I am today and … hope to be in the future."

 

Portrait of Laura Lambo-Kraus

Amelia Baumgardner describes how Laura Lembo Kraus strongly influenced her confidence and abilities in understanding and interpreting elementary school students' situations and abilities, as well as helped her understand and develop her own abilities.
(Recorded 8/2011)

Honoree: Laura Lembo Kraus, associate director of the Economic Access Initiative at Ohio State
Speaker: Amelia Baumgardner, former student assistant, Economic Access Initiative at Ohio State

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Honoree: Greta Russell

By Wanda Dillard

"She has become my mentor, my confidant, my shero, and she has so much wisdom."

 

Portrait of Greta Russell

Wanda Dillard describes her long working relationship with Greta Russell and how Greta has been a constant source of inspiration and wisdom.
(Recorded 8/2011)

Honoree: Greta Russell, former Ohio State Comptroller
Speaker: Wanda Dillard, director of Community Development, Ohio State Wexner Medical Center

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Honoree: Jennifer Beard

By Wanda Dillard

"She took us to another level. … She's one of those phenomenal women."

 

Portrait of Jennifer Beard

Wanda Dillard comments on how she has watched Jennifer Beard develop into a great leader and facilitator and an overall phenomenal woman.
(Recorded 8/2011)

Honoree: Jennifer Beard, assistant director, The Women's Place
Speaker: Wanda Dillard, director of Community Development, Ohio State Wexner Medical Center

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Honoree: Melissa Rockwell-Hopkins (previously Rockwell-Bellini)

By Autumn Williams

"She was a strong leader, but she was also caring."

 

Portrait of Melissa Rockwell-Hopkins

Autumn Williams describes how Melissa Rockwell-Hopkins' influence, strong leadership skills, and caring sensibility helped her progress in her own personal and academic life.
(Recorded 9/2011)

Honoree: Melissa Rockwell-Hopkins, former associate vice president of Facilities, Operations, and Development at Ohio State
Speaker: Autumn Williams, program director, Partners Achieving Community Transformation, Wexner Medical Center University Hospital East

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Honoree: Amy Shuman

By Viola M. Newton

"I can say she is the best thing that ever happened to me as a student coming from the U.S. Virgin Islands looking for answers about my identity."

 

Portrait of Amy Shuman

Viola Newton illustrates Amy Shuman's crucial influence on her development as a scholar, as well as Amy's personal interest in Viola's background, and her passion to help Viola complete her doctorate degree.
(Recorded 8/2011)

Honoree: Amy Shuman, professor, Department of English
Speaker: Viola M. Newton, professor, African-American and African Studies Department

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Honoree: Prudence Gill

By Rick Livingston

"She had all these demands on her … and was able to turn them into these moments of glory."

 

Portrait of Prudence Gill

Rick Livingston describes how Prudence Gill organizes chaos and input from all sides into a meaningful and masterful product; how women like Prudence form the foundation of the university.
(Recorded 6/2011)

Honoree: Prudence Gill, curator of the Hopkins Hall Gallery
Speaker: Rick Livingston, interim director of the Humanities Institute

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Honoree: Angelett Anthony

By Alexa Odom

"Angelett is someone who has always made me feel … I will be able to do something that I never imagined."

 

Portrait of Angelett Anthony

Alexa Odom describes how Angelett Anthony's mentorship helped her to aspire to greater achievements in her college career.
(Recorded 4/2011)

Honoree: Angelett Anthony, program coordinator of the Program for Advising and Scholarship Services through Diversity Services Office
Speaker: Alexa Odom, Ohio State undergraduate majoring in journalism in the College of Social & Behavioral Sciences

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Honoree: Carole Anderson

By Tayo Switzer

"She holds the line when it comes to what she believes is right for people and what she believes is right for the university."

 

Portrait of Carole Anderson

Tayo Switzer speaks about Carole Anderson's strong morals and values, and how she brings a strong understanding of diversity into her work.
(Recorded 3/2011)

Honoree: Carole Anderson, former dean of the College of Dentistry
Speaker: Tayo Switzer, organization development consultant for the Office of Human Resources

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Honoree: Erin Flucke

By Meg Gulick

"I want to help the kids believe in their dreams like she helped me believe in mine."

 

OSU Marching Band on the field from above

Meg Gulick describes how Erin Flucke's mentorship and friendship inspired her to mentor and help others.
(Recorded 3/2011)

Honoree: Erin Flucke, Ohio State University and Marching Band alumnus
Speaker: Meg Gulick, Ohio State undergraduate majoring in strategic communication in the College of Arts and Sciences, Division of Social and Behavioral Sciences, with a minor in music

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Honoree: Ruth Peterson

By Hazel Morrow-Jones

"She was ... outraged that I was letting myself be pushed around ... ."

 

Portrait of Ruth Peterson

Hazel Morrow-Jones remembers how Ruth Peterson convinced her to be forceful in requesting a sabbatical, which became a pivotal move in Hazel's career.
(Recorded 3/2011)

Honoree: Ruth Peterson, director of the Criminal Justice Research Center (CJRC) and professor of sociology
Speaker: Hazel Morrow-Jones, associate provost for Women's Policy Initiatives and director of The Women's Place

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Honoree: Deborah Ballam

By Tom Gregoire

"She's someone that starts a lot of fires with confidence they're going to build."

 

Portrait of Deborah Ballam

Tom Gregoire speaks about how Deborah Ballam, with just a small jesture, impacted his career and his life in a great way.
(Recorded 3/2011)

Honoree: Deborah Ballam, faculty emeritus, Fisher College of Business and program director, Project CEOS (Comprehensive Equity at Ohio State)
Speaker: Tom Gregoire, dean of the College of Social Work and associate professor

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