AAUW State College Awards & Recipients

Member Making a Difference

This award honors a member who made a big difference in something important to AAUW State College within the past year. The recipient exemplifies the spirit of AAUW and need not be a branch officer or committee chair.

As the incoming leader of our traditional Used Book Sale, Dina Liberatore found herself facing a very different set of realities in 2020. Dina led the Used Book Sale committee’s discussions of scenarios and decision-making during this unsettling time full of unknowns.  Ultimately, she oversaw the decision to sell the bulk of the books to Midtown Scholar Bookstore in Harrisburg as well as donate many to non-profit groups in our community.  Throughout deliberations, she kept her eye on doing good for the community while ensuring the branch was able to honor our financial commitments.

Outstanding Woman

The Outstanding Woman Award recipient is an AAUW State College member who has given meritorious service to the branch and to the community over multiple years.

Through challenging times, Co-presidents Cindy Hall and Sally Kalin have flexibly and positively led the branch through a world of virtual meetings and programming, alternative ways of conducting our Used Book Sale, financial challenges, developing new branch leaders, the attainment of a 5-Star recognition from AAUW National, and oversight of a redesign of our branch website. 

Gateway to Equity Award

 The Gateway to Equity Award honors an individual, group, or organization that by action and philosophy has promoted AAUW’s mission of advancing equity for women and girls through advocacy, education, or research.

Carol Eicher, founder and President of the Community Diversity Group cannot be separated from the organization she so ably leads. Begun in 2001, CDG is a coalition of citizens and businesses from the community, Penn State, and other non-profits in the State College area whose mission is “to bring diverse peoples together to cultivate inclusive, engaged communities.”  Carol and the CDG have made important contributions to enhancing the quality of life for the many diverse peoples living and working in our community.

CCCHS Volunteer of the Year

Ann Echols is a volunteer community activist.  She became our branch treasurer in 2018, and manages funds for our 501(c)3 and 501(c)4 budgets and advises the board on all financial and accounting matters.  She helped overhaul our membership process, co-developed our strategic plan, and is a member of our Public Policy Education Sub-committee.  In 2019, Ann created and implemented a comprehensive plan for introducing credit cards as a payment method for our Used Book Sale, resulting in an increase of several thousand dollars in sales.  In 2020 she joined our Used Book Sale Committee to help identify strategies to minimize losses after the cancellation of the sale due to the pandemic.  Ann also serves as Mid-State Literacy Council board chair, works with Leadership (Centre County), and volunteers elsewhere as her time permits. Ann is a talented community connector and a strong team player with a truly diverse set of talents.

Member Making a Difference

This award honors a member who made a big difference in something important to AAUW State College within the past year. The recipient exemplifies the spirit of AAUW and need not be a branch officer or committee chair.

Gateway to Equity Award

The Gateway to Equity Award honors an individual, group, or organization that by action and philosophy has promoted AAUW’s mission of advancing equity for women and girls through advocacy, education, philanthropy, or research. The nominator should know the individual, group, or organization and be able to identify several ways in which the award criteria have been met.

Outstanding Woman

The Outstanding Woman Award recipient is an AAUW State College member who has given meritorious service to the branch and to the community over multiple years.

Special Honoree

A Special Honoree is a long-standing member whom AAUW State College nominates for special recognition by AAUW-PA.

Gateway to Equity Award

The Gateway to Equity Award honors an individual, group, or organization that by action and philosophy has promoted AAUW’s mission of advancing equity for women and girls through advocacy, education, philanthropy, or research. The nominator should know the individual, group, or organization and be able to identify several ways in which the award criteria have been met.

Emerging Star

The Emerging Star Award (discontinued in 2012) recognized a new member who made significant contributions to AAUW State College.

2011 – Stacie Chandler
2010 – Candace Davison
2009 – Joanne Bennett
2008 – Sherry Crassweller
2007 – Alex Broyles and Harriet Feinstein

2006 – (no nominee)
2005 – Donna Holoviak
2004 – Nancy Weinreb
2003 – Jayne Cawthern
2002 – Barbara Haring

2001 – Beth Christopoulos
2000 – Dianne Taylor Gregg
1999 – Michelle Dzyak
1998 – Louise Malarkey

Branch Awards

Pennsylvania Awards

AAUW State College has received the following awards from AAUW-PA in 2019-2020:

  • AAUW Pennsylvania Public Policy Award for Notable Advocacy Efforts
  • AAUW Pennsylvania Achievement Award in Recognition of Total Giving
  • AAUW Pennsylvania Achievement Award in Recognition of Per Capita Giving
  • AAUW Pennsylvania Achievement Award for Top Branch in Economic Security Initiatives
  • AAUW Pennsylvania Achievement Award for Top Branch in Governance and Sustainability Initiatives
  • AAUW-Pennsylvania Award for Top Branch in Giving to the Legal Advocacy Fund

Centre Region Awards

In appreciation of our continued leadership supporting literacy for women, the Mid-State Literacy Council Board of Directors voted in February 2020 to award AAUW State College with The Ruth C. Kistler Service Award, the highest award honoring the contributions to literacy in our community. Ruth Kistler founded the Mid-State Literacy Council in 1971 to bring literacy in all forms to adults in Centre and Clearfield Counties. 

National Awards

AAUW State College has received Five-Star Recognition from AAUW national for outstanding work in Public Policy and Research; Communications and External Relations; Programs; Advancement; and Governance and Sustainability. AAUW State College is one of a select few nationwide to have received this designation.