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2008 Achieving Women Awardees


Chloe Abraczinskas
Undergraduate student Chloe Abraczinskas is a graduating senior in aerospace engineering. She is highly regarded as a role model for underrepresented students and volunteers to attract women students into engineering programs. Abraczinskas also took leadership positions with Penn State’s Girl Scout Saturday Workshops and the NASA Johnson Space Center educational outreach committee and ambassador team.

Beth Alford-Sullivan
Beth Alford-Sullivan is one of five women in the country to direct a Division 1 men’s and women's track and field/cross country program. She leads more than 100 young athletes in the second largest sports program at Penn State. From 1999 to 2006, she served as head coach of the women's track and field/cross country team.

Mary Anne Enama
Mary Anne Enama is a food preparer at Penn State Hazleton. A longstanding member of the campus' Commission for Women, she also represents the University by leading United Way fundraising projects. Penn State Hazleton’s student government recently recognized Enama’s commitment to excellence by awarding her and some of her colleagues the Good Customer Service Award.

Nina Fedoroff
Nina Fedoroff holds the Verne M. Willaman chair in life sciences and is an Evan Pugh professor. She joined Penn State in 1995 where she founded and directed the multidisciplinary Huck Institute of Life Sciences. In 2007, Condoleezza Rice named Fedoroff to a three-year term as her science and technology adviser, serving as the Department of State’s chief scientist.

Rosemary Frank
Rosemary Frank is a staff assistant in the mathematics department at University Park. In her more than twenty years of service, she has demonstrated excellence in customer service, process improvement, mentoring, and leadership. As a leader within the college's Climate and Diversity Committee, she has organized campaigns, guided teams, and provided recent impetus to conduct a critical survey.

Nicole Reed
Graduate student Nicole Reed is pursuing a master's degree in the Department of Energy and Mineral Engineering. She is chairwoman of the graduate student council in the College of Earth and Mineral Sciences and recently chaired the planning committee for the 2008 VOICES conference. Reed earned a Penn State Graduate Fellowship, the Frank and Lucy Rusinko Graduate Fellowship, and the Marathon Alumni Centennial Graduate Fellowship.

Louise Sandmeyer
Louise E. Sandmeyer is executive director of the Office of Planning and Institutional Assessment. She has worked for Penn State in significant capacities for more than twenty-five years and is known for her extraordinary commitment to improving Penn State’s operating elements and procedures. She earned the National Consortium for Continuous Improvement’s 2007 Professional Distinction Award.