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Marylhurst University Honors Five Women of Distinction

For Release: October 05, 2006

Marylhurst University honored five women at the fifth annual Women of Distinction Luncheon held at the Multnomah Athletic Club on Wednesday, October 4, 2006.


The Woman of the Arts Award was presented to Julie Vigeland, capital campaign chair and board member emeritus for Portland Center Stage. Under her leadership Portland Center Stage raised funds to renovate and occupy the Armory Building. She served as board chair for five years. She was responsible for the oversight of a $5 million budget and supervision of the organization's managing and artistic directors.

Currently, she holds board positions with the Regional Arts and Culture Council, Giving in Oregon Council, the Wessinger Foundation, Portland Center Stage and the Jackson Foundation. Her board appointments date back more than 30 years and include the Oregon Symphony Foundation, Friends of the Performing Arts Center, Grantmakers of Oregon and Southwest Washington and Oregon College of Art and Craft.

The Woman of Business Award was presented to Peggy Fowler, CEO and president of Portland General Electric (PGE). In 1974 she started as a chemist in the company's analytical laboratory where she performed extensive environmental testing. She has held senior officer posts in PGE's distribution operations, customer service and delivery areas, power production, hydroelectric and substation operations and Gresham division, one of PGE's largest divisions.

Fowler serves on several boards including Oregon Business Council, the Regence Group, Regence BlueCross BlueShield of Oregon, SOLV Founders' Circle and the Oregon Independent College Foundation. Since 2004, she has been an ambassador for the American Heart Association's Go Red for Women campaign and is co-chairing the 2006 capital campaign for the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Portland Metropolitan Area. In 2005, she was named Oregon's Most Admired CEO in the Portland Business Journal's survey of Oregon's Most Admired Companies.

The Woman of Faith Award was presented to Kathryn Harrison who served as chair of the Grand Ronde Tribal Council for six years. She was the first woman to hold the office of chair and has served on the Tribal Council since 1980. Harrison has represented the tribe in a number of state and national organizations. Her appointments include the Legislative Commission on Indian Services, Oregon Historic and Preservation Advisory Board, National Congress of American Indians, National Indian Health Conference and Oregon Women's Political Caucus.

Currently, Harrison is the distinguished fellow with The Institute for Tribal Government under The Hatfield School of Government College of Urban and Public Affairs at Portland State University. She was named as a Women of Achievement by the YWCA and was the recipient of the Distinguished Service Award Honoree from the League of Women Voters. The American Indian Business Leaders honored her with the White Crown Award for her work nationally and locally.

The Woman of Science Award was presented to Dr. Sarojini Budden who was recognized for her dedication to the advancement of care in the field of pediatrics. Currently Budden is president of the Oregon Pediatric Society, pediatric consultant for the Providence Neurodevelopmental Clinic, director of the Rett Syndrome Clinic for the Child Development and Rehabilitation Center at OHSU, associate professor with the Pediatrics and Child Development and Rehabilitation Center at OHSU, adjunct faculty of the Department of Community Health Systems and Family Nursing at the OHSU School of Nursing and diplomat of the American Board of Pediatrics and fellow of the Royal College of Physicians of Canada.

Budden has a sub-specialty in developmental pediatrics. She speaks nationally and internationally on a wide variety of developmental topics including the outcome of infants exposed to alcohol and drugs, Rett Syndrome, cerebral palsy and autism, ADHD, neurodevelopmental disabilities and new syndromes in developmental pediatrics. Her work has taken her to Hungary, Sweden, Netherlands, India and Italy.

The Woman of Service Award was presented to Mary Jubitz who recently retired as CEO of SMART (Start Making a Reader Today). She led the program through explosive growth from 1994 to 2006. SMART is a school-based, volunteer-driven literacy program for K-3 children in low-income communities. Since its inception, SMART has served 100,500 Oregon children, contributed 2,300,000 volunteer hours and distributed 1,400,000 books to build home libraries for SMART children. Under her direction SMART expanded from 36 schools in seven Oregon counties to 271 schools in 31 counties.

Before joining SMART, Mary had a long history in education as an instructor, curriculum specialist, school administrator and national consultant. She spoke frequently on literacy and early childhood development at local, regional and national conferences.

Marylhurst University, #1 in the Pacific Northwest for small class size according to U.S. News & World Report, offers professional certificates and degrees for undergraduate and graduate studies. Marylhurst is located 10 minutes south of Portland on Highway 43.

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