Kari Merkl, interior design faculty, exhibits two pieces from her Merkled furniture collection at the Museum of Contemporary Craft through January 2015.
Interdisciplinary studies student Serena Stoudamire Wesley was named a winner of the 2012 Women of Achievement Awards by the Oregon Commission for Women.
OCFW describes Stoudamire Wesley as a deeply respected advocate whose work at the Tri-County Coordinated Care Organization Health Care Delivery table, SEI, and Communities of Color has focused on reducing disparities for communities of color. Stoudamire Wesley is joined by three other award recipients:
Robin Morris Collin has a long record of environmental stewardship, whose leadership as Chair of the Environmental Justice Task Force was reflected through its national recognition for its work. Morris Collin has the honor of also being one of the first American law professors to teach sustainability.
Gina Warren has served as an executive at AT&T, Levi Strauss, and currently leads the Office of Global Diversity at Nike, where she founded the Nike Women's Global Leadership Council.
Jane O'Keeffe is a fourth generation rancher and was instrumental in founding the Lakeview Stewardship Group, which brought together Lake County's timber industry, residents, environmentalists, scientists and U.S. Forest Service officials to create sustainable forest ecosystem management.
OCFW hails each of these women as leaders with high standards of civic service. OCFW Chair Sunny Petit commented, "It is especially fitting that in this centennial celebration year of women's suffrage we have such a strong platform of women leaders with diverse interests and backgrounds to honor Oregon's legacy of pathbreakers."
The honorees will receive their awards in a ceremony with Governor Kitzhaber in October.
Since 1985 the Oregon Commission for Women has presented the Woman of Achievement Award to women in Oregon who have been recognized for leadership and success in their area of expertise, promoted the status of women in society, reflect a commitment to equity and diversity and serve as exemplary role models.
The Oregon Commission for Women was legislatively established in 1983 to work for women's equality. The commission does this by advocating for women in the community, providing information on women to the governor and state legislature, serving as a link for women to state agencies, and providing services to individual women in Oregon.