Recognized for their contributions at the Women of Distinction event were front row, left to right, Dr. Mary S. Jackson, College of Human Ecology; Maria Theresa (Terry) Shank, ECU alumna; Dr. Cindy Putnam-Evans, Thomas Harriot College of Arts and Sciences; Dr. Kathryn M. Kolasa, Brody School of Medicine; and back row, left to right, Julie Poorman, Department of Financial Aid; Holly Garriott, School of Art and Design; Dr. Beth Wall-Bassett, College of Human Ecology; Dr. Kim Larson, College of Nursing; Dr. Catherine Rigsby, Thomas Harriot College of Arts and Sciences; and Dr. Kathryn Verbanac, Brody School of Medicine. (Photo by Cliff Hollis)
‘Encourage our girls’
Guest speaker Jo Allen, president of Meredith College in Raleigh and an ECU alumnae, told the group that women and men leaders alike have a responsibility to help other women become leaders, to speak out against discrepancies when they arise and to “encourage our girls.”
“Girls need to be taught not to give their power away, whether it’s their money or their bodies,” Allen said.
The Allred Award received by Rigsby honors a former associate professor of psychology who died in 2005. She directed the Women’s Studies Program and advocated for women’s rights and those with disabilities.