Professional Women recognition Distinguished Woman Award bestowed on employees

Cecil Giltz Published:

Two Kent State University women will be honored when Professional Women of KSU presents its sixth annual Distinguished Woman Award during a recognition luncheon at noon April 7 at the KSU Student Center, Room 306. This years recipients are Linda Walker, associate professor of music and coordinator of the music education program in the Hugh A. Glauser School of Music; and Wilma Crawford, assistant to the dean in the Honors College.

The awards are presented to one or more KSU employees who have made a significant contribution to the university community or who have contributed to the betterment of women at any of the eight KSU campuses. Professional Women promotes the professional development of women at the university.

Walker came to KSU in 1990, after holding academic appointments at the American Conservatory of Music and the Universities of Wyoming and Kansas. She has published numerous articles related to music teaching and African-American music. Walker is also the founder and director of the Kent State Gospel Choir, a diverse ensemble that performs for professional and civic organizations on-campus, and throughout the community. She is a member of various committees, including KSU Faculty Senate, PEW Roundtable and the Akron Symphony Orchestra Board of Trustees.

A nomination letter for Walker described her as the epitome of what being an inspirational professor should be intelligent, articulate, passionate, upbeat and positive. She was also described as a truly inspiring and distinguished woman, who has dedicated herself to mentoring students. Walker earned her bachelors and masters degrees at Jackson State University in Jackson, Miss., and received a doctoral degree from the University of Kansas in Lawrence, Kan.

Crawford has been with the Honors College for more than 30 years, as a staff program coordinator, assistant to the dean and adviser. Her duties include coordinating the College Board Advanced Placement, Post-secondary Enrollment Options, International Baccalaureate and Seniors Honors thesis program; and advising students.

She is a member of the universitys commencement committee; the Commission on Academic Restructuring committee, and for 10 years coordinated the universitys Honors Day convocation. Prior to joining the Honors College, Crawford was a teaching fellow in the English department and has also been a part-time instructor.

The nomination for Crawford stated that she helped create, and continues to anchor, the special workplace culture in Honors, and that she has become known across campus for her expertise, wise counsel and personal warmth. Crawford has a bachelors degree from Morehead State University in Morehead, Ky., and a masters degree from KSU.

Tickets for the luncheon are $12. Reservations may be made by calling Lisa Heilman at (330) 672-0985 by Wednesday.

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