Raising clasped hands and taking bows to enthusiastic applause, Radford University's Distinguished Women for 2013 were recognized on Friday, March 29, at a reception in their honor, the closing event on campus for Women's History Month.
Hosted by RU President Penelope W. Kyle, the late-afternoon reception in the atrium of the Covington Center for Visual and Performing Arts recognized women's professional achievements and their contributions to Radford. All segments of the campus community were represented: students, staff, faculty and administrators.
Professor Moira Baker, director of the Women's Studies Program, organized the second annual monthlong observance and made opening remarks. She thanked everyone involved, expressing special appreciation to Kyle for her support and for hosting the reception, and to Provost Sam Minner for helping to secure funding for speakers and other events.
Baker listed highlights of the month's events, summarized achievements in the past year for women's studies at Radford and proposed a campus mentoring project in which successful women would share their experience with their younger colleagues.
Baker then introduced the president, who spoke about women's gains but emphasized that much work remains to be done. "There's a lot of progress we still need to make," Kyle said, drawing applause when she added, "We all have to work to make life better for each and every one of us—women and men."