Women?s Caucus has named Professor of Psychology Barbara Ilardi Woman of the Year, and will honor her at a dinner tonight in The Meliora.

?I am honored at being named for the award,? Ilardi said. ?For me, the significance of this award is that it says thanks to me from the many students I work with during the course of the academic year. Students don?t realize sometimes what a long way that does into helping us do our jobs a little better.?

Junior and Women?s Caucus President Alison Schroth said Ilardi was chosen because of her outstanding achievements at UR.

?[Ilardi] founded our Women?s Studies program and is the co-chair of the Undergraduate Psychology Program,? Schroth said. ?She also teaches some of the most popular courses in psychology of sex and gender, and has received the Goergen Award for Outstanding Undergraduate Teaching. Women?s Caucus is proud to honor such an important member of our community.?

The dinner begins at 6:30 p.m. Keynote speaker Billie Luisi-Potts, executive director of the National Women?s Hall of Fame, will talk about women?s issues at the catered, multicourse meal. Tickets are $15.25 and can be bought with declining balance or Flex at the Common Market.

Center for African- American politics opens

Scholars will speak about the interdisciplinary nature of African-American studies at the inaugural gathering of the Center for the Study of African-American Politics.

Professors in political science, history and sociology will present their research at the Memorial Art Gallery the weekend of May 5 and 6.

The workshops, which are called ?Theorizing Black Communities: New Frontiers in the Study of African-American Politics,? will focus on gaining a better understanding of the political and social lives of blacks.

?We hope to do for the study of African-American politics what our department of history did for the study of American slavery and what the department of political science did for the study of positive political theory,? Frederick Harris, assistant professor of political science and director of the center, said in a press release.

For more information, contact Harris at fchs@troi.cc.rochester.edu.

Dean of Students? Office presents awards

The Office of the Dean of Students has announced Citizen/Community Leadership Awards and Student Life awards to recognize students for their impact on UR and the community.

Senior Karen McCartney won the Simeon Cheatham Award for community service. The Percy Dutton Prize for a male senior with a ?wholesome, unselfish and helpful influence? went to Alessandro Vivenzio.

Matthew Fabrizio won the Andrew Fried Prize for the outstanding freshman of the year. The Presidential Award for Community Service went to Take Five Scholar Kartik Srinivas.

J.R. Santana Carter won the Delno Sesson Prize for a freshman who adjusted to college work. The Eli and Mildred Sokol Prize for sophomore leadership went to Dan Lioy. Jason Espinoza won the Seth H. and Harriet S. Terry Prize, which goes to a male senior for who has contributed to the community

The In Between the Lines Improv Troupe won the Excellence in Program Planning Award. Seventeen students received the Alice DeSimone Student Life Award for their contribution to co-curricular activities.

Reporting by Cecilia Le and Pranav Chandra.

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