Saint Louis University

Women of The Year 2007

April 26, 2007 at Noon
Saint Louis Room in Busch Student Center

The thirtieth annual Women of the Year Luncheon on Thursday, April 26, will provide expanded opportunities to recognize the contributions of women administrators, faculty, staff and students.  The Women’s Commission and the Office of Diversity and Affirmative Action are cooperating in sponsoring the event, which will take place at noon in the Saint Louis Room of Busch Student Center. It has been a University springtime tradition since 1977.

The President, Vice Presidents, Provost, and Deans will be offered tables of eight, at which they may pay tribute to the women in their departments whose daily contributions to the University’s mission and campus life are essential and exemplary.  Additional tables will be reserved for other interested University personnel and guests @ $14 per person.   An individual reservation form for the luncheon will be found in the Women’s Commission newsletter and at their web site, http//

Five outstanding women who were nominated for the honor of being named Woman of the Year will be recognized individually at the program:

Program with Photos of Honorees

ERIN L. BAKANAS, M.D., Associate Professor in the Department of Internal Medicine and a member of the staff of SLUCare, is “my Doctor” to increasing numbers of University employees.  They appreciate her personal concern and follow-up, in spite of a busy case load.  She is known for her support of and commitment to the teaching mission of the School of Medicine in her work with students and residents, especially in the area of medical ethics. Her research in this area led her to complete a Master of Arts in Health Care Mission at Aquinas Institute of Theology.

ELOISE BUKER, Ph.D., Director of Women’s Studies and Professor of Political Science, has accomplished a normal lifetime of work in her short five-year history here.
An outstanding teacher, mentor, researcher and administrator, she led the Women’s Studies program into baccalaureate and graduate status, while providing a constant stream of outstanding guest speakers and lively discussion programs for the University community.   Her goal has been an increasing awareness and acceptance of an informed view of women’s position in the global world, for male and female faculty and students.
By mentoring and encouraging the competent faculty she recruited, she has built an ever growing curriculum and student response.

MARY ELIZABETH HOGAN, Ph.D., served as Associate Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences for eight years. Currently she is Special Assistant to the Provost for Programming.  Her fifteen years at the University, first at the Center for Health Care Ethics and later at the College of Arts and Sciences, coupled with her doctoral research in the History of Women and Jesuit Higher Education, have produced a legacy of understanding of Ignatian pedagogy and of the contributions of women. She served as President of the Women’s Commission, and was a strong advocate for the development of Women’s Studies as an academic major, as well as the appointment of a full-time director. She was the first director of Catholic Studies, now the Manresa program.

RANDA  KUZIEZ, a commuter student and Senior in the College of Arts and Sciences, has been a whirlwind of exuberance and giving since she arrived on campus.  As President of the Muslim Student Association, she not only raised funds but also raised awareness of the Muslin culture, both on campus and in interviews on the radio, in the local papers. She is also a SLU Student Ambassador, playing host to visiting prospective students and their families. After Hurricane Katrina, she organized a fund-raiser which raised $26,000 for victims. She is a member of One World, of the Inter-Faith Partnership, and of Phi Alpha Theta. She will graduate with a double major in History and International Studies.

DONNA VALENTINE, Human Resources Assistant for Benefits and Compensation, has served the University for over 16 years, first in the Department of Surgery and now in Human Resources.  Her positive attitude, sense of humor and work ethic led to her being chosen Office Professional of the Year.  Donna served on the Board of the Women’s Commission, where she volunteered to chair the committee for the Walk for Wellness, an annual Women’s Commission event.  She continues to chair the committee which plans the Commission’s participation in the annual Wellness Fair sponsored by the Department of Campus recreation, and is the Commission’s representative to the Campus Recreation committee.


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