Saint Louis University

Women of The Year 2009

April 22, 2009     Reception: 11:30 to Noon      Program: Noon
Wool Ballroom in Busch Student Center

The 32nd annual recognition of women's contributions and achievements will take place at a noon-time luncheon at Busch Student Center on Wednesday, April 22, 2009. The traditional spring-time event is sponsored by the Women's Commission, in collaboration with the Office of Diversity and Affirmative Action. Four university women will receive special honor as Women of the Year. Nominated by colleagues, representing administrators, faculty, staff and students, they were selected by the Awards Committee of the Women's Commission.

There will be a reception at 11:30 a.m. for the honorees, and lunch will begin promptly at noon, in the Wool Ballroom of Busch Student Center. Reservations for the event, at $16.00, may be made by using this form. Tables for eight will be available.

The 2009 Women of the Year honorees, who will be recognized for their contributions and commitment to the goals and ideals of Saint Louis University, are:

Women of the Year 2009


DR. MARGIE K. EDEL of the faculty of the School of Nursing. In her 33 years of service to the School of Nursing, Dr. Edel has held multiple leadership positions and responsibilities in the Programs in Nursing. A committed leader in the area of Gerontological Nursing, she is recognized as an expert in her field and a leader in the profession, in Missouri, Illinois and the midwest region. Her intellectual curiosity and scholarly style have led to her receiving funded research in gerontological nursing. An inspiring teacher and motivating mentor, and an advocate for the students of diverse backgrounds, she is a true role model for faculty, staff, and students.

CHARITY KAISER, senior in the College of Arts and Sciences. As a Medical Scholar, Charity will be entering the Saint Louis University School of Medicine in the fall, continuing her commitment to service and justice. It was during the summer of 2007, working as a volunteer in San Salvador's impoverished and crumbling Rosales hospital, that she was inspired to spread the story of serving the poor in St. Louis through Alpha Epsilon Delta, a student organization of which she is president. During the past year, their efforts have set up new medical service opportunities for the poor in the area.
Charity has embodied SLU's mission in many ways, as a member of Micah House, as a Resident Assistant in Reinert Hall, working with freshmen, and as a SLU 101 leader. Charity's leadership and passion for service make her a "woman for others."

IRMA S. RUEBLING, Director of Inter-Professional Education. This new field of collaboration between the medical profession, nursing and the health sciences, including pharmacy, is a vision which evolved throughout Irma Ruebling's thirty years of professional leadership in the Department of Physical Therapy, which she chaired for 29 years. Educator, mentor, and well known in the health professions locally and nationally, Ms. Ruebling generously has given time and active leadership to a wide variety of curricular and professional organizations and causes. In this the 75th anniversary
year of the Department of Physical Therapy ,it is fitting that Ms. Ruebling be honored.

CATHERINE M. ZIMMER, Business Manager of the Graduate School. A University employee since 1977, Cathy Zimmer is an encyclopedia of knowledge about resources and solutions to assist Graduate School students, faculty and staff. Through her dedication to Helping Our Own, her service on the Staff Advisory Board and to Habitat for Humanity, as well as her service to the Archdiocesan Office of Disabilities, she has demonstrated her concern for those who are less fortunate. With her thoughtfulness and generosity being legendary, Ms. Zimmer is a woman to admire and emulate.

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