Saint Louis University

Women of The Year 2012

Laura GeiserMarilyn MaxwellCarol MurphyDarina SargeantKripa Sreepada


The 35th annual Women of the Year recognition program took place on Wednesday, April 25th. A traditional springtime event since 1977, it is co-sponsored by the Women's Commission and the Office of Diversity and Affirmative Action. They represent a cross-section of the administration, faculty, staff and students.

Five outstanding women were nominated for the honor of being named Woman of the Year:

Laura Geiser, Assistant Vice President, Marketing & Communications. Laura joined SLU in 1993 as a Publications Editor and in 2011 was promoted to Assistant Vice President in the Office of Marketing and Communications. In her current role, Laura oversees the activities and efforts of four areas: University Marketing, Publications and Graphic Design, SLUCare marketing and Web Services.

Marilyn Maxwell, MD., Professor Internal Medicine, School of Medicine. Dr. Maxwell is a graduate of SLU's undergraduate program and medical school. Dr. Maxwell joined the full-time faculty of SLU in 1985. She has consistently been named in "Best Doctors in American" and has received the "Osler Award", give by Internal Medicine residents to faculty that best exemplify qualities of outstanding teachers. Dr. Maxwell has a strong commitment to service.

Carol Murphy, Administrative Assistant, College of Arts and Sciences. Carol maintains the Dean's complex schedule, handles a massive amount of correspondence and manages the interpersonal and interoffice relationship that the Dean's office maintains. It is not only the volume of work and competence which she carries out that are important, but also the attitude she manifests.

Darina Sargeant, Ph.D, Associate Professor of Physical Therapy, Doisy College of Health Sciences. Darina consistently earns the respect and acknowledgement of her peers. In 2008 she was nominated to receive the YWCA Leadership Award. In 2010 she was inducted an honorary member of Alpha Sigma Nu, the Jesuit Honor Society. She was selected as a participant in an invitation only national symposium on spirituality and health professions. She goes out of her way to serve others and especially to mentor SLU women. Darina has served SLU throughout her years of service on many committees for Campus Ministry, Reinert Center for Teaching Excellence and on the President's Diversity Council.

Kripa Sreepada, Junior, School of Public Health, Student Government Association. A native of Springfield, Missouri and a Presidential Scholar, Kripa has accomplished much in her three years. She is serving as the SGA Vice President of Diversity and Social Justice and is the student representative on the President's Diversity Council.


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