Awards and Honors
Women's studies professor Bettina Aptheker
receives California NOW award
By Scott Rappaport
UC Santa Cruz professor of women's studies Bettina Aptheker
has been honored with the Award for Excellence in Education
by the California chapter of the National Organization for Women
Aptheker received the award at a luncheon held on October 13
at the Sheraton Grand Hotel in Sacramento. Former UCSC chancellor
M.R.C. Greenwood, now provost and senior vice president of academic
affairs for the University of California, was also among the
five women celebrated at the event.
Scott Rappaport photo
Awardees are selected based on their commitment to equality-driven
education and the general advancement of women in the field
of education. said CA NOW president, Megan Seely. These
women are stellar examples of the kind of individual who not
only is successful in her chosen profession, but for whom the
personal is professional, and the professional is political.
They are well deserving of accolades, and we are proud to honor
A leader of the Berkeley Free Speech Movement in 1964, Aptheker
is a scholar of history with a national reputation for her talents
as an instructor. She started out in 1980 as the sole lecturer
in the UCSC Women's Studies Department, became the department's
first ladder-rank faculty member in 1987, and was honored with
the Alumni Association's Distinguished Teaching Award in 2001.
Past award recipient Janet Holmgren, president of Mills College,
was the keynote speaker at the ceremony, hosted by an honorary
committee of 39 people--including numerous members of the State
Senate and State Assembly, and U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer.
2004 awards also went to Yvette Flores-Ortiz, professor of
Chicana/o studies at UC Davis; Debra Meyerson, associate professor
of education and organizational behavior at Stanford University;
and Gyongy Laky, professor of environmental design at UC Davis.
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