PLYMOUTH — Plymouth State University's longtime Associate Athletic Director and ski coach Kim Bownes has been named the 2014 Theo Kalikow Award winner for her efforts in advancing women's issues.
Bownes has been an administrator in the Athletics Department since 2008 and served as the men's and women's varsity ski coach for 21 years. She is the past recipient of the Eastern Collegiate Ski Conference MacConnell Division Coach of the Year award and the Walter Smith Coaches Award. She earned a bachelor's from McGill University and a master's from Plymouth State. Plymouth State President Sara Jayne Steen presented the award to Bownes at an April 10 ceremony.
"Kim is a fabulous role model," said PSU President Sara Jayne Steen. "She is someone who has helped female students in the pursuit of excellence in the classroom, and in their respective sports. Her coaching record is legendary, and her involvement with Title IX has helped women athletes. She makes sure Plymouth State University's athletic program fully supports our students."
"I would like to thank the many strong, caring leaders on our campus that have helped me recognize the need to advocate for women," Bownes said. "Although I didn't grow up with much, I never thought about inequity or prejudice. It never mattered to anyone in my family what your gender was, your race, religion or sexual orientation...people are people and everyone deserves to be treated equally. It's about people respecting people for who they are and what they can bring to the table."
The Theo Kalikow Award is named after a former PSU Dean and interim President who has been an effective advocate for improving the status of women. The award honors a faculty or staff member who has significantly contributed to the advancement of women's issues and is presented annually by the PSU President's Commission on the Status of Women (PCSW). Theo Kalikow, currently the President of the University of Southern Maine, was in attendance and delivered the keynote address, noting women are often thrust into nurturing roles in life even if they aren't expecting it, and it takes courage to follow through on that responsibility.
The event also featured the PCSW honoring two other POWA awardees. Tegan Donnelly was named the Student POWA (Powerful Outstanding Women's Advocate), which honors a Plymouth State University student who has significantly contributed to the advancement of women's issues while a student at PSU. Tegan will graduate next month with a bachelor's in history; she currently is a legislative intern at Planned Parenthood of Northern New England and a volunteer at NARAL Pro-Choice in Concord.
The POWA Community Member Award winner, Jeannette Bilodeau, is a 1999 graduate of Plymouth State and has been involved in domestic violence prevention efforts since her undergraduate years. She currently works for the State of New Hampshire's Judicial branch, analyzing data in managing and resolving family, criminal, civil, and probate legal matters. Her first job after graduating from Plymouth State was at the local crisis center, Voices Against Violence, where she provided guidance and support for victims and survivors of domestic violence. Jeannette was the recipient of the student POWA award in 1999.
Last Updated on Friday, 18 April 2014 09:35
MOULTONBOROUGH — The next meeting of the Lakes Region Tea Party will be Wednesday, April 23 at the Moultonboro Police/Fire Building next to the library, at 7 p.m.
Andrew Hemingway has been invited to speak about his run for governor, Representative Glenn Cordelli will keep us up-to-date on what's going on at the State House, and more of the fascinating video on the history of the Constitution will be presented.
Last Updated on Friday, 18 April 2014 09:28
LACONIA — The Laconia Historical and Museum Society will host an Opening Reception for its latest exhibit "For The Maintenance of the Union" – The History of the N.H. Veterans' Association on Tuesday, April 22 at 6 p.m. in the Exhibit Hall at the Laconia Public Library.
Not long after their return home, New Hampshire soldiers who fought in and survived the Civil War yearned to be reunited with fellow soldiers. Informal meetings ensued and numbers grew. In the early 1870s a number of regiments began to meet for long formal banquets. It was clear that there was an overwhelming desire for reunions. In June 1875, the New Hampshire Veteran's Association was organized in Concord. Their aim was "simply to cherish those fraternal feelings engendered among men who devoted four of the best years of their lives for the maintenance of the Union."
"I have so enjoyed working with Mike Young, Quartermaster and Fred Merrill, Historian from the Veterans' Association. They have been so very helpful in pulling this information together and walking me through the fascinating history of the NH Veterans' Association. My research has led me to an amazing find and connection with Warren, NH. I thank Robert and Sylvia Newton for their assistance in bringing back a part of Laconia's history – with a loaned item that I am thrilled can be a part of this exhibition. I am so excited to be able to share this research with Laconia through this presentation." says LHMS Executive Director, Brenda Kean.
Last Updated on Friday, 18 April 2014 09:26
MEREDITH — The Meredith Parks & Recreation Department will host its annual free Easter Egg Hunt and Community Center Birthday Bash on Saturday, April 19from 10 a.m. to noon at 1 Circle Drive in Meredith. Registration for the hunt will begin at 9:30 a.m.
The hunt is grouped by age as follows: ages 1-2 start at 10:10 a.m., ages 3-4 start at 10:20 a.m., ages 5-6 start at 10:40 a.m. and ages 7-9 start at 10:50 a.m. Participants are invited back to the Community Center after for refreshments, arts and crafts, face painting, climbing wall, jumpy houses, and photos with the Easter Bunny.
This event relies solely on donations from supportive community members and organizations including, Lakes Region Flag Football, Altrusa of Meredith, The Friends of Meredith Parks and Recreation, and the Astra girls club.
For more information please call the Community Center at 279-8197 or at www.meredithnh.org.
Last Updated on Friday, 18 April 2014 09:20