YWCA Honors Six Seahawk Women with Nominations, Two with Awards

Monday, May 13, 2013

Six women representing UNCW were recognized for their campus and community contributions with YWCA Women of Achievement Awards nominations. Two of these nominees were then honored with awards.  Each year, the YWCA Lower Cape Fear and Wilma magazine recognize women from Brunswick, Columbus, New Hanover and Pender counties for their outstanding contributions and achievements in the areas of Arts, Business, Communications, Education, the Environment, Health and Wellness, Public Service, Volunteerism and the Rachel Freeman Unsung Hero Award. 

A total of sixty-six local women and young leaders received nominations. All nominees were honored and the winners were announced at a specials awards dinner on May 9 at the Wilmington Convention Center.

“On behalf of Chancellor Gary Miller and the entire university, I am proud to congratulate these outstanding UNCW colleagues on their nominations for YWCA Women of Achievement Awards,” said Chief of Staff Max Allen. “All of them are strongly committed to the university and their community outreach activities and partnerships that enhance UNCW’s contributions to the quality of life in our region.”

The UNCW nominees were:

Jenni Harris, Assistant to the Chancellor for Community Partnerships
Susan Ivancevich, Professor, Department of Accountancy and Business Law, Cameron School of Business
Leah Kraus, Interim Chief Information Officer
Nora Noel, Professor of Psychology (Education Award Winner)
Courtney Reilly, Assistant Director of Cultural Arts
Edelmira Segovia, Director Centro Hispano (Rachel Freeman Unsung Hero Award Winner)

Says Segovia, “The work that I do is possible thanks to the combined effort of three institutions that continue to open doors to me and to the students I lead.  First, I have an army of 'angels' represented by various community members who always give of themselves to others, especially to those less fortunate; second, I have my Seahawk family, an army of mentors, colleagues, administrators, student leaders, and my own former professors, who are visionaries and have opened doors for progress to continue happening at a steady pace; and finally, I have my family at home, which has a tradition of strongly valuing education, and sometimes at the expense of our own family time, has supported my passion for education.”

Noel says of receiving the education award, “I was honored to receive the award in Education recognizing my teaching and research at UNCW and my community work on behalf of people harmed by substance abuse. I am thankful to the YWCA and Wilma magazine for the award and I am grateful to my incredible colleagues and the administration at UNCW for supporting me in this labor of love." 

The YWCA Women of Achievement Awards is the YWCA Lower Cape Fear’s signature event to recognize and celebrate the amazing accomplishments of women and young leaders.  Since 1985, this event has raised key support for the YWCA’s programs and services which promote racial justice and gender equity for thousands of women and their families in southeastern North Carolina.