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Women of Achievement Award Winners


Three women whose leadership and involvement have contributed to empowering women and/or eliminating racism will be honored by the YWCA Ames-ISU at the Women of Achievement Awards Ceremony & Reception.

Dr. Susan Rhoades, Director of the Academic Success Center, will receive the Woman of Achievement Award. She was nominated by Chelsey Gates for her role in empowering underserved populations. The Women of Achievement award is presented to a leader who, through a lifetime of volunteer and professional activities has made outstanding contributions to empower women and/or eliminate racism.

Kayla Sander, Senior Lecturer of Accounting, will receive the Rising Star Award. She was nominated by Sarah Van Vark for her dedicated efforts in organizing events, creating and leading a college business organization, and providing advisory/mentor services to students. The Rising Star award is presented to a woman, age 15-35, who is making a difference by serving women and girls and/or eliminating racism in the workplace, school or community.

Kierstyn Feld, a student in Pre-Architecture, will receive a $1000 YWCA scholarship that will be awarded during the fall 2015 and spring 2016 semesters. Kierstyn is recognized for her efforts to eliminate racism and empower women. She is involved in the ISU Human Trafficking Campaign, a conversation partner for foreign students through Friendships International, a member of the International Student Ministry at Memorial Lutheran Church, and a member of Alpha Phi Fraternity, representing academic scholarship and female leadership.

The reception will also feature light appetizers, and performances including the Bhangra Dance Group, and the Ames High School Orchestra. To purchase tickets, please contact the YWCA at 515-294-0043 or email

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