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Otterbein women honored for their contributions in support of women on campus

Otterbein women honored for their contributions in support of women on campus


Six women were recently honored for their contributions in support of women on Otterbein’s campus at the 25th annual Bread and Roses Award ceremony. The award was established by the Otterbein University Women’s Forum in 1992 to honor women or men who have made significant contributions in support of women. This award honors an individual's accomplishments and efforts in the area of women's issues.

This year’s recipients were:

Annette Boose, Department of Health and Sport Sciences

  • Annette Boose, Department of Health and Sport Sciences (HSS), is the first person people see when they enter the HSS Center and they are always greeted with a smile. She is immersed in every aspect of the department, from designing and up-keeping our website to maintaining all our social media outlets. She organizes all departmental activities and has been instrumental in developing the annual HSS Showcase event, where students have an opportunity to display their research and projects to alumni and others across campus. The past four years, Boose has volunteered to mentor first year students – many of whom are struggling to find their calling in life. She is always available to them to help with any technology or media based project, resume development, potential interviews, and more. Boose is a talented photographer and many of her pictures have made the website and have been used for the University’s Christmas cards. She does all this for no pay as she enjoys giving back to her alma mater whenever she can. This past year she agreed to serve as co-chair of the faculty/staff side of the comprehensive campaign and has helped to raise the participation give rate of faculty and staff to over 54 percent, well above the national average. Her attitude is one that not only exemplifies a team player, but truly matches what anyone would love to see in a female role model. I can think of no better example of someone deserving of an award such as this one. 

Dr. Patricia Keane, Department of Nursing

  • Dr. Patricia Keane, Department of Nursing, has served Otterbein University since 1989 and patient populations since 1969. Early on in her career, she served neonatal intensive care and newborn units with expert pediatric care. She focused on continued care of women, children and families, followed by positions educating staff, patients and family as a childbirth educator and family planning nurse practitioner. Even after joining the Otterbein community in 1989, she continued to serve women in Knox County as a member of Knox County’s Sexual Assault Response Team and as a board member of New Directions, a domestic abuse shelter of Knox County. At Otterbein, she has led classroom courses on various advanced practice nursing topics, wrote grants that empowered Somali families through health education promotion and presented and published on a national level self-assessment screening tools for osteoporosis and the adjunct use of breast MRI as an important screening of cancer in high risk women. Regardless of what “hat” Keane has worn or wears, she has done so in a humble, kind manner. Her ability to share knowledge with learners in an inspiring and encouraging manner inside and outside of the Nursing Department is renowned. 

Grace McDaniel, Department of Education

  • Grace McDaniel, Department of Education, has been an active advocate for women and families through her work and commitment to Columbus’ Homeless Families Foundation, her research on the role of pedagogy in supporting children who are homeless, and her commitment to teaching the next generation of teachers the importance of engaging families in young children's learning as a mechanism for offsetting the challenges of poverty and homelessness. Her research is centered on the role of educators in supporting families and children who are homeless, and she inspires Otterbein’s education majors to consider ways to engage families and the home environment to support early learning. McDaniel brings her students in EDUC 2600: Emergent Literacy and EDUC 3200: Elementary Methods to places like the Dowd Center (Homeless Families Foundation) and Head Start programs to engage them in real-world teaching experiences that are situated at places that address poverty through education. She is committed to ensuring the next generation of teachers understand their role in supporting children and families, regardless of their own socioeconomic status and regardless of the socioeconomic status of the families they serve. 

Erica Zimmer, student, Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

  • First-year student Erica Zimmer started making an impact the moment she stepped on campus. She is engaged in the Otterbein Student Nurses' Organization and URGE (Unite for Reproductive and Gender Equity). Zimmer immediately became a leader in URGE, and took over the social media engagement role as soon as a need was identified. She attended outside trainings at The Ohio State University and elsewhere to improve her ability to serve the organization and students on Otterbein’s campus. Additionally, Zimmer was a member of the team that won the Idea Fest at The Point with their concept of hosting a workshop and after-school alliance for mental health awareness at the local high schools for students, teachers and faculty members.

This year, Honorary Awards were given to Dr. Kathy Krendl, president of Otterbein, and Beth Daugherty, Department of English.

The Bread and Roses Award goes to a man, woman or group who has made an impact in women's issues that deserves to be recognized. One award each year goes to a student who has made important contributions to women’s studies at Otterbein.

The title of the award was inspired by a strike banner in 1912 with the slogan “We want bread and roses too!” The strike took place in Lawrence, Massachusetts, where a state law reduced the work week for children from 56 to 54 hours. Company owners retaliated by reducing all workers’ hours to 54, which increased their workloads without an increase in wages. More than 20,000 men, women and children stayed out of work for 10 weeks in order to win concessions from the woolen mill owners. In 2005, Women’s Forum collaborated with Women’s Studies and included students as award recipients.

Learn more about the Women’s Forum.

See past winners and learn more about the Bread and Roses Award.

Look through more photos from this year's ceremony in our Flickr gallery.