February 19, 2014
For more than four decades, Jane Possee has served as a role model to female athletes at the University, encouraging them to achieve excellence both on and off the field. She was recognized for her efforts as recipient the University’s Susan B. Anthony Lifetime Achievement Award.
“We are proud to honor Jane for helping change the landscape for female athletes on our campus and for supporting and guiding countless student athletes over the years,” says Catherine Cerulli, director of the Susan B. Anthony Center for Women’s Leadership.
Originally hired to coach the Yellowjackets women’s basketball and field hockey teams, Possee also started the University’s women’s lacrosse team. After the introduction of Title IX, a 1972 federal law that increased opportunities for female players, Possee was able to help provide additional opportunities to female athletes, including a daily practice schedule, use of the alumni gym, and full-time coaches.
“She helped set the standard to which all of our female coaches and support staff aspire,” writes George VanderZwaag, director of athletics and recreation, noting that throughout her tenure at Rochester, Possee “has developed positive relationships and worked with all factions of our University.”
In 1992, Possee transitioned from coaching to administration, where she currently oversees the operation of the Goergen Athletic Center and all the recreational programs sponsored by the Department of Athletics and Recreation.
The award was given at the Susan B. Anthony Legacy dinner at which seven undergraduate students also received awards and scholarships: Anisha Gundewar ’14, Sue S. Stewart Leadership and Community Service Award; Anjalene Whittier ’14, Dean Ruth A. Merrill Award; Crystal Hans ’15 and Tanatchaya Chanphanitpornkit ’15E, Susan B. Anthony Scholarship; Elizabeth Riedman ’14, Susan B. Anthony Prize; Brianna Isaacson ’14, Jane R. Pitt Award; and Fatima Bawany ’15, Fannie Bigelow Prize.
The prizes and scholarships are given each year by the University of Rochester Women’s Club.
Sina Ghaemmaghami, assistant professor of biology, has been recognized by the National Science Foundation as a winner of its Faculty Early Career Development Award.
Eastman School of Music graduates Bob Ludwig, Maria Schneider, Martha Cluver, and Eric Dudley won awards in the 56th Annual Grammy Awards competition. Eastman graduate Kent Knappenberger was also announced as the recipient of the Recording Academy and Grammy Foundation’s inaugural Music Educator Award.
Sema Salur, associate professor of mathematics, has been awarded the 2014–15 Ruth I. Michler Memorial Prize by the Association for Women in Mathematics.
The Department of English honored digital artist Cary Peppermint, assistant professor of art, as this year’s Lillian Fairchild Award recipient. The annual award is given to a Rochester-area resident who has “created extraordinary artistic work in any artistic medium in the past year.”
Robert McCann has been named CEO of Accountable Health Partners (AHP), a provider network that integrates hospitals and physicians in Rochester and its surrounding regions. McCann has served as interim CEO through AHP’s launch and development over the last year.
Joanne Larson, professor of education at the Warner School of Education, is the author of the new book, Radical Equality in Education: Starting Over in U.S. Schooling. The book examines the K–12 education system and lays out a plan for fundamental change in schools while presenting examples of what these ideas might look like in the classroom and community.
Melissa Balmain, a visiting instructor in the Department of English, is the recipient of the Able Muse Press Book Award for 2013 for her poetry manuscript Walking in on People.