University of Rochester

EVENT: 2010 Susan B. Anthony Legacy Dinner

February 2, 2010

Nursing Researcher Harriet Kitzman to Receive Lifetime Achievement Award

The achievements of six women in the University of Rochester community will be celebrated at the 2010 Susan B. Anthony Legacy Dinner, an annual event that honors the civil rights leader's fight to gain women admission into the university more than a century ago.

Sponsored by the Anthony Center for Women's Leadership and the Women's Club, the 2010 Legacy Dinner will be held on Thursday, Feb. 4, at 6 p.m. in the May Room of Wilson Commons. The annual event is open to the public and honors the activities of students, faculty, staff, and alumnae who have used their abilities to help women in the Rochester community advance as leaders. Tickets for the dinner are $30 each.

Nominated for her 40-year career in academic nursing, Harriet Kitzman, R.N., Ph.D., F.A.A.N., associate dean for research and professor at the University of Rochester School of Nursing, will be awarded the Susan B. Anthony Lifetime Achievement Award. "Ms. Kitzman's trailblazing body of work and her dedication to mentoring young women in the field of nursing represent the persistence and vision of Susan B. Anthony," said Nora Bredes, director of the Anthony Center for Women's Leadership.

Kitzman joined the University of Rochester staff in 1967 and earned a doctorate from the School of Nursing in 1984. For the past seven years, she has served on the Rochester Clinical and Translational Science Institute's Executive Committee, providing the organization with her experience in clinical and community health research. She also continues to work toward improving the health of women and children through studies of childhood asthma and childhood injuries. Throughout her career, she has received many honors for her research and teaching, including induction into the American Academy of Nursing.

Kitzman is best known for her extensive contributions to research on home visiting preventive intervention for young families, an intervention that has captured national and international interest. "The work is about women, families, and most importantly the science related to the health and development of infants and children," said Kitzman. She also noted that she has been pleased to spend her career at Rochester because the University, which offers "extensive resources for research and teaching with opportunities for rich discourse among scholars and professionals," has been a wonderful place to do this work.

As an active member of the Board of Children, Youth & Families of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences, Kitzman contributed to numerous studies of importance to national policy. Kitzman also described the satisfaction she receives from mentoring. "It's all about nurturing the excitement of discovery and passion for the work. In the end, it is rewarding to see students excel beyond their wildest dreams."

The program also includes student awards and scholarships that will be presented to four undergraduate students and one Take Five student. This year's Susan B. Anthony Scholarships will be awarded to Kathryn Ernst of Rochester, a junior at the Eastman School of Music, and Yaneve Fonge of Cheshire, Conn., a junior in the College of Arts, Sciences and Engineering, majoring in microbiology and immunology.

The Susan B. Anthony Prize will be awarded to Elizabeth Gabster of Rochester, a Take Five English major studying 20th-century history and Cold War politics in Central and Eastern Europe and Russia.

Receiving the Fannie Bigelow Prizes are Anita Hargrave of Rochester, a senior majoring in Health and Society and Biology, and Nadine Nicholson of Brooklyn, N.Y., a senior and double major in English and clinical psychology in the College.

Seating for the Susan B. Anthony Legacy Dinner is limited and tickets must be purchased in advance of the event. For more information on the seating and reservations, contact (585) 275-8799 or visit