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2015 Award Recipient Bio's

Ms. Audrey Bentley

Community Engagement Award

Ms. Audrey Bentley was nominated by Ignacio Andrade. Ms. Bentley holds the position of Community Outreach Senior Coordinator at the Office for Inclusion and Intercultural Initiatives. She has held this position for 42 years at Michigan State University. Over her tenure, she has inspired her colleagues to produce quality work, become a high performing team and to continue growing as community leaders every day. Ms. Bentley is committed to creating a positive impact, advancing equality and demonstrates an unwavering dedication to helping the community. Andrade wrote in the nomination packet, “She believes in protecting the rights, expanding opportunities, and building a better future for all of our community members regardless of their background, culture or beliefs.” Along with many other duties, Ms. Bentley has also been instrumental in the campus/community-wide Project 60/50 Initiative. 


Dr. Jeanne Wald

Professional Achievement Award

Dr. Jeanne Wald was nominated by Dr. Keith Promislow. Dr. Wald has served as Undergraduate Director,  Associate Chair, and Professor in the Department of Mathematics. She is a two-time winner of the Department of Mathematics J.S. Frame Teaching Award and was also the recipient of the College of Natural Science Teaching Excellence Award. Some of Dr. Wald’s accomplishments include: establishing the Math Learning Center at MSU in 1994, developing and directing the “Discovering America” exchange program and the Advanced Track Honors Program in the Department of Mathematics. In the nomination packet, Dr. Promislow wrote, “Jeanne is visionary, and is relentless in her pursuit of the ideal that each student should be given the best possible opportunity to achieve his or her goals.” 


Dr. Karin Wurst

Culture of Empowerment Award

Dr. Karin Wurst was nominated by Dr. Helene C. Weldt-Basson. Dr. Wurst is the Advisor to the Provost for Intercultural Learning and Engagement, Office of the Provost and a Professor of German. Throughout her career, she has demonstrated a commitment to empowering and advancing women to leadership positions. As immediate past Dean of the College of Arts and Letters, she was instrumental in launching the Creativity Exploratory, a student think-tank and makerspace, the Center for Applied Inclusive Teaching and Learning in the Arts and Humanities (CAITLAH) and the Center for Language Teaching Advancement (CeLTA). Dr. Weldt-Basson wrote in the nomination packet, “Dr. Wurst has provided particularly powerful opportunities to promote diversity and inclusion at the intersections of research and scholarship of women faculty and others often under-represented in the university.” 


Congratulations to the 2015 Inspirational Woman of the Year Awardees!