President’s Award for Excellence in Leadership

At the October 2018 donor and scholar event, the LCU Fund for Women’s Education Board of Directors recognized its 2018 recipient and four honorees of the President’s Award for Excellence in Leadership. This award, named in honor of past LCU Fund president Carol Farris, is designed to recognize outstanding leadership demonstrated by a current student beneficiary in her home and / or school community.

2018 Recipient: Ithamar Grace Turenne

Ithamar Grace Turenne with LCU Fund president Leslie Ehrlich

Ithamar Grace Turenne recently received her Master in Science in Nursing from Columbia University’s School of Nursing. While enrolled, she made an indelible mark on the school through her involvement in a variety of student organizations and volunteer opportunities.  Among Ithamar’s many accomplishments, she served uninsured New Yorkers through CoSMO (Columbia Student Medical Outreach), she coordinated events for the School’s Critical Care Club, and she volunteered as a Visiting Day Ambassador. Most notably, Ithamar co-founded the Columbia Student Nursing Association. Ithamar is a leader outside of the Columbia community as well. She coordinates sewing sessions for Girls2Women, making economical and reusable feminine products for school girls in Ethiopia, and she is a wish-granter for Make-a-Wish. Ithamar incorporated her passion for working with vulnerable populations into her nursing coursework, spending six weeks in the Dominican Republic at a Columbia Nursing Global Site, where she honed many skills, including religious and cultural competencies. Ithamar is particularly interested in vulnerable and low-income populations, women’s health and global health.  She will no doubt utilize her strong leadership qualities to continue caring for, and advocating on behalf of, people in need.

2018 Honorees

Amanda Borosavage recently received a Master of Fine Arts in Drawing from the New York Academy of Art. Despite significant economic barriers, Amanda persisted in developing her studio practice and obtaining her degree. She continuously strives to be a leader within her community and is dedicating her career towards making the art world a better, more accessible place for female artists. During her time at the Academy, she regularly volunteered for the Academy’s biggest events: Take Home a Nude and Deck the Walls. During the Summer of 2017, Amanda was also a volunteer in the Office of Academics where she was heavily involved with organizing one of the Academy’s ad hoc exhibitions, Single Fare 4. This exhibition featured hundreds of artists and thousands of works of art and Amanda was pivotal in registering and cataloging each piece. Since graduating, Amanda has worked part-time for the exhibitions department. She is spending her fall as an intern for the Fogo Island Arts Administration in Newfoundland, Canada.

Allison M. Burns is currently pursuing a Master’s degree in Divinity at the General Theological Seminary where she has demonstrated both leadership and initiative in her work as one of the Seminary’s co-chief sacristans. She has held responsibility for the smooth operations of the Seminary’s extensive program of communal worship and prayer. Allison writes, “Upon entering General Theological, there was no doubt that I would jump right in. I became the first Junior to take on the role of Chief Sacristan, was Vice President of our community council, became Shepherd to new and potential scholars, and became a precentor delivering prayer at meal time. Each of these roles and achievements was wonderful, but the most notable course of leadership I take every day is in my daily practice of prayer, presence and the love of others….”

Quiana M. Jackson is currently a student enrolled in Bank Street College of Education’s Dual Master’s program in partnership with Hunter College’s Silberman School of Social Work. She is expected to graduate in May 2019 with a Master of Education from Bank Street and a Master of Social Work from Hunter College. Quiana is an exemplary student who demonstrates an acute understanding of the needs of scholars, especially those made vulnerable by their circumstances. She has distinguished herself as an outstanding leader and advocate, both through her clinical practice and on behalf of her fellow scholars at Bank Street. She is actively involved in the Bank Street community and has made contributions to a number of their internal Centers and research initiatives.

Georgia Diva McGovern is pursuing a Master of Fine Arts from the New York Studio School. Georgia’s positivity, industriousness, and ingenuity distinguish her amidst the School’s student body. Georgia enlivens each class and student meeting as she bridges the gaps between all of these different worlds and bonds our current scholars into a true community. Most notably, she has helped coordinate the School’s student exhibition series, Art History seminars, and the Evening Lecture Series program. She serves as assistant to several instructors, overseeing studio set-up, classroom attendance, acting as liaison between the model and scholars, and conveying instructions or assignments to the class. Through this experience, she says, “I have become more adaptive and have been strengthening my mediating skills by getting everyone on board with student and staff goals. Through being a class representative and spokesperson, I have developed a more confident, empathetic and rational voice.”