PHONE: (313) 593-5644
DATE: March 11, 2004
Vera Mical wins Susan B. Anthony Award
DEARBORN---Vera Mical, student service assistant in the College
of Arts, Sciences, and Letters' Women on the Move program at the University
of Michigan-Dearborn, has been chosen by the campus's Commission
for Women as the winner of the 26th annual Susan
B. Anthony award.
The award recognizes campus staff, faculty and students who have made
a significant contribution to gender equality.
A ceremony honoring Mical will take place at the Fairlane Center on Wednesday,
March 31, beginning with a reception and silent auction at 5 p.m. and
dinner at 6 p.m. The evening's guest speaker will be Ella
M. Bully-Cummings, chief of the Detroit Police Department.
Mical has worked at UM-Dearborn since 1990. In her current position,
she assists CASL's Women on the Move program by organizing workshops,
coordinating a mentor program with volunteers from the American Association
of University Women and students in the Women in Learning and Leadership
program, and assists students in obtaining scholarships. In 2002-03, students
in the Women on the Move program received $20,000 in scholarships.
Her first job at the University was in the counseling and support services
office, where she coordinated a mentor program for returning women students.
"One of the things I learned in the mentor program was that a major
issue for returning women students was economic--they had a hard time
affording school," Mical said. "So I turned my attention to
Mical was born in Poltava, Ukraine and spent her childhood in Austria
during World War II. At the age of 8 she immigrated to the United States
with her family and settled in southwest Detroit, where she attended Detroit
Public Schools and earned a bachelor's degree in liberal arts at UM-Dearborn.