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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.
Her own mentor in this endeavor, Mary Ann Zawada, taught her that individual service and commitment to meeting the students' needs were at the heart of any successful program, according to Mical.

"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 pursuing scholarship
funding for every woman student I encountered."

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.


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