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September 27, 2017

Margaret Willard Award Recipients

The prestigious Margaret Willard Award is awarded annually to women who are exemplary role models and bring honor to all women and the University/Boulder community through their accomplishments.

Tobey Bassoff

2017 Winner

Lorrie Sheppard

2016 Winner

Dayna Bowen Matthew

2015 Winner

Tobey Bassoff, Principal of Ryan Elementary Steam School, BVSD was  nominated by member Barbara Spriggs, former Director of Student Teaching for CU’s School of Education.

Tobey helped spearhead the STEAM program at Ryan Elementary, and developed partnerships with parents, community organizations, and CU’s School of Education.

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We are pleased to announce that the recipient of the 2016 Margaret Willard Award is Lorrie Shepard, Distinguished Professor and Dean of the University of Colorado School of Education. Lorrie was nominated by Karon Johnson.

Lorrie has led the effort to bring top research and teaching faculty to the school. Under her leadership, exemplary programs are improving K-12 education and teacher training in local schools.

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Professor Matthew will return to Boulder from Washington, D.C. to accept the award. She is currently a 2015-2016 Robert Wood Johnson Health Policy Fellow, serving as Senior Advisor to the Director, Office of Civil Rights for the Environmental Protection Agency. She will also be the recipient of the CU Law School – 2015 Clifford Calhoun Faculty Award for Public Service.

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Stephanie Rudy

2014 Winner

Becky Rosser

2013 Winner

Val Havlick

2012 Winner

She has served on many boards: The Colorado Music Festival, Open Studios, Conference on World Affairs, the Dairy Center for the Arts, and the Vocal Advisory Board for CU Opera. She is a founding member of The Conversation Project of Boulder County.

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Rebecca (Becky) Rosser served as Director of Clinical Services, Communication Disorders and Speech Science (CDSS) at the University of Colorado, Boulder for many years. Her retirement in 1988 led her to full-time service to the University and Boulder community. Her vision, direction, and support helped create the multi-discipline ATLAS Center, which serves students and the community through innovative art, technology, and learning opportunities.

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Val Havlick, is a role model for all of us. Val is a hands-on volunteer who has donated many hours to the Boulder and university communities.

She volunteers for Flatirons Habitat for Humanity in jobs ranging from building houses to coordinating the grocery card program.

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