NORTHFIELD, Vt. — Norwich University has two professors who are finalists, each for one of two ATHENA Awards, a statewide honor hosted by the Central Vermont Chamber of Commerce, which announced the finalists Monday at a press conference.

Dr. Tara Kulkarni, Ph.D., P.E., associate professor and chair, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering and Construction Management, director, Center for Global Resilience and Security is a finalist for the ATHENA Leadership Award®.

This award provides recognition to a woman — or a man — honoring her or him for superior attainment in community service and for actively mentoring, coaching and assisting women in accomplishing professional excellence and leadership skills.

Dr. Page C. Spiess, Ph.D., lecturer, Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry, fellow, Institute for Innovation in Teaching & Learning, academic integrity officer, Residential Programs, chair, Academic Integrity Committee is a finalist for the ATHENA Young Professional Leadership Award®.

This award recognizes a woman, 40 or younger, who demonstrates excellence, creativity and initiative in their own business or profession; provides valuable service by contributing time and energy to improve the quality of life for others in the community and who serves as a role model for young women personally and professionally.

“We are so proud at Norwich to have not just one, but two Norwich professors honored as finalists for such a prestigious recognition as the ATHENA Awards," Norwich University President Mark Anarumo said. “The ATHENA Leadership Awards’ emphasis on mentoring perfectly complements the Norwich model of service to others before self. We grow leaders who learn through serving; our faculty and staff model this quality every day. It is my privilege to celebrate these two professors, and the entire Norwich community joins me in offering congratulations to all the finalists.”

The two awards are international in scope and are being presented for the third time in Vermont. From the finalists, the award recipients will be announced and presented at the Central Vermont Chamber of Commerce’s ATHENA Awards® Gala Ceremony on Nov. 6 at the Capitol Plaza Hotel and Conference Center in Montpelier, Vermont.

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