NORTHFIELD, Vt. — Norwich University’s Dr. Page C. Spiess, a lecturer, Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry, fellow, Institute for Innovation in Teaching & Learning, academic integrity officer, Residential Programs, chair, Academic Integrity Committee, has won the ATHENA Young Professional Leadership Award®, a statewide honor hosted by the Central Vermont Chamber of Commerce.

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.

Spiess, a Dresden, Maine, native who has lived in Randolph, Vermont, since 2013, is active in service to her community in many ways.

“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. The ATHENA Leadership Awards’ emphasis on mentoring perfectly complements the Norwich model of service to others before self.” Norwich University President Mark Anarumo

Spiess ran a Day of Toxicology in the classroom in 2009 for Randolph middle school students. She worked for several years with Vermont Works for Women to plan and execute Women Can Do! at Vermont Technical College. She helped create and run the Rosie’s Girls STEM Leadership camps at Vermont Technical College for the first three summers before handing it off to the next coordinator.

Spiess also serves on the board of trustees of the Clara Martin Center, the mental and behavioral health center for Orange County. And, she was the faculty adviser for the Norwich University Nordic Relay for Life for three years and was an invited guest speaker at the Central Vermont Relay for Life in 2019.

Spiess has held several planning committee positions for the Vermont STEM Fair including the International Science and Engineering fair coordinator for Vermont (2018-20), among other activities.

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Dr. Tara Kulkarni

“I was truly honored and humbled to be a finalist for this award,” Spiess said. “The experience was made sweeter because I could share it with a mentor from Norwich University, Professor Tara Kulkarni. I would like to spend this next year increasing awareness of the many young Vermont women who are also leaders in their communities: who live authentically, learn constantly, advocate fiercely and act courageously on a daily basis as the ATHENA Leadership Model states.”

Norwich University had two professors as finalists, each for one of two ATHENA Awards, a statewide honor hosted by the Central Vermont Chamber of Commerce.

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

“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 when the finalists were announced. “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. Spiess was announced as winner of the ATHENA Young Professional Leadership Award® 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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