The Utah State University Women's Center has honored five Utahns with its Silver Apple Award.
According to center director Janet Osborne, the award recognizes women and men in schools and organizations who promote and protect equal opportunities for women and girls.The 1990 recipients are Barbara Hales, Lawrence and Abelina Megill, Ryan Dupont and Sonia Manuel-Dupont.
Hales is a vocational equity specialist at the Utah State Office of Vocational Education where she is administrator for the single parent and displaced homemaker programs and gender equity. She also serves on the Utah Governor's Commission on the Status of Women and Families.
Hales was honored in particular for her "Turning Point"
program, which has established 10 centers in Utah to assist single parents and displaced homemakers. She was also responsible for federal legislation that provides training in career and vocational skills for displaced homemakers.
Lawrence Megill is a USU professor emeritus in electrical engineering and physics who was recognized for lifelong support of female and minority students. Wife Abelina is former director of USU Special Services, The Disabled Student Center and Minority Affairs Office, and Upward Bound.
Both were honored for establishing a scholarship fund designed to encourage education of women and ethnic minorities in engineering and physics.
Sonia Manuel-Dupont and husband Ryan Dupont were recognized for their efforts at promoting opportunities for women at USU.
Sonia is a professor in communicative disorders and English and 1990 chair of the University Minority Advisory Council. She is also a board member of the USU Women and Gender Research Institute.
Ryan is a professor in civil and environmental engineering and adviser of the USU Society of Women Civil Engineers. He used half of the award money he received from the New Engineering Educator Excellence Award to establish a scholarship for women studying for careers in engineering.