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Local women to be honored by AAUW

As part of its observance of Woman's History Month, the River Falls American Association of University Women will honor two western Wisconsin women with its "Role Model for Equity" award. Local pharmacist Leah Gavin and UWRF Professor Kathleen Hunzer have been chosen for this recognition because they exemplify commitment to advancing equity and advocacy for women and girls, a primary mission of the AAUW. They will receive this award at the close of its March 13 business meeting at 7 p.m. in the River Falls Public Library Meeting Room.

Gavin is lifelong resident of River Falls who was recognized by the River Falls Chamber of Commerce as Citizen of the Year in 2011. She has served on many committees at Ezekiel Lutheran Church and was instrumental in founding the River Falls Free Clinic. She continues to be active securing free medicine and raising money for the clinic and spends many Tuesday evenings dispensing medicines. She has been a role model for women, mentoring students, providing clinical opportunities and recommending them for further study.

In addition to heading the UWRF Honors Program, UWRF and Falcon Scholars Program and UWRF Chancellor's Scholars. Dr. Kathleen Hunzer has researched, published and taught about race, ethnicity, gender, socioeconomic status, sexuality, and disability. She has worked to make UWRF and River Falls a more inclusive community. She coordinates the Ann Lydecker lecture series, mentors honors students, and is president of the local Phi Kappa Phi academic honorary society that engages scholars in service to others.

The public is invited to attend this recognition and share congratulations with the recipients. They are invited stay afterwards for a presentation by Superintendent of Schools Jamie Benson who will discuss the April 3 school bond referendum.