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Cassandra Voss Center Director Honored with Outstanding Achievement Award

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From St. Norbert College, February 17, 2015
by Erich Wegenke,, 920-403-3089

Karlyn Crowley, director of the Cassandra Voss Center on the St. Norbert College campus, was presented with the 2014 Outstanding Achievement Award by Wisconsin Women in Higher Education Leadership (WWHEL).

WWHEL noted in its citation, "Dr. Crowley is a rare leader, one who is able to navigate multiple areas of higher education, having an impact at the local, state and national levels. Arriving at St. Norbert College over 12 years ago, Karlyn worked tirelessly to found Women's and Gender Studies (WMGS) in 2005 and continues to oversee that discipline. She is an excellent teacher who asks her students to grapple with difficult documentaries and activities that push them to engage with their demanding content." The citation also commends Crowley's work in establishing the Cassandra Voss Center, which opened in September 2013.

This honor is one of several surrounding the Cassandra Voss Center in recent months. Earlier in 2014, the Associated General Contractors of Wisconsin presented the Build Wisconsin Award to Immel Construction Company for its work renovating the former church building that houses the Cassandra Voss Center. District V of the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) awarded the Cassandra Voss Center the "Pride of CASE V, Platinum Category -- Silver Award" for Exploring Differences, a Cassandra Voss Center "unbrochure."

The 2014-15 school year is the second full academic year of programming for the Cassandra Voss Center at St. Norbert College. It is home to the Joan P. Schaupp Women's Center, the Men's Initiative and the college's women's and gender studies discipline. The center is named in honor of Cassandra Voss, who would have been the first St. Norbert College student to complete an individualized major in women's and gender studies, and who lost her life in a car accident in 2007.

A full list of currently announced programming for the Cassandra Voss Center is available at Its current series, titled "Kapow! Who's Your Hero?" explores themes of power, heroism and identity through the medium of superhero comics. All events are free and open to the public. For more information on the Cassandra Voss Center and its programming, email or call 920-4033-1342; for more information on Wisconsin Women in Higher Education Leadership, visit

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