Four SVSU women were honored by the YWCA Great Lakes Bay Region on March 20 at 5 p.m.
Joni Boye-Beaman, Helen Raica-Klotz, Linda Sims and Emma Kirsch were recognized for their leadership and contributions to the Saginaw community.
Boye-Beaman, the special assistant to the provost and a former sociology professor, received the Lifetime Achievement Award.
She was honored to be one of the three women chosen to receive the 2019 award.
“(The award) comes as I am retiring from SVSU, and it has given me the opportunity to reflect on all the valuable contributions our students made in the community,” Boye-Beaman said. “It has been my pleasure and privilege to work alongside so many talented and committed students.”
Raica-Klotz, the director of the SVSU Writing Center, was one of 10 women to receive the Women of Achievement Award for 2019.
She was recognized, in part, for creating two community writing centers in Saginaw and Bay City, as well as for her efforts in the university writing center.
“To receive this award in education, recognizing the work that our Writing Center and its undergraduate tutors have done over the years to support the teaching of writing at the university and in the larger community, is wonderful,” Raica-Klotz said.
Sims, the executive director of communications and external affairs, also received the Women of Achievement Award. Her recognition comes largely from great involvement on campus and in the community.
“I am very fortunate to work for an organization that is so committed to community engagement,” Sims said. “It’s very humbling, but it’s also nice to see that giving back means something.”
Kirsch, a fourth-year early childhood and elementary education double major, was one of four young women to receive the Emerging Leader Award for 2019.
She was nominated by various university personnel as well as the dean of students.
Like the other recipients, Kirsch was pleasantly surprised to receive recognition for her work.
“It’s easy to get caught up in everyday life and involvements, but receiving this recognition caused me to take a step back and realize that my work matters,” Kirsch said. “It reminds me that I have the potential to make a positive change in the world if I continue to take the lead.”
Kirsch added that she was honored to be in the presence of other “incredible women” in the region.
Her fellow SVSU recipients voiced pride for her and her accomplishments.
All four women had advice for others in regards to service, boiling down to finding a passion and following it.