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Change agents

9:15 AM  Mar 7th, 2014
by Allison Lewis '14

A basketball announcer who travels for the love of the game — and the team. A longtime educator who supports women by meeting them where they are, from home to work and back again. The recipients of the University’s 2014 Miryam Award, Shane White and Shauna Adams, represent well the award’s mission of empowering women in the campus community.

Five years ago, when White noticed the women’s basketball team lacked an official commentator, he volunteered for the job. A lack of funds for such a staffer didn’t deter him, and he spent the year traveling with the Flyers at his own expense. The following year, his position was included in the budget.

“My favorite part of helping the women’s basketball team is getting to know the girls on and off the court,” White said. “I enjoy watching them as they go through their journeys at UD.”

Krystal Warren, assistant athletic director for media relations, nominated White for the award.

“He has done so much for women’s athletics at the University of Dayton,” she said. “Not only is he the voice of our nationally-ranked women’s basketball team through our online radio, but he truly provides a voice for female student-athletes through his passion for equal rights, fair treatment and opportunities for women. He provides a platform to showcase our team that we would otherwise not have, if it were not for his dedication.”

Adams, an associate professor in the education department and executive director of the University’s Center for Early Learning, was nominated by a similar fan, Joni Baldwin, associate professor and faculty consultant for the Center.

“She has been instrumental for the teachers at the Bombeck Center,” Baldwin said. “Through her efforts, they have improved their education and teaching and have become mentors to many others in the community.”

Baldwin also recognized Adams’ efforts to provide quality childcare for women in the UD community, and her grant-writing work that allowed the University to support a variety of different families, including single-parent families headed by women.

“We are at a time in history where the ability to change the world is much more accessible to women,” Adams said. “We need to send a clear and consistent message that expresses how decisions impact women. Women need to be vocal to be empowered.”

The awards will be presented on Tuesday, March 25, beginning with a prayer service in Immaculate Conception Chapel at 4:30 p.m. Call 937-229-2524 to RSVP.

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