The Alice Wright Franzke Feminist Award was established by the St. Mary’s Women’s Caucus in March 1990 to commemorate the life and works of Alice Franzke, Ph.D., a professor in the Sociology Department at St. Mary’s University from 1982 until 1989. She was the coordinator of the Peace and Justice Minor program, faculty moderator of the Students' Peace Group, and a founding member of the President's Peace Commission. She was co-founder of the St. Mary's University Women's Caucus, was an engaged civil rights activist, and worked vigorously for voter registration and education. She was a tireless advocate for non-traditional students at St. Mary's, and was active with the Bexar County Women's Political Caucus, and the League of Women Voters. Dr. Franzke was the national delegate of St. Mary's University to the American Association of University Women. She was committed to human equality, justice and peace, and embodied the spiritual and civic values which the award commemorates. Dr. Franzke was inducted as a Scholar into the Academy of St. Mary's University in 1989. The award honors feminists of the St. Mary’s University community who promote peace, empowerment, civic engagement, cooperation, equality, and respect of all persons.
Any past or present member of the St. Mary's University community (student, faculty, staff, administrator, or alumni) who promotes peace, empowerment, civic engagement, cooperation, equality, and respect of all persons, is eligible for nomination. This page includes a list of past recipients. .
• Demonstrates commitment to efforts to increase gender equity and empowerment within and/or outside the University.
• Actively engaged in efforts to promote justice and peace locally, regionally, or globally.
• Considered an exemplary role model of civic engagement.
• Works in a collaborative manner that respects diverse people and traditions.
• Bears witness to St. Mary's University's mission as a Catholic and Marianist University through their life and accomplishments.
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The 2023 Selection Committee: Shalini Venkat; Karen Muñoz, J.D.; Jessica González Uhlig, Ed.D.; Rick Sperling, Ph.D.; and Mary Brennan Stich, J.D. (2022 recipients).
Nominations close on Tuesday, January 3, 2023 at 5:00 p.m.. Late nominations will not be considered.
Questions about the Alice Wright Franzke Feminist Award nomination process may be directed to Diane Duesterhoeft at firstname.lastname@example.org or 210-436-3346.
The Alice Wright Franzke Feminist Award Ceremony will be held on Wednesday, March 1, 2023 at 4:00 p.m. in the Sarita Kenedy East Law Library Alumni Room.
Any past or present member of the St. Mary's University community, except previous recipients, is eligible to be nominated for the Alice Wright Franzke Feminist Award.
Shalini Venkat (undergraduate student)
Karen Muñoz (Law student)
Jessica González Uhlig, Ed.D. (staff)
Rick Sperling, Ph.D. (faculty)
Mary Brennan Stich, J.D. (alumna)
2022 Alice Franzke Non-Traditional Student Scholarship Awards: Ezequiel Hernandez and Kimberly Rubio
Zoe Brigman (undergraduate student)
Samantha McCoy (Law student)
Myrna Gaxiola Marinik, L.M.S.W. (staff)
Sue P. Nash, Ph.D. (faculty)
Artessia "Tess" House, J.D. (alumna)
2021 Alice Franzke Non-Traditional Student Scholarship Awards: Nicole Bongiorno and Katherine L. Muniz
Brandi Nicole Loving (undergraduate student)
Leslie Mariela Alvarez (Law student)
Courtney K. Barrie (staff)
Janet S. Armitage (faculty)
Rosie Speedlin Gonzalez, J.D. (alumna)
2020 Alice Franzke Non-Traditional Student Scholarship Awards: Roberson Maria Lubin, Jessica Marquez-Munos, and Luisa Arumi Ortiz
Ximena Mondragon Salinas (undergraduate student)
Allison L. Gray, Ph.D. (faculty)
Kimberly Sama (alumna)
Renée A. Yanta, J.D. (alumna)
2019 Alice Franzke Non-Traditional Student Scholarship Awards: Ian Bryan and Luisa Ortiz
Jocelyn Baca (undergraduate student)
Irene Chavez (graduate student)
Magdalena Salazar (staff)
Sharon K. Garcia, Ph.D. (alumna)
Kathleen M. Gallagher, Ph.D. (faculty)
2018 Alice Franzke Non-Traditional Student Scholarship Awards: Amanda Rodriguez and Alex Valdez
Rebecca Quintanilla Cedillo (alumna)
Stephanie R. Harlien (student)
Marcy LaBossiere (staff)
Team HSS - Delia Lara von Muldau (staff) & Janet Belew Dizinno, Ph.D. (faculty)
2017 Alice Franzke Non-Traditional Student Scholarship Awards: Juana "Janie" Contreras and Christina Lopez
Virginia "Liz" Garcia (staff)
Victoria Heffner (student)
Teresa Miriam Van Hoy, Ph.D. (faculty)
2016 Alice Franzke Non-Traditional Student Scholarship Award: Kathy Samms
Melanie Lira (student)
Clare Acosta Matos (staff)
Carolyn Tubbs, Ph.D. (faculty)
Sandra M. Vasquez-Kayruz, M.D. (alumna)
Grace Keyes, Ph.D. (faculty)
Adriane Meneses, J.D. (staff)
Julia Elizabeth Null (student)
Dayla S. Pepi, J.D. (alumna)
Richard S. Pressman, Ph.D. (faculty)
Jenee Margo Gonzales, J.D. (alumna)
Tanairí Y. Ochoa (student)
Rosemarie Wahl, Ph.D. (faculty)
Sr. Grace Walle, FMI., D.Min. (staff)
Cyra Dumitru (faculty)
Andrea Escalon (staff)
Alma L. Lopez, J.D. (alumna)
Ana Olivares (student)
Francesca Garcia (student)
Celine A. Jacquemin, Ph.D. (faculty)
Dorothy “Dottie” Laster (alumna)
Diane Duesterhoeft (faculty)
Sarah Linares (student)
Marisela Marquez (alumna)
Minita Santizo (staff)
Monica Cruz (staff)
Misha McDonald (student)
Leona Pallansch, Ph.D. (faculty)
Mildred Rodriguez (staff)
Deidra Coleman (staff)
Sonia Garcia, Ph.D. (faculty)
Vanessa Torres (student)
Tonya Hammer (student)
Patricia J. Mejia (staff)
Carol Redfield, Ph.D. (faculty)
Maria Elena Torralva-Alonso (alumna)
Antonia Castaneda, Ph.D. (faculty)
Rosalyn Falcon Collier (alumna)
Khushbu Patel (student)
Kiran Bains (student)
Caroline Byrd (faculty)
Vicki A. Williams, Ph.D. (staff)
Jacqueline Dansby, Ph.D. (staff)
Rebecca Flores (alumna)
Sr. Grace Luther, FMI, Ph.D. (faculty emerita)
Ana Novoa, J.D. (faculty)
Lee Teran, J.D. (faculty)
Amy Kasteley, J.D. (faculty)
Barbara Bader Aldave, J.D. (faculty/administration)
Sr. Ann Semel, SSND, Ph.D. (faculty)
Raeline Nobles (student)
Rose Marie Cutting, Ph.D. (faculty)
Blanca Aguirre (staff)
Louise Cantwell (staff/administration)
Mary Lynne Gasaway Hill (student)
Alice Wright Franzke, Ph.D. (faculty)