BIG RAPIDS – Cindy Horn of Hawkins, interim director of University Recreation, has been named the 2008 Ferris Professional Woman of the Year.
The Ferris Professional Women annually recognizes an outstanding woman on campus who has stimulated the awareness of women by participating in activities to enhance the status of all women, encouraging women to exercise their rights and roles in the Ferris community and continuing to be a model of professionalism to students and other colleagues.
Horn was nominated by Biology professor Mary Murnik and will be recognized at the May 9 FPW Commencement Breakfast from 8 to 10 a.m. in the Rankin Student Center Centennial Dining Room.
In her nomination Murnik stated, “Cindy has not only participated in, but actively led and nurtured activities to enhance the status of all women, such as Select 60, Vagina Monologues and Take Back the Night. These activities surely encourage women to exercise their rights and roles in the Ferris State University community.”
Before taking the helm in University Recreation, Horn served as director of Student Leadership and Activities, a position in which she worked tirelessly to provide quality programs for students outside the classroom. She is known for her positive attitude in working with students, as well as being a mentor in a compassionate and supportive environment.
“There are very few people that care as much about students as Cindy Horn,” said Matt Eickhoff, interim director of Student Leadership and Activities. “She’s an advocate for the school and in supporting a well-rounded university experience for students both in and outside the classroom.”
Horn is a graduate of Ferris who has invested her energy and time, and is dedicated to the University, Eickhoff added, saying it was her mentorship which has given him the tools to be successful in his position today.
Horn has used her leadership skills to not only nurture such activities as Select 60, Vagina Monologues and Take Back the Night, but she has been involved in supporting Women’s History Month, the Sister Stroll and Tunnel of Oppression. Horn also has been a driving force behind Welcome Week activities and served as advisor to the Homecoming Committee. Beyond that, she has been supportive of all campus activities in her role in the Student Leadership and Activities Office.
Horn and her husband, Jason, have one daughter, Zoe.
09 May, 2008