Biola Celebrates National Women’s History Month

Female students encouraged to pursue the calling God has on their life in a special chapel and luncheon

Apr. 5, 2012 By Tenielle Schroeder

Biola University joined the nation in celebrating Women’s History Month with a chapel and luncheon on Wednesday, March 28. Speakers, musicians and an artist encouraged women to live inspiring and courageous lives in their personal, spiritual and professional pursuits. The chapel held in Chase Gymnasium featured keynote speaker Cassandra Van Zandt, the dean of humanities and social sciences, and also highlighted three women who have embraced their calling with courage.

Biola alumnae Katie Tuttle (‘98), Jane Anderson (‘71) and Karen Dirks (‘70) received the Ruby Awards based on this year’s Women History Month theme, “Courage and Calling.” These women were selected from approximately 100 nominees. The recipients were chosen according to their duty to service, desire to seek God’s will and courageous trust.

The awards given were for three different categories. Tuttle was presented with the Priscilla Ruby Award for teaching and mentoring. The Deborah Ruby Leadership and Wisdom Award was given to Anderson. Dirk received the Esther Award for obedience and servanthood.

Continuing the celebration, women attended the Ruby Award Luncheon, which featured in-depth interviews with the 2012 Ruby Award recipients. Alumna Shannon Leith (‘09) showcased her artwork “Shine.” The exhibit was presented to demonstrate and share in celebration with Biola’s Year of the Arts.

Biola joined with the nation to honor women in their contributions and accomplishments. The vice president and Jill Biden hosted a reception at the White House in honor of Women’s History Month. They encouraged the women to join together and continue to empower one another. They also paid tribute to the U.S. Marine Corps’ Female Engagement Team for their courage in helping our operations in Afghanistan.

Written by Tenielle Schroeder, Media Relations Intern. For more information, contact Jenna Bartlo, Media Relations Coordinator, at 562.777.4061 or at


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