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Andrea Henry, YWCA Ames-ISU executive director,, 294-1663
Tanya Zanish-Belcher, YWCA Ames-ISU board president,, 294-6648
(Photos of award winners available upon request)

Reception will honor area women
Three Ames women and one local business have been selected as recipients of this year's Women of Achievement awards, given annually by the YWCA Ames-ISU. The honorees and two student scholarship winners will be recognized at a reception 5:30-7 p.m., Thursday, March 25, at the Iowa State Alumni Center, 420 Beach Ave.

Tickets, $25 each ($15 for students), are available at the YWCA Ames-ISU office in 210 Lab of Mechanics on the ISU campus, online ( or by calling 294-1663. Proceeds from the reception fund scholarships and programming initiatives aimed at eliminating racism and empowering women and girls.

Cindy Baughman received the Woman of Achievement award, which recognizes a woman who empowers women and girls or eliminates racism through her volunteer activities. Baughman has benefited several community organizations with her volunteer work, including the Girls Scouts, Meals on Wheels, Food at First, and the youth ministry and giving tree programs at St. Cecilia Catholic Church. Her involvement inspires her friends, family and neighbors to join the volunteer ranks, and her work with youth has empowered young women with leadership and service experiences at a critical time in their development.

Carolina Arce earned the Rising Star award, given to a young woman who makes a difference with her work supporting social justice. A 2008 transplant from Costa Rica, Arce joined the Story County Dental Clinic staff, where her bilingual skills are crucial to the clinic's goal of treating all patients regardless of race, gender or economic status. Although she was a qualified dentist in Costa Rica, Arce's credentials did not allow her to practice in the United States. At the clinic, she has proved invaluable. Working first as a receptionist, and now as a dental assistant, Arce is able to effectively advocate for and communicate with patients in both English and Spanish.

Jennifer Plagman-Galvin was given the Shining Star award, which recognizes a woman who goes beyond her job description to provide leadership; serve or empower women and girls; or eliminate racism in the workplace. Plagman-Galvin has a long résumé of volunteer work with the United Way of Story County. Since joining the UWSC board of directors in 2005, she has served as an ASSET volunteer, chair of the allocations committee and a member of the executive committee. In 2009, she was named the board's president. As director of Greek affairs in the ISU dean of students office, Plagman-Galvin also has mentored countless students, serving as an advisor for many student groups, councils and events.

The Story County Dental Clinic, located at 126 S. Kellogg St., was honored with the Community Spirit award. The award is given to a business or organization that empowers women in the workplace, promotes racial justice or impacts the community. The clinic offers oral health care to underinsured and uninsured patients four days a week, providing restorative and preventative dental care to adults and children.

Eva Morales and Maggie Luttrell were awarded YWCA Ames-ISU scholarships. Morales is a senior from Storm Lake, Iowa, majoring in criminal justice and sociology. Luttrell is a graduate student from Jacksonville, Ill., in the educational leadership and policy studies program.

YWCA Ames-ISU 210 Lab of Mechanics
ISU Ames, IA 50011
Phone: 515-294-1663
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