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Among the oldest traditions at the University of Pennsylvania are the senior class leadership awards. The oldest of them, the Spoon, is documented as early as 1865, when Penn still occupied a campus on 9th street, in Center City, Phladelphia. Today, no fewer than 8 of these distinguished awards are presented on Hey Day, the last day of classes in each academic year. Elected by their fellow students in recognition of outstanding service to the University community, the receipients of these awards have alw ays included the best and brightest of each graduating class.

The Women's Senior Honor Awards spawned from Women's Hey Day which was first celebrated in 1926, six years after the passing of the nineteenth amendment which gave women the right to vote. The ceremony, usually held in Bennett Hall, consisted of an academic procession, the changing of offices, a valedictorian address, as well as the induction of new members into various honor societies. Although women were not eligible for the Spoon, Bowl, Cane and Spade Awards, they had their own senior honors, which included the following awards:

womens_ivy_1976.pngAlthea K. Hottel Shield Award

Established in 1959, the first women's award is named for Penn's first Dean of Women, educational pioneer Althea K. Hottel. Represented by the Shield, the University's most recognizable physical symbol, this award honors intellectual competence, commitment to ideals, and loyalty to the Univwomens_ivy_1988_resize.jpgersity . The Hottell Shield is etched in granite by the carver of your class Ivy Stone to connect it to the present. This award is proudly presented today as the top female award for faithful dedication to the Penn community.


Gaylord P. Harnwell Flag Award

The Harnwell Flag Ward celebrates the tremendous campus growth and diversification of Penn during the 1953-1970 tenure of its namesake, President Gaylord P. Harnwell, who believed that selfless service to the university and the community would impact generations to come. Established in 1969, this award honors Harnwell's ideals with a Penn flag that continues to "ripple the wind" over College Hall. This award which was flown over College Hall is presented today in honor of President Harnwell's public service to the University.

David R. Goddard Loving Cup Award.

In 1908, when Class Day was combined with Ivy Day, a silver Loving Cup was presented to the University Provost etched with names of dedicated class presidents. Today's Loving Cup honors former Provost David R. Goddard, who retired in 1969, and is etched with the iconic words of Penn's most popular song-but not official alma mater, the Red and Blue. This award recognizes seniors' exemplary service to the University and to their class.

womens_ivy_1999.pngR. Jean Brownlee Skimmer Hat Award

The Brownlee Skimmer Hat Award was established in 1977 and commorates one of Penn's most historic traditions, Hey Dey. The award is named for Dean R. Jean Brownlee, who oversaw the historic merger of the College and the College for Women into the School of Arts and Science as well as the combining of the men's and women's Hey Day strolls into a unifying class celebration. The commemorative Hey Day hat, appropriately bitten, is in honor of Dean Brownlee's enduring legacy of unifying the Penn community.





Women's Senior Award Winners 1959-Present

Year

Althea K. Hottel

Gaylord P. Harnwell

David R. Goddard

R. Jean Brownlee

1959

Barbara Foster




1960

Rosemary Yaecker




1961

Martha Taylor




1962

Mireille Lellouche




1963

Mary Kay Pedersen




1964

Elsbeth Joyce




1965

Ellen Casey




1966

Rebecca Bowers




1967

R. Barbara Berger / Lynne Miller




1968

Elizabeth Van Wezel




1969

Mary Selecky

Ellen Cohen

Ellen Gordon / Linda Plotnick


1970

Alice Mann / Mary Sitgraves

Rona Zevin

Patricia Dinneen


1971

Miriam Labbok

Hope Sukin

Judith Teller / Adele Lindenmeyr


1972

Linda Magoon

Claudia Cohen

Ann Fleming


1973

Anita Sama

Donna Webster

Laureine Knight


1974

Ruth Ann Price

Susan Peikes

Holly O'Neil


1975

Holly James

Heidi Solomon

Currie Kelly


1976

Tracy Dibble

Ann Kelley

Cynthia Chanenson


1977

Kimberly-Ann Woolwich

Rebecca Peikes

Alison Bender

Kathleen Bell

1978

Trish Brown

Ellen Cooper

Amy Borrus

Lori Goldstein

1979

Kathryn Sklar

Maria Shao

Debra Silverman

Barri Bernstein

1980

Laura Anne Foggan

Joanne Wise

Charlotte Baron

Ruth Cornfeld

1981

Allison Accurso

Geralyn Orlovitz

Mindy Crandus

Ellen Goldberg

1982

Cheryl Saban

Barbara Cantwell

Carrie Altman

Dawn Van Dam

1983

Elizabeth Cooper

Jeanne Reich

Laurie Dameshek

Elizabeth Lombardo

1984

Stephanie Dangel

Lori Landew

Karen Glass

Pam Seidenman

1985

Vicki Bernstein

Wendy Platt

Carol Turner

Karen Barr

1986

Jean Sherman

Gena Kutin

Jennifer Weiss

Renee Solomon

1987

Wendy Ferber

Lisa Green

Ilana Long

Hayley Bryant

1988

Wendy Bloom

Jill Kaufman

Colleen Buggs

Laura Fuller

1989

Suzanna Pappas

Traci Miller

Megan O'Brien

Rachel Greenberger

1990

Linda LaGorga

Lynn Halpern

Tara Fitzpatrick

Farah Jiminez

1991

Miriam (Duchess) Harris

Theresa E. Simmonds

Jodi Krasilovsky

Susan Moss

1992

Barbara E. Lewis

Christina Smith

Maureen Juliet Hernandez

Helen Jung

1993

Allison Bieber

Michelle Peluso

Lisa Nass

Hallie Levin

1994

Jai-Jai Ramsey

Lisa Deutsch

Jun Bang

Kirsten Bartok

1995

Leigh Molinari

Jordana Horn

Ha Thi Nguyen

Tama Weinberg

1996

Tamara Dubowitz

Alison Deitch

Heather Dorf

Lissette Calderon

1997

Abby Close

Katinka Domotorffy

Rachel Sheibein

Kara Blond

1998

Rachel Ehrlich

Michelle Millstone

Martha Speranza

Bethany Rubin

1999

Samara A. Barend

Janelle M. Brodsky

Sarah B. Gleit

Roshini S. Thayaparan

2000

Lisa Marshall

Jennifer Brown

Lindsay Faber

Michele Sacks

2001

Diana M. Caramanico

Lipika Goyal

Dayna S. Platt

Hoa T. Duong

2002

Dana E. Hork

Lindsey F. Mathews

LaToya J. Baldwin

Jennifer Kwon

2003

Julia S. Gottlieb

Aviva N. Moster

Ella S. Schwartz

Rebecca L. Silberman

2004

Meredith M. Seidel

Jessica R. Brand

Amy M. Potter

Aparna Chandrasekhar

2005

Caroline A. Canty

Paige Fitzgerald

Jennifer J. Choi

Imanni P.S. Wilkes

2006

Rachel I. Fersh

Caroline Rothstein

Hayley M. Gross

Sheri E. Halpern

2007

Catherine C. Mark

Kate E. Liberman

Caroline G. Gammill

Alexis Ruby Howe

2008

Sarah R. Abroms

Colleen E. Donovan

Beth Newton

Shirley Liang

2009

Drew Feith Tye

Rahima F. Dosani

Erica M. Evans

Mia Kumagai

2010

Eileen M. McKeown

Claire S. Choi

Alissa R. Eisenberg

Sakina R. Zaidi

2011

Lindsey T. Eatough

Janice Y. Dow

Wendy J. De La Rosa

Rachel R. Romeo

2012

Kathryn J. McCabe

Faye G. Cheng

Jordan A. Sale

Allison S. Zuckerman

2013

Ariela R. Cohen

Isabel Friedman

Pallavi R. Podapati

Lakshmi Sivaguru

2014

 Lindsay Y. Tsai

Urja R. Mittal

Natalie M. Riemer

 Tania V. Chairez

2015

Ariel S. Koren

Joyce J. Kim

Victoria N. Ford

Jordyn H. Feingold

2016

Renata M. O'Donnell

Julie M. Bittar

Jane R. Meyer

Mahalatchmi Subramaniam

2017

Temilola M. Ransome-Kuti

Hannah E. Fagin

Tunmise A. Fawole

Olivia S. Nelson

2017 Senior Honor Award Recipients

Women's Honor Awards 2017

The Women's Senior Honor Awards are generously endowed by Sally L. Katz C'82, a devoted alumnus and President of the Class of 1982.