Donation Starts Fund to Memorialize Nursing Professors in Women's Plaza of Honor

Lori Harwood
Dec. 16, 2002

UA President Peter Likins has donated the first gift to kick off a campaign to memorialize nursing professors Cheryl McGaffic, Barbara Monroe and Robin Rogers in the University of Arizona Women's Plaza of Honor.

The Plaza of Honor is designed to raise $1.5 million to create an endowment for the department of women's studies at the UA and to construct a garden on campus to honor the contributions of women to society. Nearly $450,000 has been raised to date from donors honoring significant figures in Arizona and the University, as well as their foremothers, wives and co-workers.

Likins' $1,000 donation to the fund honors the three nursing professors who were killed on October 28, and has been matched by the co-chairs of the Women's Plaza of Honor campaign. Likins donated $10,000 earlier this year in honor of his wife, Patricia.

Campus and community members who wish to contribute to this fund to create a lasting monument to McGaffic, Monroe and Rogers can get more information from women studies at 520-621-7338. Also, they can check the Women's Studies web site.

The Women's Plaza of Honor is a project that was initiated two years ago. It aims to publicly honor women's contributions to society and to raise funds to help assure that the UA department of women's studies will remain a leader in its field. Groundbreaking for the plaza is planned for the fall of 2003. The plaza will be located between Centennial Hall and the Arizona State Museum, near the UA Main Gate.

According to Liz Kennedy, head of women's studies, "We greatly appreciate all the generous donations that have benefitted the Plaza project and women's studies, but we are particularly touched to be able to honor our three colleagues from the College of Nursing. Besides publicly celebrating the lives of women such as these, we are assured that quality research and teaching about women and gender will continue into the future."