UA to Dedicate Women's Plaza of Honor

University Communications
Sept. 20, 2005

Governor Janet Napolitano will join University of Arizona and women's studies department dignitaries, plaza honorees, donors, committee members and other guests to officially dedicate the Women's Plaza of Honor on campus on Friday, Sept. 30, at 10 a.m.

The program also includes Saundra Taylor, UA senior vice president of campus life, Ed Donnerstein, dean of the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences, Yolanda Broyles-González, head of the women's studies department, Betsy Bolding, Pat Taylor, Anna Jolivet and UA Professor Ofelia Zepeda. Refreshments will be included.

The Women's Plaza is designed to honor outstanding women in our history and influential women in our lives, and is one of very few places in the country to do so. The plaza offers alumni, employees and students of The University of Arizona, members of the community and people everywhere the opportunity to commemorate these special women.

The Women's Plaza of Honor is intended to be a warm, inviting and meditative gathering place. Its unique design of plants, lighting and water will intermingle with archways, benches and sculptural elements to represent the stages of a woman's life. Each element will honor specific women whose pictures and stories can be electronically accessed on site.

The plaza's website can be accessed at

The plaza not only creates a living and permanent memorial to women, but also provides a long-term investment in the department of women's studies through the endowment funded by plaza supporters. Almost $1 million has been raised for the plaza and the goal is to raise another $2 million for the Women's Studies Endowment. The plaza's design allows opportunities for women to be honored for many years to come.

The $2 million from the Women's Studies Endowment will fund three priorities: undergraduate and graduate assistantships, research and travel stipends to further faculty and student scholarship; the enhancement of Women in Science and Engineering (WISE) and other Southwest Institute for Research on Women (SIROW) projects; and visits by leading scholars to teach women's studies.

The plaza's design emerged in 2000 from the volunteered collaboration of landscape architects Liba Wheat, Lori Woods and Karen Cesare and landscape designer Margaret West -- who all attended the UA. The firm of Wheat Scharf Associates is working together with Sletten Construction to build the plaza.

The dedication ceremony will begin promptly at 10 a.m. Parking is limited. Pay parking for the event can be found at the Tyndall Street Garage (ask for the reserved parking), United Methodist Church or on a space available basis at any of several pay lots on campus.

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Plaza located east of UA Main Gate, near Centennial Hall Reserved pay parking in Tyndall Avenue Garage and United Methodist Church; pay parking also available at other University garages


Friday, Sept. 30, 10 a.m.


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