Ibit Getchell Receives Outstanding Staff Woman Award
- By Shari Halik & Stephanie Kaza
Elizabeth (Ibit) Getchell, the Student Services Coordinator for the Environmental Studies Program, has received a 2014 Outstanding Staff Woman Award from the UVM Women’s Center. This award honors staff women who have made significant contribution to the lives of women on campus through service, advocacy, and feminist programming.
For 18 years, Ibit has spent countless hours advising and supporting students in their academic paths at UVM. During this period, she has also been responsible for the Program’s web and advising materials as well as student recruitment, awards, scholarships, and career support.
Environmental Program Director Stephanie Kaza wrote in her nomination of Ibit, “Ibit is well known among our majors (now over 500 and the third largest major on campus) for her kind ear, her willingness to take time with students, her capacity for problem solving, and her advocacy for students in general. I am nominating her for this award because easily two-thirds of the students she works with are women (paralleling the split in the major), and she often takes times to listen to relationship, housing, family, or self-esteem issues that are all part of life as a young person at UVM. She has unflagging dedication to the Program and more importantly to the students.”
Ibit also keeps track of the Program’s alumni. On a recent staff sabbatical leave, she traveled the country visiting environmental programs and staying with UVM environmental studies alumni in many cities.
In March of every year, the Women’s Center hosts the Women’s Awards Banquet. This celebration is an opportunity to recognize contributions and activism of women and allies on campus. Ibit received her award at the banquet on March 17 in the Davis Center Silver Maple Ballroom.