Women of Distinction

Three of the university’s five Women of Distinction awards went to those within the college.

Professor Laurie Haleta, department head for Communication Studies and Theatre, was honored in the administrator category. Letters of support cited her perceptive advice and support for colleagues as well as her mindful mentoring of students.

Haleta also is the author of a speech textbook used in high schools, community colleges and universities nationwide.

Christine Garst-Santos, an assistant professor in the modern language department, was honored in the faculty category. She was cited for her work in advising the Campus Women’s Coalition.

Among her efforts is increasing the finances for the student group from $50 in grants and donations in 2007 to the current $10,000. In 2011, the state Board of Regents honored Garst-Santos and the coalition with a campus leadership award.

She also was cited by faculty colleagues for her coordination of Spanish study-abroad activities.

Angela Gebhart, a senior from Maple Grove, Minn., was chosen in the student category. Faculty and administrators say her 3.96 grade point average reflects remarkable maturity, poise and commitment to making a difference.

The Spanish education major has minors in biology, chemistry, equine studies and religion in Honors College.

Because of an interest in the care of horses, donkeys and mules, Gebhart designed a Spanish coloring book and took it to children in Veracruz, Mexico. A local group of 4-Hers that she mentors helped assemble the books.

Gebhart also conducted a survey on the care of horses on South Dakota reservations, wrote a paper and conducted an equine event in June.

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