Nevada State College Leaders recognized as Women of Distinction

Nevada State College (NSC) Provost Dr. Erika Beck and Physical and Life Sciences Department Chair Dr. Robin Cresiski have been selected by the National Association of Women Business Owners as finalists for the 2014 Women of Distinction Award (WODA).

Dr. Beck and Dr. Cresiski are two of thirty-one finalists, all of whom will be honored at the 16th Annual Women of Distinction Awards Luncheon on June 6, 2014. The WODA program recognizes dynamic women from various industries whose excellence and dedication set them apart in their field Inspiring Success. Dr. Beck is a finalist in the Education category, and Dr. Cresiski in the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics) category.

The NSC community is excited and proud to have two women represented as 2014 WODA finalists. Erika and Robin are a great representation of the caliber of educators we have here at Nevada State, said NSC President Bart Patterson. This is a well-deserved honor for both women, and we couldn't be more proud.

Dr. Cresiski, a member of NSC's accomplished faculty since Fall 2008, is very grateful for the opportunities afforded her by the college. She believes that NSC faculty and staff will continue to be recognized for their achievements. NSC has the most passionate, innovative, and intelligent women I've ever met, she expressed. I'm not surprised we have two finalists, in fact I believe we will have many more in future years.

A founding faculty member at Nevada State, Dr. Beck voiced her agreement. The fact that we have two finalists for these awards suggests that NSC is an institution that values and respects the unique perspective that women bring to the academy, she said.
Both women are honored to have been selected as WODA finalists, and are happy to be a source of inspiration for young women in our community. As a lifelong educator, I am particularly pleased to serve as a role model for our students and to inspire them to follow their career goals, said Dr. Beck. They also conveyed their admiration and support of the other 2014 WODA finalists. There is such talent and excellence in Nevada's female workforce, Dr. Cresiski said. These awards are a reminder of the laudable contributions women are making in Nevada every day.

For more information on the 16th Annual Women of Distinction Awards, please visit http://www.nawbosnv.org/woda/

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