GARY, Ind.—On Tuesday, April 1, 2014, four Indiana University Northwest students were honored with the Women Helping Women: Honoring Student Volunteer Leadership award by the Women’s Philanthropy Council (WPC) at Indiana University.
Students Flo Bringas, Deberie Hubbert, Deanna Proimos, and Dorthea Robbins received the awards from IU First Lady Laurie Burns McRobbie, founding co-chair, Women’s Philanthropy Council, and Jeri Pat Gabbert, IU Northwest vice chancellor for university advancement and external affairs. The awards program began in 2012 honoring three students from IU Kokomo for their volunteer service.
“Entering our third year of recognizing and celebrating women’s volunteerism at IU, the Women’s Philanthropy Council is proud to honor these four extraordinary women. They have devoted countless hours to improving Northwest Indiana communities, and their service exemplifies the rich tradition of civic engagement in America. They are philanthropic role models for all of us,” said McRobbie.
“The four campus citizens we honored represent very well the impact that IU Northwest students have in our region,” said IU Northwest Chancellor William J. Lowe. “As one of Northwest Indiana’s anchors, our campus has a public obligation to be a community resource. Our campus’s collaborative engagement with Northwest Indiana communities supports sustainable progress, addressing greater opportunities for diversity, equity, and inclusion among our students and workforce, and providing a valuable context for the complete student experience.”
Each of the honorees received a certificate and a monetary donation to her volunteer organization at a luncheon in their honor. The honorees were profiled in an IU Northwest Women Helping Women video.
Flo Bringas, who has completed her general studies and will be starting the Accelerated Nursing program this May, volunteers with the Army’s 909th Forward Surgical Team. She is not a member of the military but she is the Family Readiness Group coordinator. Her award will support the 909th Forward Surgical Team.
Deberie Hubbert, a senior political science major, founded and volunteers at the College Starting Block. She is honoring the College Starting Block – Glory to God Worship Center.
Deanna Proimos, a master’s student in public affairs, serves on the board of directors at Chasing Dreams. She is honoring the Chasing Dreams organization where she is also a volunteer.
Dorthea Robbins, a master’s student in social work, runs the Value Art; Live Substance Free program at South Shore Arts. Her award will support the South Shore Arts program.
About the Indiana University Women’s Philanthropy Council: Convened by the Indiana University Foundation Board of Directors in 2010, the WPC’s mission is to lead fundraising and engagement efforts that inspire women to give of their time, talent, and resources to Indiana University, and to develop women leaders in philanthropy.
Founded in 1936, the Indiana University Foundation maximizes private support for Indiana University by fostering lifelong relationships with key stakeholders and providing advancement leadership and fundraising services for campuses and units across the university.
Today, the Foundation oversees one of the largest public university endowments in the country, with a market value in excess of $1.7 billion. In fiscal year 2013, IU received $305.9 million in support from the private sector. IU is consistently ranked among the top four of Big Ten universities in annual voluntary support.