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UCR's Clute to Receive Regional 1999 ATHENA Award

UCR's Clute to Receive Regional 1999 ATHENA Award

(May 17, 1999)

Pamela S. Clute, executive director of the ALPHA Center at the University of California, Riverside, will receive the 1999 ATHENA of The Inland Valleys Award in recognition of her professional accomplishments, community service and mentorship of other women.

The award will be presented to Clute during the annual ATHENA of The Inland Valleys Distinguished Lecture Series and Award Presentation, scheduled for 4 p.m. Tuesday, May 18, in Conference Room E of the University Extension Center.

Dr. Clute, who directs The Academy of Learning through Partnerships for Higher Achievement, will be honored for her excellence as a mathematics instructor, for her efforts in developing mathematics education programs for teachers throughout the region and for exemplary civic service.

The program - sponsored by UCR, the Greater Riverside Chambers of Commerce and The A. Gary Anderson Graduate School of Management - is open to the public. Tickets for the lecture and award presentation are $25 each; a block of six tickets can be purchased for $120. For additional information or to purchase tickets, call (909) 787-4105, ext. 1741. Press information is available at the same number.

Keynote speaker Amy Sue Harrison, a corporate CEO and UCR alumna, will discuss the expanding role of women in the business world. Kathy Bolte, executive vice president of the National ATHENA Foundation, will present the ATHENA award to Clute.

ATHENA awards are presented annually to individuals in about 375 cities across the United States in recognition of business and professional accomplishments, community service and efforts to assist women in reaching their leadership potential. A single national award is also presented each year to a person whose accomplishments have nationwide impact.

The Alpha Center is designed to provide intensive services to at-risk students; professional development to teachers; and suggestions for making the public school curriculum compatible with UCR undergraduate curriculum. It is part of UCR's mission to make higher education a practical goal for students from every background. One of the outreach programs directed by Clute happens to be called Project Athena, but it is not related to the awards program by the same name. Project Athena helps middle school girls gain mathematics skills through hands-on experience led by female UCR students and faculty, who serve as role models.

The ATHENA Awards program was created in 1982, through the Chamber of Commerce in Lansing, Mich., by National ATHENA Foundation President Mertz, a business owner who wanted to bring into focus the outstanding professional and business women in the community and to encourage leadership opportunities for women.

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