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College of Human Ecology

Distinguished Service Award

2013 Recipient: Julie Martin

2002 B.S. in Apparel Design
Founder and executive director, WE CARE of India

Julie Martin"We would accomplish nothing without partnering with the most amazing organizations on the ground, organizations that truly sacrifice every single day. But we see what can happen when we just do what we can every single day and never quit.  I never expected to be recognized for the work in India because it has never felt like one big project, but rather one passion that I strive to commit myself to consistently."

During her post-graduate summer at Paris Fashion Institute, Julie Martin met Sr. Jessy Alex who started Pratheeksha (Home of Hope) for girl children in rural South India. She joined the cause, implementing sponsorship programs and community outreaches that work for women's empowerment and children's advancement in rural villages in India. She is partnering with the department of apparel, textiles and interior design to begin research for a Women's Training Center in South India that will train and employ rural women in natural dying.

Past Recipients

  • 2018: Mary Anne Trickle
  • 2016: David W. Andrews
  • 2013: Julie Martin
  • 2012: Lora Gilbert
  • 2011: Ruth Wells
  • 2010: Janice (Wanklyn) Wissman
  • 2009: George Dilly
  • 2008: Karla Hughes
  • 2007: R. Elaine Turner
  • 2006: Mary Clarke Barkley
  • 2005: Marilyn Corbin
  • 2004: Lea Ann Holzmeister
  • 2003: Sally Baker
  • 2002: Phyllis Miller
  • 2001: Barbara Stoecker
  • 2001: Lynette Olson
  • 2000: Larry Ganong
  • 2000: Marilyn Coleman
  • 1999: Rachel Engle
  • 1998: Olive Ubel
  • 1998: Katherine Boyd
  • 1997: Jean Reehling
  • 1997: Carol Kellett
  • 1997: Jeanette Johnson
  • 1996: Martha Starling
  • 1996: Verna Hildebrand
  • 1995: Adele McQueen
  • 1995: Roberta Grogan
  • 1994: Jeanne Lindsay
  • 1994: Elnora Huyck
  • 1993: Anita Wilson
  • 1993: Helen Frieze
  • 1992: Carolyn Roby
  • 1992: Bettie Greig
  • 1992: Vera Ellithorpe
  • 1991: Martha Streeter
  • 1989: Elizabeth Crandall
  • 1989: Christine Chalender
  • 1988: Marjorie Warta
  • 1988: Kay Obendorf
  • 1987: Joan Coleman
  • 1986: Jo Schwanke Heinz
  • 1985: Frances Lewis
  • 1985: Edgar Chambers IV
  • 1984: Nancy Fogg-Johnson
  • 1984: Betty Denton
  • 1984: Virginia Bayles
  • 1983: Joan Baird
  • 1983: Sharon Nickols
  • 1982: Ann Arnott
  • 1981: Kathryn Sughrue
  • 1981: Harriet Morris
  • 1981: Janice Hamilton
  • 1980: Beverly Bradley
  • 1973: Arlene Wilson
  • 1973: Maxine Wilson
  • 1973: Joyce Terrass
  • 1973: Doris Stewart
  • 1973: Martha Starling
  • 1973: Georgiana Smurthwaite
  • 1973: Shirley Sarvis
  • 1973: Lucile Rust
  • 1973: Lyllis Ling
  • 1973: Grace Goff
  • 1973: Ruth Dales
  • 1973: Elizabeth Crandall
  • 1973: Tessie Agan
  • 1970: Clinita Ford
  • 1963: Rita Youmans
  • 1963: Fern Storer
  • 1963: Genevieve Smith
  • 1963: Margaret Justin
  • 1963: Rosa Fowler
  • 1960: Gladys Roehm
  • 1960: Patricia Morris
  • 1960: Mary Grimes
  • 1960: Katherine Aldersman
  • 1959: Esther Latzke
  • 1959: May Cowles
  • 1958: Elizabeth Perry
  • 1958: Julia Kiens
  • 1957: Katherine Tucker
  • 1957: Anna Smith
  • 1957: Frances Rowland
  • 1957: Helen Parsons