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3/30/2009 —

Penn State Brandywine’s Women’s Commission named Theresa Walls the 2009 Woman of the Year at the commission’s annual luncheon on Thursday, March 26.

Walls, staff assistant in IST, was cited for her tremendous dedication to her job, to the campus, and to the community. Her positive outlook, friendly smile and readiness to help students, staff, faculty and visitors is apparent to all who know her. Walls has been employed by Penn State Brandywine for over 29 years and does everything she can to make the campus better.  She volunteers on many committees and is always the first one to step forward when help is needed. She initiated and organizes the A.I. DuPont Ronald McDonald House dinner every year, a huge undertaking.

“I was totally surprised,” Walls said. “I didn’t realize they were talking about me until Pamela Main mentioned the 29-year service. Then I knew it was me! It is an honor to be selected for this award. I work with many fabulous and creative women on campus. It is a privilege to work here and I’m glad to help out in any way I can.”

The keynote speaker at the luncheon was Afaf Meleis, author and Dean of Nursing at University of Pennsylvania, who presented “Global Issues in Women’s Health.”

The Women’s Commission luncheon is an opportunity for students, staff and faculty to gather for a social event, and to observe women’s achievements.

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