College of Education Associate Dean Debra Lecklider, Clowes Memorial Hall Executive Director Elise Kushigian, and senior Chemistry/Pre-Medicine student Brittany Moore have been named Butler University’s 2014 Women of Distinction.

The awards will be presented at the Women of Distinction reception on April 14 at 4:00 p.m. in the Efroymson Diversity Center, Atherton Union Room 004. The University community is invited to attend and congratulate the 2014 recipients.

Faculty, staff, and students nominate potential honorees. The person who nominated Lecklider described her as “energetic, intuitive, and a great communicator.”


“Deb Lecklider is a woman of great integrity,” the nomination said. “She should be recognized as a Woman of Distinction because she has demonstrated her passion for assisting all University students, faculty, and staff. …. She is an inspiration to her students and colleagues. Deb constantly challenges her students and colleagues to think outside the box. She regards failures as teachable moments.”



 elise backstage-letterKushigian “has been a positive role model to her staff and the women of Butler University for 19 years, leading confidently at all times in a business that often requires long hours, quick decisions, and sometimes tough negotiations,” her nominator said, adding that she “is an eager mentor to the Clowes staff, soliciting ideas and offering opportunities while remaining hands-on in all areas of the venue operations. … Ms. Kushigian demands high standards, won’t take no for an answer, and hides behind her tough façade a heart of gold.”



B. Moore photo (2)Moore’s credits include serving as President of the Black Student Union, Vice President of the International Club, and a Diversity Ambassador for the Efroymson Diversity Center. She has volunteered at Riley Hospital for Children, serves as a Butler Early College Program mentor, and was a freshman mentor for three years. Her goal is medical school.

“Brittany Moore is a Woman of Distinction,” the person nominating her said. “Throughout her years at Butler, she has always placed the needs of others before herself. Brittany truly exemplifies the role of the servant-leader and scholar.”


The Butler University Woman of Distinction Award is presented annually. Each recipient is an outstanding leader who has shown commitment and dedication to improving the Butler community; reaches out to others while valuing herself; has created a vision and moves others toward that vision; has defined a clear role for herself in today’s changing environment; faces challenges head on and is decisive and persistent; carries herself with dignity and pride, but never with vanity; values the strides achieved by women and has worked to improve the environment for women; and is a serious woman who rules her life with energy, integrity, and love.


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