Every year, the Penn State Brandywine Women's Commission honors outstanding female members of the campus during its annual luncheon. The event serves as an occasion for students, staff and faculty to gather in celebration of the achievements of women on Brandywine's campus. This year's honorees are staff member Gail Wray and sophomore Jessica Maginnis.
As is tradition, the campus welcomed a successful professional woman to serve as keynote speaker at the luncheon. Emilie Ninan, managing partner in the Wilmington, Del. office of Ballard-Spahr, lead the afternoon with a presentation titled "Owning Your Career: Lessons in Navigation." Ninan shared her story and experiences about making it to the top.
In the Female Student of the Year category, human development and family studies major and Holmes resident Jessica Maginnis was selected to receive the honor. Maginnis embodies the complete Brandywine student and her solid academic performance and leadership on campus has made her a strong member of the Brandywine community and role model for other students.
Gail Wray, who has been a dedicated staff member at Penn State Brandywine for many years, exemplifies the commitment, enthusiasm and service that Brandywine promotes on campus. Her numerous administrative roles support students, faculty and staff members routinely and she is evidence of the positive impact that a single person can create.
Penn State Brandywine was proud to recognize Wray and Maginnis as model members of the campus and their contribution to Brandywine has created a better surrounding for students, staff and faculty.
-by Mike McDade