Farewell and best wishes to Peg Lonnquist!

Thank you and farewell, Peg!


Left: Cake reads “Pegstravaganza! We’ll miss you!” Right: Women’s Center past and present staff at Peg-Stravaganza

We bid farewell to Peg Lonnquist at “Peg-Stravaganza” earlier this summer. In honor of Peg’s nearly 10 years of service to the Women’s Center, Women’s Center staff and reception guests surprised Peg with a specially composed song (complete with kazoos), in addition to sharing memories, laughter, and gratitude.

In partnership with University and community organizations, Peg launched several leadership and organizational transformation initiatives, from the Summit for Leaders for Women’s Equity to her work with the Lactation Advocacy Committee. She also co-led the Women’s Leadership Institute, University Professional (UP!) Circles, and the Women Faculty of Color Network. In her time with the Women’s Center, Peg facilitated countless workshops on topics ranging from innovative and intergalactic leadership to self-confidence, salary negotiation, and positive genius (on the psychology of a happy workplace).


Clockwise from top left: Provost Karen Hanson, Professor Anna Clark, and Peg at the 2015 Ada Comstock Distinguished Women Scholars Award/Lecture; Peg and Olivia (Women’s Center Communications Assistant) with the Where the Wild Things Are mural in the ground floor Appleby lactation room; 2015-2016 staff in the Women’s Center study/lounge

This past year, Peg was awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award by the National Women’s Studies Organization for her work toward gender equity, and the Women’s Center was awarded the C. Eugene Allen Award for Innovative International Initiatives for creating and marketing maroon and gold scarves – to go along with our feminist hats –  knowing that that they would help create a sense of belonging for some of the new immigrant students in our community. With Peg’s leadership, the Women’s Center has been able to:

  • award thousands of dollars in gender equity grants, scholarships, faculty and staff awards, including raising over $20,000 for the Dr. Nancy “Rusty” Barceló Schoalrship
  • celebrate the 40th Anniversary of the Carol E. Macpherson Memorial Scholarship this past May
  • add a new lactation space on the ground floor of Appleby Hall
  • open a new study/lounge in the Women’s Center space

This doesn’t begin to capture the many examples of positive and empowering connections that Peg made with students, staff, faculty, alumnae, and community members over the years. As Peg moves into her role as the Executive Director of the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) on campus, we wish her all the best in her new adventures!


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