Each year, the History and Political Science Department recognizes a woman who has made a noteworthy contribution to the civic life of her community—local, regional, national, or international—by inviting her to Cabrini to speak to our students and receive the Ivy Young Willis Award.
This year’s recipient is Sister Simone.
The Ivy Young Willis Award and Lecture program began in 1992 through the generosity of William G. Willis, father of Martha Dale, a 30-year employee of Cabrini who passed away in 2012.
To honor his late wife, Willis combined his own interest in political science and his wife’s involvement with the League of Women Voters and the World Affairs Council, bestowing the award at Cabrini College to a woman who has made an outstanding contribution in the field of public affairs.
Ivy Young Willis was a teacher, administrator, and reading consultant whose work at WQED in Pittsburgh lead the way for the teaching of reading on public television. This series is dedicated to her memory and to her strong belief that women have a unique talent for improving the climate and conduct of public affairs.