LaVonne Fox earns first ATHENA Young Professional Award

LaVonne Fox, assistant professor of occupational therapy at the School of Medicine and Health Sciences, has earned the first ATHENA Young Professional Award at a reception organized by the Chamber of Grand Forks and East Grand Forks.

The ATHENA Award honors individuals who strive toward the highest levels of personal and professional accomplishment, who excel in their chosen field, devote time and energy to their community in a meaningful way, and forge paths of leadership for other women to follow. The award actively supports and celebrates the ATHENA mission of supporting, developing and honoring women leaders, inspiring women to achieve their full potential creating balance in leadership worldwide.

The recipients must meet each of the following three criteria:
* Demonstrate excellence, creativity and initiative in their business or profession
* Provide valuable service to improve the quality of life for others in their community
* Assist women in reaching their full leadership potential

The award was established locally in April 2004 and is hosted by the Chamber to encourage the potential of all women as valued members and leaders of the business community. Nominees, male and female, are evaluated by the criteria of the ATHENA Award: business accomplishments, community service, and dedication to promoting leadership opportunities for women.
-- Shelley Pohlman, Administrative Secretary, Public Affairs,, 701-777-4305