WHAT: 50/50 in 2020 Equity for Women Award Reception
Every year, 50-50 in 2020 honors a woman (or women) who embody the spirit of political or societal equity. This year, we are pleased to honor Sister Catherine Dunn, President Emerita of Clarke University in Dubuque, Iowa. Sister Catherine was picked to receive this honor because she embodies the spirit of the award and has been a trailblazing leader at Clarke University.
WHEN: Thursday, September 29th, 5:00-7:00 p.m.
WHERE: Grand River Center, 500 Bell Street, Dubuque, IA
Hotel Information: The 50-50 in 2020 Board of Directors is staying at the Grand Harbor Resort & Waterpark Hotel which is connected to the Grand River Event Center where the reception will be held.
Sponsorship and Ticket Information:
- $5,000 U.S. Senate Level (10 reception reservations)
- $2,500 U.S. House Level (8 reception reservations)
- $1,000 IA Governor Level (6 reception reservations)
Sponsors will be listed on the invitation, event program and receive recognition at the reception.
- $500 IA Senate Level (4 reception reservations)
- $250 IA House Level (2 reception reservations)
Hosts will be listed on the invitation and the event program.
2016 Honoree Catherine Dunn, BVM, Ph,D.
About Sister Catherine Dunn:
In addition to her achievements as Clarke president, serving in that capacity from 1984 to 2006, Sister Catherine is also recognized as a leader in both local and statewide civic projects.
Appointed to the Iowa Transportation Commission by Gov. Terry Branstad in 1989, in 1994 she became the first woman to chair the commission in its 81-year history, leading the group in six of the 12 years she served on it. In 2000, Gov. Tom Vilsack presented Dunn with a special Governor’s Volunteer Award for her years of service to the Department of Transportation.
At Clarke, Dunn was just 111 days into her tenure as president when on May 17, 1984, a disastrous fire destroyed three of the campus’ historic buildings. Marshaling both campus and community providers, she oversaw the rebuilding and subsequent growth in the school’s enrollment, programs and facilities. In recognition of her outstanding leadership, she was awarded silver and bronze medals by the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education.
As president emerita, Dunn continues to work for Clarke as major gift officer in the university’s development office.
As a woman religious in the Roman Catholic Church, in 2005 Dunn received the Vatican’s Papal Medal for her outstanding service to the church and education community.
Locally, Dunn was honored as the Dubuque Telegraph Herald’s Citizen of the Year in 1986 and was recipient of the Dubuque Chamber of Commerce 1993 Distinguished Civic Service Award for her involvement in humanitarian, governmental, cultural and philanthropic activities.
Sister Dunn has served on the Greater Dubuque Development Corporation, the Board of Directors for the Dubuque Area Chamber of Commerce and the Board of Directors for American Trust & Savings Bank.
Earning her undergraduate and graduate degrees from Arizona State University, Dunn has honorary degrees from Clarke, Loras College, Mount S. Clare College, St. Ambrose University and the University of Dubuque. She is a recipient of the “Elite Who’s Who Among Outstanding Women Executives” Award.
Dunn served on the Washington, D.C.-based boards of directors for the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities executive committee, the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education, and Council of Independent Colleges. She also served on the Iowa College Foundation and the Iowa Association of Independent Colleges and Universities.