Employee, alumna receive 2012 Milestones Award

BOWLING GREEN, O.—Two women with ties to Bowling Green State University have been honored with a 2012 Milestones Award from the YWCA of Northwest Ohio. Anita Serda, administrative assistant in the Office of Student Retention, won for the arts and alumna Margaret Danziger was recognized for the sciences.

Serda is the co-founder of the Perrysburg Heights Community Association (PHCA), a nonprofit organization focused on social and educational benefits for the surrounding community. She is the founder and event coordinator of the South of the Border Festival, helps promote the Ballet Folkorico Imagenes Mexicana Dance Troupe, and is in the process of kicking off her “I Choose Me” program, which is designed to teach adolescent girls confidence, leadership and determination skills.

“The mantra PHCA has stood by for over 20 years is that we continue to work to develop individual pride and self-worth by empowering individuals and promoting total community participation in its programs,” Serda explained. “To be recognized for this work is very humbling and a true blessing, which I hope continues to strengthen the collaborations with many of BGSU’s service learning courses.”

Danziger is the deputy director of the Toledo-Lucas County Public Library and a 1968 graduate of BGSU. She is responsible for the main library branch in downtown Toledo, and also oversees all other branches, youth services, computer operations and information technology, technical services and marketing operations for the countywide system. The Ohio Library Council named her Librarian of the Year in 2005.

Established in 1996, the Milestones Awards honor area women who have demonstrated outstanding leadership qualities and who, through their efforts and accomplishments, have opened doors for other women to achieve their potential.

The 17th Annual Milestones Luncheon will take place on March 15 at the SeaGate Center.

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(Posted February 09, 2012 )