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Psychologist at URI Counseling Center named APAW ‘Woman of the Year’

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KINGSTON, R.I. -- April 6, 2005 -- Eulalia Grace Frenzel of North Kingstown, a psychologist in the University of Rhode Island’s Counseling Center since 1980, and known simply as Grace to all of her family, friends and colleagues, has been named the 2005 Woman of the Year by the Association of Professional and Academic Women. The association works to ensure that professional and academic women at URI are accorded equal recognition and advancement.

A reception and award ceremony will be held in Frenzel’s honor on Friday, May 20 at the University Club on Upper College Road from 3 to 5 p.m. Tickets are $25, payable to APAW and should be sent to Lenore Martin, Department of Cell and Molecular Biology, Room 117 Morrill Hall, Kingston, R.I. 02881 by April 25. Cost will be $30 at the door.

Frenzel’s clinical interests include individual and group therapy, consultation and program development aimed at preventive and outreach intervention. Her professional interests include the prevention of eating disorders and helping organizations function more effectively.

Frenzel is a co-founder and a co-coordinator of the Women in Science Lunch series, which began in 1983 and continues to this day. She is co-chair of the President’s Commission on the Status of Women and a member of the Committee on Equity for Women.

She organized the Eating Disorders Treatment Team, an interdepartmental consultation group and has co-coordinated “Celebration of Natural Body Types,” an annual interdepartmental program on healthy body image for the past seven years.

Her colleagues praise her work and commitment, noting that so much of her work happens behind the scenes because it is confidential.

“I think Grace is overdue for this recognition,” wrote Lynne Derbyshire, chair of URI’s Department of Communication Studies, in her nomination letter.

Betty Young, professor, School of Education, said Frenzel’s “quiet spoken manner belies a resolve of steel in helping the institution face the difficult issues of gender equity on campus.”

“Many, many times Grace has helped identify and clarify assumptions and practices that work to silence women or render them powerless, often unintentionally, but effectively nonetheless. We have all learned a great deal from Grace about how to deal with those situations,” said Bette LaSere Erickson, Instructional Development Program at URI.