Campus: Sonoma State University -- April 14, 2000

Kelly DahlstromSSU Names Woman Student Leader of the Year

Kelly Dahlstrom, a senior in the Hutchins School of Liberal Studies, has been named Sonoma State University's 2000 Woman Leader of the Year. The annual award, presented during National Women's History Month, recognizes female students with a record of outstanding campus service and leadership.

Dahlstrom has served Sonoma State University in numerous capacities. She was elected president of the Class of 2000 during her first semester at Sonoma State. Since then, she has worked for Residential Life, Summer Orientation, Freshman Seminar, Project Censored and Pre-College programs. Dahlstrom also volunteered with the campus peer education program, tutored for the Associated Students' community service program, and has been a Student Ambassador since 1997. Dahlstrom has been on the Dean's List six of the past seven semesters and she was awarded the Jacqueline Strain Scholarship two years in a row. Off-campus, Dahlstrom volunteers with the YWCA in Santa Rosa aiding domestic violence victims.

"My classes gave me the knowledge and insight to understand the problems of our society, but it was my extracurricular activities that gave me the confidence to believe that I could - and should - do something about the issues that concern me," said Dahlstrom.

After graduation, Dahlstrom plans to go to law school and become a public interest attorney. She has already been accepted to UC Davis and Hastings Law School. Dahlstrom has also been accepted to the Peace Corps to teach English in Eastern Europe.

For more information, call Kris Montgomery at (707) 664-2845.

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