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Stanford Report, February 23, 2000

Woodward captures Native American mentor award

Denni Woodward, an 18-year Stanford employee, was named the winner of the second annual Anne Ninham Medicine Mentorship Award for her contributions to the university's Native American community.

Woodward, the assistant director of the American Indian, Alaska Native and Native Hawaiian Program/Native American Cultural Center, was described in nomination materials as the "glue" that keeps the community together. The award, named for a former director of Native American graduate student recruitment and retention, carries a cash prize of $200 and a plaque.

"It is very much a surprise -- and a big honor," said Woodward. "It is a wonderful thing to be recognized by your own community as a strong role model for present and future generations of Native American students at Stanford."

Jamie Willmes, chairwoman of the American Indian Staff Forum, sponsor of the award, said of Woodward: "She is the community resource for all things Indian. Many, many hard-working hours of the Powwow, thousands of tiny little stockings at Christmas, millions of peanut butter and jelly sandwiches for the students and whomever stops by the center hungry . . . guest curator for the Native American room at the Cantor Arts Center . . . I could go on for days!"

The announcement of the winner was made at the Feb. 16 Student Mentor Dinner. SR