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IU Women's Philanthropy Council Honors IU Northwest Students

Flo Bringas, Deberie Hubbert, Deanna Proimos and Dorthea Robbins recognized

Tuesday Apr 01, 2014


On Tuesday, April 1, 2014, four Indiana University Northwest students were honored with the Women Helping Women: Honoring Student Volunteer Leadership award by the Women’s Philanthropy Council (WPC) at Indiana University.

Students Flo Bringas, Deberie Hubbert, Deanna Proimos and Dorthea Robbins received the awards from IU First Lady Laurie Burns McRobbie, founding co-chair, Women’s Philanthropy Council, and Jeri Pat Gabbert, IU Northwest Vice Chancellor for University Advancement and External Affairs.

Flo Bringas, who has completed her general studies and will be starting the Accelerated Nursing program this May, volunteers with the Army’s 909th Forward Surgical Team. She is not a member of the military but serves as a Family Readiness Group coordinator assisting military families prior to, during and after deployment.

Over the last few years, Bringas has volunteered countless hours throughout all of Indiana as an escort for military families with the Indiana Patriot Guard. She has also contributed to nearly 100 welcome-home celebrations for active duty soldiers.

Deberie Hubbert, a senior political science major, founded and volunteers at the College Starting Block, an organization that helps equip students with the resources necessary to complete their degree.

Attending college after working in the steel mills for years, Hubbert’s eyes were opened to the many challenges students face, particularly first-generation college students, in successfully navigating their way to a degree. Her philanthropic and entrepreneurial spirit led her to found the organization.

Deanna Proimos, a master’s student in public affairs, serves on the board of directors at Chasing Dreams. Just over a year ago, Chasing Dreams, an organization that helps children with Down syndrome and their families, opened their doors.

Since essentially the beginning, Proimos has been a permanent fixture, assisting the non-profit with everything from planning events, to serving on their board, and spending quality time with the children they serve, and their families.

Dorthea Robbins, a master’s student in social work, runs the Value Art; Live Substance Free program at South Shore Arts. Through a multi-organization partnership, Robbins completed an internship that led her to become aware of the Value Art; Live Substance Free program.

Currently, as a volunteer of the program, she teaches sixth-graders about the importance of saying no to drugs and alcohol, dealing with bullies, and having positive self-esteem.

Each of the honorees received a certificate and a monetary donation to her volunteer organization at a luncheon in their honor.

“Entering our third year of recognizing and celebrating women’s volunteerism at IU, the Women’s Philanthropy Council is proud to honor these four extraordinary women," McRobbie said. "They have devoted countless hours to improving Northwest Indiana communities, and their service exemplifies the rich tradition of civic engagement in America. They are philanthropic role models for all of us."

“The four campus citizens we honored represent very well the impact that IU Northwest students have in our region,” said IU Northwest Chancellor William J. Lowe. “As one of Northwest Indiana’s anchors, our campus has a public obligation to be a community resource. Our campus’s collaborative engagement with Northwest Indiana communities supports sustainable progress, addressing greater opportunities for diversity, equity, and inclusion among our students and workforce, and providing a valuable context for the complete student experience.”

The Women Helping Women awards program began in 2012 honoring three students from IU Kokomo for their volunteer service.

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