JEM Instructor Bonnie Hufford (see summary profile below) was named as one of YWCA Knoxville’s 2013 Tribute to Women event honorees on August 15 at a ceremony held at the Bijou Theatre in downtown Knoxville. Hufford was one of six women honored along with Lifetime Achievement Honoree Joan Cronan.
According to the YWCA newsletter, “This unique occasion gives the YWCA the opportunity to highlight the outstanding women in East Tennessee for their endless contributions to our community. These women are role models in their fields, both professionally and in a volunteer capacity.”
Congratulations to Bonnie for this well-deserved recognition!
Bonnie Hufford Summary Profile
Years in current position: 28
Activities: Member, UT Student Publications Board, 2009-present; Adviser, UT/ACS Relay for Life event, 2007-present; Adviser, ACS Colleges Against Cancer, 2006-present; ACS Stakeholder, reviewer of extramural research grant applications to determine funding, June 2012-present; ACS Hero of Hope speaker, 2012.
Affiliations and honors: Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication; East Tennessee Chapter, Society of Professional Journalists; Tennessee Press Association; honoree, Front Page Follies, East Tennessee SPJ chapter, July 2013; Volunteer of the Year, Tennessee/Mid-South division, American Cancer Society, February 2013.
How have you faced inequality and how did you deal with the issue?
One of the toughest discriminatory phrases I’ve had to face is the label “cancer victim.” We don’t use the label “victim” with heart disease or diabetes. But it is often tacked on as part of a cancer patient’s identity and contributes to the sense this individual can do less or is less. That’s one perception I try to erase with my work with the American Cancer Society – you can continue to do satisfying work, you can continue to give back to your community, you can learn from/take from your experience to enrich your life.
Fun fact: We have a faculty/student exchange program with the University of Salzburg, and I would love to take a student group there. I was a student there myself in the mid-1970s and would enjoy being able to return as a visiting faculty member.