Women’s History Month at UIndy
Many remarkable women have contributed to the rich history of the University. Here are four outstanding examples from the archives to kick off Women’s History Month:
Virginia Sims, Director of Nursing Education
- Born in Charlotte, North Carolina in 1916, she graduated from Arsenal Technical High School in 1934 and attended Indiana Central College from 1935-1936.
- Joined the Indiana Central College faculty in 1959 and served as director of nursing for 14 years.
- Developed the first successful, nationally accredited associate degree nursing program in Indiana (and the fourth in the nation).
- Became the first registered nurse in Indiana to become a member and chairperson of the National League for Nursing Board of Review, Department of Associate Degree Programs, in 1965.
- Named Indiana Nurse of the Year, 1973
Virginia Cravens (1884-1971), Dean of Women and Professor of English
- Born in Hardinsburg, Ind., she joined Indiana Central College in 1927.
- Taught classes in children’s literature and in Romantic and Victorian-era poetry.
- Served as dean of women for 22 years, retiring in 1949 from both positions but remained part of the English faculty in the succeeding years.
- Krannert Hall, built in 1961, was renamed Cravens Hall in 1986 to honor the memory of Virginia Cravens.
Sibyl Weaver ’16 (1895-1981), Professor and English Department Head
- Born in Bedford, Ind., and graduated from Indiana Central College with an English degree & as president of her class.
- In 1918, she received a master’s degree in English from Indiana University and began teaching at her alma mater.
- Taught at Indiana Central from 1918 until 1959, when she retired but remained part of the faculty as professor emeritus.
Anna Dale Kek ’28 (1907-2010), Registrar, Professor of Languages, and Department Chairperson of Languages
- Graduated summa cum laude from Indiana Central College, with majors in Latin, English and Speech.
- 1930 was an eventful year: she became registrar, began teaching in the department of Classical and Modern Languages and married Evan Kek ’30, who soon became treasurer at Indiana Central.
- Dr. Kek played a key role in preparing for full accreditation (granted in 1947). Reflector articles and alumni remembrances indicate she directed multiple campus plays during her time at Indiana Central.