SIOUX CITY, Iowa — A Briar Cliff University student, Marissa Messinger, and BCU's vice president for university relations, Tina Stroud, were each honored on March 28 during the 33rd annual Women of Excellence recognition banquet at the Sioux City Convention Center.
Both women were selected from a pool of nominees and awarded in one of seven different categories.
Messinger was honored in the “Women of Promise” category, which honors women up to age 21. The junior social work major from West Des Moines, Iowa, works in Briar Cliff’s Office of Academic Achievement, where she reaches out to help students for academic peer mentoring.
A Princess of America Ambassador who completed 400 hours of community service in the 16 months prior to being awarded the title, Messinger uses her platform to inspire other, younger girls to achieve their goals and raise awareness in support of rape victims.
Stroud was honored in the “Women Taking Risks” category. She was lauded for changing the lives of the six children she and her husband, John, adopted, and touching the lives of countless foster children.
Motivated by a mission to make sure every child has a chance to be a kid, she has traveled around the world and has gone up against a foster care system burdened by inadequate resources for the emotional well-being of children.
The banquet is an annual fundraiser for Women Aware, which helps displaced homemakers, men, women and children in Siouxland.