At its annual Giving Circle awards program luncheon on Tuesday, April 27, the Women of Excellence announced the winning projects that are receiving $58,115 this year. The nine winning projects for 2010 are:

Nexus Community Garden

A project to bring the communities of Norwood and Evanston together with Xavier in developing an urban, sustainable community garden.

One in Four Day

A program created by Students Against Sexual Assault that brings attention to the incidence of sexual violence on college campuses including at Xavier.

Tuition Runs Out Day

A project of the Student Alumni Association to raise awareness among students about the importance of giving back to the University community to support future generations of Xavier students.

Women of Xavier Chemistry

A project of the Department of Chemistry to raise awareness of the opportunities for women who enter the science fields by sponsoring seminars on campus by successful women science graduates of Xavier.

Creating Relationships of Justice and Care

A project begun by Associate Professor of Theology Jennifer Beste in 2009 that includes requiring freshmen to attend an event exploring the issues of sexual relationships and the "hook-up" culture.

Career Road Trips to the Real World

A project of the Career Services Center offering students a two-day program of on-site visits where they can see how their majors are used in different industries.

Retention and Success of Female African American Students

A research project to determine why a disproportionate number of African American women leave Xavier before graduation and what can be done to remove barriers to their academic success.

Summer Service Internship Program

A project of the Peace & Justice Programs that places 20 Xavier students into paid summer internships to provide service to local disenfranchised populations, discover leadership possibilities and earn income.

Xavier Mentoring Program

A project of the Career Services Center that offers mentors to Xavier students and which needs financial support for campus-wide marketing to be successful.