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July 21, 2017

Associate Director of Admissions at La Roche Named AAUW Outstanding Woman of 2017

PITTSBURGH, July 21, 2017 – The North Hills Pittsburgh branch of the American Association of University Women (AAUW) has awarded Peggy Schmiedecke, La Roche College’s associate director of admissions, the 2016-17 Outstanding Woman Award.

Each year AAUW Pennsylvania selects a branch member as an Outstanding Woman in recognition of her service to the branch and to the community. Upon recommendation of the North Hills branch, AAUW recognized Ms. Schmiedecke for her demonstrated commitment to the ideas and goals of AAUW.

Ms. Schmiedecke said, “I support AAUW efforts to empower all women and girls to reach their highest potential. This is something we need to continuously promote, advocate and stay focused on.”

The branch selected Ms. Schmiedecke because of her role as curriculum co-chair and marketing chair of Tech Savvy, an event AAUW hosted in 2016 that introduced students to the fields of science, technology, engineering and math through hands-on experiences and informative workshops.

Ms. Schmiedecke is in her fifth year as branch public policy chair and in her third year as the college/university representative at La Roche. Previously she was the AAUW-PA public policy co-chair for two years and assisted students in jumpstarting an AAUW student organization at La Roche. She has served as the organization’s co-staff advisor since its creation in 2015.

Ms. Schmiedecke joined La Roche’s staff in 2007. She graduated with a Bachelor of Science in management from Robert Morris University and received her master’s degree in human resources management from La Roche in 2012.


About La Roche College: A private liberal arts college in the North Hills of Pittsburgh, La Roche College offers more than 50 undergraduate majors, six graduate degree programs and one doctoral program, with particular strengths in education, business, criminal justice, psychology, and health and medical sciences as well as interior design and graphic design. This residential college provides a vibrant campus community for more than 1,500 men and women enjoying 30-plus student organizations and an exciting NCAA Div. III athletics program. Founded by the Sisters of Divine Providence in 1963, La Roche College embraces its Catholic heritage while welcoming people of all faiths and backgrounds. With a legacy of social justice and a commitment to international exchange, La Roche College educates students to be lifelong learners and achievers in an increasingly diverse and global society.