Phenomenal Women Awards

This award recognizes women for their accomplishments and contributions to the Wichita State community and society. Individuals are encouraged to nominate women who have made a difference in their lives. To be eligible, the Phenomenal Women nominees are employees, students, faculty and/or staff of Wichita State University.


To be considered for the award the nominee must be:

  • A woman who has distinguished herself in academic work, career, leadership, public service, or any combination thereof.
  • A woman who has contributed to the personal growth and success of others, especially women, through education, research, or public or volunteer service above and beyond her expected job responsibilities.
  • A woman whose achievements create positive social change, increase equality for all, and build community through service.
» Nominations are now closed.


View the 2018 Phenomenal Women nominees here!

Phenomenal Women Recipients of 2017

Christine Schneikart-Luebbe serves as the Associate Vice President for Student Engagement and Dean of Students at Wichita State University. She has oversight for the Office of Student Involvement, Office of Diversity and Inclusion and Conduct and Community Standards. She also advises the Student Government Association. Perhaps the title she holds dearest is that of “mother” – as she has twin 13-year-old boys, Michael and Joseph. Christine is no stranger to innovation as she created the following groups; Student Ambassadors Society in 1995, the SAS State-wide Leadership Conference in 2002, and the Dean’s Scholars program in 2006. Christine, at her core is an advocate for students. She was recently nominated for an award and was quoted as saying, “I love working with college students and feel I have an opportunity every single day to make a difference in their lives. It was the reason I got into the profession and the reason I remain. Engaging with students has long been my mantra. It’s what helps me be successful working with and for them.“

Misha Nazir is currently a senior majoring in biology at Wichita State University. She aspires to pursue a Master of Public Health with an emphasis in epidemiology at KU School of Medicine.

Misha has been involved in several on-campus organizations, including Ambassadors for Diversity & Inclusion, Muslim Student Association and National Society for Leadership & Success. She also serves as Director of Public Relations for the 59th Session of Student Government Association, which she deems as her most rewarding college experience.

Risa Rehmert is the Director of Program Development at the Wichita State University Center for Combating Human Trafficking (CCHT). Risa comes to CCHT with over 30 years of experience serving youth and families in crisis. Prior to joining CCHT, Risa was at the Wichita Children’s Home for 23 years where she was the Coordinator of the Street Outreach, OZ Drop In Center, Crossroads and Safe Place programs. Risa serves on the National Training and Technical Assistance Center for Homeless and Runaway Youth (RHYTTAC) Advisory Board. She is identified as a Subject Matter Expert for RHYTTAC and has provided trainings at the national, state and local level. Risa graduated from Friends University with a Bachelors in Human Services.

Dr. Johnnie Thompson has been an educator for more the 40 years. She served as a classroom teacher and administrator in the Kansas City, Missouri School District for 20 years. Dr. Thompson was invited to join the faculty at Wichita State University in August of 1992 as an Assistant Professor. Since that time she has gained tenure and promotion, served on numerous committees at the department, college, and university and community levels. Over the years, she has been the recipient of several community and professional awards.

View past Phenomenal Women recipients here.