'High Tea at the Museum' Honors Five SLU Women Leaders
Saint Louis University honored five women leaders Tuesday, Oct. 4, at its second annual
High Tea at the Museum, an event that benefits the Women’s Leadership Society of the
United Way of Greater St. Louis and acknowledges outstanding female leadership at
SLU senior Taylor Jackson; Alyce Lanxon, the executive director of the Practice Management
Operations at SLUCare; law professor Susan McGraugh, J.D.; School of Nursing Dean
Teri Murray, Ph.D., and Interim Dean of the School of Education, Ann Rule, Ph.D.,
received the honor. They represented students, faculty, staff and administrators from
across the campus. Each was honored for her commitment to encouraging other women
in their professional aspirations.
The University chose Jackson, for her work with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Eastern
Missouri and the Center for Women in Transition. Jackson is majoring in Sociology
and Women’s and Gender Studies, with minors in Political Science and Urban Poverty
From the Medical Center, the University honored Alyce Lanxon, the executive director
of the Practice Management Operations at SLUCare, for her efforts with the Parent
Teacher Organization for Exceptional Children and her coaching of softball and volleyball
for girls with development disabilities.
Terri Murray, dean of the SLU School of Nursing, received the honor for her work on
the National Advisory Council for Nurse Education and Practice, which advising U.S.
Department of Health and Human Services and Congress on nursing workforce policy issues.
Locally, Murray is involved in the Nurses for Newborns home visitation program.
From the School of Law, Susan McGraugh, clinical professor of law, was acknowledged
for her work directing the a pro-bono criminal defense legal clinic, which serves
people with mental illness and intellectual disabilities involved with the criminal
justice system. The award is also in acknowledgment of the partnerships McGraugh has
formed with Places for People, the St. Patrick Center, St. Martha’s Hall, Legal Advocated
for Abused Women, and other national and international legal programs.
In her final year as interim dean of the School of Education, Ann Rule received recognition
her role organizations that promote and impact women’s education, including the Professional
Development School Collaborative, Greenhouse Venture, Belize 2020, Billiken Teacher
Corps, Cyprus Graduate Programs, and President’s Research Fund at Marian Middle School
in St. Louis.
About the Women’s Leadership Society of the United Way:
Founded in 1996, the Women’s Leadership Society has more than 3,600 members who collectively
contribute in excess of $7 million to passionately and intentionally affect positive
change in the St. Louis community.