Past Events 2012-2013
"I Don't Know How I Do It All Either"
Are you finding it more challenging than ever to juggle the demands of your job and the rest of your life?
Do you have too much to do, too many priorities, too much stress and too little time? If so, then the Women's Commission's first program of the year is for you! I Don't Know How I Do It All Either!
Allison Miller, Ph.D., Associated Professor, SLU Department of Biology; Leanna Fenneberg, Ph.D., Assistant Vice President of Student Development; and Amanda Waltos, Pre-Med Scholar student in the Doisy College of Health Sciences will share their insights and experiences "balancing it all" in a lively discussion for faculty, staff and students. As a special bonus all those in attendance will receive 35 Vitality Points.
Breaking Open the Time Capsule: A Historical Perspective of the Women at SLU
It's been 105 years (1908) since the first women invaded the male domain of the institute of law. More than once, "Time Capsules" have been buried around the University campus, filled with time-dated items, messages from students, documents and souvenirs of the event marked by the burial.
Don't miss this amazing event!
First, Mary Bruemmer, who has been with the University for more than 60 years, will review the history of the roles women have played since they crossed into "unknown territory" at the beginning of the 20th century (coinciding with the move of the University to Grand and Lindell ) to 1904, when the first women were admitted to study law.
Then, talk with a real live survivor: Tonie Fitzgibbon, a female faculty member in the School of Law, who will review her acceptance by male faculty and students, and the accommodations she made to "fit in" (and other things she wants to share). Fitzgibbon has been a professor at the law school since 1987 and graduated from the School of Law in 1984.
Finally, take a peek into the future with the SLU Women of Tomorrow with Sister Mary Flick, CSJ. The time capsule turns into a Crystal Ball to reveal our dream for tomorrow. Flick is the former associate director of Campus Ministry.
Women's Commission Holiday Party
The annual Holiday Craft Program, which provides an opportunity to create a seasonal craft, has become a popular regular event on the annual calendar of the Women's Commission.
It is welcomed back this year on Wednesday, Nov. 20, in Boileau Hall. Also returning is Vicki Riek Wroblewski, who will again provide the direction and supplies for the creation of a holiday craft, "to awaken the creative spark which is there in all of us."
The program was Wroblewski's innovation when she was a member of the Board of the Women's Commission during her time as director of the Office of Diversity and Affirmative Action. Wroblewski served as president of the Commission in 1999-2000 and is now assistant director of Human Resources at St. Luke's Hospital.
Those who attend the program are invited to bring an item from the St. Louis Crisis Nursery's wish list.
40th Anniversary Dinner Celebration - Friday, March 22, 2013
The Women's Commission invites the community to a special evening commemorating 40 years of Education, Enrichment, and Empowerment
Dr. Blanche Touhill - Education
Kathy Hummel - Enrichment
Dr. Ellen Harshman - Empowerment
To emphasize its objectives of "Education, Enrichment and Empowerment," the Commission will honor three of its alumnae for their lifetime achievements: Education, Blanche Touhill, Ph.D., chancellor emeritus of the University of Missouri-St. Louis, who has three degrees from SLU; Enrichment, Kathleen Hummel, founder of Our Little Haven, who holds a master's degree in social work; and Empowerment, Ellen Harshman, Ph.D., interim academic vice president at SLU, a former Woman of the Year and a Commission Past President, who received both her doctorate and law degree from SLU.
A special program introducing the awardees will be provided by Gitana, a performance group that is the creation of Cecilia Nadal, a 1972 graduate of the College of Arts and Science. Nadal is the executive director of Gitana, which brings art and music to the city, along with dramatic performances in support of justice, peace and interpersonal relations, which is her personal passion.
Among those planning to attend are the Commission's first president, Martha Ellert, Ph.D, who served from 1973 to 1975 and is retired from Southern Illinois University; and the 1988 Woman of the Year, Kathy Kingston, who was responsible for the planning and construction of Simon Recreation Center. She currently is an award-winning professional auctioneer in New Hampshire.