Women typically take care of everyone else in their lives first and themselves last. This workshop focused on helping the women of SLU learn how to take action for better health.
Michelle Lee, M.D., Joanne Knight Breast Health Center and instructor of radiology in the Division of Diagnostic Radiology and Section of Breast Imagin; Mary Brigid Holloran Schwartz, M.D., director for Saint Louis University's Obstetrics, Gynecology and Women's Health Center of Minimally Invasive Gynecologic Surgery, (MIGS); Marcella Petzchen, NP (Preventative Medicine); and Suzanne Mahon, RN, DNSc, /AOCN, APNG (Genetic Counseling) lead an informative panel discussion.
Julia Wolter, associate professor in the Doisy College of Health Sciences, also hosted an informational table on family health history and the portrait, and personal health records.
Women's Commission 80s Trivia Night
Continuing the tradition established last year at the 40th Anniversary Celebration, the Women's Commission hosted their second annual trivia night. The night included trivia games, a silent auction, door prizes, 50/50s, and a prize for the 1st place tables. The theme for the evening was the 80s, and there were prizes for best dressed and best table decorations.
Book Club Eileen Dreyer
You are in for a real treat! How a self-reflecting trauma nurse went to the dark side and became an author! Award-winning, bestselling author Eileen Dreyer is actually evil twins. Known as Kathleen Korbel to her Silhouette readers, she has published twenty-three books for Silhouette since 1986 and, under her own name (Eileen Dreyer), eight suspense novels and ten short stories. She came to publishing from the world of trauma nursing, which taught her some very important lessons, the most important being "don't sweat the small stuff," or, as her family puts it, "come see me when you get hit by a bus."
Dreyer won her first publishing award in 1987, being named the best new Contemporary Romance Author by Romantic Times. Since then she has garnered not only a prestigious Anthony Award nomination for mystery, but five Rita Awards from the Romance Writers of America, which garnered her a place as only the fourth member in the RWA Hall of Fame.
Dreyer is a voracious reader — of everything — who started writing at ten, when she ran out of Nancy Drews. She writes in two genres, because she believes in the message of both: hope and justice (well, and because she hasn't finished that big fantasy yet). You can figure out which is which.
A frequent speaker at writer's conferences and universities all across the country, Dreyer is a member not only of Romance Writers of America, but Novelists, Inc., Mystery Writers of America, Sisters in Crime, and, just in case things go wrong, Emergency Nurses Association. She has also assumed the mantle of unofficial mascot for the International Association of Forensic Nurses, a new forensic subspecialty that, amazingly enough, has begun to show up in her work.
A lifelong resident of St. Louis, Missouri, and an addicted traveler, she has sung in some of the best Irish pubs in the world, and enjoys the kind of hands-on book research that lets her salve an insatiable curiosity. She counts film producers, police detectives and Olympic athletes as some of her sources and friends.
Dreyer is a graduate of SLU's Medico-Legal Death Investigation and Master's Course Death Investigation.
Women's Basketball Game
Join the Women's Commission executive board at a Women's Basketball game. Free tickets are available for the SLU community. Meet the board beforehand at Field House Pub & Grill at 5:30 p.m. or pick up your ticket at Gate B.
SLU Women in International Service
This program will highlight some amazing Saint Louis University women with who are involved in International Service. Come hear about their inspiring work in the new Center for Global Citizenship and be inspired.
Panel members will include:
Sarah L. Patrick, Ph.D., MPH, Associate Professor in the Department of Epidemiology. Patrick is a leader in epidemiology and public health practice. She was trained at the World Health Organization Collaborating Center for Diabetes Registries, Research, and Training at the University of Pittsburgh. For over twenty years, she has toggled service as a public health practitioner and as an academician and researcher. In practice, she served as an Epidemic Intelligence Service (EIS) Officer for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention assigned to the Kansas Department of Health and Environment, State Epidemiologist in South Dakota and later in Missouri, and a contract epidemiologist for the Aberdeen Area Indian Health Services and the Training Programs in Epidemiology and Public Health Interventions Network (TEPHINET), working with the field epidemiology training programs in the Middle East and Northern Africa.
Sharon Frey, M.D., clinical director of Saint Louis University's Center for Vaccine Development and professor of infectious diseases, allergy and immunology , is an educator who shapes the next generation of physicians and mentors junior medical school faculty at SLU. Frey is a physician-scientist, teacher and advocate for social justice. She participates in medical mission trips to the most dangerous parts of the world. For more than 15 years, she has brought medical aid to those in need in war-torn countries that include Zaire, Bosnia, Kosovo, Sudan and Afghanistan.
Amy Brinkley, who first went to Ghana, West Africa, in 2010 as part of a teaching internship, where she taught English in a government school. She has spent the last two years working with a non-governmental organization in Ghana that rescues and rehabilitates children who have been trafficked into child slavery in Ghana's fishing industry. She served as the U.S. Trustee of the organization, responsible for communicating with international donors and partners and working with the team in Ghana to see that their communication and fundraising strategies were being maximized. In 2012, Brinkley moved to a small fishing village in Ghana and has acquired residence in a community that is a source area for child trafficking. In the future, she hopes to continue living in the village and working with children and families through a local orphanage where she volunteers. Her professional goals are to continue working alongside non-governmental and faith-based organizations through capacity building, program assessments, and administrative consultancy. Further, Brinkley would like to work in higher education in Ghana in a teaching and research capacity. Her teaching and research interests focus on promoting socioeconomic diversity in higher education and working with teacher training institutions to include curriculum that reflects the needs of society. Brinkley is pursuing her Ph.D. in Higher Education Administration in the School of Education and Public Service.
Shannon Potter, M.D., is an OBGYN resident who worked with some of the doctors in Ethiopia at the Addis Ababa Fistula Hospital helping women injured in childbirth find hope and healing. She graduated from LeTourneau University and obtained her medical degree at the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio. She has spent time in both Kenya and Ethiopia. "When I saw what it was like firsthand, I decided I would have to forget about it, or do something about it," Potter said. "I hope to convince you to find what will move you to change the world in your way."
"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
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.