|This University News clipping announces the establishment of the Women's Commission in 1971.|
The Saint Louis University Women's Commission will celebrate its 40th anniversary with a gala dinner beginning at 5:30 p.m. Friday, March 22, in the Saint Louis Room of Busch Student Center. After 40 years of providing education, enrichment and empowerment, the Commission has invited past presidents, Women of the Year, Commission board members and the University community to join the celebration.
The evening will begin with a cocktail reception at 5:30 p.m., with dinner at 6 p.m. Dinner will feature a choice of grilled salmon with tarragon béarnaise, or baked tilapia with lemon garlic butter; a vegetarian option is also available. Dinner choice should be indicated on the reservations form.
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. The Gitana program will begin at 7:15 p.m.
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.
Tickets for the event are available for $40. Checks can be made payable to Saint Louis University. Payment and registration forms should be delivered to the Women's Commission in room 359 in DuBourg Hall. Tickets can also be purchased on SLU Marketplace. Registration must be received no later than Tuesday, March 19.
For more information, visit the Women's Commission website or call the Office of the Women's Commission at 314-977-2212.