President's Commission on the Status of Women

A Retrospective 2009-2010

Women's Commission Roster

Ms. Robbie Nicholson, Chair
Dr. Kathy Headley, Deputy Chair
Dr. Beth Kunkel
Dr. Veronica Parker
Dr. Michelle Martin
Ms. Michelle Chin
Ms. Jolene Hoover
Ms. Dorothy Schmalz
Dr. Jane Lindle
Ms. Parvin Lewis
Dr. Rachelle Washington
Dr. Suzanne Price
Ms. Serita Acker
Ms. Michelle Piekutowski
Dr. Rachel Mayo
Dr. Elisa K. Sparks

Outstanding Women Awards 2009 winners

Faculty: Dr. Cari Goetcheus
Staff: Wendy Howard
Distinguished Contributor: Susan Alford
Graduate Student: Carrie DuPre
Undergraduate Student: Sarah Comer

Thea McCrary Student Award for Outstanding Service

Erika Diven

Co-sponsored “Women Lead the Way: Your Guide to Stepping Up to Leadership and Changing the World”

January 14, 2010, the WC co-sponsored along with the Rutland Center for Ethics, Panhellenic Council and Strom Thurmond Institute. Linda Tarr-Whelan, noted author and former Ambassador to the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women, was guest speaker. Tarr-Whelan was persuaded back to campus by Linda Gallicchio, Associate Director for Outreach, Rutland Institute for Ethics, Diane Perpich and Laura McMasters, co-leaders of a Women’s Leadership Creative Inquiry group.

“Women’s Work: Defining Who We Are and What We Do”

The Employment, Training and Promotion subcommittee members of the WC were responsible for planning a luncheon whose topic was “Women’s Work: Defining Who We Are and What We Do.” Women speakers from four different professional fields, Robin Smith, Della Baker, Kathleen Nalley and Holley Ulbrich, offered their prospective on the topic.   

This dynamic and interactive luncheon panel discussed the roles of women and balance in the 21st century. Panel members shared their background as well as societal messages associated with their current career and life roles. Luncheon participants were also be given the opportunity to ask the panelists questions. The luncheon was attended by approximately 80 women.

Benefits Fair

Distributed mission statement and goals and gathered input from the campus community.