March 02, 2011

Tickets on sale for Celebrate Women luncheon

CARBONDALE, Ill. -- Tickets are on sale for the Celebrate Women luncheon later this month at Southern Illinois University Carbondale.

The luncheon is part of the 15th annual “Celebrating Scholarship By and About Women,” set for Thursday, March 10, in the Student Center. The soup and salad luncheon is part of the celebration and serves as a scholarship fundraiser. The luncheon is from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Ballroom B, and precedes an afternoon of faculty panel presentations and scholarship ceremonies.

The deadline to reserve tickets is noon, Friday, March 4. Tickets are $25, and are available by contacting the University Women’s Professional Advancement (UWPA) office by email at, by phone at 618/453-1366, or contacting Martha Ellert at Tickets may be paid for at the door. A portion of the proceeds goes toward Women’s Studies scholarships.

Kathy Jones, a senior associate director of athletics at SIUC, will provide an update on the status of women’s athletics. Professor Jeanine Wagner, director of the School of Music, and Margaret Simmons, a professor emerita also in the School of Music, will provide selections that celebrate women in music. Anna Jackson, a lecturer in the Department of English, will celebrate women of courage with a reading of Sojourner Truth’s “Ain’t I A Women?” Linda McCabe Smith, associate chancellor for diversity, will provide opening remarks. Janet M. Fuller, director of SIUC’s Women’s Studies Program, will emcee the luncheon.

Recipients of the 2010 Research, Scholarly and Creative Activity Award will discuss their work from 1:30 to 3 p.m. in Ballroom A. Gretchen Dabbs, an assistant professor in anthropology; Carol Daffner, an assistant professor in foreign languages and literatures; Bobbi Knapp, an assistant professor in kinesiology; and Sally Gradle, an assistant professor in the School of Art and Design, will make presentations.

An award ceremony recognizing Women’s Studies and American Association of University Women (AAUW) scholarship winners and University Women of Distinction recipients begins at 3 p.m. A reception in the John W. Corker Lounge follows.

The Women’s Studies Program, UWPA, and SIUC chapter of AAUW sponsor the event. Since spring 1989, 90 women from the University’s faculty, administrative/professional and civil service communities are previous University Women of Distinction recipients. An additional 33 undergraduate, master’s degree, law, and doctoral degree students have been honored

For more information about the event, contact UWPA by email at