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Find out at the second annual
Mock Rape Trial
on April 23, 1991
in the Vaughn Literature Auditorium
at 7 p.m.
A female student gets drunk at a dorm room party and leaves with her ex-boyfriend. She says he raped her in her room after she passed out. Two local attorneys, a judge, and a jury of peers will determine what really happened that night.
sponsored by Feminist Outreach
|1991||Margaret L. Bryan is inducted into the Bucknell Athletic Hall of Fame. "A member of the Bucknell faculty for 36 years, Bryan was the first director of women's intercollegiate athletics at the University."|
1995 Hall of Fame Induction Program
|1991||A film crew from WVIA-TV (PBS) in Pittston visits campus March 2 and 3 to tape a documentary on rape and how high school and college students can prevent it. Bucknell students are cast in roles for the production which airs on all Pennsylvania PBS stations in the fall. Chris O'Sullivan, Assistant Professor of Psychology, is interviewed about her research, and Janice Butler, Director of the Women's Resource Center assists with arrangements for the taping. The final version includes a dramatization of a party, interviews and a group discussion with Bucknell students, and scenes from the Take Back the Night March.|
|1991||A group of students forms the Committee on Women's Leadership, and operating from the principle of consensus, organizes the first conference on leadership issues. Participants from a number of area colleges attend "New Visions for Women's Leadership", April 5 and 6, taking part in workshops, discussions, a simulation game, banquet and entertainment. Keynote speeches are given by Sally Helgesen, journalist and author of The Female Advantage: Women's Ways of Leadership, and Betty Williams, winner of the 1977 Nobel Peace Prize for her work with the "Community of Peace People," an internationally acclaimed group which she co-founded in Northern Ireland.|
Samar Dajani Brown came to Bucknell in 1991 as a graduate student in mathematics. Before coming to the United States, Samar lived in the West Bank. While living in Palestine, she was in constant danger, and was not able to go on the streets, or walk at night. When she arrived at Bucknell, the school was well lit and people were laughing. At that moment, she realized how much she had been deprived of in her lifetime.
WRC Interview 5/96
Ruth Burnham serves as a role model to the students with whom she works at Bucknell University as she herself accepts the volunteer position of chairperson of the Union County Chapter of the American Red Cross. She will serve a three-year term supervising the activities of the chapter, including convening the board of directors at the quarterly meetings and working with Executive Director Roberta Ames to recruit volunteers for various leadership positions. Burnham's position gives her some discretion in fiscal matters, including check signing and decision making. She also represents the Union County Chapter at regional and national Red Cross meetings and functions. Part of her job is to provide a liaison with other community service groups. She assists with the fundraising for the chapter, including the annual membership drive, direct mail campaigning within the county, and the United Way. Burnham has served on the board of directors of the Union County Chapter since 1982. In this way, Burnham models the importance of volunteering in one's community to the students at Bucknell with whom she works. Burnham feels that "community service is a long-standing tradition for Bucknell students." She estimates that 75 to 80 percent of Bucknell students are involved in community service to some degree and at least 60 to 65 percent participate on a regular basis. "It isn't just students who are doing the volunteering," said Burnham. Many faculty and staff members are involved as well in the community, serving on boards of public and private institutions or volunteering as firefighters, scout leaders, and coaches. Bucknell is the county's largest single donation site for the Red Cross Bloodmobile, collecting about 520 pints a year from students, staff and faculty. "We have an enormous impact on the community," she said. "I think we have a wonderful track record for community service on campus."Lewisburg Daily Journal, 9/3/91
Bucknell News Release, 5/2/95
Betty Smyth Williams, B recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize, speaks at the New Visions for Women Leadership Conference held at Bucknell April 5 and 6. Together with other women in Northern Ireland, Mrs. Williams organized a march for peace to protest the killing of innocent people. Her grass roots activism calling for an end to violence also earned her the International League of Human Rights Medal of Courage.
Mrs. Williams talk, "Women Making A Difference" is held in the Weis Cent for Performing Arts on campus as part of a two-day conference organized by the Committee on Women's Leadership. Shown here with Mrs. Williams are Mare Rasmussen, '94 (left) and Vanessa Mayo, '92 (right), COWL members.
COWL Archives, 1991
|1991||Barbara Smith presents|
In The Life:
The Courage of Gay Men and Lesbians of Color
7:30 pm, Wednesday, April 10, Langone Center Forum
A writer, teacher, publisher, and political activist, Barbara Smith was a founding member of the Black feminist and Lesbian Combahee River Collective and co-founder of Kitchen Table: Women of Color Press. In her talk, she demonstrates that those who are oppressed on multiple levels are seen, through their speaking out, writing, dissenting politically, or merely existing, as being rebellious. Racism, sexism, homophobia, and class oppression have silenced far too many people. Come hear one who has had the courage to speak out.
1991, WRC Archives
Program is co-sponsored by The Women's Resource Center, The Race and Gender Resource Center, The Multiculture Center, The University Lectureship Committee, and FLAG.
For more information, contact the Women's Resource Center at 524-1375.
George Hannah '93
|The Women's Resource Center schedules a panel discussion about men's perspectives on the women's movement. Invited participants include Senior Peter Hovmand, a member of F.L.A.G., S.T.O.P., Feminist Outreach, and the Umbrella Group; Sophomore George Hannah, a sophomore member of NAACP, the African American Cultural Society, and a theater major; a member of KDR fraternity; Professor of Sociology and Social Justice College Fellow John Kendrick; Harold Scott Professor of Management Paul Shrivastava; and Catholic Campus Minister Angelo Maraldo. |
Why are the letters KKK spraypainted on a university seal in Ohio?
Why is it that every six minutes a woman will be raped in the United States?
Why does our society allow these things to take place, and what, if anything, can be done?
Marcia Ann Gillespie
7:30 pm, THURSDAY, APRIL 16, 1992
Langone Center Forum, Bucknell University, Lewisburg
Former Editor in Chief of Essence, contributing editor of the new Ms. magazine, and current project coordinator for a United Nations book on the global impact of the AIDS epidemic, Marcia Ann Gillespie is a dynamic from the podium as she is with a pen. Come here this African American woman, award-winning writer , editor, and activist address issues of Racism and Sexism. Ms. Gillespie has received much acclaim for her fight against hate and discrimination. She believes that we all have a responsibility to combat violence and must work together if violence is to be eradicated.
"The decade of the 1940s had an enormous impact on my life. The attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941 ended my carefree student days in Rangoon, Burma. Within a few weeks I experienced the trauma of a Japenese bombing and occupation and the insecurity of being uprooted and evacuated to near the China border. We had to cope with deaths in the family (father and young sister), major illnesses and loss of family property. As a young teenager, I needed to help a young widowed mother care for her eight children. I learned the family, friendships and good values were more important than material things."
"Despite these setbacks, I managed to complete my college education after the war at Rangoon University, where I was exposed to a variety of perspectives by professors from Great Britain, India and the United States as well as Burma. My mind was stretched and my horizons enlarged."
Irene Khin Khin Myint Jensen experienced the "terminology" of history in her life and pursued these experiences in her studies. After graduating from Rangoon University with a B.A. in history, she was offered a scholarship from Bucknell to complete her M.A. in history. She was the first post-World War II Burmese student to study at Bucknell. Irene Khin Khin Myint Jensen continued her study of history at Wisconsin University, where she obtained her Ph.D.
Bucknell World March 1993
|1993||Nina Totenberg, award-winning legal affairs correspondent for National Public Radio, delivers the Hawkins Lecture to a full house in Vaughan Literature Auditorium September 21. Credited with breaking the news that President Reagan's Supreme Court nominee Douglas Ginsburg had smoked marijuana, Totenberg also uncovered Professor Anita Hill's allegations of sexual harassment by Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas in 1991. Totenberg's talk is entitled "Covering the Courts: Cases, Confirmations, and Convictions." |
|1993||Lani Guinier, professor at the University of Pennsylvania Law School, gives the keynote speech at the third annual Committee on Women's Leadership Conference at Bucknell November 13. "What I Would Have Said" is the title of her talk. Ms. Guinier's nomination for Assistant Attorney General in charge of the civil rights division of the Justice Department was withdrawn by President Clinton in June following media controversy about her theoretical writings on voting rights and the electoral process. |
After completion of her Masters degree and a period of self-employment, Cate Scaffidi returns to Bucknell in the spring of 1993 to take the job as advisor to lesbian, gay, and bisexual students. It is a five hour a week position and the office is in Vedder Hall in what's described as a "closet." Scaffidi says, "It was a very interesting experience." The following year, her hours as advisor are expanded to eight hours a week, and she receives a computer. However, the computer only works half the time, "and that was bad." The next year, Scaffidi goes to ten hours a week. Finally, in 1996, Scaffidi, still at ten hours a week, moves into a nice, new office in Roberts Hall. The LGB Concerns Office distributes a brochure that the advisory board has produced called Out and About. It focuses on sexual orientation, providing answers to questions, and information on resources. Scaffidi sees the mission of the LGB office as educational. She believes this to be a two-fold process involving the education of the Bucknell community on issues of diversity, specifially about lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgendered issues. Secondly, education involves creating a safe environment for students who identify themselves as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgendered, or are not sure. This last group Scaffidi feels strongly about. Some people are not sure of their sexual orientation, and "this is a time in people's lives, these years between 18 and 22, when people go to college, most of us anyhow, where you begin to come to terms with sexuality in many ways." Some of the services the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual Concerns Office offers are hall programming as well as talking to classes. There is a lounge that people can use for meetings or to hang out. The office has a small lending library of both reading material and videos. Scaffidi is available to talk to students, as are the student liasons working for the office. A support group meets weekly for students to talk about issues that concern them, and the discussions are not necessarily confined to sexual orientation.
WRC Interview 2/96
|1993||Jill Henry-Feeney is inducted into the Bucknell Athletic Hall of Fame. "A three-sport captain in field hockey, basketball and softball, Henry-Feeney set game and season scoring records in basketball and was twice named to the Academic All-America College Division Team." |
1995 Hall of Fame Induction Program
|1993||On a frigid December 6, outside the Langone Center the Women's Resource Center holds a speakout and memorial service for the 14 women killed at the University of Montreal on this date in 1989. The event, covered by local television and newspapers, includes testimonials, readings, and songs, to show resistance to the many forms of violence directed at women. Large dominoes are constructed by volunteers and symbolically knocked down to show the connection between various forms of abuse.|
|1993||With the help of Trudy Cunningham, Associate Dean of Engineering , the Society for Women Engineers "implements Designing a Life, a mentoring program for women students of Bucknell's College of engineering. The goal of the program is to provide women engineering students access to professional role models who can assist them with formulating career goals, providing career information, and serving as a career coach/advisor. Sophomore women are matched with Bucknell alumnae volunteers. The mentor and student will work together throughout the student's years at Bucknell. SWE is very excited about this program and hopes that it will be successful for many years to come." |
|1994||Lonnie Fertik Williard is inducted into the Bucknell Athletic Hall of Fame. "The first woman to earn All-America honors in track and field at Bucknell, Williard set seven indoor and outdoor school records and finished fourth in the heptathalon at the AIAW Division Two National Championships in 1982." |
1995 Hall of Fame Induction Program
|1994||Following her sold out presentation in the Weis Center, Maya Angelou receives a standing ovation. Students receive autographs and chat with the renowned poet at a reception after the program.|
Photo by Debra Cook, WRC Archives
|1994||Ann Morrison presents the keynote address, "Still Breaking the Glass Ceiling" as part of the Choices and Challenges: Women in the Workplace program co-sponsored by the Career Development Center, the Women's Resource Center, and the Alumni Association. Ann earned her Bachelor's degree in 1970 and her Master's degree in 1977 from Bucknell. She is the lead author of Breaking the Glass Ceiling: Can Women Reach the Top of America's Largest Corporations?, and also wrote The New Leaders: Guidelines on Leadership Diversity in America. She is the founder and president of New Leaders Institute, a management and consulting firm based in California, and an honorary senior fellow with the Center for Creative Leadership. In 1995 she will join the University's Board of Trustees after being given an award for Outstanding Achievement in a Chosen Profession from the Bucknell Alumni Association.|
WRC Archives, Alumni Relations
|1994||Kathy Kline Grove is inducted into the Bucknell Athletic Hall of Fame. "A four-year starter in field hockey, Grove was a nominee for the Broderick Award, which honors the outstanding female collegiate athlete in the country, in 1980. She still ranks second in Bucknell field hockey history with 48 career goals." |
1995 Hall of Fame Induction Program
|1995||Sixteen years after its 1979 production at Bucknell, for colored girls who have considered suicide/when the rainbow is enuf is brought back to campus. Amy Sass, '96, directed this 1995 production for her senior honors thesis. At the time there were concern that there was not enough black actresses on campus to perform in the play. After much discussion, Sass was given permission to present the play with a multi-ethnic cast, as long as the integrity of the play was maintained. Cast members included: Jessica Quintana, '99; Nisa Bryant, '98; Shelly Dabney, '97; Kaycee Mitchell, '97; Liz Maccie, '97; Laura Payonzeck, '96; and Marta Cuboni, '99. |
The Bucknellian, 3/7/96
Beth Morilla who graduated in the Spring of 1995, returns in the fall to give a public talk on her experience at the Fourth World Conference on Women near Bejing, China. As an undergraduate, Beth majored in International Relations and Spanish and studied in Chile for the Spring of 1994. She was also involved in the Committee on Women's Leadership and an activist on campus.
The United Nations Conference on Women was an eye-opening experience for Beth. She was inspired by the stories of women around the globe working to change their status. She had an opportunity to interact with local Chinese, to hear about controversies concerning genital mutilation, to learn about the strong political stands of women in the Philippines, and to consider the plight of Tibet. Beth predicted that women would be more visible in politics by the year 2000.
When asked about future plans, Beth said she was "just passing through Bucknell and going to Chile where she will be working for Women's World Bank." This organization gives loans to women's initiatives helping them become more active in communities and financially independent while fostering more self-esteem.
The advice Beth gave to those who want to get more informed and gain experience is to contact larger organizations, based in larger cities. Her last message was, "go abroad, experience being 'the minority" in a different culture. Struggle, feel how it's like being in the position where you have to reach out to get by."
WRC Presentation, September 25, 1995
|1995||Trudy Cunningham, Associate Dean of the College of Engineering, is honored with the Walter C. Geiger Award for Administrative Excellence at commencement. She has held her position for nearly 10 years after serving as an Assistant Professor of Mathematics. In her current role, she has responsibility for advising engineering students and has been instrumental in developing innovative curriculum and recruiting more women to the engineering program. |
Public Relations News Release, 6/19/95
A Fifth-Year Celebration
Gay, Lesbian and Bisexual Alumni Association
invites you to a Fifth-Year Gala
October 6-8, 1995
Friday, October 6, Gallery Theatre
8:00 p.m. & 10:30 p.m.
Boys on the Side
The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert
Fifth Annual GALABI Board Meeting
Saturday, October 17, Langone Center 217 4:00 p.m.
Out in America: A Multimedia Portrait
of Gay and Lesbian Diversity
Saturday, October 7, The Forum 8:00 p.m.
Second Anual GALABI Homecoming Brunch
Sunday, October 8, Terrace Room 11:00 a.m.