Affiliate Membership: Get Involved for the Short Term

Did you love the last CFW event you attended and want to join in the planning of the next one? Do you have a lull between projects that would be perfect for some CFW involvement? Are you curious about the CFW but aren’t ready to commit long-term?

Wait no longer: the newly minted Affiliate status is just for you!
Four silhouettes with question-mark faces

Unlike commission members, affiliates are not committed to a defined term, and the application process is shorter and simpler. You don’t have to go through the OHR vetting process, for example, and as an affiliate, you can be as flexible as you need to be with your time. This could be especially attractive to you if you’re active on your Commonwealth Campus but can’t make it to University Park very often.

As an affiliate, you can give as much or as little time as you chooose.

Hop over to our Get Involved page to learn more, and complete the CFW Affiliate Sign-Up Form to be added to our email list.

As always, follow us on Facebook at PSCFW and on Twitter @PennStateCFW stay abreast of the CFW goings-on.

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Educause Article: Expanding Your Recruitment Pool through Increasing Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Think Differently to Expand Your Candidate Pools: How could thinking differently grow our candidate pools? According to the EDUCAUSE 2016 Workforce Landscape survey, only 15 percent of higher-ed IT staff identify as nonwhite. Although women make up 40 percent of the higher ed IT staff workforce, their percentage drops to 30 percent at the level of IT managers and to 27 percent at the level of CIOs. Tapping into these groups by thinking differently provides an opportunity to increase the number of qualified candidates we consider for our open positions.”

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2017 Awards Luncheon

On Friday, April 7, 2017, we held our eleventh annual awards luncheon, enjoying a keynote from Sue Paterno and recognizing the achievements of some truly incredible women in our University community.

Dr. Eric Barron standing at podium.

“Our first thought when seeing a person on this campus should be, ‘This person has great value.'”
– Dr. Eric Barron
(Photo by Ann Taylor-Schmidt)

After an introduction from President Barron, Sue Paterno shared her memories of life as a woman at Penn State, demonstrating the trajectory our story has taken since her first year as a student  in the late ’50s. Women students’ behavior was restricted, she said, until, over time, “women proved they had the right to make their own choices, whether good or bad.”

Sue Paterno standing at podium.

Sue Paterno
(Photo by Ann Taylor-Schmidt)

In a speech both inspiring and funny, Sue Paterno expanded on her attitude of giving and giving back. “The size of the act isn’t the key,” she pointed out; “it’s the doing.” Her words encouraged attendees to keep working toward equity.

2017 Achieving Women Award and Rosemary Schraer Award Recipients: Nicole Gallegor, Colleen Lang, Dr. Deanna Behring, Dr. Susan Stewart, Dr. Li Li, Brittany Banik
Not pictured: Kristin Dreyer
(Photo by Ann Taylor-Schmidt)

Following the keynote, the 2017 Achieving Woman awards were presented. Summarized in the Penn State Today article 2017 Commission for Women award recipients announced, lauded for achievements, all past and present award recipients are also listed on the Commission for Women website: Achieving Women Award Recipients, and Rosemary Schraer Award Recipients.

Follow the hashtag #CFWAwards18 for updates on next year’s awards luncheon, and keep up with us on Twitter @PennStateCFW and Facebook at PSCFW.

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Upcoming Events

Upcoming Event (shared by CORED and on behalf of the Bridge Training Committee):

Thursday, April 27
1:30 PM -2:30 PM
127 Moore Building (tentative)
A presentation by Dr. Theresa Vescio (based on her TEDxPSU talk: What Women Want Men to Know about Sexism)

All are welcome and encouraged to participate. Light refreshments will be provided. No need to RSVP, just show up.


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CFW Public Meeting April 19, 2017

Public CFW Meeting:
Wednesday, April 19, 2017


Date, Time, Location:
Wednesday, April 19, 2017, 12:15 – 1:30 p.m., 404 Old Main

CFW Blue Zoom room:

To join by phone (audio only): 1-408-638-0968, Meeting ID 329 646 868


  1. Welcome – Jenn Stewart, Co-Chair
  2. Introductions
  3. Faculty Senate Presentation
  4. February Member Application Status
  5. Affiliate Process
  6. All In Conference
  7. Upcoming Event Dates
    1. Randi Blackman Teplitz – April 26 from 12:15 – 1:30
    2. Public annual meeting w/President and Provost – May 15 (last public meeting for fiscal year)
  8. Rec Hall Fitness classes
  9. Committee Updates

Committee and Liaison Updates


  • Assessment Committee (Heidi Watson-Held, Justin Snyder)
  • Awards and Luncheon Committee (Sherry Lonsdale, Tatiana Zwerling,Georgie Cole-Archer, Bikem Oskin)
  • Membership and Marketing Committee (Nicole Hurlbutt, Danielle Werner, Sue Greene)
  • Mentoring Committee (Ginny Hosterman, Marianne Uberti-Howell)
  • Past Chairs
    • Documentation Committee (Angela Rogers)
    • Nominating Committee (Vicki Hoffman, Angela Rogers)
  • Educational Program Committee (Daad Rizk, Corry Bullock)
  • Employment & Family Policies Committee (Tanya Hockman, Laura Miller)
  • Liaison to Faculty Senate Committee on Educational Equity and Campus Environment (Denise Bortree)
  • Personal Safety and Sexual Assault Awareness Committee (PSSAA) (Rachael Belinda, Barbara Materna, Kim Menard, Kris Santillo)
  • Student Engagement Committee (Jordan Glover and Ashley Adams)
  • Campus Liaisons Committee (Tracy Garnick)
  • Liaison to the JCC Committee on Athletics (Laura Miller)
  • Liaison from Educational Equity (Ashley Jackson)
  • JCC Liaisons – CORED, CLGBTE (Erin Long, Jenn Stewart, Angela Rogers, Vicki Hoffman)
  • Technology Committee (Devin Ferraro)

Upcoming Executive and Full Commission Meetings:

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Recent Event Wrap-Up

Over the past year, the Penn State Commission for Women has sponsored quite a few inspiring events across our commonwealth campuses, from lectures to spoken word performances to conferences. Let’s take a moment as we close this year to see what attendees experienced and consider where we might go in the upcoming year!

AAMC Group on Women in Medicine and Science (GWIMS)

at Penn State Hershey Medical Center

GWIMS at Penn State Hershey Medical Center

Angela Rogers keynote at GWIMS.

Angela Rogers, B.A., M.S., DTM, spoke on the topic of the Imposter Phenomenon, which  occurs when high-achieving women have difficulty believing they belong in the higher echelons and fear being exposed as a fraud. Over thirty people attended and appreciated the choice and relevance of the topic, as well as the interactivity of the session. They had the opportunity to network over a dinner before the keynote address and to brainstorm ideas for upcoming events and programs afterward.

Are you faculty or administration at an AAMC-member medical school or teaching hospital? Consider advocating for women’s advancement and leadership with GWIMS. For more information, contact Becky Moyer at or call (717) 531-4565.

This event was previously covered on the CFW Check-In on December 2, 2016.

Women’s History Speaker & PA Women’s Conference

at Penn State Great Valley

A "Votes for Women" women's suffrage banner from the 19th century features a woman blowing a trumpet.

A “Votes for Women” women’s suffrage banner from the 19th century.

On March 8, 2017, Penn State Great Valley hosted Laurie Rofini from the Chester County Historical Society, who spoke on “Votes for Women!” at the Women’s History Luncheon. Rofini’s talk highlighted the women and men from southeastern PA who helped get American women the right to vote—particularly at the Pennsylvania Woman’s Rights Convention, held in West Chester in June 1852, almost 70 years before the 19th Amendment was ratified.

On October 2, 2016, a contingent from the Penn State Great Valley community attended the Pennsylvania Conference for Women in Philadelphia. Participants appreciated the keynote speakers and breakout sessions that addressed personal development, emerging professionals, leadership, health and wellness, transitions, and career advancement.

We’re proud to support both historical look-backs and professional development!

Spoken Word Artist Lady Caress

at Penn State DuBois

Lady Caress performing at the Penn State DuBois library.

Lady Caress performing at the Penn State DuBois library.

Everyone who thinks libraries are quiet places full of shushing librarians should have joined the students who gathered in the Penn State DuBois library on March 21. Attendees were impressed by champion spoken word artist Lady Caress’s beatboxing, poetry, and female empowerment. Her message was uplifting and spoke to the heart of what it means to be a woman. What a strong message to share!

If you’re at Penn State DuBois, watch out for more events like these!

International Women’s Day

at State College

Awards and Honors at International Women's Day 2017

Awards and Honors at International Women’s Day 2017

International Women’s Day (IWD) on March 16 was a touching and inspiring celebration with guests from both the university and the community, and a keynote from Professor Shoba Wadhia, Director of the Center for Immigrants’ Rights Clinic. She shared her personal journey to empowerment and brought issues of immigrants and the conditions of many women immigrants in this country to people’s attention.

The celebration also particularly honored the two outstanding recipients of 2017 Spirit of Internationalization Award—Dr. Carolyn Sachs and Aynoa Riley. Dr. Sachs, professor in the Rural Sociology Department, works in the areas of gender and agriculture and spoke about her impressive work with sustainable agriculture, women farmers, and issues of gender and climate change. Aynoa Riley, a second-year graduate student in the Master of International Affairs program, has taken on numerous opportunities to advocate for women, immigrants, and refugees. Learn more about her work in the Penn State News story on March 29, 2017.

Watch videos of the event on the Global Connections Centre County Facebook page.

Talk by Susan Russell

at Penn State Worthington-Scranton

Susan Russell speaking on "Awake, Aware, and Taking the Actions Necessary to Communicate"

“Awake, Aware, and Taking the Actions Necessary to Communicate”

On March 29, Dr. Susan Russell of the School of Theater gave a talk called “Awake, Aware, and Taking the Actions Necessary to Communicate,” which focused on awareness and what to do to start a conversation—how to help others feel comfortable enough to communicate honestly. She made attendees, who included faculty, staff, and students, both laugh and think, and they all walked away feeling a bit more knowledgable than they had before it started.

Special thanks to Maria Baker, Marly Doty, Suzan Kershner, Sharon Shen, and Marianne Gable for sharing the information and photos featured in this blog post.

If your organization is interested in securing funds for an event in the upcoming academic year, please see the summary explanation of funding requirements and complete the form online at the Commission for Women website.

Please keep in mind, requests for funding are accepted throughout the academic year; we do ask that your request be submitted at least one month before the event or program. A member of the Commission will contact your organization if we need more information. Every effort will be made to notify applicants of decisions within two weeks of their application date. The maximum request is $250 per group, or $300 per campus liaison with one request per organization per year. Funds are available on a first-come, first-served basis. No funds remain available for the current academic year.

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CFW Public Meeting – REMOTE CONNECTION Only Today (March 15, 2017)

We are still planning to have the CFW public meeting today, March 15, 2017, but will only be hosting the meeting remotely. Due to inclement weather, Randi Blackman Teplitz will not be joining us today, but will be here for our next public meeting on April 19th, from 12:15 – 1:30.

Connection Info:

  • Zoom Link:
  • Meeting ID: 329‐646‐868
  • Calling in through phone, with or without Zoom: (408) 638‐0968

Agenda for March 15, 2017

  1. Welcome – Erin Long and Jenn Stewart, Co‐Chairs
  2. Succession Planning
  3. Annual Luncheon and Liaison Breakfast – Tatiana Zwerling, Co‐Chair Elect
  4. February Application Status – Ashley Jackson, CFW Liaison
  5. Co‐Chair Election Results – Angela Rodgers, Past Co‐Chair
  6. Upcoming Event Dates
    1. Annual Luncheon ‐ April 7 (Noon ‐ 1:30)
    2. Public meeting ‐ April 19
    3. Public annual meeting w/President and Provost ‐ May 15
  7. Committee Updates
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Spoken Word Artist Lady Caress to Perform at Penn State DuBois

Spoken word artist Lady Caress to perform at Penn State DuBois Hiller Library on Tuesday, March 21.

If you’ve been watching the spoken word scene over the past decade, chances are good you’ve seen Lady Caress—and now you can see her live (and for free) at Penn State DuBois!

Poet and public speaker, Lady Caress is a National Poetry Champion who has also coached college students in performance pieces both poetry and prose. Her work mashes poetry with comedy, beatboxing, and storytelling, and she’s been featured on Verses and Flow and the BET 365 Black Awards. For a taste of her sound, watch her performance reel on Vimeo.

Whether you’re a spoken word devotee or novice, don’t miss the chance to see a real pro in her element!

Who and What: Lady Caress, spoken word performance
Where: Penn State DuBois, Hiller Library
When: Tuesday, March 21, from noon to 1:00 p.m.

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Do Nice Girls Get the Corner Office? Come Discuss It!

Nice Girls Don't Get the Corner Office, by Lois Frankel

Nice Girls Don’t Get the Corner Office: The 2017 CFW Annual Read

This year’s CFW annual read is Lois Frankel’s Nice Girls Don’t Get the Corner Office: Unconscious Mistakes Women Make That Sabotage Their Careers.

Should you avoid office politics? How comfortably do you negotiate? And how admirable a skill is multi-tasking? Frankel’s book discusses these questions and more—and you can discuss them with your peers at a University-wide discussion in April! No matter your job description, sex, or level of work experience, you’re invited to join us.

According to Carrie Marcinkevage, “The book uncovers over 100 behaviors we learn in girlhood that could sabotage us as adults. We’ll have a lively discussion comparing our favorite mistakes and the ways we support one another in defining our own success.”

Marcinkevage, who will lead the discussion on April 4, is Managing Director for the MBA and MMOL programs and chair of the Women of Smeal professional development initiative at Penn State’s Smeal College of Business.

Several copies of the book are available for loan from the University Libraries, or you can purchase one of your own from a major retailer such as Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

Who: Carrie Marcinkevage, your peers, and YOU
What: Book discussion: Nice Girls Don’t Get the Corner Office: Unconscious Mistakes Women Make That Sabotage Their Careers, by Lois Frankel
Where: Hintz Alumni Center, Conference Rooms B & C, or remote through Zoom videoconferencing.
When: Tue., April 4, from 12:00–1:00 p.m.
How to tell others: Download and distribute the CFW PDF Book Flyer.

The brown bag event is being cosponsored by the Commission for Women and the Women of Smeal. Participants are encouraged to bring their lunch. Beverages and dessert will be provided.

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SHARING-Penn State University Staff Advisory Council Staff Recognition Awards

The Commission for Women was asked to share this University-wide staff recognition award. We all know someone that we admire and respect for their efforts. Let them know you appreciate them!

The Penn State University Staff Advisory Council is seeking nominations for its annual Staff Recognition Awards. The awards are a way for USAC to help the University community express its gratitude for the contribution of staff across the Commonwealth. Faculty, staff, administrators, and students are asked to nominate Penn State staff members from every campus and all work units whom they feel exemplify the traits and abilities specified in each award.
All full-time staff members are eligible and everyone at the University may submit a nomination.  Every nomination is considered on its own merit and will be given equal consideration regardless of type or level of staff position held within the university.

This year USAC will present three awards: the Staff Excellence Award, the Staff Morale Award, and the Staff Leadership Award. To nominate a staff person, please send a letter of nomination along with no more than three additional letters of support/nomination to Nominations must be received by March 15, 2017.

Criteria for each award is listed below and nomination forms are available at .  If you have questions, please send an email to askUSAC and put Staff Awards in the subject line.

USAC – The Voice for Penn State Staff – consists of committed staff who act in an advisory capacity to the central administration; explore issues, policies, and practices that impact staff; suggest revisions to policies and new policy initiatives; and advocates for staff welfare and development.

Staff Excellence Award


The purpose of this award is to recognize a Penn State University staff person who demonstrates integrity, respect, and excellence in all aspects of their position.


  • Exhibits creativity, innovation, and initiative.
  • Continues to seek opportunities for personal and professional growth.
  • Demonstrates excellence in professionalism.
  • Promotes productive relationships across units and/or organizations.
  • Makes outstanding contributions to their immediate work unit as well as the university as a whole.
  • Demonstrates commitment to and support of University values, including integrity, respect, responsibility, discovery, excellence and community.

Staff Morale Award


The purpose of this award is to recognize a Penn State University staff person who demonstrates enthusiasm and optimism in order to create a positive, inclusive, and supportive work environment for all.


  • Fosters respect and a cooperative work climate.
  • Recognizes potential within others.
  • Demonstrates concern for the well-being of coworkers.
  • Able to provide the support and guidance needed to help make life better for those around them.
  • Demonstrates commitment to and support of University values, including integrity, respect, responsibility, discovery, excellence and community.

Staff Leadership Award


The purpose of this award is to recognize a Penn State University staff person who demonstrates excellence in leadership and serves as a positive role model for others.


  • Exhibits reliability and resourcefulness.
  • Demonstrates ability to mentor, inspire, motivate, and support others.
  • Displays sound judgement and exemplary problem solving skills.
  • Promotes excellence in teamwork, performance, and achievement within the unit and/or the organization.
  • Demonstrates commitment to and support of University values, including integrity, respect, responsibility, discovery, excellence and community.


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