Penn State Schuylkill and Lehigh Valley Serve Women Through Campus CFW Groups

The University Park Commission for Women is not the only opportunity to work with a Penn State CFW. Many of our Commonwealth Campuses have local groups that provide services and events to women, as well. This month, we feature two of them: Penn State Schuylkill and Penn State Lehigh Valley.


Following on the successes of the Fall Semester Wellness Series, Penn State Schuylkill will host the upcoming programs in the Spring Semester:

  • February 14, from 12:20–1:10 p.m. Dr. Cynthia Lubinski, 2001 Penn State alum, will speak on the subject of A Healthy Heart is a Beautiful Heart.
  • March 1, at 7:00 p.m. Cathy Baldigo, a AAA representative, will present on the subject of Everything You Need to Know Before You Travel.
  • April 9, at 6:00 p.m. Alyssa O’Neil, 2009 Penn State alum, and Debbie Cody, proprietor of Studio 16 Salon in Pottsville, will present on the subject of Looking Fresh and Beautiful for Spring.

Wellness Series events are free of charge but do require an RSVP. For more information, refer to the attached flyer: Schuylkill 2017–2018 Wellness Series.

Lehigh Valley

Penn State Lehigh Valley has historically offered a scholarship to one student each year. This year, they quadrupled that! Thanks to support from local businesses, the Lehigh Valley CFW was able to award $2,000 in scholarships. Read more in the Penn State News story about the scholarship award winners.

In December, with the support of the Chancellor, the CFW hosted the annual campus holiday party and silent auction on campus rather than at a nearby hotel as they had previously done. They estimate the silent auction realized well over $2,000, which will be added to the scholarship and event fund.

To find out how you can work with the CFW at your Commonwealth Campus, contact your Campus Liaison. To learn more about joining the President’s Commission as a member or an affiliate, visit our website’s Get Involved page.

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Why Should You Join the Commission for Women?

Why Should I Get Involved with CFW?

Be heard. Join the Penn State Commission for Women.

Join the Commission for Women

Let Your Voice Be Heard. The Penn State Commission for Women is an advisory body for the University President. That means we have the ear of the highest levels of the institution. Do you have concerns, ideas, or moments to celebrate? As a member of the CFW, you can get that input to the people who can make real change. In fact, at the end of each academic year, Dr. Barron attends our final public meeting so we can share with him face-to-face.

Make Change. The CFW is responsible for many positive changes around the Penn State community. If you’ve ever used a lactation station in a Penn State building, attended a Personal Safety and Sexual Assault Awareness event or bystander training, or used the Status of Women reports to support equitable promotion and leave policies at the University, you may have benefitted from the work of the CFW. Join us to widen our influence and benefit even more Penn Staters.

Connect With Colleagues. CFW members represent undergraduate and graduate students, faculty, staff, administrators, and people across the commonwealth who care about the status of women at Penn State. Connect with each other to network, share ideas, and make positive change.

Hear From Others in the Penn State Community. At the monthly CFW Public Meetings, you can learn what others across Penn State are doing to further the status of women at the University and to get the information we need to advise the President.

What Does Involvement with CFW Look Like?

In some ways, you can choose what your involvement looks like. As an affiliate, you can participate as you have free time. As a member, you commit for a 3-year term and can join or chair a committee. Our website includes a list of Committees.

The President’s commission is open to Penn Staters from any campus (not just University Park!). In addition, some Commonwealth Campuses have CFWs of their own. Check out the list of Campus Liaisons to see how you can get involved with your campus’s chapter.

How Do I Get Involved with CFW?

You can join as either a member or an affiliate. Responsibilities vary between the two roles, and whereas members can join only during a certain window, affiliates can join at any time of the year. Visit our website’s Get Involved page to learn more about each. Alternatively, contact your Campus Liaison to learn how to get involved with your campus’s chapter.

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December Public Meeting

Next Public Meeting:
Wednesday, December 13th, 2017


Date, Time, Location:
Wednesday, December 13th 12:15pm-1:30 pm, 404 Old Main

CFW Blue Zoom room:

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


  1. Welcome/Introductions
  2. Committee Updates
  3. CFW News –
    1. Awards Open for Nominations,  Luncheon & Liaison Breakfast – Daad
    2. Mentoring Video ( – Devin
  4. JCC Updates – Developing new Mentoring Program
  5. Educational Equity Update (Ashley/Sonya)
  6. Finding sponsors and panelists for Zero Weeks February 20th event
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November Public Meeting

Next Public Meeting:
Wednesday, November 15th, 2017


Date, Time, Location:
Wednesday, November 15th 12:15pm-1:30 pm, 404 Old Main

CFW Blue Zoom room:

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


  1. Welcome/Introductions
  1. President‘s Charge to the Commissions
  1.  Awards Luncheon & Liaison Breakfast – Nicole/Daad
  1. Away Meeting – Nicole Hurlbutt
  1. Committee Updates
  1. JCC Updates
  1. Educational Equity Update (Ashley/Sonya)
  1. Finding sponsors and panelists for Zero Weeks February 20th event at The State Theatre
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2017 Commission for Women Annual Campus Meeting

This year’s Campus Meeting will provide an opportunity to discuss how campus Commission for Women groups can support the University Presidential Commission for Women in meeting this year’s goals.  Information about President Barron’s new charge to University Equity Commissions will be reviewed and there will be time for each campus to report out on activities they have planned for the upcoming academic year.  The agenda for the day is below.

10:00 AM

Registration & Networking Breakfast (light breakfast)

10:30 AM  – 11:45 AM


Commission for Women Co-Chairs

Chancellor, Penn State Harrisburg


Review of President’s Charge to Commission


Lunch and Presentation by Ms. Ophelia Champliss

1:00 PM

Group Discussion and Strategic Planning

2:00 PM


After the closing participants are invited to tour the campus.

About Ms. Chambliss:

Ms. Chambliss will share her personal story of self-discovery through artistic expression as part of her mission to build art appreciation and cultural understanding. Chambliss has been successfully working and exhibiting as a fine artist, for many years. She refers to her signature painting style as ‘realistic cubism,’ and paints a variety of subject matters. Her medium is primarily in Oil, and her color palette is colorful and energetic.

Chambliss’ wide-ranging original work reflects her own journey through vivid cultural representations of people color as well as non-traditional art forms.  The collective thread, which weaves together her story, is echoed in her work. From the poignant ‘First Cousins’, which depicts Chambliss’ granddaughters’ side by side, speaks to the evolution of the modern American family.

She holds a Bachelor in Communication Arts and Sciences, and a Masters in Communications from Penn State University. She combines her visual communication with verbal and written communication to articulate the story behind her work.

Her most recent work is in the realm of public art and murals. The community contribution, collaboration, and the challenge of scale, keep Chambliss striving to make art accessible to everyone, particularly those who may not feel a part of their community.

Originally from Chicago, Chambliss currently resides in York, Pennsylvania. Prior to her career in Fine Art, she was a business professional in the Publishing Industry, specializing in Graphic Design, and Business Development.

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Women of Penn State Law Find Community Within Commission for Women

Two of our own have been highlighted for a story with Penn State Law! Members, Ann Mallison and Theresa Tarves detailed their involvement with CFW and their reasons for belonging.

““I like to be a part of things that empower women and have a networking aspect, while raising awareness of gender equity on campus,” said Mallison.”

Read the full story here: Finding Community Within Commission for Women

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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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