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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Improving the Status of Women in Pennsylvania: Inspiring Action in an Age of Growing Conservatism

Note: This event has been postponed to a new date.

Headshot of Randi Blackman Teplitz

Randi Blackman Teplitz

On March 15 April 19, Randi Blackman Teplitz will attend the public CFW meeting (12:15–1:30) to share the mission and initiatives of the Pennsylvania Commission for Women. In addition, the presentation will focus on major policy issues that impact the current status of women in Pennsylvania and propose strategies to improve that status, especially in light of the current uncertain political climate.

Currently a professor in the Legal Studies Division at Central Penn College in Summerdale, Randi began her career representing victims of domestic violence in protection from abuse, custody, divorce, and economic support cases, and she was the founding director of the YWCA of Greater Harrisburg’s Domestic Violence Legal Center.

While she was proud of her work as a lawyer, Randi sought to expand her impact by training the next generation of public interest lawyers, which led her to move into teaching paralegal, pre-law, and law students. In October 2015, Randi was appointed by Gov. Tom Wolf to lead the Pennsylvania Commission for Women—an agency that advises the governor on issues impacting women and girls in Pennsylvania.

Randi is a graduate of Temple University and the Widener University School of Law. She was named one of the 50 Top Lawyers in Pennsylvania “On the Fast Track” by the Pennsylvania Law Weekly and the Legal Intelligencer, and received a “Woman of Distinction” Award from the Soroptomist Club International. She was nominated for Central Penn College’s Todd A. Milano Faculty Excellence Award in May 2008 and May 2013.

Watch our Twitter @PennStateCFW for updates on this event!

Who: Randi Teplitz
What: The State CFW & current status of women in PA
Where: 404 Old Main or remote through Zoom
When: Wed., March 15 April 19, from 12:15–1:30 p.m.

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YOU ARE the Commission for Women

When you hear the name Commission for Women, what do you think of? Do you picture a country club or a commune? A clique or an ally? Do you see other people … or yourself?

Four silhouettes with question-mark facesIt’s easy enough to read the CFW mission statement, find the names of the commonwealth campus liaisons, and look at photos of CFW events. And you may not see yourself in those roles. But our goal is to advocate for ALL women at Penn State and recommend solutions, so we want you with us!

If you’ve ever wanted to chime in on equity initiatives, wondered about the availability of child- and elder-care policies, wished for wider coverage of the women’s athletic teams, or wondered why no one ever talks about that one subject that really drives you—then please consider joining the CFW as either a member or an affiliate.

The deadline for membership applications is February 28, and more information about the affiliate position will be announced before the end of Spring Semester. More information about both roles is available on the Get Involved page of the CFW website.

Whether member, affiliate, or interested bystander, please keep in touch. Tweet questions and ideas to us @PennStateCFW and follow us on Facebook at PSCFW. We’re listening.

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February is here. Apply to be a member! Get Involved with the Commission for Women

Get Involved — Office of the Vice Provost for Educational Equity

Get Involved

by Michael Brahosky last modified Jan 31, 2017 05:11 PM

Please note that there will be some changes to Commission membership in 2017-18. Previously, there existed two categories of membership: appointed membership and affiliate membership. In 2017-18, these categories will be renamed to member (previously appointed member) and affiliate (previously affiliate member). As such, the link to the membership application form below is applicable to those applying for member status (i.e., previously appointed membership) only.

Affiliates, who have less responsibilities than members, will join the Commission through a separate but simpler process. More information about how to join the Commission as an affiliate will be available on the Get Involved page before the end of the spring semester.

Who can be a member of the Commission?

The commission is comprised of up to fifty full-time University faculty, staff, students, and administrators. The commission values the breadth of background and experience that can be found among the members of the University community and are actively seeking a broad base of applicants. Students (undergraduate and graduate), faculty, staff, and administrators from all Penn State campuses are eligible to serve. Individuals interested in working to enhance diversity and support the mission of CFW are encouraged to apply.

Each February, the commission invites individuals to apply for membership for the upcoming year. The Nominations Committee reviews eligible applications and forwards a list of nominees to the President of Penn State for appointment.


Employees must be in good standing to be considered for commission membership. For University activities such as commissions and award programs, faculty or staff are considered to be in good standing if they are meeting the expectations of their positions and have not been the recipient of recent discipline. Individuals should also exhibit qualities such as civility, collegiality, and a commitment to the overall success of their departments. Staff members may wish to speak with their supervisors about this University service opportunity prior to submitting an application.
Undergraduate students must have and maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5 in order to serve on CFW. Graduate students must have and maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 to serve on CFW. Student applicants’ academic records and conduct histories will be checked to determine eligibility for commission membership.

What does Commission membership involve?

Commission members are appointed to a limited three-year term by the President of the University, and are expected to attend meetings, contribute to projects, and vote. Active participation in commission service generally requires four to ten hours per month. Service may include full commission meetings, executive leadership team meetings (if in a leadership position), committee participation, and/or attendance at special events.

To apply for membership, please click the link below:      

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President of Penn State, Eric J. Barron – Message

Penn State president shares message following executive order on immigration | Penn State University


Penn State president shares message following executive order on immigration

Members of the Penn State Community:

President Trump signed an executive order on Friday that, among other impacts, suspended entry of all refugees to the United States for 120 days, and blocked entry to the U.S. for at least 90 days for citizens of Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen. The order also suspends the issuance of visas and other immigration benefits to nationals of these countries, the number of which could grow.

Reports suggest that enforcement of the executive order is already stranding students and affecting U.S. institutions of higher education. We are monitoring developments closely to ensure that we fully understand how this executive order and any future orders may affect Penn State, including the implications for our many students, researchers and faculty who are citizens of other countries.

Fortunately, to the best of our knowledge, none of our students or scholars who are from the named countries are currently traveling abroad. But the problems that are surfacing with the order are clear, and we join the Association of American Universities and universities all across the country in asking that the order be ended as soon as possible. You can access the AAU statement here:

“The best part of Penn State is our people — no matter what country they may call home. We support all of you.”

— Penn State President Eric J. Barron

Please know that the University fully supports all members of our academic community. We remain committed to respecting and honoring the dignity of each individual, embracing civil discourse, and fostering a diverse and inclusive community. We recognize and believe strongly that the diversity of faculty, staff and students enriches all of us and enables our mission of research, teaching, service and economic development.

The best part of Penn State is our people — no matter what country they may call home. We support all of you.

We are sharing this message broadly because these recent developments affect not only our international students and faculty, but also every one of us. If a friend or colleague reaches out to you for information or support, you should be aware of what is happening and how your University is addressing issues and challenges as they arise.

Based on the content of Friday’s executive order and expert guidance regarding its implications, we have two explicit recommendations for our international students, faculty and scholars:

1. Whenever you are traveling within the United States, please make sure that you carry with you any immigration documents that prove your legal status.

2. Because the order prevents citizens of seven countries from entering the United States for at least 90 days, and because that list of affected countries could grow in number, we urge any non-U.S. citizens and their families to the extent possible to refrain from traveling outside the United States until greater clarity is apparent.

Penn State will provide updated information and specific guidance as it becomes available.

If you have questions or concerns regarding these or related issues, contact Penn State’s Office of Global Programs.

Eric J. Barron

Penn State President

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Information regarding the Executive Order from the Office of Global Programs

Hello CFW, today I received an e-mail that I wanted to share.  The information is valuable and it may not impact you directly but it will build your awareness of what is happening at Penn State and you can offer it to someone you know. Sue Greene, co-chair Membership & Marketing Committee

You may need to copy and paste the URL into your browser.

Dear Colleagues:

As you are all aware, the events of the past week concerning President Trump’s Executive Order on Immigration has the potential for significant impact of a segment of our international student/scholar and faculty population. Following President Barron’ statement on this issue, Provost Jones directed our Office to do everything we can to provide support, guidance and advice to this group, and we are.

An important component of this effort is to provide timely information and useful pieces of advice to the group, but also to you. Many of you have called or written to me for clarification and advice on this issue. We have put together a helpful website for all members of international community, not just those from the targeted countries. The link is below:


Michael Adewumi, PhD, Vice Provost for Global Programs

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Open houses announced for Commission for Women Mentoring Program

The Penn State Commission for Women will hold a series of open houses for full-time employees interested in learning more about its Mentoring Program.

The Mentoring Program promotes professional and personal development for full-timePenn State faculty, exempt and nonexempt staff, and technical service employees by pairing mentees with mentors who can provide advice and resources to help them meet individual and specific professional goals such as career planning, job skills enhancement, and greater university involvement.

Mentors and Mentees commit to spending at least 4 hours per month to participate in the program.

This includes:

  • Two hours working as a mentor/mentee pair, e.g., lunch meetings, e-mails, telephone conversations, etc.
  • Two hours attending group mentoring activities. There are several of these programs scheduled throughout the year. Although attendance is not mandatory at these events, participants are encouraged to make every effort to attend.

Hosted by Mentoring Program committee members, the open houses will be held on the following dates:

Tuesday, January 24
Location: Hershey campus     

Wednesday, March 01
12:00-1:00pm                                                                                                                                 Location: 205 Chambers Bldg

Tuesday, March 21
11:45-12:45 pm                                                                                                                      Location: 342 Rodney Erickson Food Science Bldg

Wednesday, March 22
Location: 241 Outreach Bldg Innovation Park

The Commission will accept online applications March 1 through March 31for mentors and mentees for the 2017-2018 academic year.

Additional information is available at or from the current mentoring program committee co-chairs: Ginny Hosterman (, and Marianne Howell (

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