AAUW-PA Board Officer Annual Reports 2016-2017

President 2016-2017 Annual Report
Dot McLane, President

On the national AAUW level there have been some recent changes. Last summer our Chief Executive Officer, Linda Hallman, retired and our Chief Operations Officer, Jill Birdwhistell, resigned. Taking over the management of the national organization as interim-CEO is Mark Hopkins, our Chief Strategy Officer. Beginning last fall, AAUW began a search for a new CEO. I have the privilege of serving on the search committee to identify and hire the new CEO. The process is moving along on schedule and a new CEO is expected to be in place before the national AAUW convention in June. The national office is taking this opportunity to refocus the work of our organization as there has been some mission creep over the years. Our organization has reaffirmed that we are a gender equity advocacy organization and our efforts are focused on the various ways to accomplish that work.

The state has continued its focus on public policy led by our very able Public Policy Co-Chairs Ann Pehle and Barbara Price. Ann and Barbara have continued sending branch public policy officers the Public Policy highlights started by their predecessors, but changed the format by sending it out bi-monthly and on the alternating months having a conference call for the public policy officers. They have also been implementing the national Public Policy impact grant they were awarded on the topic of Equal Pay including offering mini-grants to branches and supporting member’s efforts in public policy around this topic. They planned, implemented, and participated in a lobby day in Harrisburg on Equal Pay Day as well as contributed to the planning of and participation in a rally, also on Equal Pay Day, sponsored by Business and Professional Women of Pennsylvania.

State board members and AAUW members who work in other collaborating organizations have continued their participation in the PA Campaign for Women’s Health coalition. These members participate in the coalition’s monthly conference calls, advocacy events, interactions with the Women’s Health Caucus in Harrisburg, and other efforts of this coalition to move their important agenda forward.

The state board has begun discussions around what exactly is the role of the state board and are we fulfilling that role, in an effort to better serve our branches. We recognize that branches need the most help in promoting AAUW in their respective communities to gain members and leaders from amongst their members. The board is carefully evaluating how we can meet these needs and be fiscally responsible to our members. We will continue this effort and hope to identify ways in which we can begin to accomplish this in 2017-2018.

Please visit the AAUW-PA website (MEETINGS, CONVENTION AND ANNUAL MEETINGS, ANNUAL OFFICER REPORTS) to read more about each state board officer’s contribution to AAUW-PA’s work in 2016-2017.

Public Policy Officers 2016-2017 Annual Report
Barbara Price and Ann Pehle, Co-Chairs

For the third year in a row, AAUW-PA was awarded an AAUW Public Policy 2016-2017 Impact Grant.  AAUW-PA awarded mini-grants to four branches.

Beaver Valley  $50:  Printing the AAUW voter guides and posters for distribution at annual kitchen tour fundraising event on September 24, 2016.

Indiana Co  $100:  Sponsored a community event with Susan Spicka, Education Voters PA, featured speaker.

Lock Haven  $100:  Co-sponsor the play The Vagina Monologues with Lock Haven University HOPE Center on February 14, 2017.

North Hills Pittsburgh  $100.  La Roche College STEM Savvy program for students in 7th-12 grade on May 13, 2017.

Public Policy events and activities increased.

  • In 2016-2017, 25 of 40 (55%) branches held 115 public policy events and activities (reported); compared to 19 of 40 (48%) branches and 48 public policy events in 2015-2016.  Summary and description of all reported events/activities.

Number of branches working on Get Out The Vote (GOTV) activities increased.

  • In 2015-2016, 16 branches had 19 GOTV activities. In 2016-2017, 17 branches had 41 GOTV activities.
  • Barbara Price was the speaker for two branch meetings on the election and getting out the vote.
  • Delivered GOTV segment at AAUW-PA District Meetings in October.

Equal Pay Lobby Day on April 4, 2017

  • Partnered with BPW-PA (Business Professional Women) for a rally in the capitol rotunda.
  • Twenty-one members attended the Lobby Day training before meeting with representatives and senators.

Strengthened AAUW-PA coalitions. 

  • Continued work with Pennsylvania Campaign for Women’s Health and Education Voters PA.
    • Barbara Price testified on City Council Bill 160840 before Philadelphia City Council Committee on Law and Government on November 22, 2016.
    • Action Alert opposing SB3, 20-week abortion ban, yielded record number of legislative contacts.
  • Became an endorsing organization of Fair Districts PA
    • For true bi-partisan representation at the state and federal level, Pennsylvania’s districts need to be redrawn with less gerrymandering. Pennsylvania is one of the most gerrymandered states in the country.  Fair Districts PA is leading the effort to pass legislation in time to impact the 2020 redistricting process.
  • Created dedicated website pages for Pennsylvania Campaign for Women’s Health and Redistricting Reform.

Increased AAUW-PA social media presence with two Facebook campaigns.

  • Promoted voter education with 22 days of voter tidbits and tips in the series, Countdown to November 8.
  • Beginning January 15th, posted one example of how women are treated unequally, until April 5th, equal pay day for Pennsylvania women.

Provided resources and information to increase public policy acumen.

  • Published Highlights in July, September, November, January, March.
  • Conducted conference calls with BPPCs in August, October, February.
  • Public Policy articles appeared in every Keystoner and FYI.
  • Introduced AAUW GOTV resources at annual summer retreat meeting July 16, 2016.
  • Provided voter toolkit to BPPCs and posted on state website.
  • Conducted Pennsylvania-specific “how to” voter registration webinar on August 24; attended by eleven.
  • Presented concurrent session at annual convention – “It’s All About the Bill”.

College/University Liaison 2016-2017 Annual Report
Holle Canatella

Participation Statistics (as of April 9, 2017)

C/U Members: 52 (up from 47 in January, 2016)

  • Francis University, Penn State-Beaver, and Villanova University became C/U partners in the last year.
  • 4 institutions whose memberships had lapsed in 2016 renewed: Carnegie Mellon University, Cedar Crest College, Duquesne University, and Seton Hill University.
  • 4 institutions dropped their C/U memberships: Widener University, Messiah College, Northampton Community College, and Gannon University.

Number of branches with C/U chairs has remained constant since last year.  11 branches have C/U chairs.  These include: Beaver Valley, Bethlehem, Bradford, Carlisle, Doylestown, Easton, Huntingdon, Lansdale, North Hills-McKnight (with two), Reading (with two), and West Chester-Chester County.  The Butler branch dropped their C/U chair position and Doylestown added a C/U chair.

AAUW lists 511 total student affiliates attend colleges and universities across Pennsylvania, only slightly down from 514 last year.  420 student affiliates are listed as being PA residents; 34 of those attend an out-of-state school.

Since AY2015-16 one new AAUW student organization (SO) has been added at the University of Philadelphia.  The university, however, is not currently a C/U partner and student affiliates have not formally joined yet.  The SO had chosen officers and will hold their first event on April 15, 2017.  Penn State- Behrend has also reportedly formed a SO but is not listed as a C/U partner and no student affiliates are registered.

This brings the total number of SOs in PA to twelve: Delaware Valley College, Dickinson College, Gettysburg College, Juniata College, La Roche College, Lock Haven University, Moravian College, Penn State—Behrend, Penn State University—University Park Campus, University of Pittsburgh, University of Philadelphia, and West Chester University of PA

Congratulations and Thanks:

California University of PA was awarded a Campus Action Grant for 2016-17 to support their Learn to Earn program:

Theresa Hice Johnson, a 2016 graduate of Lock Haven University, was awarded a Campus Initiatives Internship at the AAUW national office in Washington DC for the spring of 2017.  Theresa was a member of the national Student Advisory Council for 2015-16.

Sarah Best, a senior at the University of Pittsburgh, was selected to serve on the 2016-17 national Student Advisory Council.  She previously served on the AAUW-PA Student Advisory Council for 2015-16.

The state-level Student Advisory Council (SAC): This group planned the student panel for the state annual meeting in April and helped plan the student session on financial literacy. Ideally, the Student Advisory Council has five members: one from each PA district and two at-large members. This year we selected four members.  This year we selected four members, all of whom came from the western district.  A SAC retreat was added to our programming this year; the members met with C/U liaison Holle Canatella in State College, PA in November 2016.  Much of the planning for the April state meeting was formulated at this initial meeting.

Suzanna Carnevali-Doan is a sophomore double-majoring in Spanish and Sociology at the University of Pittsburgh.

Allison Dushack is a junior majoring in Business Marketing at Robert Morris University.

Virginia Njenga is a senior Pre-Med major and minor in Women’s and Gender Studies at Indiana University of Pennsylvania.

Danita Scott is a senior Pre-Law/Legal Studies major at the University of Pittsburgh.

Winners of the 2016 state National Conference for College Women Student Leaders (NCCWSL) grants who attended NCCWSL include:

Niematulai Jalloh, Lock Haven University
Class of 2017
Major: Communications
Minor: Spanish

Chi-E Low, Ursinus College
Class of 2016
Major: Applied Economics

Laura Palumbo, Penn State University-Harrisburg
Class of 2016
Major: Master’s in Counseling

Alison Smolinski, Penn State University- Harrisburg
Class of 2016
Major: Master’s in Communications

C/U Members in PA As OF April 9, 2017

Those in bold are new C/U memberships for this year.

  1. Albright College (21)
  2. Allegheny College (0)
  3. Bloomsburg University (1)
  4. Bryn Mawr College (4)
  5. Bucks County Community College (2)
  6. Butler County Community College (0)
  7. California University of Pennsylvania (3)
  8. Carlow University (0)
  9. Carnegie Mellon (11)
  10. Cedar Crest College (0)
  11. Chatham University (3)
  12. Community College of Beaver County (0)
  13. Delaware Valley College (12)
  14. Dickinson College (38)
  15. Drexel University (4)
  16. Duquesne University (1)
  17. Edinboro University of Pennsylvania (2)
  18. Franklin & Marshall College (1)
  19. Gannon University (0)
  20. Gettysburg College (10)
  21. Indiana University of Pennsylvania (15)
  22. Juniata College (21)
  23. Kutztown University of Pennsylvania (2)
  24. La Roche College (39)
  25. Lafayette College (4)
  26. Lebanon Valley College (3)
  27. Lehigh University (5)
  28. Lock Haven University (58)
  29. Luzerne County Community College (0)
  30. Millersville University of Pennsylvania (11)
  31. Montgomery County Community College (5)
  32. Moore College of Art and Design (1)
  33. Moravian College (14)
  34. Penn State University—Beaver
  35. Penn State University—Brandywine (0)
  36. Penn State University—University Park Campus (41)
  37. Penn State World Campus (103)
  38. Pennsylvania College of Technology (0)
  39. Philadelphia College of Osteopathic (0)
  40. Robert Morris University (10)
  41. Seton Hill University (0)
  42. Slippery Rock University (1)
  43. St. Francis University (1)
  44. Susquehanna University (0)
  45. Temple University (10)
  46. University of Pennsylvania (1)
  47. University of Pittsburgh-Bradford Campus (2)
  48. University of Scranton (0)
  49. Ursinus College (1)
  50. Villanova University (1)
  51. Washington & Jefferson College (0)
  52. West Chester University of Pennsylvania (49)

AAUW-PA Board Officer Annual Reports 2015-2016

Dot McLane

The state’s focus on student members continued this year led by the outstanding work of our C/U Liaison Deb Roney. We now have 10 student organizations – Delaware Valley University, Dickinson College, Gettysburg College, Juniata College, La Roche College, Lock Haven University, Moravian College, Pennsylvania State University, University of Pittsburgh, and West Chester University. We have a state Student Advisory Council for the second year and are honored with having a Pennsylvanian serving on the national Student Advisory Council, Theresa Hice Johnson, who is a senior at Lock Haven University with a dual major in political science and Spanish. We continue our practice of awarding grants to college women leaders to the National Conference for College Women Student Leaders (NCCWSL).

The state continues to also focus on public policy led by our dynamic Public Policy Co-Chairs Susan McNamara and Toni Hoffman. Susan and Toni have formed three working groups in the state – the Education Group which continues to stay on top of calls for action by Education Voters PA, and is studying the impact of charter schools on public education; the Get Out the Vote Group responsible for tracking and reporting on the issues of voter access and redistricting; and the Legislative Advocacy Group which advocates for Pennsylvania legislation effecting women and families. The Public Policy Co-Chairs are also planning a rally at the state capitol on Equal Pay Day April 12 with coalition partners.

The state has joined the PA Campaign for Women’s Health which is a coalition of organizations and individuals calling for an end to ideological politics trumping common-sense policy solutions in Pennsylvania. The Campaign supports a bold, pro-choice, legislative package of state bills sponsored and supported by the Women’s Health Caucus of the Pennsylvania Legislature, a bipartisan, pro-choice group of lawmakers committed to promoting evidence-based policy solutions to real problems faced by Pennsylvania women and families. We continue our efforts with Education Voters PA and the Campaign for Fair Education Funding.

In 2016-2017 the state board will continue to seek ways to support our branches. We are creating a Branch Handbook which will consist of a brief listing of some of the basic information all branches should know and of responsibilities each branch has to the IRS and/or the national AAUW organization. Our hope is that this focused information will help to get us all on the same page as well as when transitioning officers.

Please visit the AAUW-PA website to read more about each state board officer’s contribution to AAUW-PA’s work in 2015-2016.

Membership Vice President
Cathy Wieland

This first year of my term has been a busy one for membership. Aided by the Membership Matters newsletter provided by national, we have received excellent information in several areas, including recruitment and retention. Other programs to aid local branches and AAUW membership have been highlighted – Give a Grad a Gift and part-year membership dues.  Another important program, Shape The Future, has been changed so that any meeting/program open to the public can become a recruiting tool for new members at a reduced dues level, and may earn the branch free memberships.  AAUW also unveiled a project to contact lapsed members.  Our AAUW-PA website has great information about dues, membership levels, and tools to help branch membership vice presidents and other officers.

Thirteen Pennsylvania branches increased membership in the 2014-2015 program year, and another six branches maintained their membership level. Two branch recognition tools have been popular this year. Nineteen branches took advantage of the Member Making a Difference opportunity to acknowledge hard working, worthy members, and eight branches submitted articles through the Branch Highlights option.  Look for these reports in the Convention materials.

We are always looking for ideas to retain our valuable members and to recruit new members.  We hope you will share ideas that have worked for your branch or new thoughts you have.

Younger Member Chair
Linda Tozier


AAUW is a member-based organization that’s been around since 1881.We’re now well into the twenty-first century. In what century is your branch operating? Sometimes when we look around during our branch meetings, we see flashes of brilliance put forth by younger-thinking members who really are trying to function in a way that is welcoming to anyone under age 50. Sometimes this is not the norm. What does a younger woman see when she visits your branch? And more importantly, what can you do to ensure that every prospective member feels welcome AND wants to participate in the activities your branch is offering.

Recruitment and retention are linked by engagement.

The membership initiatives your branch chooses to focus on are not as important as how you use them to strengthen your branch. By now most members understand the worth of Give-a-Grad-a-Gift and Shape-the-Future. BUT, after the new graduate receives her free national membership, what happens next? The same question applies to student affiliates who receive a one-year free membership upon graduation. And what about those Generation Y and X-ers who are working full-time and may or may not have started a family?

What is the on-line presence of your branch?

You can tailor your website to appeal to younger preferences. One size doesn’t fit all. And please set up a Facebook page (even if you have to ask your child or grandchild for help). Younger women who have very little discretionary time, often think “What’s in it for me” (WIIFM). Examples include programs linked to the AAUW Mission, community involvement, being valued, personal growth opportunities or friendship. Younger members may be looking for action and outreach rather than information-based programming and socializing. Make sure your programming includes volunteer opportunities to serve in your community. Younger members may not be able to attend many meetings, so provide many other ways to become engaged at times when younger members are available.

What is a younger member?

If the average age in your branch is seventy, then perhaps you first should recruit some more members who are in their fifties and early sixties (yes I’m talking about Baby Boomers). A twenty or thirty-something woman may not be looking to join a branch comprised of her grandmother’s friends! So be realistic about your target group. The WIIFM principle applies to all ages. In all recruiting, things work best if you attract women who become so enthused with what’s going on that they reach out to other women they already know and ask them to join. Please, please find out the interests and time availability of these new members. Branch programming encompasses so much more than a monthly branch program. Create new opportunities for these new members to find their niche and offer them at appealing times and venues.

Elevator Speech and New Member Survey.

Part of my responsibilities on the national membership committee these last three years has been to assist the membership department in the development of recruitment ideas that work. One of the recruitment ideas is that every AAUW member to prepare an Elevator Speech by which you can introduce AAUW to anyone in a few minutes. This elevator speech worksheet will be posted on our state website under the membership tab. Another source of recruitment would be to watch the recording of the February 24th Recruitment Share and Learn which I helped to create and which featured four branches with strong recruitment records including our own Erie Branch. This recording is available on Adapt and use the sample new member survey which also will be posted on our state website under the membership tab. And finally I would be remiss if I didn’t mention the work of Cynthia D’Amour, who has worked with AAUW since 2009 to offer concrete solutions to membership issues in a humorous way. Every AAUW member can subscribe for free to receive fun and useful tips by going to:

So please keep offering programs and events that make women want to participate. Courageously try new projects. Spiff up your websites and face book pages. Try to involve every one of your current members in being deliberate about reaching out to new audiences of all ages. You can do it!

Public Policy
Toni Hoffman and Susan McNamara

In June 2015 AAUW-PA was, once again, awarded a Public Policy Impact Grant for the coming year.  For the Grant, Economic Sufficiency/Pay Equity and GOTV were identified by National as target issues with Coalition Building as a priority strategic goal. In August, branches were invited to develop and submit to AAUW-PA Public Policy plans for projects related to Impact Grant priorities with requests for support, including financial assistance.

To allow a head-start on implementation of the goals and implementation initiatives, branches received in May information about Coalition Building along with a Coalition building resource tool. The July 2015 AAUW-PA Members Retreat program included a Public Policy Power Point presentation on the Grant.  Members also received a Public Policy Swag Bag that included related handouts and goodies.

To kick-off GOTV activities, in early September all forty branches received a print and a digital copy of a GOTV Voter Registration Toolkit, as adapted, with permission, from the Bucks County Women’s Advocacy Coalition and were encouraged to make copies and distribute among agencies and organizations working with underserved and underrepresented populations, especially young woman, ages 18-35.

In October/November members came out for District meetings that all featured speakers on Economic equity issues as well as Public Policy Co-chairs’ presentations with hands-on advocacy exercises on Power Mapping and The Power of the Personal Narrative.

Branches also got right to work in late summer/early fall on Voter Registration, some working in partnership with the League of Women Voters.  Many of the Registrations were held on site with partner colleges and universities.  In addition to Registration drives, a number of branches sponsored, again in partnership with other organizations, Candidate Debates.  Heading into the deadline for voting in the April Primaries, branches geared up again and conducted more Voter Registration and Candidate Nights events.

Across the fall, at the state level Public Policy continued its advocacy support for the Campaign for Fair Funding PA and Education Voters PA advocacy on behalf of fair and adequate funding for PA education.  45 individuals participated in an Effective Advocacy Webinar led by Susan Gobreski, Executive Director of Education Voters PA. Members across the state responded to Action Alerts for letters and calls to legislators on the budget and education.  In January, AAUW-PA formally joined the coalition of organizations in the Pennsylvania Campaign for Women’s Health. Public Policy Co-chairs also issued invitations to 45 agencies and organizations in the Lehigh Valley (LV) to explore the formation of a LV Advocacy Coalition.

At the same time, Public Policy co-chairs secured volunteers from our three Districts to serve on one of three, public policy working groups.  In January the state board reviewed three documents designed to guide the work of all three groups:  a statement of Goals, Criteria, and Processes for Tracking Bills; an AAUW-PA Legislative Tracking Bills and Status Chart, listing PA General Assembly Bills related to AAUW public policy issues; and a New Bill/Bill Change of Status Report Form.  The three Legislative Advocacy Groups LAG (for legislator laggards) focus on bills related to:  1) Economic Sufficiency/Equal Pay; 2) Voter Registration and Redistricting; and 3) Education.  In addition to tracking the bills, LAG members scheduled legislator visits to raise the issues, and branches were challenged to schedule branch in-district office visits as well.

In January the AAUW-PA board approved a Public Policy plan for a Rally and Lobby Day in Harrisburg on Equal Pay Day, April 12, 2016.  In preparation for the event, the rally was scheduled in the Capitol Rotunda; and a hospitality, briefing and debriefing room was secured at the Hilton.  Equal Pay bills (HB 1160 and SB 303), stalled in committee, were identified as the target of this advocacy initiative. In advance of April 12, a petition calling for legislators to get these bills out of committee was created with opportunities for on-line submission as well as paper circulation. A virtual Lobby day for April 12 was also planned.  Representative Brian Sims and Senator Rob Teplitz, the originating sponsors of the Equal Pay bills along with Co-sponsor, Representative Tina Davis were scheduled to speak at the Rally.  A House Resolution proclaiming April 12th Equal Pay Day was to be prepared as well.  Representatives from organizations including The Women’s Law Project, The Pennsylvania Campaign for Women’s Health, Education Voters PA, Planned Parenthood Pennsylvania, Moms Rising, PA NOW and the League of Women Voters signed up to join AAUW-PA for the event.

In support of all these initiatives, branch presidents  and AAUW-PA board members received a monthly Public Policy Highlights .providing information about public policy issues; helpful website links, materials– fact sheets, How-To guidelines, important dates and activities  In addition, the AAUW-PA website Public Policy area offered Tools and Resources, including, for example, letters-to-editors and op-ed issue samples, twitter, Facebook, calls to legislator scripts, links to AAUW resource sites and to other organizations on relevant issues.

College/University Liaison
Deb Roney


As of February 1, 2016, there were 47 College/University (C/U) partner members, four fewer than in the February 1, 2015, count (the comparison point for all further statistics here). Six new C/U partners joined since last year: Bucks County Community College, Community College of Beaver County, Gannon University, Lehigh University, Penn State University—Brandywine, and the University of Pennsylvania. Welcome! Unfortunately, ten C/U partner school dropped their memberships: Carnegie Mellon University, Cedar Crest College, Cheyney University of Pennsylvania, Duquesne University, Haverford College, Mansfield University, Muhlenberg College, Point Park University, Saint Joseph’s University, and Seton Hill University. See the list of C/U partner schools below for further details.

The number of branches with C/U chairs has increased from seven branches last year to eleven: Beaver Valley, Bethlehem, Bradford, Butler, Carlisle, Easton, Huntingdon, Lansdale, North Hills-McKnight (with two), Reading (with two), and West Chester-Chester County.

AAUW lists Pennsylvania as having 514 student-affiliate (eSAF/SAF) members attending college across the state at 42 institutions, a decrease of one institution and an increase of 83 eSAFs/SAFs since February 1, 2015. Most of these individuals are at 34 C/U member institutions, but there are ten non-partner schools that have SAFs (or eSAFs) on campus; seven of those are schools that were C/U partners last year but did not renew. An additional 37 PA residents are eSAFs attending school out of state (a decrease of 3), and 20 students list PA addresses but no college or university (a decrease of 4). This gives a total of 571 student affiliates with a connection to PA (an increase of 76 since last year).

Since February 2015, Pennsylvania has increased its number of registered AAUW Student Organizations (SO) from six to ten: Delaware Valley College, Dickinson College, Gettysburg College, Juniata College, La Roche College, Lock Haven University, Moravian College, Penn State University—University Park Campus, University of Pittsburgh, and West Chester University of PA. In addition, Indiana University of PA is close to having its own SO, and there are also core groups of ten or more student affiliates at three additional C/U partners (Lafayette, Penn State World Campus, and Temple). Branches near these schools should encourage them to register as AAUW Student Organizations.

To ensure that student affiliates (SAF) become involved with AAUW after graduation, e-SAFs need do nothing; they automatically become national members-at-large for the next year. However, graduating students affiliated through a college or university that is not a partner member of AAUW (SAFs) or those who have not connected previously with AAUW can become national members-at-large for free through the Give-a-Grad-a-Gift program; a current member needs to make that request.


  • All those who are making the College/University presence felt throughout the 2016 convention:
    • Cheyney University on their Campus Action Project
    • Four SO advisors on SOs and what they do
    • The AAUW-PA Student Advisory Council
  • Theresa Hice Johnson ‘16, Lock Haven University political science and Spanish major, for being selected as one of the ten 2015-16 members of the national Student Advisory Council. Johnson is the sixth Pennsylvanian selected for this honor.
  • The state-level Student Advisory Council (SAC) This group planned the student session for the state annual meeting in April. The state SAC committee (Deb Roney, chair; Susan McNamara; and Linda Tozier) works in support of the students. Ideally, the Student Advisory Council has five members: one from each PA district and two at-large members. This year we selected four members. Unfortunately, three of them had to withdraw unexpectedly in the winter. Congratulations and thanks to the continuing student member this year:
    • Sarah Best, West District, a junior at the University of Pittsburgh, majoring in Economics and Mathematics as well as in Gender Studies.
  • Taking the place of the other Student Advisory Council members on the student panel are student volunteers:
    • Amiyra Brodie, a junior majoring in Social Work at Lock Haven University of PA
    • Alaya Rhymer, from St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands, is a first-year student at La Roche College majoring in Forensic Chemistry
  • Two PA branches that won grants to host a Tech Savvy event in their areas: Erie’s will take place at Edinboro University and North Hills-McKnight will work with La Roche College.
  • Winners of the 2015 state National Conference for College Women Student Leaders (NCCWSL) grants who attended NCCWSL. AAUW-PA offered four state grants and the Ward-Roney grant; special thanks to the selection committee: Cathy Wieland, chair; Michele Buford; Susan McNamara; and Deb Roney. Winners were:
    • Stephanie DelVento ’16, English, Media, and Communication, Delaware Valley College Class of 2016
    • Amanda Howard ’17, Biology, Lebanon Valley College
    • Julia McMurry ’18, International Studies, Juniata College (Ward-Roney grant winner)
    • Amy Overpeck’17, Neuroscience, Lebanon Valley College
    • Ewelina Taran ’15, Counseling and Human Services, University of Scranton




  1. Albright College (2)
  2. Allegheny College (0)
  3. Bloomsburg University (1)
  4. Bryn Mawr College (4)
  5. Bucks County Community College (0)
  6. Butler County Community College (0)
  7. California University of Pennsylvania (2)
  8. Carlow University (2)
  9. Chatham University (4)
  10. Community College of Beaver County (0)
  11. Delaware Valley College (14)
  12. Dickinson College (21)
  13. Drexel University (6)
  14. Edinboro University of Pennsylvania (0)
  15. Franklin & Marshall College (1)
  16. Gannon University (0)
  17. Gettysburg College (20)
  18. Indiana University of Pennsylvania (11)
  19. Juniata College (20)
  20. Kutztown University of Pennsylvania (5)
  21. La Roche College (42)
  22. Lafayette College (11)
  23. Lebanon Valley College (2)
  24. Lehigh University (3)
  25. Lock Haven University (82)
  26. Luzerne County Community College (0)
  27. Messiah College (1)
  28. Millersville University of Pennsylvania (0)
  29. Montgomery County Community College (5)
  30. Moore College of Art and Design (0)
  31. Moravian College (6)
  32. Northampton Community College (5)
  33. Penn State University—Brandywine (0)
  34. Penn State University—University Park Campus (48)
  35. Penn State World Campus (79)
  36. Pennsylvania College of Technology (0)
  37. Philadelphia College of Osteopathic
  38. Robert Morris University (6)
  39. Slippery Rock University (2)
  40. Temple University (12)
  41. University of Pennsylvania (1)
  42. University of Pittsburgh-Bradford Campus (4)
  43. University of Scranton (1)
  44. Ursinus College (0)
  45. Washington & Jefferson College (2)
  46. West Chester University of Pennsylvania (53)
  47. Widener University (1)



  • Carnegie Mellon University (15)
  • Cedar Crest College (5)
  • Cheyney University of Pennsylvania (1)
  • Duquesne University (4)
  • Haverford College (1)
  • Keystone College (1)
  • Mansfield University (1)
  • Muhlenberg College (6)
  • Saint Joseph’s University (6)
  • University of Pittsburgh (1)

Respectfully submitted on 18 February 2016,
Deb Roney
AAUW-PA College/University Liaison

Central District Coordinator
Sue Zitnick

The Central District Meeting was held on Saturday, November 7, 2015 in Palmyra.  Seventeen branch members from six branches attended.  Dot McLane, AAUW-PA president, led a wide ranging discussion on the ramifications lower paychecks have for women, how it affects their families and even the economy.  Dot also noted the many categories that are used to produce the sometimes confusing different statistics we see quoted.  More detailed information can be found each year in the booklet “The Simple Truth about the Gender Pay Gap” published by AAUW.  Toni Hoffman and Susan McNamara, AAUW-PA Public Policy chairs, then led us through the process of developing Power Maps that lead to a more effective way to influence a person or an institution.  Building a coalition to work on the issues was much easier after using the Power Map to discover who had influence or connections to help direct the lobbying for each policy. Then Susan and Toni took individual questions on many Public Policy issues.

After lunch Toni and Susan went over the 2015-16 Public Policy Challenge and what the two new working committees, Gender Equity and Voting Legislation, would be doing.  They then discussed the useful strategy “Illustrating the Power of the Personal Narrative” and gave examples showing how your personal story gets your point across in a much more memorable way than facts and statistics.  It was pointed out that it did not need to be your own personal story, but could be one from a friend or acquaintance.  We then worked in groups on our own personal stories which could be used when talking to legislators and officials.  We were reminded that the personal story was just the start of the conversation and that facts and statistics were still needed to back up your story.  Handouts for the legislators with these facts and statistics were always a good tactic.  The session ended with a discussion of ways to use the personal story when lobbying.

A number of the attendees discussed ways to use the information from the meeting to tailor their discussions with their legislators at the spring Lobby Day or Pay Equity Rally or any time they meet with their representatives.

AAUW-PA Public Policy chairs are very active and have been informing the branches of current issues needing our lobbying efforts.  Many branches continued their Public Policy advocacy through Get Out The Vote campaigns, letter writing, petition signing, and emails to legislators.  A number of branches are building strong coalitions to work on public policy issues in their areas and in the state.  The AAUW Two Minute Activist and Action Alert Network emails have also been keeping us up to date on the issues.  The AAUW-PA Pay Equity Rally Day will be held April 12th in Harrisburg in the Capitol Rotunda.

Susan Wheatley

This has been an exciting AAUW year for me as Board Secretary. On April 11, 2015, I was formally inducted into office for a 2-year term, beginning on July 1, and following the competent hands of Susan Norris. I was both very honored and at the same time very overwhelmed by this new appointment. I have served faithfully as president and long-time member of our Indiana County branch, but this would be my first time on the AAUW-PA State Board. Quickly, Susan Norris passed on to me many very large boxes of past board minutes – trunk to trunk in the Ramada Inn parking lot – with quick instructions. (And, did I detect from her a quick sigh of relief?) So it was that I found myself and my laptop ready to go at the Cupboard Inn in Lewisburg on a beautiful summer morning in July, surrounded by a couple dozen enthusiastic peers. In between two days of back-to-back meetings, we enjoyed the outdoor pool, congenial meals together, and spent our money (too much on my part!) at the Country Cupboard gift shop with fabulous clothes for me as well as gifts for the grandchildren. Of course, in my effort to get everything right, I took too many notes, but our president, Dot, was very helpful in her guidance on formatting official minutes. Best of all, I made valuable new friends – the Board members could not have been more welcoming and appreciative of my efforts. I must admit that I really enjoy serving as the official scribe for all of these AAUW worker-bees. Each time I prepare minutes, I learn so much about this wonderful organization and the activities that you – our membership – sponsor in support of AAUW’s mission to improve the lives of women and girls. So my advice is, if you are asked to run for a board office, please don’t hesitate to say “yes.” It is a rewarding experience! Thank you for allowing me to serve. I look forward to the next year.