2016 Tannersville, Chateau Resort & Conference Center
2015 State College, Ramada Conference and Golf Hotel
2014 Gettysburg, Wyndham Gettysburg
2013 State College, Toftrees Golf Resort
2012 Pittsburgh, Double Tree by Hilton
2011 State College, Days Inn Penn State
2010 Carlisle, Hotel Carlisle (The Embers)
2009 Lewisburg, Country Cupboard ***
2008 Exton, Inn at Chester Springs
2007 Scranton, The Hilton-Scranton
2006 Johnstown, Downtown Holiday Inn
2005 Grantville, Holiday Inn
2004 Valley Forge, Radisson Hotel
2003 State College, Penn Stater
2002 Pittsburgh, Sheraton North
2001 York, Heritage Hills
2000 Allentown, Hilton
1999 Erie, Bel-Aire Hotel
1998 The Penn Stater
1997 The Penn State Scanticon Conference Center
1996 Valley Forge, Sheraton
1995 Harrisburg, Hilton
1994 Pittsburgh, Greentree Marriott
1993 Reading, Sheraton Berkshire
1992 State College, Days Inn
1991 Seven Springs
1990 Tamiment, Poconos
1989 Slippery Rock University
1988 York College, York
1987 Muhlenberg College, Allentown
1986 University Park, Penn State
1985 Lycoming College, Williamsport
1984 Chatham College, Pittsburgh
1983 Rosemont College, Philadelphia
1982 Lock Haven State College
1981 Behrend PSU Campus, Erie
1980 Bloomsburg State College
1979 Lafayette College, Easton
1977 Altoona Campus, Penn State
1976 Valley Forge
1972 Villa Marie College, Erie
1968 State College
1964 Beaver College, Philadelphia
1956 State College
1954 Bryn Mawr College, Philadelphis
1951 Atlantic City **
1946 State College
1936 Harrisburg *
1934 State College *
1932 Wilmington *
1930 Wilkes-Barre *
1929 Pittsburgh *
1926 Philadelphia *
1924 Philadelphia *
* Pennsylvania – Delaware Division
** Preceding Association Convention
*** Annual Meeting
2016 Annual State Meeting Recap
AAUW-PA 87th Annual Meeting
April 15-17, 2016
Chateau Resort & Conference Center
Women’s Leadership in Action
The AAUW-PA annual meeting was attended by approximately 85 members, speakers and student affiliates. Twenty-seven of the State’s 40 Branches were represented. Activities on Friday evening included a book discussion, a presentation of the award winning Cheyney University Campus Action Project and a Town Hall Meeting with Cordy Galligan, Vice President of Marketing and Business Development at National.
Saturday’s schedule was very full. Board member, Linda Robbins, discussed how to maintain archives followed by Cordy Galligan’s advice on how to market your Branch. President, Dot McLane, conducted the Annual Business Meeting. Dr. Catherine Hill, Vice President for Research at AAUW, shared her findings from her latest report, Barriers and Bias: The Status of Women in Leadership. Attendees were treated to a special theater experience during lunch as several Board members presented The Talbot Story, a play about the founding of AAUW.
Afternoon workshops included a panel of several Student Organization Advisors addressing core issues of What? How? Why? Peg Pennepacker, State College member, explained Title IX. Policy Chairs, Susan McNamara and Toni Hoffman, reviewed Get Out the Vote: Toolkit to Turn-out. A panel of student affiliates shared their campus agendas and how they carry out the AAUW Mission. The District meetings (East, Central, West) were followed by the Awards Presentation program that recognized outstanding efforts by various Branches. Dinner speaker Heather Mason, an AAUW Legal Advocacy plaintiff, shared her journey as she sought legal justice for discrimination in the workplace. A special opportunity for networking over dessert concluded the day’s activities.
The Sunday morning program began with a power point presentation by Susan McNamara and Tony Hoffman that celebrated the Public Policy Impact Grant and the many accomplishments throughout this past year. Cordy Galligan provided an AAUW National Update and installed newly elected officers, Dot McLane, President, and Sandy M. Homel, Vice President for two-year terms.
Several activities were designed to benefit the AAUW Legal Advocacy Fund that included morning yoga and hiking as well as a silent auction. Attendees bid on baskets donated by individuals and branches along with two signed books.
Special thanks to the Program Committee including Sandy M. Homel (Program VP), Rosemary Baker, Patricia Byerly, Susan Donahue, Dot McLane, Linda Robbins (Conference Coordinator), Deb Roney, Connie Schroder, Linda Tozier, Cathy Wieland and Susan Nenstriel (Conference Coordinator).
During the business meeting a resolution from York Branch was proposed and was approved by the members.
Resolution on Cyber Charter Schools
The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania approved cyber charter schools in 1997, and their low performance scores rank 48.7% on the State’s 100 points scale compared to public schools’ scores of 78.8%.
The funding for cyber charter schools far exceeds instructional costs; therefore,
Be it resolved that AAUW-PA encourage its branches to educate their members and the public about the academic, social, and economic impact evolving from the continuance and increase of cyber charter schools as this vitally affects the future level of education for present and future generations of students in Pennsylvania.
NOTE Change in Date of 2016 AAUW-PA 87th Annual Meeting (Convention)
Please note that the date previously set for our state convention 2016, and which is advertised on the back of the 2015 Yearbook, has been changed so as not to interfere with the Passover holiday in 2016. The new date for the meeting is Friday to Sunday April 15, 16 and 17, 2016. Save the date and make sure to join us at the Chateau Resort and Conference Center in Tannersville (Poconos) in 2016.
ANNUAL MEETING SPEAKERS
Keynote Speaker – Susan Russell
What’s Your Story?
If you had the opportunity to tell one story about yourself, what story would you choose? If you were guaranteed one minute of undivided attention from everyone around you, what would you do with that time? If you were afforded the opportunity to make one change about your working environment, your home environment, or your cultural environment, what would that change be? If change begins with telling a story, why not start telling a tale and see what happens…..only thing is, you have to be willing to listen to everyone else’s tale as well. The process of choosing a story, telling a story, and listening to someone else story is the beginning of community building, and in the search for Dignity, the process of building a community of listeners is where everything begins. So tell me a story……I’m all ears.
Susan Russell is an Associate Professor in the School of Theatre at Penn State. Following a 25-year career as a professional actor, she earned her PhD in Theatre from Florida State in 2007, and is a published playwright and author. Susan was honored in 2012 with the Penn State Commission For Women’s Faculty Award for her work on women’s issues. As the 2014-15 Penn State Laureate, she has taken her “Dignity Tour” (dignity.psu.edu) to Penn State campuses, high schools and other locations to explore how language can bridge communication gaps between diverse cultures and disciplines.
AAUW National Update — Eileen Hartmann
Eileen Hartmann is currently serving her first term on the AAUW National Board of Directors. Most recently, she served as the Field Experience Coordinator in the Education Department at Nazareth College of Rochester, NY. She has held many volunteer leadership posts in AAUW in both New York State and California.
Human Trafficking – Shoba Wadha
Dr. Shoba Wadhia is a Clinical Professor of Law at the Center for Immigrant Rights, Penn State Law. She is the founder/director of the Center for Immigrants’ Rights, and a nationally recognized scholar of immigration law. Dr. Wadhia’s research focus is on the role of prosecutorial discretion in immigration law.