What a journey this year has been! It has been my pleasure getting to know the faculty, faculty associates, staff, students, alumni and friends of the Center for Women’s and Gender Studies this year. I am surrounded by enthusiastic and energized people and it is an honor to work with all of them (all of you!).
This past year has seen a steady growth in our number of majors, minors, and graduate certificate students and we anticipate seeing this trend continue as we implement additional recruitment strategies. With the hard work of faculty member, Brian Jara, we will now be able to offer a WGST minor completely online beginning this summer. We are also very close to being able to offer an LGBTQ minor to students.
We reinstated the Fireside Chats this year. I hope you have received invitations for the event that is held at Elizabeth Moore Hall. The presentations have been well received and generate lively discussions. If you haven’t already, I hope you’ll be able to attend one soon.
Also of note, we are currently anticipating two big anniversaries: 2015 will mark the 35th anniversary of the creating of the Center (thanks to Judith Stitzel!) and 2016 will mark the 125th anniversary of the first woman, Harriet E. Lyon, to graduate from WVU – and at the head of her class! We are considering various ways to celebrate these events with an academic/scholarship focus. If you have suggestions, please contact us to share your ideas.
As you have seen elsewhere in this newsletter, the Center for Women’s and Gender Studies is once again moving, this time back onto campus. Beginning in mid- to late-May, we will be on the 2nd floor of Knapp Hall on an interim basis until the renovations on a building closer to the heart of the downtown campus are completed.
The end of an academic year is always bittersweet. On the one hand, we are looking forward to the slower summer months to re-energize after the end-of-semester frenzy, and on the other hand, we have to say good-bye to our current group of graduating seniors and graduating graduates. They have been great! Although we’re sad to see them leave our nest, we wish them all the very best success in all of their future endeavors!
Best regards to all of you,
Jennifer E. Orlikoff