We also welcomed new department chair Dr. Diane Price-Herndl. But Dr. "DPH" Price-Herndl isn't new around WGS. She's been a key member of the department for four years.
Welcoming our new chair Dr. DPH meant saying goodbye to Dr. Elizabeth Bell, our outgoing chair. She's not going far, however. She's been promoted to Associate Dean of Faculty in the College of Arts and Sciences. Go Dr. Bell! It's great to have friends in high places.
But wait. It gets even better. After four years of joint appointments in WGS and Sociology, our shero Dr. Michelle Hughes Miller will be joining the WGS faculty full time beginning in January.
The Open House showed us it's wonderful to have so many good friends, fans, and supporters all over the campus. As Dr. Bell always says, "In the spirit of our WGS home and community, open house in CMC 202 is every day!" So stop in to see us and say hello.
Click this image for a photo slideshow of the Walk A Mile Event.
WGS students, faculty, and alumni participated in USF's 6th annual Walk a Mile in Her Shoes event on Oct. 3. This violence awareness and prevention march and rally was sponsored by the USF student organization called N.I.T.E. (Network, Improve, Transform, Empower) and the USF Center for Victim Advocacy and Violence Prevention.
WGS graduate students Aubrey Hall, Kasie Holmes, and Heather Kozar will present research papers at the USF Graduate Student Conference "Identities and Inequalities in a Globalizing World" on Friday, Oct. 18., in MSC 2708.
WGS MA student Heather Kozar has been invited to present her research on narratives of intersectionality at the Human Rights, Literature, the Arts, and Social Sciences International Conference on Nov. 21 in Mount Pleasant, MI.
WGS MA student Samantha Heuwagen is now blogging for IamChoice.com and now writes for the organization about various women's and political issues. Read her latest post titled, "Young People and the Pressure to Lead Lives of the Past" which focuses on the assumptions people make in regards to marital status, children and reproductive choice.
WGS MA student Kasie Holmes has been invited to present her research at the 2013 Gender, Sexuality, and Hip Hop Conference at Tulane University in New Orleans in December.
WGS MA student Robyn Homer has been invited to present her research at the 2014 ESS Sociology of Reproduction mini-conference in Baltimore, Maryland in February.
WGS Grad Students Present at MSU Medical Geography Symposium
MA student Samantha Heuwagen and Grad Certificate student Jennifer Iceton presented their work at the 15th International Medical Geography Symposium at the Michigan State University in Lansing, Michigan on July 7-12, 2013. Jennifer presented, "Agamben, Bare Life, and Reproductive Bio Politics" and Samantha presented her paper, "Reproductive Rights in Argentina." Both papers discussed feminism and reproductive rights throughout the world. Iceton's piece used Giorgio Agamben's theory about the politicization and control of the body by the state in regards to women's bodies and their lack of control over important decisions like abortion. She argued that although Agamben does not specifically speak of women's bodies, his theory of state control of bodies can be extrapolated to include questions surrounding the political and legal rights of women and the unborn fetus. Heuwagen's piece focused on the lack of reproductive rights and a sexual education system in Argentina. She discussed education as the main piece in ganging (and maintaining) reproductive freedoms throughout the country and for all of its citizens. Both pieces received positive feedback from their panels and both were able to share in creating new knowledge within the medical geography field.
WGS Alumna and Graduate Certificate Students to Present at NCA
WGS Alumna Zoe DuPree Fine (MA 2012) and graduate certificate students Joey Bartell and Summer Cunningham have recently been accepted to present a panel at the upcoming National Communication Association (NCA) conference this November. The title of the panel is "Performing Spirituality: Making Connections Within and Without."
Our hearts are heavy
WGS is losing two women who have made WGS the phenomenal department that it is: Dr. Ednie Garrison and Ms. Ginny Scott. Ednie (pictured below, left) has been a visiting assistant professor for three years here in WGS. She’s taught most every undergraduate class in our curriculum, staged countless Art Crawls, taken students to conferences, counseled and mentored everyone, and been a dear, dear friend to all. With faculty and adjuncts coming and going, Ednie has been the center of WGS through it all. We thank her for her teaching, scholarship, and service, and we wish her and Max the very best.
Ginny Scott (pictured below, right), our office-manager extraordinaire, has kept the WGS ship afloat for two years. Her steady professionalism, her unwavering commitment to the department, and her fabulous photography have made us look very, very good. Ginny and her Marine Corps family are relocating to San Diego. We’re fortunate that Ginny gave us two terrific years and left us many, many happy memories.
Toasting our Newest WGS MA Graduates
WGS celebrated the work of three completed MA degrees with our semi-annual Talk 'n Toast. Heidi Kramer and Becky Killik (top image, left to right) shared their work with the community. Morgan Eubank, who is alreading interning at the United Nations in New York, also completed her MA this semester.
Becky's MA work centered on her internship with the Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice’s youth organization, Spiritual Youth for Reproductive Freedom (SYRF). This organization uplifts and mobilizes spiritual and pro-choice youth so that it may advocate for reproductive justice. She started a USF chapter and staged several events throughout the spring semester.
Heidi wrote her MA thesis on three Pixar films. Her study analyzes Monsters, Inc., Toy Story 3, and The Incredibles, three children's films released from 2001 through 2010, for the ways in which the torture scenes are framed through militarism and nationalism.
Morgan Eubank explored the Liberian Truth and Reconciliation Commission (LTRC) lack of attention towards accessing rural Liberian women’s voices as opposed to privileged Liberian women residing in urban and Diaspora spaces.
Also joining in the toast was Jennifer Ellerman-Queen, who completed her MA thesis in spring of 2012 on Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS), the most common endocrine disorder among females of childbearing age, affecting between 6-10% of the population. Her study examines how feminist theory interrogates and analyzes knowledge about the body and PCOS, integrating the lived experiences of women to provide a deeper, more meaningful understanding of what it means to be a woman with PCOS.
And then we toasted to their MA accomplishments and offered WGS best wishes for all future success and happiness.
Oh the Places You'll Go
Congratulations to our WGS May 2013 graduates! With 18 majors and 11 minors, this
is our biggest BA graduating class ever! Kudos go to our single-, double-, and triple
majors. Hip, hip, hurray for all!
Doubles and triples!
Anna Armitage, Magna cum laude, History and Women’s Studies
Alicia M. Devita, Philosophy and Women’s Studies
Brenda Layne Gregory, Magna cum laude, History and Women's Studies
Ashley Michelle Hance, cum laude, Interdisciplinary Social Sciences, Women’s Studies, Religious Studies
Charmaine Oliver, Magna cum laude, English and Women’s Studies
Sarah Elizabeth Preston, Interdisciplinary Social Sciences, Sociology and Religious Studies, Women’s Studies
Women’s Studies 2013 BAs:
Arielle Brooke Click, cum laude
Sally Suzanne Haefling
Jane Mary Kim
Mia Victoria Lawrie
Amanda B. Markiewicz
William Edward McDonough
Laila A. Noorani
Partying with Faculty. Sorta.
The WGS Graduate Reception, May 3, 2013, celebrated our new graduates with best wishes from WGS faculty and staff. We were so pleased to meet parents, grandparents, siblings, partners and friends of our wonderful graduates. Click on the image below to see a slideshow of the grads.
An MTV Star is Born
Kiersten Downs, WGS Graduate Certificate student and PhD student in Applied Anthropology, continues to be in the news. Check out the MTV show Random Acts and the USF story of Kiersten's bicycle trip across the country in support of military veterans.
WGS ALUM NEWS:
Zoe DuPree Fine (MA in Women's and Gender Studies at USF, 2012) and Ellen Klein (MA in Religious Studies at USF, PhD Candidate in Communication at USF) will present “Queering Family: Meeting, Mending, and (Re)Manufacturing Motherhood... As Queer” at the 2013 National Women's Studies Association 2013 conference, Nov. 7-10, in Cincinnati, OH.
Dr. Hughes Miller stands out at USF's Take Back the Night
WGS and Sociology Associate Professor, Dr. Michelle Hughes Miller gave the keynote speech at USF's Take Back the Night and inspired the 100 + students with her story as a victim and survivor. Read more about Dr. Hughes Miller's story and about the event. Well done, Dr. Hughes Miller!
The next Tampa Bay area Take Back the Night event will be held on Sunday, April 21st at Curtis Hixon Park 4-9pm (details).
WGS GSO hosts Vagina Monologues & Raises $3,400
This year's student-production of The Vagina Monologues on April 11 and 12 raised $3,400 for the Crisis Center of Tampa Bay. Presented by the Women's and Gender Studies Graduate Student Organization and accompanied by ASL interpreters, The Vagina Monologues was a success thanks to the efforts of women from around the USF community. Videos of the production can be viewed at: http://www.youtube.com/user/aslahall4"
WGS Shout Out from the Dean
In Dean Eric Eisenberg's
Annual Reportt on the College of Arts and Sciences, he notes "the revitalized
Department of Women’s and Gender studies has increased its number of majors and
created a well-received internship program, which places undergraduates in internships
around the Tampa Bay region." Kudos to Internship Director Dr. Christie Rinck
and all our terrific WGS Interns for making us shine!
WGS Affilliate Dr. Christine Probes awarded Chevalier dans l'Ordre des Palmes Academiques
Professor of French Literature and WGS affiliate, Dr. Christine Probes
will be honored with the Chevalier dans l'Ordre des Palmes Academiques later this
month. The award is is an Order of Chivalry of France for academics and cultural
and educational figures who have made major contributions to French education and/or
culture. Gael de Maisonneuve, Consul General of France in Miami,
will be giving a presentation "450 Years of French History in Florida"
and presenting the award to Dr. Probes after the talk. Congratulations Dr. Probes!
Click here for event details.
"...And then the world changed. Women change the World."
Art Crawl 2013
To close out Women's History Month festivities, WGS held the 6th annual Art Crawl
and our first in the new CMC office suite. Each year WGS displays student art projects
reflecting on how institutions impact women's lives and how women work to change
institutions. We then invite everyone to come and view the art and visit with WGS
faculty, staff and their peers for the afternoon. This year, students in Dr.
Jessie Turner's online WST 2250 Female Experience in America and Dr.
Ednie Garrison's WST 3015 Intro to Women's Studies created art
in a variety of media in response to the prompt "...and then the world changed.
Women change the world." Faculty were especially impressed with the quality
of student art at this year's event--click on the slide show below to see the images.
(Photos by Alixes Norman and Ginny Scott)
The second edition of Dr. Kim Golombisky’s co-authored book White Space Is Not Your Enemy is hot off the presses. She and co-author Rebecca Hagen are happy to report thriving sales. Check out the gorgeous website: http://cw.routledge.com/textbooks/9780240824147/index.html
WGS Grad Students present at Women's Studies Graduate Association Symposium
WGS graduate students Jennifer Iceton and Samantha Heuwagen attended the 15th Annual Women's Studies Graduate Association Symposium: Boundaries, Bodies and Dissidence: Negotiating New Spaces of Feminist Knowledge at Florida Atlantic University. Iceton presented "Agamben, Bare life and Reproductive Biopolitics," and Heuwagen presented "Sex Education Through Feminist Pedagogy." Both students have the opportunity to see their papers published.
WGS and International Women's Day/Women's History Month
March has been an eventful month! The department has participated in a number of activities this month as part of International Women's Day and Women's History Month.
In partnership with the Women's Status Committee, WGS sponsored award winning photojournalist and women's rights activist Paola Gianturco, to share images and stories from her new book Grandmother Power: A Global Phenonmenon.
Additionally, Olga Plakhotnik and Rakshinda Shah were featured guest speakers at the USF Peace Corps event for Women's History Month. Olga's presentation "Feminisms in Ukraine and around" was focused on the most visible feminist groups - Pussy Riot, Femen and Feminist Ofenzyva. It provoked intense scholarly discussions about postcolonial feminisms, female body issues in feminism, and the contemporary forms of feminist protest.
A New Door for Dr. Rinck
The faculty and staff of WGS offer our heartfelt thanks to academic advisor extraordinaire, Dr. Christie Rinck, as she pursues a new opportunity as the academic advisor for the Departments of Sociology and Humanities and Cultural Studies beginning March 4, 2013.
Dr. Rinck will be creating and administering a new internship program for Humanities and Cultural Studies (HCS). The magic she created for the WGS Internship will grow as she reaches out to even more community organizations to place HCS students in their folds. All current and summer WGS interns will still be supervised by Dr. Rinck.
Moreover, Dr. Rinck is a highly-qualified and experienced advisor with a doctorate in music theory. This transition to HCS will allow her to teach courses in a department that are closely related to her scholarly interests.
Although we will miss her tremendously, we are elated for Dr. Rinck's new opportunity to create another fantastic internship program, to teach in her specialty, and to reach a new cadre of USF students with her magic. Her new office is CPR 366. Don’t be strangers!
Welcome to Ce’era Horton, the new WGS Undergraduate Advisor
WGS is pleased to announce the addition of the newest member to the WGS family, Ce’era Horton, our new UG Advisor beginning March 4, 2013. Ce’era earned a B.S. in Health Administration in 2005 from Central Michigan University. In 2008 she earned her M.Ed. in Counseling with a Student Personnel emphasis from North Carolina State University. Ce’era has been with USF Since 2008, beginning her journey as a proud USF BULL with on-campus Housing. Ce’era worked with on-campus Housing until June 2012 when she began her exciting Career as an Academic Advisor at USF-Tampa. When not helping students, during her free time, Ce’era enjoys watching movies, going to the beach, and traveling.
Should you need some assistance, please stop by. Ce’era is located in CMC 206B—in the Economics Department just down the hall from WGS. Ce’era may also be reached at: 813-974-6547 or firstname.lastname@example.org. To schedule an Advising appointment: USF Students: http://eschedule.forest.usf.edu/login.aspx or Non USF Students: http://eschedule.forest.usf.edu/NonStudentlogin.aspx
Let’s make Ce’era welcome! We look forward to a long and happy relationship.
Spring N.I.T.E. Walk March 4th
WGS MA students Eileen Dabrowski, Becky Killik, and Robyn Homer worked with several dozens of other USF students, staff, and faculty to make USF safer after dark. Teams gridded off the campus and walked to identify after-dark safety concerns such as burned out lights and unsafe pavement. Dabrowski pioneered the sponsoring organization (N.I.T.E.: Necessary Improvements to the Environment) and its twice-a-year event when she was still an undergraduate student in psychology.
Student Groups Protest Anti-Choice Exhibit
Spiritual Youth for Reproductive Freedom (SYRF), Students for a Democratic Society, and other concerned students came out on Feb. 13 and 14 to counter protest the Genocide Awareness Project's campus exhibit. USF students braved the weather, including freezing rain, 8am-5pm both days, to demonstrate the pro-choice presence on campus. Pictured: WGS MA student Becky Killik, who is interning with SYRF.
More Good News About WGS MA Scholarship
Two WGS MA students have had papers accepted for presentation at the first USF Global Governance and Sustainable Communities Interdisciplinary Conference. Rakshinda Shah will be presenting “The Impact of Education on the Lives of Women in Chitral, Pakistan: 1962-2012." Samantha Heuwagen will be presenting "Reproductive Rights in Argentina."
Kiyanna Sawyer, WGS Major and President of Triota, WGS National Honor Society, organized a memorial on the anniversary of the death of Treyvon Martin. Here's the news story in the USF Oracle.
WGS Grad Student News
Rakshinda Shah, WGS graduate student, has been accepted to present her paper "Health Issues among Afghan Refugees in Pakistan Malaria, Maternal Mortality and Mental Health: An Overview 1979-2012" at the 2013 International Medical Geography Symposium at Michigan State University. And Samantha Heuwagen, WGS Graduate student and Jennifer Iceton, Masters certificate student, have been accepted to present their work at the 15th Annual Women’s Studies Graduate Student Association Symposium - “Boundaries, Bodies, and Dissidence: Negotiating New Spaces of Feminist Knowledge" on March 29th in Boca Raton, FL at the Florida Atlantic University. Great work ladies!Congratulations to Alicia DeVita, WGS Major and Intern
Alicia DeVita is the first WGS undergraduate to apply for and receive IRB (Institutional Review Board) approval for her internship research. Here is Alicia's description of her project:
My research seeks to identify the most common variable that influences high school senior girls to not enroll in postsecondary education. High school graduates who believe they can sustain a life lived on minimum wage run the risk of becoming part of the statistics of people in Hillsborough County who live at a poverty level. Education improves everyone’s paycheck, but based upon the gendered impact, it is even more important for women. Additionally, single mothers with only a high school diploma stand a greater risk of living an impoverished life.
I will be surveying young women in Hillsborough County from the ages of 18 to 23. By isolating the variant with the highest correlation to students who did not pursue higher education, Hillsborough County’s educational and social system could then focus on improving these conditions. This improvement will minimize the symbiotic financial burden between the government and young adult women, especially those who are parents. In addition, the information provided by this study could potentially help school counselors and youth case managers better understand the conditions that negatively impact the future of their students, as well as positively impact the government’s welfare budget.
Congratulations, Alicia! What important work!
WGS Majors Spread the Word at Stampede
Taylor Riffey, Cassandra Novalien, and Alicia DeVita (left to right below) attended USF Stampede, a recruiting event for high school seniors and their parents, on Saturday, Feb. 16 at the Marshall Center. The three WGS majors and interns spoke with potential students about the joys of the major as well as ways to combine WGS with other majors at USF. Cassandra sold students on USF, emphasizing the need to get involved with student organizations. Taylor detailed courses, especially "The Politics of Women's Health" as a wonderful choice for Health Science Majors. Alley spoke in fluent Spanish with a family that spent almost 30 minutes visiting at the WGS table. A great morning for WGS majors and potential ones!
Congrats to Brittany Taylor (WGS MA 2012), who just got a job as Outreach Specialist in HIV Services for DACCO (Drug Abuse Comprehensive Coordinating Office). She does HIV testing, counseling, and referrals, as well as community education about HIV prevention and transmission. She says, "I miraculously found a position using my graduate work in Women's and Gender Studies. So I'm very excited to be working with DACCO! It's a great feeling to use and apply my master's research and internship."
In The News
WGS MA Grad, current instructor and all around department guru, Jennifer Ellerman-Queen, is quoted in Tampa Bay Edition of Creative Loafing article "Florida's Abortion Obstacle Course."
Our own WGS grad certificate student Kiersten Downs gave a kick-ass quote on p. 1A of the Tampa Bay Times today on women in combat.
The USF Alumni Association is currently acception applications for a $1,000 LGBT Scholarship. For the application and details, visit the website.
WGS Interns Win USF's Community Scholar Fellowships
WGS Interns Alicia DeVita (above left), Brittany King (above center), Sarah Preston (above right) and Alyssa Hughley are recipients of USF's Community Scholar Fellowships. The Community Scholars Fellowship program supports undergraduate students conducting research that benefits, and is carried out in partnership with community organizations, nonprofits, or local government agencies. Each fellowship comes with a $1,000 stipend to conduct research through their internships. Congratulations ladies!
To learn more about the WGS Undergraduate Internship program, visit the Internships page.
To learn more about USF's Community Scholars Fellowship program, visit the Office of Community Engagement & Partnerships page.
New Triota Inductees
Welcome to the new members of Triota, the USF Chapter of the Women’s Studies National Honor Society. Triota represents the cream of the crop of WGS majors with 3.5+ GPAs in WGS classes and a 3.0+ overall GPA. Our newest members are
Kimberly "Azure" Samuels
Brava for your academic achievements and best wishes for continued success from all of us in WGS.
MA Student to Present at Symposium
WGS MA student Samantha Heuwagen will present her competitively selected paper "Reproductive Rights in Argentina" at the 15th International Medical Geography Symposium, scheduled July 7-12 at Michigan State in Lansing.