The Presidents Commission on the Status of Women (PCSW) will
host its annual Spring Event, April 18 at 5:30 p.m. in the School
of Laws Tull Auditorium.
And there is much to celebrate, promises Deb Floyd, the outgoing
Weve had a great year, and this is a chance for us
to reflect and just say, Congratulations, we made it another
year, Floyd said.
Last year marked the groups 25th anniversary at Emory, and
this years Spring Event is incorporating that milestone. During
last years event, Floyd announced the PCSW would donate 25
trees to be planted at the new child care center at Clairmont Campus.
Varieties of trees to be planted include sourwoods, Virginia pines,
sawtooth oaks and magnolias, and a bench would commemorate the plantings.
The theme of this years Spring Event is Roots,
which intertwines itself well with the tree-planting campaign, whose
fundraising efforts will kick off at this years event. With
$5,000 under its belt, PCSW wants to raise enough funds to meet
its $20,000 goal, Floyd said.
It just happened that the [event planning] fell into place
and the theme found us, said Floyd, director of student affairs
for the law school.
The theme isnt just limited to the planting projectit
extends to the events guest speaker, Frances Smith Foster,
who will discuss the roots of African American oral traditions.
Smith Foster is Charles Howard Candler Professor of English and
Womens Studies and Director of the Emory Institute of Women's
Studies. She regularly teaches undergraduate and graduate courses
in African American literature prior to the 20th century and in
For Floyd, having Smith Foster speak is a strong connection to
both womens pasts: Floyd first met Smith Foster as an undergraduate
at San Diego State University. After two years as PCSW chair, Floyd
said having Smith Foster speak at the event was a nice way to bring
her time with the group and her interest in womens studies
President Bill Chace will be on hand to present the PCSW Presidents
Writing Awards to three studentsan undergraduate, a graduate
student and a professional school student. Each student will receive
$250. Musical group Sweet Potato Pie, including Allison Adams, managing
editor of Academic Exchange, and Kathy Reed, a former Emory employee,
will provide musical entertainment for the evening.
Just making it through another year isnt the
only thing PCSW members have reason to celebrate; several notable
achievements mark the past year, including a study on female faculty
tenure at the University and the establishment of a staff mentoring
program, which will begin its early stages this summer.
Cost for the event is $5, and tax-deductible donations can be made
to the tree planting prgram at the door. Reservations can be made
through Floyd, at 404-727-6829 or email@example.com.