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Today, many of our 1400 faculty women meet and network at receptions to begin and end the academic year. These receptions facilitate introductions of new faculty, as well as allow faculty to cross disciplines, establishing connections with others in widely divergent fields.

2008-09 Programs

[Winter Term]

Leadership Skills for Women: How Not To Get Shot
Wed, January 14, Memorial Union 206
Speaker: Jean Bonifas

Leadership Skills for Women: How To Say It For Women
Fri, February 20, Memorial Union 206
Speaker: Susan Schwarz

Leadership Skills for Women: Managing Abundance by Saying 'No
Thurs, March 19, Memorial Union 206
Speaker: Susan Schwarz

[Fall Term]

Gender Equity in Academia: Best Practices
Memorial Union Ballroom, Thursday, October 30, 2008 from 9:30-11:30am
Panelists include Nancy "Rusty" Barcelo, Vice President and Vice Provost for Equity and Diversity at the University of Minnesota; Deborah Ballam, ASsoicate Provost for Women's Policy Initiatives and Director for the Women's Place at Ohio State University; and Sheila O'Rourke, Assistant Provost, Academic Affairs, Office of Faculty Equity at University of California, Berkeley. The forum will consist of a world cafe style discussions on the issue of gender equity on campus. The forum is open to ALL.

Fall Reception at the home of Ellen Momsen, Friday, October 3, 2008 from 4:30-6:30pm

2007-08 Reception:

Ilene Kleinsorge, Dean of the College of Business, will host the Fall, 2007 Faculty Women's Network reception on Friday, October 19, 2007 from 4:30-6:30pm. All faculty women are welcome to attend, particularly those who are new to OSU.

2007-08 Programs for Fall Term:

Informal conversations will be scheduled at least one Friday of each month. Topics will be posted and information will be sent out regularly via the FWN listserve. Topics may include: publish or perish; the glass ceiling; child care and parental leave; women in science/math/engineering; what's the climate like for women today; how can we guide the work of the Women's Advancement and Gender Equity Director; research assistants network. If you have an idea for a conversation, please contact one of the steering committee members.

2006-07 Events:

The Unique Experiences of Women in Science

A conversation and reception with OSU Graduate

Pamela Matson, Chester Naramore Dean of the School of Earth Sciences
Richard and Rhoda Goldman Professor of Environmental Studies, Stanford University

Wednesday, May 2, 2007 Women's Center 3:00-5:00pm

Advancing Your Career--What We Learned from the NW Women's Leadership Forum, Liz Gray, Health and Human Sciences and Beth Rietveld, Women's Center
Date: Monday, November 13, 2006
Time: 12:00noon - 1:15pm
In the Memorial Union Leadership Center: Journey Room

Faculty Women's Network Fall Reception (20th Anniversary!)
Date: Friday Oct 13, 2006
Time: 4:30 - 6:30
At the Hanson Country Inn ( )
795 SW Hanson Street, Corvallis
Directions: Take Western Blvd. west to West Hills Road and make
an almost immediately right turn on Hanson Street.

2005-06 Academic Year:

Friday, June 9, 2006 from 4:30-6:30pm: Faculty Women's Network Spring Reception at the home of Leslie Burns, Chair, Design and Human Environment. 2953 NW Taylor Ave, Corvallis. Please join us for wine, punch, hors d'oeurvres and conversation. All faculty women are welcome. No RSVP is necessary.

Thursday, May 18, 2006: The Faculty Women's Network and the College of Engineering invite you to attend a brown bag lunch (12:00-1:00) presentation with Dr. Valerie Young in room 102 Owen Hall. It's a great chance to commune with colleagues whom you normally rarely have a chance to see, and discuss issues that may affect us and our students. Mark your calendars!

Dr. Valerie Young has visited campuses and corporations across the country to raise awareness of and help people overcome 'THE IMPOSTOR SYNDROME.' Her workshops seem to resonate with people from all walks of life, and she has received rave reviews from engineering colleges throughout the country, including UT Austin, MIT, UCDavis, etc.

- Do you secretly worry that others will find out you're not as intelligent and competent as they seem to think you are?

- Do you often dismiss your accomplishments as a "fluke" or "no big deal?"

- Do you sometimes shy away from challenge because of nagging self-doubt?

- Learn about the so-called Impostor Syndrome and how it operates in every day life, how race, class, and gender can and do contribute to feelings of fraudulence, and how to stop the perfectionism, procrastination, and chronic self-doubt standing between you and your goals

To learn more about The Impostor Syndrome, please visit Dr. Young's website: .

Winter Term Program and Women's Basketball Event:

Thursday, February 9, 2006: The Faculty Women's Network and the President's Commission on the Status of Women are invited to enjoy OSU Women's Basketball vs. Arizona State for only $2 per ticket and we will meet before the game for pizza and beverages in the Reser Stadium Founders Loge (a lovely setting if you haven't seen it before!) .

Head Coach, LaVonda Wagner will join us promptly at 5:30pm and one of the assistant coaches will join us later to talk about the game with Arizona State.

Pizza dinner and Women's Basketball Game; Time: 5:00 p.m. dinner, 7:00 game against Arizona State; Cost: $6.00 for dinner , $2.00 for the game (per person); Who: Family, friends, kids, neighbors, co-workers!! Where: We'll eat in the new Reser Stadium Founders Loge and be joined by the women of the Zonta Club of Corvallis.

Friday, March 3rd, 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM Where: Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Conference Room, Rm. 212, Memorial Union Why: Connection and Community Panel Discussion: Members of the President's Commission on the Status of Women at OSU will facilitate a discussion concerning the topic of parity. The following two questions will be posed to the guests to begin the discussion. "If we were focused on enhancing the station of women at OSU - what would that look like within our systems and women's everyday lives?" " Has anything changed at OSU since the 2005 Parity Report was submitted to President Ray?" Please bring your brown bag lunch and revel in the opportunity for this critical discussion concerning the advancement of women at Oregon State University.

Fall Term Program and Reception:

October 14, 2005 - Fall Term Reception for all Faculty Women
at the home of Becky Johnson, Vice Provost for Academic Affairs, 4:30pm - 6:30pm

November 8, 2005 - 12:00noon - 1:00pm location MU 206 (Asian Pacific Room)-- Recognizing and Assisting Students with Mental Health Concerns Jackie Balzer, Dean of Student Life & Ellen Taylor, Director, University Counseling & Psychological Services

Informal noon-hour programs are generally held each term on relevant topics of the time.

Past Events

Past program topics have included:

  • The Campus Climate: Chilly for Women Faculty
  • Publish or Perish? How to Get Research Money and University Awards
  • Negotiation Skills
  • Making Presentations: Hints for Effective Presenting with Confidence and Style
  • Just Say No ... to More Work
  • Risk Taking in Higher Education
  • Promotion and Tenure
  • Issues of Non-Tenure Track Faculty
  • Women About Divorce
  • When Students Harass: An Open Discussion of Experiences and Strategies
  • Grant Writing from Several Perspectives
  • The Art of Mentoring: Personal Experience and Thoughts
  • Obtaining Workplace Respect: Comments, Suggestions and Experiences from Faculty Research Assistants
  • The Climate at OSU for Women Students of Color: A Student Panel
  • Open Forum on the Merit Review Process

We continually seek new program ideas and welcome your suggestions. Please send comments via attached form or e-mail. Thanks!