No. 32/Spring 2003 Anne Boyle, Director Linda Mecum, Editor 336/758-3758 firstname.lastname@example.org www.wfu.edu.Academicdepartments/ Womens-Studies News from the Director Anne Boyle It’s been only three months since I stepped into this position, and while a few colleagues suggest that astonishing changes appear to have occurred in the Women’s Studies Program, I find that I am not at all astonished. Yes, the college faculty has endorsed our request to change the name of our program; we are now, officially, the Women’s and Gender Studies Program. And, yes, committed to this interdisciplinary field of study and ready to take on the real work that comes when scholarly research is translated into practice, students, faculty, and staff across the university have joined together to establish five important committees (see insert to this newsletter). Each committee has defined its goals; committee members are excited to share their vision, their knowledge, and their talents to accomplish these goals. The chairs and co-chairs of these committees, serving as an advisory board to the director of the program, form an inclusive community of scholars, practitioners, teachers, and learners who care passionately about our intellectual and human enterprise. I am not astonished at what has been accomplished because I really did not step into a position. I stepped into a vibrant and generous intellectual community, one that was not only well prepared to take this interdisciplinary program to a new stage in its development, but also one that demanded it. (Director continued on page 4) A Glance Back and Forward Lindsay Littlefield (’03) I aim high. I plan to be the first womyn governor of my home state of Minnesota. I hope to raise awareness of gender-related issues in my state and to continue fighting for the things I believe in—an end to domestic violence and sexual abuse, and to create better economic and educational opportunities for womyn. (I choose to spell "woman" and "women" with a "y" in the attempt to create a unique rhetorical identity for "womyn.") I am the person I am today because of Womyn's Studies. Over the past four years, I have had the privilege to take six WST courses at Wake Forest and each of these courses has played an (Glance continued on page 3) Senior Reflections Stacy Gomes (‘03) As a senior, reflecting upon what I have learned during my four years at Wake Forest, I realize I have grown immensely. Part of that growth has been influenced by my participation in the Women’s Studies Program, now Women’s and Gender Studies. Like the program itself, the people within it are continually evolving. As a Women’s Studies minor, a member of WISE, and a student representative on the Women’s Studies Steering Committee, I have taken advantage of wonderful opportunities within the program. I have been exposed to independent studies, i nt e r ns hi p s , a nd v a r i o u s classes—from gender in modern times to issues of women and reproduction. (Reflections continued on page 2) Upcoming Events March 31, 2003 Women’s Studies Spring Reception 4:00-6:00 p.m., Magnolia Room (Reynolda) Celebrating our past and our future April 22, 2003 Women’s Studies Senior Colloquium 4:00-6:30 p.m., Autumn Room (Reynolda) Presentations from outstanding seniors May 18, 2003 WFU Honors and Awards Ceremony 1:00 p.m., Brendle Recital Hall WST senior academic and service awards presented May 18, 2003 Women’s Studies Graduation Reception for Minors, Family, and Faculty 4:15 p.m., Tribble Hall Main Lobby May 19, 2003 Commencement 9:00 a.m., University Plaza Michael R. Bloomberg, speaker May 31, 2003 Sixth Annual Excellence Triathlon Kentner Stadium, Reynolda Campus Supports domestic violence prevention and educational programs. Call 713-4230 for information. (sponsored by WHCOE) June 19-22, 2003 National Women’s Studies Association 24th Annual Conference New Orleans, Louisiana August 25, 2003 Women’s Studies Open House/Reception for Students and Faculty 1:00 p.m., Tribble Hall Main Lobby, WST Office, and WST Library/Lounge For more information about any of these events, please call 758-3758.