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Spring 2015

Contents From the Director

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Brown Bags Spring 2015

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Perspectives Club Page 18 Meet the Artists

Lilly Ledbetter visits USU. She says college-age and older need to get involved in politics and mentor each other. Page 10

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Meet the Staff Page 6

Annual Achievement Awards held March 3. See who won on Page 20


Cover Art — ‘Marilyn’ — Sonene Donnelly

This piece is a uniquely stylized artwork based off of the iconic image of a young Marilyn Monroe. Done in ballpoint pen, was constructed using only vertical lines and crafted with the purpose of showing viewers a very popular picture of a very strong, independent woman, transforming it in a way they have never experienced before. The drawing has no shading or cross-hatching, but rather uses a combination of think/thin lines, and heavy/light pressured strokes to achieve a sense of value.

Calling all smart girls: Sign up for summer camp. Learn more on Page 15

What is accreditation, and why does it matter for your child? Page 14

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Perspectives Magazine is a production of the Center for Women and Gender at Utah State University. Editor: April Ashland 3

From the Provost

Noelle Cockett

Provost Utah State University

  The Center for Women and Gender (CWG) works hard to promote Utah State University’s land grant mission of education, discovery and outreach. For example, certificates in women and gender studies are now available thru the Center. These certificates can be earned through face-to-face and/or online classes, opening up a valuable opportunity to those who wish to learn about women and gender studies but are place-bound. In addition, CWG actively promotes the research programs of women and men in all colleges of the University through travel and research funding and grants to graduate students and faculty working in relevant areas of inquiry. The Center also facilitates outreach programs for women in leadership.

  It is my pleasure to introduce the third issue of Perspectives, a magazine produced by the Center for Women and Gender.

The Leah Dunford Parkinson Christensen Endowed Scholarship is given to women or men students with at least a three or more years gap in their education and is currently enrolled at Utah State University. To learn more about scholarships available through CWG, go to womenandgender.usu.edu

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From the Center   I am deeply honored to be the founding director of the Center for Women and Gender. Growing up in the era that I did and within the culture that I did, I was frustrated by the constraints automatically put on me, simply because of my gender. I believe that many professional women have had similarly harsh experiences along their path. I hope that my involvement in the Center will make life easier for the women of Utah and for all Utahans who Anne M. Berghout Austin feel constrained because of gender stereotypes.  I am especially troubled by recent statistics indicating that Director of CWG Utah is the worst place in the US for women.  Although Ph.D., Professor of Family, Consumer and Human Development some have argued that the statistical interpretation is intentionally biased, I must reluctantly say, having grown up in Utah and Southern Idaho, that I feel it is accurate. I am involved with the Center because I want to do all that I can to make the state climate more positive for women.

Thirty-two percent of the tenured or tenure-track faculty at Utah State University are women.

At other western land grant institutions, the average percentage of tenured or tenure-track women is thirty-eight percent.


Our People Ann Austin — Director I always wanted to be a UNICEF pediatrician, traveling into the most desperate parts of the globe to bring medical care to little children. I filled many of my pre-med requirements during my undergraduate years, but ended up majoring in Elementary education/early childhood development because I felt that in order to be a good UNICEF doctor I needed to know the totality of a child’s life of which schooling was an integral part. I graduated with my BS, taught elementary school for two years, had a private music studio for two more years, and then decided it was time to go to medical school.  Problem was, I was so interested in children’s education and development that I really didn’t want to go to medical school; I wanted to get my PhD in child development instead.  This was the most difficult decision of my life as I have a passion for medicine and biology that is still active.  I went to Iowa State University, received my Ph.D., was hired by USU 34 years ago, and began what has become glorious years beyond belief.  I am doing what I have always wanted to do, and I am very fortunate.  Oh sure, I entertained thoughts of being a professional ski jumper, but when my father told me (circa 1966) that women couldn’t compete officially in ski jumping, I became more realistic.

Reni McBride — Staff Assistant I have always believed in equality for all humans - not to be judged or judge by any means of the stereotypical human ways. I believe that the Center for Women and Gender tries to uphold those well-rounded thoughts, beliefs and processes each day. I am very humbled to hold the position I have in the Center and to work with the people that make this Center an ever moving and evolving change to the thoughts, rights and beliefs of humans, no matter who, what, when, why or how they live. Reni grew up dreaming about becoming either a teacher or a pilot. Today, she continues to dream about teaching ­— whilst traveling around the globe.


Konie Humphreys—Aggie Care Coordinator I came to CWG partly because I knew Ann and respected her and the work she was doing. My education and background is social work, and I love working with and helping others. I have the priviledge of doing this every day in my position as Aggie Care Coordinator. The work I do at the CWG through Aggie Care allows me to learn and grow on a daily basis. I love the growth I see in myself and those I work with.

Stephanie Bagnell — Coordinator I have always wanted to work with women who have suffered from abuse. As part of my Social Work schooling I had the opportunity of being placed within a domestic violence shelter. I discovered that it was too hard for me to work in a shelter being a survivor of domestic violence myself. My internship supervisor placed me at the Weber State Womens Center so I could still work with my desired population. I immediately fell in love with the work there and the women who entered on a daily basis. I knew that standing up for equal rights and planning events surrounding different issues was something I was passionate about and enjoyed. Stephanie grew up dreaming about becoming a roaming photographer or Supreme Court Justice.

Susan Cogan — Faculty Fellow I am involved with the Center for Women and Gender because I am committed to enhancing the visibility of women and gender issues on campus. And really, the Center is full of dynamic, smart, and lovely people whom I feel privileged to know. Susan grew up dreaming of becoming a modern-day Laura Ingalls Wilder. Now she is a historian but hopes to write a Caldecott Award-winning children’s book, because children’s picture book literature is still her favorite.


Spring Brown Bag Lectures

Dr. Frances Titchener: Tangling the Web Brown Bag

A lecture presented by a full-time female professor at Utah State University; Staff, faculty and students are encouraged to bring their lunch and eat while listening. There are usually 2-3 brown bag lectures a month.

Dr. Susan Shaw: Mysticism, the Erotic and Joy

Dr. Michelle Baker: Weaving the Stories of Utah’s Water

Find out what this month’s lectures are at womenandgender.usu.edu


Dr. Nancy McHugh: Mothers, Women’s Community Activism and Toxic Waste

Perspectives on Art: “Fireborn”

Fireborn — McKenzie Lowry My truest namesake. It is engraved in my title, my soul and my spirit. I wanted to create a representation of the way fire burns under my skin. The way I trust the body in a cold and uncomfortable world. Done in oil, this painting offers a glimpse of a vulnerable and private moment – A figure longing for loneliness being sought in places where she no longer belongs, but knows she used to. The unfinished quality makes it seem surreal. This was a study for a much larger piece I am currently working on.


Lilly Ledbetter: If it’s right, we should get behind it   Lilly Ledbetter is one of the most prominent equal pay advocates for women in our country today; she is the one Congress named the fair pay act for in 2008, forever stamping her name on the fight for equal pay. Ledbetter came to speak of this battle for equal pay and the experiences she had at Utah State University on February 25 to a group of about 100-200 people.   Ledbetter was one of the first women hired in management position at Goodyear Tire Company in a bid to show the company’s diversity, she said. After working at Goodyear for many years, she was given a note that showed what she had begun to suspect - the discrepancy between her pay and that of her male colleagues.   Ledbetter filed a case that took her eventually to the Supreme Court where she was told she should have filed her complaint within six months of her first discriminatory unequal paycheck - nearly two decades earlier. She says she did not know they were unequal; Goodyear had a clause that stated workers could not discuss their pay.   “I was devastated that evening when I walked in (to the office) and found that note,” Ledbetter said. “It had our first names, our base salary. It put mine at 40 percent less than either of the men. I was better educated than them, better at my job.”   When she filed a complaint and then took the case to the courts, she quickly became a target and a hero to many. Lawyers and law-mandated maximums thwarted her ability to receive the winnings she deserved and was awarded from the civil courts, but as she travelled around the country learning the political process and trying to get Congress to pass the fair pay act, she learned she was not the only one affected by her fight.   “It affects the families, the communities they live in, the states and the nation,” she said. “It seems so simple to me when women are paid fairly and equably they’ll turn that money around in the communities where they live. They may trade their car, get a bigger house. They’ll


feed their children better food, buy a little better clothing. They’ll educate their children, who will then turn around and better their communities.”   For years, Ledbetter worked the political system, learning how to get votes for her legislation, learning who to ask and how. In 2009, Pres. Obama signed the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, mandating that women cannot be paid less than a man for the reason of being a woman.   Ledbetter said she did not grow up wishing for fame or to be a civil rights activist, but she always believed in fighting for things that were right. When the Ledbetter act went to Congress, it received support from Republicans, Democrats and Independents. “It’s for everyone,” Ledbetter said. Though the Act has made a difference, she says there’s still more to do.   “The Lilly Ledbetter fair pay act is a good first step to put the law back where it should be. But it has not put an end to pay discrimination,” Ledbetter said. “White women are still only paid 77 cents for every dollar a man makes. It takes us a year and around to April to make what the men made last year.”   Ledbetter called on each woman and man to continue the fight by supporting each other, paying attention to politics and equal pay issues and getting involved in the legislation happening on the community, state and national levels.   Ledbetter has not stopped fighting for equal pay- she travels around the country speaking and encouraging the future fighters. She has published a memoir about her experiences, and it includes the text of the Fair Pay Act, Pres. Barack Obama’s speech when he signed the act, and multiple other appendages that tell the story of her fight. Ledbetter says she just wants to be able to change things. “I told my pastor when I pass away, at my funeral I want the life statement to say ‘She made a difference.’”


WHAT? WHO? Lilly Ledbetter was born and raised in the poorest county of Alabama. She grew up working on her grandfather’s farm picking cotton, and said she vowed to get out of farm life as soon as she could. “My mother taught me a work ethic that stays with me today, but I was determined to never stay on a farm. I was not going to pick cotton for the rest of my life. My mother told me if I get the most education and the best possible, I could do anything I set my mind to. I believed that.”

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Ledbetter fought for fair pay then and now. She filed discrimination cases in court, and won in a lower court decision. Goodyear Tire & Rubber pursued the case to the Supreme Court, where she was told she should have filed her complaint withing 6 months of her first discriminatory paycheck. She then took her case to civil courts and won. Ledbetter continued working for equal pay in Washington. The Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act of 2009 is the result.

WHY? Equal pay for equal work is a right. Women should not be paid less than men simply because they are women. Paying women equibly raises our communities to a better place- better food for children, a better home, greater access to education.

How do we fix this problem of unequal pay? The Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act of 2009 was the first step, but unequal pay continues today. Ledbetter says women especially those coming out of college - need to back each other up. They need to mentor each other. Men and women should get involved in politics. Know what is going on and get involved. Run for office. Work in a political office.

Women in Utah have the fourth-largest pay gap in the United States, making $0.70 for every $1.00 a man makes.

Unequal pay is prevalent in all fields, even nursing. Female nurses make, on average, seven thousand dollars less than male nurses in clinics, and almost four thousand less than male nurses in hospitals.


Perspectives on Art: Living

Preserved I didn’t die Today like most days - I Became. woven into, arid thread, just a Blossom soft and sane. Mechanical Seahorses — Sonene Donelly   The intricate details and mechanical designs fused with the organic image of an animal is an attempt at creating a unique style and feeling of edginess. The cropped composition and offsetting patterns of eyes and other small designs is intended to make you want to look a little closer, and experience the artwork in a new way as you see the detail in contrast with the outline of the forms as a whole.

I was plucked -since Once I peered - Beyond - my Place I saw - but then, my stems removed I’m propped to show them - Face. I was Beautiful, just a standard beige stained mind. My petals dried inside their want My Image - satisfied ­— Sarah Timmerman


Traveling Shoes

“Black History is American History”   There were eight sets of shoes laid out in pairs across the stage, staggered by color and size. In the middle of the stage was an empty wooden chest. To each side of the chest were coat racks covered in seemingly random items of clothing for depicting eight African American women from history.   The performer and creator of the show, Janice Brooks, wore only a black leotard and leggings, easily able to adapt her clothing with the items scattered across the stage. Brooks is a professional speaker, storyteller and writer who lives in Southern Utah. Brooks said she is past what society would typically call her “prime,” but she finds she still has the energy, drive and desire to continue creating and performing.   Brooks depicted scenes from the lives of Harriet Tubman, Sojourner Truth, Barbara Jordan, Shirley Chisholm, Buffalo Soldier Cathay Williams, Rosa Parks, Biddy Mason and Jane Manning. Names like Harriet Tubman, Sojourner Truth and Rosa Parks are familiar to many around the country, but Brooks also highlighted the lives and achievements of many others as well as sharing less-known stories of the more well-known women.   Jane Manning was an early member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints who lived with LDS prophet Joseph Smith in Nauvoo, Illinois. She says when Manning and many other converts of the church arrived in Illinois with the other church members, Joseph Smith sat down next to her and said, ‘God bless you. You are among friends.’ She was the first documented

black woman to come to the Utah territory.   Shirley Chisholm was a politician and author. She was the first major-party black candidate to run for President of the United States, and the first woman to run for the Democratic presidential nomination. Chisholm was the first black woman elected to Congress and the House of Representatives.  Cathay Williams disguised herself as William Cathay, a black man, to serve as a Buffalo Soldier in the US Infantry shortly after the civil war. An injury that placed her in the hospital led to the revealing of her gender and subsequent removal of Williams from the Army.

Janice Brooks (above) performs as eight African-American women from history as part of the Provost’s series on Instructional Excellence in celebration of Black Hitory Month


Accreditation and Your Child: What it is and Why it matters “Accreditation is a process that child care providers or centers go through in order to have a higher quality program,” said Konie Humphreys, the Aggie Care Coordinator for the Center for Women and Gender.   Humphreys assists providers to become accredited, something she says is important because of the quality it provides. “Accreditation is a lengthy and expensive process, but it does improve child care in the facility,” she said. Humphreys was an accredited provider before coming to CWG, and has the perspective to help others reach the same level.

the state which requires a great deal of documentation and education. However, with accreditation, they’re going steps beyond simply being licensed.”   While providers are working through the self-study and accreditation phases, they are working closely with parents, Humphreys said.   Parents are asked to read pamphlets and complete an evaluation of the provider.

  The National Association for Family Child Care (NAFCC) is the only organization that accredits family child care providers. There are other accreditation agencies that accredit child care centers. National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) is one of these agencies. The official process begins with a self-study period. “During this self-study process providers gather information; they are looking at the quality standards and making sure they are implementing them or that they already have been implemented,” Humphreys said. “They’re also doing things like making sure they have a federal background check. They must be a licensed child care provider through


The accreditation process then moves into more direct action, the application. Here the provider states she/he is implementing and meeting the various practices found within the five content areas and 289 quality standards.   After the application is completed and submitted, an NAFCC observer comes to the facility. This can sometimes be months after the application is submitted, Humphreys said.   The observer is there, in the program, for four to five hours observing. During this time, the observer fills out the NAFCC Accreditation Observer Workbook that consists of 192 of the 289 standards. All of the quality standards cannot be observed in a single day, so NAFCC uses other sources to make their decision of accreditation. “They’re taking the information from the parents, from the observation, and the provider signs a statement indicating they are meeting the standards,” Humphreys said.

We’re Doing Something — Jill Johnson

  After the observation, the provider is interviewed during naptime. Then the observer asks questions about what was not seenand gives the provider the chance to respond. “The nice thing about the NAFCC is they like the phrase, ‘many right

Accredited Child Care Providers in Cache Valley NAFCC Accredited

Ellen Barrett — Hyrum Vardee Cole — North Logan Regina Dickinson — Logan Susan Folkman — Providence Ellen Millburn — Logan Brenda Petith — North Logan Lisa Reeder — Hyde Park April Turner — Amalga

NAEYC Accredited Center Dolores Dore Eccles Center for Early Care and Education — Logan

ways.’ Because there are many right ways to have high quality; they don’t want this cookie-cutter program where all programs look the same. However, even though they don’t look the same they are all meeting the quality standards,” Humphreys said. There are, however, some items that are necessary for accreditation, such as items in health and safety category, and other required standards in all the content areas to ensure proper care for children is being actively pursued. Once a provider has passed the accreditation, they are expected to

keep up with the standards, and must improve in order to renew their accreditation next time around. It is an ongoing process. Humphreys said accreditation is important, but the rewards can be more difficult to see.   “There are few outside rewards for being accredited,” she said. “There’s no monetary award, no overall recognition, or higher state subsidy amount for accredited providers,” Humphreys said. “Those who are accredited have the credential and provide a high quality service.”

Enrollment Open for First Smart-Girl Summer Camp At USU   Girls entering sixth through ninth grades in fall 2015

are invited to attend the first SmartGirl Summer Camp at Utah State University this summer. Camp will be held Monday June 15 to Friday June 19 from 9 - 4 p.m. each day.   Smart-Girl is a prevention and enrichment program designed to engage girls in activities that develop the social-emotional skills. SG gives girls the chance to think and discuss the challenges they encounter and to formulate and practice appropriate and productive responses. Through this process, Smart-Girl nurtures girls’ social-emotional intelligence and critical

thinking skills -- qualities proven to lead to success in life.


To enroll: Email konie.humphreys@usu.edu Cost: $50 - We will provide snacks, water and lunch for your Smart-Girl.

During Camp:

  Smart-Girls and guides are not allowed to have

their cellphones during camp. Please direct all calls to Konie 435-213-7503 or camp co-director Kimberly Welsh at 435-770-1045.   For more information, contact Konie Humphreys.


Perspectives on research Basic and applied research by faculty and students is vital to our mission. The Center for Women and Gender endeavors to foster excellence in research by it’s members and allows all to thrive by providing opportunities for scientific discourse, personal and professional development and networking. The Center serves as a locus where expertise and resources from across campus and throughout the state are brought together. CWG funds are divided into two groups - faculty and graduate student research.

College of Science

Math & Stats Biology

College of Humanities and social sciences

History English


Language, Philosophy & Communication Studies


Nutrition, Dietetics & Food Sciences

Sociology English


Agriculture and applied sciences

Plants, Soils & Climate

Note: Richer colors signify faculty research, pastels signify graduate student research. Circle size is representative of percentage of funds within research group.

College of Natural Resources

Natural Resouces Environment

Teacher Education & Leadership

College of Education and Human services

Instructional Technology Wildland Resources

College of the arts

Art & Design

Instructional Technology

Family, Consumer & Human Development

Liberal Arts

Psychology Teacher Education & Leadership

Art & Design

Health, Physical Education & Recreation

Communicative Disorders & Deaf Education

College of Business

Business Management

Perspectives on Gender As One is an opera created by composer Laura Kaminsky and librettist Mark Campbell that tells the story of transsexual film creator Kimberly Reed. The opera came to Utah State on April 7, 2015. Reed grew up in Helena, Montana. She was the quarterback of the football team, class president, and valedictorian of her year in 1985. But she did all these things as Paul McKerrow, a boy. She told her story in the 2010 film, Prodigal Sons. As One is a multi-media chamber opera, showcasing mezzo soprano, baritone, string quartet and digital film. The Fry Street Quartet preformed the music. Learn more about Reed’s story: http://bit.ly/AsOneUSU 17

Perspectives on Student Life CWG: How

CWG: You’re

majoring in clinical psychology. What do you want to do with your degree? BS: I would like to work with veterans in the military with PTSD, or help family members who are impacted by PTSD in some way by the military. I grew up in a military household and have the utmost respect for military men and women and would love to help make their lives just a bit easier. Brittany Shields and Lily Palmer are co-presidents of the Utah State University Perspectives Club - a student group aimed at educating young people about gender issues.


did you get involved in the Perspectives Club? BS: I really wanted to get involved on campus and was always interested in gender equality and am minoring in Women and Gender Studies. Lily (copresident) and I went to the Women and Gender Studies department in January and asked to be a part of the club and we were very excited to get started!

CWG: What

CWG: What

does the Perspectives Club do? BS: The Perspectives Club participates in many activities, around and off campus and try to get more people involved. We do benefits and showings of documentaries as well as help advirtise for speakers. All of which encourages the education of gender eauality in Utah.

is your goal as a leader of the Club? BS: My goal is to change one mind. People are going to belive what they believe, but I’d love to help people understand the importance of gender equality. To help them realize there is an issue, and sexist jokes and stereotypes are just the tip of the iceburg. It is important to see everyone as equals.

CWG: What is the most meaningful event the club has hosted this year (to you) and why? BS: I think the CWG: How most meaningful do you event would have think the to be working Perspectives at Sundance on Club makes a the Monument difference? Quilt. The quilt BS: I believe stemmed from Perspectives the Hunting has impacted Ground which some lives, was a film about it’s definitely sexual assault on impacted college campuses. mine. Just This means a lot by getting to me,because the word out my best friend and doing was raped by activities to her ex-boyfriend. show the She went to court imprtance and lost because of equality she was drunk makes some at a party so it difference was “her fault.“ somewhere. This needs to be For instance, addressed and I having guest speakers come am so thankful this documentary and explain their hardships is out there. We really impacts will be showing it on April 15th this people. year.

Aerobics by God It was a class for women-only, women in the same church honing their bodies for husbands who told them God said it was good to be fit, and ever since birth control, women could be. So every Tuesday morning they followed a church-approved leader through ladylike routines in new leotards and ballet shoes, embarrassed at the sight of butts and legs they’d never seen before, their shapes always having been covered in Sunday pleats and gathers. Gradually, as confidence crept in with dance steps mastered to such easy routine they could have walked it in their sleep, their thoughts began to wander, endorphins they hadn’t owned since puberty pushing them into loving their muscles, liking their new form–such energy! A few of the ladies quit, went off to the fitness center in town and started working out with weights. They bought cross-training shoes, aerobics and lifting on alternate days. Made excuses for not going out with the family on weekends, went running on Saturdays, hot-tubbing Sunday.

Glasses — Sonene Donelly They were looking sharp, feeling like they could conquer the world. One ran for public office, two divorced. I burned up a new pair of shoes every six months, got so tight and sinewy I stopped my cycle, no more monthly bleeding, just energy, energy and power. I could carry six bags of groceries to the car myself, no cart, no sweat. I could stay up until midnight baking, doing laundry, cleaning the bathroom. I’d fall into bed, sleep hard until five, get up and go like hell. One day, my man voiced his usual complaints, and I decked him. All from a church-ladies gentle aerobics class, ordered by God.

Star Coulbrooke — Logan City Poet Laureate Published in Logan Canyon Blend, 19 Blue Scarab Press, Pocatello, Idaho, 2003

CWG Early Career and Lifetime Acheivement Awards annual awards ceremony held march third at Utah State University

Sanghamitra Roy is an assistant professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Utah State University. She is this year’s Early Career Award recipient for her performance and achievement in her field, as well as her demonstrated ability to mentor women and minorities and her activities within the scientific community. Roy is a researcher at Utah State University engaged in finding ways to improve the energy efficiency of computers. Roy searches for undergraduates, women and minorities to participate in her research through existing platforms such as the Society of Women Engineers at USU. The College of Engineering Dean Christine Hailey nominated Roy for the award, saying “Sanghamitra has potential for significant contributions in finding ways to improve the energy efficiency of computers which will lead to less expensive and more reliable devices. She is also an excellent role model for other faculty members and students within the ECE department as well as for faculty and students across campus.”

Dr. Terry Peak is a Professor in the Department of Sociology, Social Work and Anthropology at Utah State. She is this year’s Lifetime Achievement Award recipient. Peak is the Director of the USU Social Work Program, and is currently completing a five-year program evaluation study sponsored by the State of Utah Division of Substance Abuse and Mental Health. Peak has served on the Faculty Senate, and is a member of the USU Institutional Review Board. This board reviews all USU research involving “human subjects.” She has served a key role in building the USU state-wide Master of Social Work program, which currently consists of 80 graduate students across the state. Peak has nominated many women over the years for recognition in various ways, including as Teacher of the Year and Diversity Awards. Peak’s Department Head, Leon Anderson, said, “She is an inveterate traveler, patron of the arts, devourer of books and devoted friend. I know I am far from alone in feeling she serves as a role model for how to live a meaningful life.”

Tri-Iota Inducts Nine New Members   On March 3, 2015 the Center for Women and Gender inducted nine new members into the Gamma Gamma chapter of or Triota, the Women and Gender Studies honor society. To be included, applicants need a 3.0 GPA and have completed at least two semesters in WGS.


  Inductees: Sarah Clark, Diana Evans, Melissa Austin, Breanna Smith, Andrew Swensen, Manda Perkins, Brittany Shields, Heidi Williams and Deborah Ansberg. For information on how to get involved, email Stephanie Bagnell stephanie.bagnell@usu.edu

Meet the Artists Sonene Donnelly is a both a Fine Art Education Major at Utah State University, as well as a local Salt Lake City Artist. She not only produces and sells Fine Art, but consults on art projects, and runs regular henna booths. Sonene will be traveling to South Africa and Europe this summer to delve deeper into world culture and art. An avid humanitarian, she regularly contributes her talent and time to a variety of Fair Trade type projects aimed to address socioeconomic disparity. If you would like to contact Sonene or be notified of her upcoming events, she can be contacted at: sierrasonene@yahoo.com Find her artwork on the cover and pages 16 and 19. Michelle is a sophomore in Interior Design. Her earliest memories include pencils, crayons and drawing. She loved drawing on just about anything, much to her parents’ chagrin. As she grew, she expanded to other mediums, as she believes each has its virtues and each art piece requires the correct medium. When the architecture of a piece is important, she uses ink. When the feeling of creation is just as important as the feeling, she prefers other mediums. She’s constantly asked why she chooses just detailed items to draw, and she says it’s because improvement only comes with a challenge. Find her artwork on the back cover.

Kenzi Lowry is a Junior in Graphic Design degree. Art has always occupied a large part of her life. Applesauce was her first medium; since she developed basic motor skills, her fingers have been reaching to express and create. She works in a wide variety of mediums, but favors a mixture of ink and watercolor. She loves a good henna session with a willing victim. Summer is her favorite season – the hotter the better! Road trips and campfires are the time-waster of choice. I like coffee black and the thunder loud. Find her artwork on page 9. Jill Johnson is a junior in Painting and Drawing. She has always loved art and the freedom to create. While she loves many different mediums, the past year has been mostly spent doing collage work. She is currently obsessed with Artist and Scientist/space and how they analyze the world in the same way. She believes that there is no correct way of understanding something. Instead, art is to ‘arrange’ or to ‘put together’, allowing the artist to arrange it in a way that makes sense individually. Her passion is art, and she creates simply because she enjoys doing it. The creation of art is an enjoyable anxiety - she revels in the wait, because her passion is painting, not the painting itself. Find her artwork on pages 14 and 23.


Center Directory Reni McBride Staff Assistant 435-797-9222

Stephanie Bagnell Coordinator 435-797-3703

Curt Yonk Perspectives Club Advisor

Konie Humphreys Aggie Care Coordinator 435-797-3052 April Ashland Perspectives Designer 435-232-4085 Sarah Timmerman Work Study Student


Ann Austin Director 435-797-9222

cwg@usu.edu Susan Cogan Teaching Fellow 435-797-1106

Perspectives on Completion Development Board Members Callie Apt Camille Odell Caryn Beck-Dudley Helga Van Miegroet Jeannine Bennett Jim Evans Julie McClellan Kerry Bringhurst Lorna Wanlass Olga Siggins Rhonda Callister Sarah Reale Shauna Mabey Suzanne Pierce-Moore Suzi Budge Tamara Pluth

Meteor Kites — Jill Johnson

Women and Gender Studies Minor graduates 2015 Andrew Swensen - English Breeanna Smith - Communication Studies Brittany Goodwin - Psychology Diana Evans - Psychology Marina Hernandez-Leon - Sociology & Law and Constitutional Studies Melissa Austin - English Misty Balls - Family, Consumer and Human Development Sarah Clark - Political Science

Women and Gender Studies Certificate graduates 2015 Deborah Ansberg - Graduate level Heidi Williams - Undergraduate level


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Eiffel Tower — Michelle Carbajal

Profile for Center for Women & Gender

Spring2015 spreads  

2015 The Center for Women and Gender's annual magazine, "Perspectives" showcases work by the center, staff at Utah State and work by studen...

Spring2015 spreads  

2015 The Center for Women and Gender's annual magazine, "Perspectives" showcases work by the center, staff at Utah State and work by studen...