AAUW Oct 19 2016 General Meeting

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WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 19, 2016, 7:00 PM

Program:  From Gravel to Green – The Vision of a Healing Garden

Danna Olsen, Master of Public Health and ecologist, is passionate about the need and value of therapeutic green spaces for improving population well-being.  Danna has seven years experience caring for neuroscience inpatients, employment which coordinated with her return to graduate school to pursue a master’s degree in public health with a focus on environmental health.


Danna proposed the idea for a rooftop healing garden to UW Madison Hospital’s Health and Healing Committee in 2011.  With the committee’s enthusiastic support she presented her vision to the CEO and facilities staff.  The garden became her capstone project in earning her master’s degree.  Danna provided the evidence base that guided the design and funding efforts and worked closely with the facility planner to obtain patient, family and staff input.


The garden was completed and celebrated with an open house this past July.  As hospitals strive to become more holistic in their approach to achieving higher levels of patient-centered care, gardens are becoming popular as a way to improve the hospital experience and patient outcomes.

Danna spends a great deal of her free time as an advocate for sustainable and healthy practices/policies and educational outreach with environmental nonprofits.  In addition to the UW Health and Healing Committee, she serves on the UW Health Environmental Sustainability Committee, is a board member of the Healthy Lawn Team, and a Steering Committee Member of the Wisconsin Environmental Health Network.  She is also very involved with building and sustaining local Community gardens and has served four years on the Madison Committee on Community Gardens.

Please join us to learn more about Danna’s five-year dedicated journey to change a gravel rooftop into the spectacular Hillary Grace Healing Garden.

Maryette Braithwaite and Diane Hellie, Program Co-chairs

AAUW May 2015 General Meeting

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Wednesday May 20, 2015

Rochester Golf and Country Club

3100 Country Club Road (2nd Street SW)

5:30pm Book Sale and Social Time

6:30pm Dinner

7:00pm General Meeting

7:15 Program

On April 23, 2014 Leslie McClellon was chosen as the new president of Rochester Community and Technical College by the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities Board of Trustees.  She officially took over the reins July 1, 2014.

The road taken from her education in Oklahoma to Minnesota was long and winding and filled with challenges.  At age 17, Leslie headed to Langston University where she was the third generation in her family to attend the historically black college near Oklahoma City.  There she earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology and later, a master’s degree in urban education.  Job experience as a case manager and recruiter for Big Brothers and Sisters of Oklahoma and as a counselor in drug and alcohol programs taught her valuable life and career skills. But Leslie felt her calling was in education and returned to Langston where her career in education had begun.

Leslie has 20 years of experience in higher education.  Before accepting the position at RCTC, she served as vice president of student affairs at the Community College of Denver.  Previously Leslie served at Arizona Western College as dean of student retention and support; assistant to the vice president for student services, and as executive assistant to the president of student affairs at Langston University; and at Wright Business School in Oklahoma as dean of students.

Please join us for an enjoyable evening and to learn about the trials and triumphs of Leslie’s first year as President of RCTC.

Dinner Menu

House Garden Green Salad with Dinner Rolls

Wild Rice stuffed chicken breast with White Wine Cream Sauce

Fresh Broccolini and Red Peppers

Coffee or Tea

A cash bar will be provided from 5:30pm – 7:00pm

Please make your dinner reservations by Friday, May 15.  The cost of the dinner is $27 which includes tax and gratuity.  Let me know at the time of your reservation if you prefer the vegetarian option of Mushroom Ravioli.  Please send a check made out to AAUW to: Maryette Braithwaite, 3928 Oak Park Cir, SE Rochester MN 55904

Maryette Braithwaite and Diane Hellie, Program Co-Chairs


Annual AAUW Educational Funds Luncheon

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Annual AAUW Educational Funds Luncheon

Saturday March 15, 2014

Willow Creek Golf Club

1700 48th Street SW

11:30 Social time

Noon – Lunch Served


Pork Loin with Cinnamon Apple

Herb Roasted Potato

Green Beans

Rainbow Sherbet

The vegetarian option is pasta primavera with red sauce.

Please indicate in the memo line of your check if you wish to have this option.

Reservations: Please send your check for $20.00 made out to AAUW Funds by March 7 to Nancy Kampmeier, 1900 Ballington Blvd. NW #308, Rochester MN 55901.

Speaker: Dr. P. S. (Penny) Duffy

Writing Historical Fiction: Research, Imagination, and Empathy

“Why can’t a woman be more like a man?” Henry Higgins famously asked in “My Fair Lady”. The answer might be “she can when she wants to be.” Writing from the point of view of her male characters is just one of the topics Dr. Duffy will cover in her presentation about the process of writing fiction set on the battlefield and in a Nova Scotia fishing village during World War I. Described as both a “debut” novelist by her publisher and as “a mature writer who understands the nuances of human behaviour” in The Washington Post, she will also address the benefits of “maturity” (i.e. aging) in writing fiction and the challenges it imposes both before and after publication.  There will be time for questions at the end of the presentation.

Dr. Duffy, an AAUW member, moved to Minnesota from Washington D.C. almost 30 years ago.  She has a B.A. in History from Concordia University in Montreal, a Ph. D. in Communication disorders from the University of Minnesota.  Ten years ago, following a 27 year clinical and research career in the area of neurologically-based speech and language impairments, she began writing in the neurosciences for Mayo Clinic and is currently the science writer for Mayo’s Neural Engineering Lab. She is the author of an academic text, a memoir of her family’s time in China, and a novel, the Cartographer of No Man’s Land.  See www.psduffy.com for more about the book.

This event celebrates Women’s History month.

Celebrating AAUW

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Maryette sent me the words to one of the songs written by the Stairwells for our May meeting:

We’re celebrating A A U W (to the tune of Seventy-six Trombones)
It’s made education a priority,
The support and encouragement
For women shown throughout the years
Has helped them make the most of their degrees.

Eighteen eighty one, was the year that it all began
And in eighty-two it really gathered steam
Marion Talbot led the charge to give women a voice
Ultimately, she realized her dream

Op’ning doors for girls and women ’round the world
Breaking through barriers of gender, race and creed,
Promoting lifelong education, equity
Diversity, helping all girls succeed

Providing necessary funds to pave the way
For civil rights, health care and reforming policy,
Fostering empowerment
Philanthropy and good intent,
All make for a fine society


We’re celebrating A A U W
It’s made education a priority,
The support and encouragement
For women shown throughout the years
Has helped them make the most of their degrees.