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Ruthe Boyea Women’s Center WOMEN SPEAK Central Connecticut State University Ruthe Boyea (Founder of the Women’s Center) September 22, 1918- December 7, 2007 Thank you for making a difference ! Inside this issue: In Memory Of Ruthe Boyea 2 In Memory Of Ruthe Boyea (continued) 3 Domestic Violence Awareness 4 Telling HerStory 4 Breast Cancer Awareness 4 Alina Fernandez: Daughter of Fidel Castro 5 Women’s Social & Networking Happy Hour 5 Eating Disorders Awareness Week 5 STD Testing and HIV & AIDS Awareness 6 Women’s History Month 6 Reproductive Rights: Loretta Ross 6 Women’s leadership Retreat 7 Sexual Assault Awareness 7 Take Your Daughters and Sons To Work Day 7 Fall 2007-Spring 2008 Dr. Angela Davis 8 LUMO 8 YO Soy Latina! 8 WAGE=Women Are Getting Even 8 Pictures from Women’s Center Events 9 & 10 Staff Contact 11 Mission and Mailing Information 12 FALL 2007-SPRING 2008 PAGE 2 In Memory Of Ruthe Boyea To donate to the Ruthe Boyea Scholarship please contact the CCSU Foundation Office. 860-832-1767 BOYEA, Ruthe (Wright) Born in Newton, MA, she lived in New Britain for 48 years. Married to Douglas Boyea, Ruthe had two children Douglas Boyea jr. and Ruthe Boiczyk, both who remain active in the Ruthe Boyea Women’s Center. Ruthe graduated from Boston University, and received master's degrees from both CCSU and Trinity College. She began her professional career at the West Springfield YMCA and enlisted in the Navy during World War II as a 2nd Lt. Welfare and Training Officer in the WAVES. Following her service to our country, she taught at Lincoln School, and then at Vance and Stanley Schools as part of the School of Education of CCSU. She then became an Assistant Professor of Eng- lish. In 1977, Ruthe became the administrator of the new Women's Center, which was then named after her upon her re- tirement from the college in 1989. Following her retirement, she continued teaching part time at Tunxis Community Col- lege. Ruthe was a 50-year member of South Church, where she served as Moderator, Chair of Christian Education, and on the Board of Stewardship. She was also a member of the Board of Directors of the Connecticut Conference of the United Church of Christ.. She was the President of the local branch of the American Association of University Women, where she also served as Vice President, and chair of the Committee on Women. She was also the Vice President of the state AAUW and was the New England Regional Director for the national AAUW. She was a Past President of the New Britain Chapter of the American Red Cross. She served as President of the League of Women Voters, was on the Board of Direc- tors of Burritt Bank, and appointed to the Advisory Board for Cable TV. She was appointed to the Commission of Hu- man Rights and Opportunities as well as being the first woman appointed to the Veteran's Commission in New Britain. She has received numerous awards and recognitions including most recently, the Outstanding Alumni Award, Boston Uni- versity School of Theology, and the NAACP Community Service Award. She was selected to attend the International United Nations Conference on Women in 1975, 1980, and 1985. FALL 2007-SPRING 2008 PAGE 3 In Memory Of Ruthe Boyea You inspired so many of us to be who we are today. You were the angel God placed in CT to advocate on behalf of women's issues. You were the Betty Freidan of CCSU, the Bella Abzug of CCSU, the Gloria Steinem of CCSU, the Shirley Chisholm of CCSU, the Mother Teresa of CCSU and the Princess Grace Kelly of CCSU. You were and still you are simply the best CCSU could ever have! You were the Wind beneath our Wings. Thank you for your greatness! We will always remember you. Jacqueline Cobbina-Boivin (Ruthe Boyea Women's Center, CT) Ruthe Boyea, you are an inspiration to many. I will remember you visiting the Center (always lovely dressed with your shoes matching your dress and hair perfectly curled) sharing your story and the story of the many women who you worked with to form the Center, rightfully named in your honor. You will be missed. Monique Daley (Hartford, CT) She was my supervising teacher when I student taught at Vance School. Speaking as one of the many student teachers with whom she worked, she was a truly gifted teacher whose influence will continue long into the future. Joe Bazzano (Port St Lucie, FL) Ruthe was an inspiration for me....always saying "I'm so proud of you" and "keep going" and "how are things doing in seminary?" She never doubted when others did and was always there to encourage and challenge and motivate. I will al- ways remember you as Ruthe...my friend and dreamer of possibilities. Barbara Mase (New Britain, CT) She was a great 3rd grade teacher who I was so fortunate to have at Lincoln School. Years later I ran into her on the CCSU campus while confronting a decision to return to school for graduate work as a "mature" student. By then I was a veteran returning to school compliments of the G.I. Bill. After a warm greeting I told her of my dilemma and she encour- aged me and reassured me. I'll never forget that short visit with her in a CCSU parking lot. James Sfiridis (Farmington, CT) Ruthe had a profound impact on the lives of so many women, myself among them. A revered leader in the American As- sociation of University Women, she was a tireless and passionate advocate for women and the issues affecting women. As such she was a beloved mentor for me and countless others. We will miss her but will ever gain strength and inspiration from all the lessons she taught us by word and example. Carol R. Virostek, Ph.D. AAUW/CT President Ruthe's work and service touched so many women, myself included. Ruthe helped women to see possibilities and fight for the resources to achieve them. Ruthe will be missed, but her legacy will live on in all of us who were touched by her life and her work. Lorraine Trippodi (West Orange, NJ) Ruthe was always my mentor, as she obviously was to many others. She pushed me along a path that brought many satis- factions, not the least of which was her lifelong friendship. Maggie Ford, Past President, AAUW Educational Foundation and AAUW/CT Maggie Ford (New London, NH) Ruthe was an inspiration for me....always saying "I'm so proud of you" and "keep going" and "how are things doing in seminary?" She never doubted when others did and was always there to encourage and challenge and motivate. I will al- ways remember you as Ruthe...my friend and dreamer of possibilities. Barbara Mase (New Britain, CT) FALL 2007-SPRING 2008 Page 4 October-Domestic Violence Awareness Healthy Relationship women. Love Your Body Day The Women’s Center raised Domestic Violence Display Provided students with informa- awareness about violence tion on self image and self es- In conjunction with her talk the against women with an array of teem. The day focused on en- Center also hosted the Silent Wit- programs. The month started couraging women to find ness Project , Faces Of Survival with a support group for stu- beauty within, and to not define and the Clothesline Project. These dents which aided them in iden- beauty by stereotypical media visual displays gained students tifying the signs of an unhealthy images. involvement and educated the or violent relationship. campus community . Student Organizer: Dawn Defending Our Lives McDonald Young Women’s Day of Action Margaret Lazarus the Award Provided students with informa- winning producer of the docu- tion about reproductive rights and mentary “Defending Our Lives” educated them on current laws presented a screening of the restricting a woman’s right to documentary and spoke about choose. the work that is yet to be done in eliminating violence against Student Organizer: Vickena Webb Congratulations to Jessica Telling HerStory Dr. Susan Pease, Ms. Pat Gard- your story please contact the Feliciano, Taneka Taylor, ner and Dr. Paulette Lemma all Women’s Center. took part in the Fall 2007 Telling Dawn McDonald, Student Organizers: Raneesha HerStory series. Faculty, staff, Waldo, Dawn McDonald, administrators, clerical staff and Jazzmine Carrillo, Nicole &Jessica Feliciano students all came out to hear these inspiring women share Kennedy, and Terri Grier their story. The series was a hit and was continued in spring they will travel to with Ms. Anne Alling, Dr. Eve- Washington, D,C in June lyn Phillips and Ms. Amelia Wil- liams. If you would like to tell 2008 to attend the National Conference for College Breast Cancer Awareness Women Student Leaders. Breast Cancer Awareness Special thanks to AAUW Information on breast health “Between the ages of 20 and 39, and survival toolboxes were every woman should have a and President Jack Miller. distributed. Each toolbox con- clinical breast exam every 3 tained information on mammo- years; and after age 40 every grams, diet, warning signs , sup- woman should have a clinical port and finding the right doc- breast exam done each year.” tor. The toolboxes were pro- vided by the National Coalition http://www.oncolink.org of Cancer Survivorship. FALL 2007-SPRING 2008 Page 5 Alina Fernandez: Daughter of Fidel Castro The highlight of the semester Castro. She took pictures and was the Center’s co-sponsorship signed autographs. For many with the Center for Public Policy who attended this was as close as and Research and the Office of they believe they could get back Diversity and Equity to host to Cuba. Alina Fernandez. The event was Student Organizer: Jessica Fe- a success as Torp Theatre over- liciano flowed with over 300 people from all over the campus and Connecticut. All wanting to meet and listen to the daughter of the then Cuban leader Fidel Women’s Social & Networking Happy Hour The idea of women coming together Since beginning in December 2007, each month and networking grew out of a brief the Women’s Center organizes the Women’s So- conversation at a rare lunch meeting cial & Networking Happy Hour. Special thanks to with women who also rarely meet with the Committee on the Concerns Of Women, Of- each other. The conversation flowed fice of Diversity and Equity, Center for Interna- and they shared their interest from tional Education and CCSU Alumni Affairs for dancing, speed class, reading, walking, cosponsoring this event. love of music, dreams and desires that If your department would like to co-sponsor a the idea of securing a place and time Women’s Social please contact the Center. for women at all levels to gather and enjoy the company of each other came “Never doubt that small group of thoughtful, committed alive. citizens ((women) can change the world. Indeed it is the only thing that ever has.” -Margaret Mead February-Eating Disorders Awareness Week According to the National Eat- sources that can help in recovery black and Latin sororities and ing Disorders Organization ap- and prevention. fraternities. These sororities proximately 10 million or more promote education and excel- Student Organizer: Kim Murer females are fighting an eating lence among women. disorder. To address this issue Black History Awareness student Kim Murer conducted Month Student Organizer: Nikia Bryant tabling in the Student Center The Center hosted a Historically Lobby, Vance Hall and Barrows Black and Latin Sorority event. Hall. She provided information Over 100 students attended to on eating disorders and re- gain more information about FALL 2007-Spring 2008 Page 6 HIV & AIDS Awareness The Center hosted HIV & AIDS STD Testing Activist Hydeia Broadbent. Infected On March 11, 2008 the Center offered free STD at birth Hydeia received national at- testing for students. Testing was conducted by tention and was considered a test the Department of Public Health. child for most of the major drugs that are currently on the market. Hydeia is now 22 years old and travels across “Only 7% of AIDS cases reported in 1985 in the US the country and the world to educate were women and girls. That percentage grew to 27% in young adults on making right choices. 2004. About 53% of women are infected through sex with This event was co-sponsored with the an HIV-infected man.” Black Student Union. -aids.org Above: HIV and AIDS activist Hydeia Broadbent March-Women’s History Month after her presentation in semesters. The Women’s Center co-sponsored the feminist performance group the Guer- illa Girls. International Women’s Film Festival Throughout the day the Center Below: students roasting marshmallows at the Women’s featured films highlighting the Leadership Retreat at Camp Woodstock struggles and victories of women throughout different countries. The festival was sponsored by the departments of Geography, Center for International Educa- tion and the Hartford Coalition on Cuba. Reproductive Rights Reproductive Rights Activist Loretta This event was organized by Dr. Ross in the Constitution room lectur- Betsy Kaminski, Chair of the ing on Reproductive Justice. Committee on the Concerns of Women. ( Right: students at lecture by Loretta Ross) FALL 2007-SPRING 2008 Page 7 Women’s Leadership Retreat “Shape Our Minds, We’ll Change The World” On March 28th-29th, the Center tors: for the first time hosted an Mrs. Myrna Garcia-Bowen, Dr. overnight female student Susan Pease, Dr. Fiona Pearson, women’s retreat at Camp Wood- Dr. Betsy Kaminski, Dr. Jessica stock. Joined by faculty and staff Greenebaum, Dr. Joanne the retreat allowed students the DiPlacido, Dr. Toni Moran, Dr. opportunity to bond with ach Karen Ritzenhoff, and Dr. Abi- other, learn about feminism, gail Adams. politics, social activist, leader- ship, on the job professionalism Special thanks to former Direc- and a host of other topics. The tor of the Women’s Center Ms. discussions were fun, educating Doris Honig-Guenter and Presi- and intense. Since attending the dent Jack Miller. retreat the students have become more active in clubs and have enrolled in the Women’s Studies Student Organizers: Nicole Ken- program. This Retreat could not nedy, Meghan Craw, Dawn have been possible without the McDonald & Vickena Webb following faculty and administra- April-Sexual Assault Awareness Month Who is Donna Palomba? The Take Back The Night of night as they spoke about was displayed outside of the It was based upon Donna March was a success. Students, ways of improving care for vic- Student Center on April 16th. Palomba’s experience after faculty and staff attended to tims and changing laws. Over Special thanks to the student being sexually assaulted in show support for victims and to 150 students attended the event. clubs and residence halls who 1993 that the 2007 bill was speak out against sexual assault Some spoke out about their participated in the banner con- passed ending the statute of in our community. Keynote abuse and other spoke for those test. Thanks to Ebony Chorale, limitation when the perpreta- speakers Donna Palomba foun- who have lost their voice. WIN , YWCA and all the volun- tor is identified by DNA and der of Jane Doe No More and Throughout the week students teers who participated in this if the victim reported the Laura Cordes, director of the participated in the Clothesline event. rape to police or state prose- Connecticut Sexual Assault Cri- Line Project. Now, there is a cutors within 5 years of it Student Organizers: Jessica sis Service and President Jack Clothesline Project created by occurrence. Feliciano and Dawn McDonald. Miller set the stage for the rest CCSU students. The Clothesline “1in 3 women will be sexually assaulted in her Take Your Daughters and Sons To Work Day lifetime and 1 in 7 males Forty-three children ages 5-15 Student Organizer: Vickena participated in this years event. Webb and Meghan Craw will be sexually assaulted The children enjoyed activities in Special Thanks in his lifetime” Anthropology, Soccer, Science, and Astronomy. They also had Professors Kristine Larsen, War- the opportunity to tour a resi- ren Perry, Kathy Martin-Troy, Below: Keynote Speaker Donna Palomba dence hall, get a free beverage Janet Woodruff . Coach Mick form the bookstore, and have D’Arcy, Women’s Soccer, Jack their pictures taken at the card O’leary, Jeff Benner, Darlene office. This event was co- Jordan, Rick Mason, Matt Ortiz, sponsored by the Committee on Norma Rivera Ashley Webb and the Concerns of Women the Natural Helpers. Fall 2007-Spring 2008 PAGE 8 Dr. Angela Davis On April 24th in collaboration LUMO with the Institute of Crime and Lumo a film about Justice, the Center for Public obstetric fistula. Policy and Research and the Office of Diversity and Equity the Center hosted Dr. Angela Davis. Known as a socialist or- ganizer who was associated with the Black Panther Party Dr. Davis came to notoriety when she was placed on the FBI’s “A fistula is a hole. An obstetric fistula of the kind that most wanted list. She was cap- occurs in Ethiopia (and many other developing countries) is a tured, arrested, tried and the n hole between a woman's birth passage and one or more of her acquitted in one of the most famous trials in recent U.S His- internal organs. This hole develops over many days of ob- tory. structed labor, when the pressure of the baby's head against the mother's pelvis cuts off blood supply to delicate tissues in the For many this was the highlight region. The dead tissue falls away and the woman is left with a of the year. hole between her vagina and her bladder (called a vesicovaginal fistula or VVF) and sometimes between her vagina and rec- tum (rectovaginal fistula, RVF). This hole results in perma- Yo Soy Latina ! nent incontinence of urine and/or feces. A majority of women Cast of Yo Soy Latina who develop fistulas are abandoned by their husbands and The Women’s Center along their connections in ostracized by their communities because of their inability to with LASO, and the Center the contemporary have children and their foul smell.” for Latin and Caribbean American landscape. studies hosted the hit stage The play’s premise fistulafoundation.org play YO Soy Latina! “YO unites these women Student Organizer: Nicole Kennedy SOY LATINA ! is a funny who come to share and very moving ensemble their individual anec- play that challenges a group dotes of living Latina of diverse Latina women to in contemporary examine their identity and America.” Below: Amanda (center) along with Meghan (left) and Tally (Right) showcasing WAGE=Women Are Getting Even their leadership retreat shirts designed by Amanda. $tart $mart Workshop of University Women . Craw and Dawn McDonald (WAGE-Women Are Getting Student Organizer: Meghan Even) Female students seized the op- portunity to attend this work- shop that educated them on the art of salary negotiation. Mostly seniors and juniors they left the 3 hours workshop ready to ne- gotiate their next salary offer. The Center would like to thank President Jack Miller and Carol Virostek, president of the Con- necticut American Association Mission The Ruthe Boyea Women’s Center exists to provide resources, to advocate, to inform, and to support personal development. The Center offers a variety of services for and about women. We sponsor educational and cultural programs designed to promote gender equity, knowledge of women’s rights issues, leadership, and independence. We encourage understanding and cooperation among women of varied socio-economic groups, cultures, ethnic backgrounds, races and sexual orientations. We welcome all women and men who enter our doors Women’s Center Staff Director: Jacqueline Cobbina-Boivin Program Assistant: Monique Daley Student workers and volunteers Meghan Craw Jazzmine Carrillo Rosalee Daley Jessica Feliciano Erika Garcia Nicole Kennedy Dawn McDonald Vickena Webb Amanda Southworth-Graphic Design Student Phone: 860-832-1655 Student Center, Room 215 www.ccsu.edu/WomenCtr New Britain, CT 06050 1615 Stanley Street Student Center Room 215 Ruthe Boyea Women’s Center Central Connecticut State University Mission The Ruthe Boyea Women’s Center exists to provide resources, to advocate, to inform, and to support personal development. The Center offers a variety of services for and about women. We sponsor educational and cultural programs designed to promote gender equity, knowledge of women’s rights issues, leader- ship, and independence. We encourage understanding and cooperation among women of varied socio-economic groups, cultures, ethnic back- grounds, races, and sexual orientations. We welcome all women and men who enter our doors. Ruthe Boyea Women’s Center