Celebrating Women's History Month

Salute to BU Women in the Military

Bloomsburg University's Office of Military and Veteran Resources is hosting an Open House celebrating Women's History Month on Thursday, March 22, from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Schweiker Meeting Room, Andruss Library. The Open House will offer refreshments and feature two BU women veterans as speakers as well as an opportunity to meet and engage with BU military students.

The event is free and open to faculty, staff and students. For more information, contact Bri Halpin, 570-389-3858 or gavets@bloomu.edu.

Charity Basketball Tournament

Bloomsburg University’s Zeta Psi, Sigma Sigma Sigma (Tri Sigma) and the Women’s Resource Center will host a 3-on-3 charity basketball tournament on Saturday, March 24, at 3 p.m. in the Student Recreation Center.

Proceeds from the event will benefit the Women’s Center of Bloomsburg and the TIME’S UP movement, which advocates against sexual assault, discrimination, and workplace inequality. The cost is $5 per person. To sign up for the event, please contact stwomen@bloomu.edu.

100 Years of History: Story of Alumna Ruth Hutton Ancker

The display covers the life of an alumna of the Bloomsburg State Normal School, 100 years after her graduation. Ruth Hutton was an artist of great talent, which led her first into the world of fashion design and later sculpture, where her work was widely exhibited.

Trained as a teacher, she also taught at universities around the country. Come to the library to see this tribute to a remarkable woman and examples of her art, which include a painting and two sculptures.

The display was created by Grace Schmitt, an art history major and University Archives student intern. The exhibit is located in the flat cases and one set of wall cases in front of the University Archives on the third floor of the library and will be up through the summer.

Ruth Ancker

BU recognizes first women leaders on campus

In honor of International Women’s Day and Women’s History Month, Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania is looking back at the first women to serve in various leadership roles at the university.

The first two women to serve as Trustees when the school was known as the Bloomsburg Literary Institute and State Normal School were Mrs. May Ethel Harman from 1920-30 and Effie Llewellyn from 1920-35. In 1983-84, when the school became known as Bloomsburg University, Joanne Growney was named the Provost on an interim basis, while the first permanent woman to serve as Provost was Betty Allamong from 1987-92.

The first woman to serve as the dean of the College of Business was Carol Matteson from 1989-92, while from 1992-94 Jennie Carpenter was the interim vice president for student life. History was made at BU in 1994 when Jessica Kozloff was named the first woman president of the institution serving in that role until 2007. In 1996 Ann Lee was named the interim dean of the College of Professional Studies, a post that was made permanent in 1997 with Lee serving until 2007, while from 2000-02 Sharon Meyer was the vice president for administration.

In athletics, the first coordinator of women’s intercollegiate athletics was Eleanor Wray from 1972-88, while Joanne McComb was the first associate director of athletics from 1977-86 with Mary Gardner as the first woman to serve as director of athletics, first on an interim basis and later as the permanent director from 1988-2011.


Women's History Month Events

Thursday, March 1
» Women's History Month table event from 1 to 4 p.m. in the KUB lobby to benefit Women's Center, Inc. of Columbia/Montour counties.

Friday, March 2
» Feel Good Friday from noon to 4 p.m. at the Women's Resource Center office, Schuylkill Residence Hall.

Saturday, March 3
» The Vagina Monologues at 7 p.m. in Carver's Hall Gross Auditorium. $5 admission.

Thursday, March 8
» What I Wore Event from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. in KUB Multipurpose A&B.
» The Continuum of Harm at 4:30 p.m. in Sutliff Hall 214. An interactive workshop discussing rape culture.

Monday, March 19
» Craftivism from 3 to 4 p.m. at the Women's Resource Center office, Schuylkill Residence Hall.

Wednesday, March 21
» Sexual Misconduct Bystander Workshop from 9 p.m. to 10:15 p.m. in KUB Multipurpose A. An interactive workshop that critically examines sexual misconduct.

Thursday, March 22
» Women's Day Celebration hosted by the Caribbean American Student Association from noon to 3 p.m. on the SSC patio.

Friday, March 23
» Consent is Sexy at 11 a.m. in the KUB Multicultural Center. An interactive workshop discussing sexual misconduct.

Saturday, March 24
» 3-on-3 Basketball Charity event co-sponsored by the Women's Resource Center, Zeta Psi and Sigma Sigma Sigma to benefit Time's Up and Women's Center, Inc.

Tuesday, March 27
» The Clothesline Project from 1 to 4 p.m., KUB lobby.

Thursday, March 29
» The Clothesline Project from 1 to 4 p.m., SSC lobby.