Women have always held prominent roles in the life of Austin College, from the founding gift to the institution by Emily Austin in 1849 to the inauguration of Marjorie Hass in 2009 as the first woman president. Women Get Connected brings together women who support Austin College and celebrate the College’s legacy of global education, leadership, and service.
Women Get Connected programs bring together area women of all ages who:
- are innately curious
- enjoy learning new things
- appreciate the arts
- delight in interacting with AC students
- support the Austin College legacy of global education, leadership, and service
Texoma Women Get Connected Events
Fall 2019 and Spring 2020
Cece O’Day and “An Evening of Mysteries”
In August, First Lady Cece O’Day invited area women to join Austin College’s Women Get Connected group at The President’s Home for “An Evening of Mysteries” to discuss the genre and share some of her top picks. Austin College alumna and New York Times Best Selling mystery author Deborah Crombie ’77 was in attendance and fielded questions about her fictional characters Detective Superintendent Duncan Kincaid and Sergeant Gemma James. See photos from An Evening of Mysteries, hosted by Cece O’Day.
SOCIAL JUSTICE WALKING TOUR, “A More Perfect Union”
Participants visited specific campus locations to hear Dr. Randi Tanglen’s student docents report moments of inequality and injustice as well as sites of tolerance and progress. Discussion about some of the most contested social and political issues of the 1800s such as women’s rights, American Indian rights, slavery and abolition, worker’s rights, and Jim Crow segregation was lively and enlightening. Participants had the option of reading prior to the event from a selection of author/activists who were well-known and highly-regarded in their own day, but forgotten in ours. These writers inspired students because they were not afraid to expose injustice and use the voice of literature to create a “more perfect union” in an effort to change the world. To that end, the walking tour raises issues about the legacies of justice and injustice at Austin College. The purpose of the tour was to educate about the past and explore how we can promote a “more perfect union” on our campus community. The tour culminated on the roof of the IDEA CENTER. See photos from the Social Justice Walking Tour.
Shelley McKinley ’91 “Technology for Good, Powered by the Liberal Arts”
ATHENA Leadership Award Luncheon
April 24, 2020 Mabee Hall in the Wright Campus Center
The ATHENA Leadership Award® is presented to individuals who have attained and embody the highest level of professional excellence in their business or profession, devote time and energy to improve the quality of life for others in the community, and actively assist women in realizing their full leadership potential. Learn more about the ATHENA program.