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September 2017 Newsletter Now Available

The September 2017 issue of the Women's Resource Center newsletter is available online. Click the link above or the image below to access the newsletter.

Cover page of Women's Resource Center Newsletter for September 2017

Highlights of the September 2017 issue of the WRC Newsletter include:

  • Friday, September 15 - “Escape from Rape: A Cultural Change Conference” - A Special Event Conference.  Now in its second year, this conference is designed to educate our campus and community in prevention, response, advocacy, and treatment of sexual assault victims. FBI Special Agent Bianca Pearson, from the Johnson City office, will be the keynote speaker. Lead coordinating office is ETSU’s Office of Professional Development.

  • Thursday, September 28 -  Sound Awareness Workshop–  A Women's Personal and Professional Enrichment Lunch Break Seminar with singer-songwriter and vocal activist Melanie DeMore.   

  • Tuesday, October 17 - Journey of Discovery: The Undelivered Letters” – A Women’s Personal Enrichment Series Lunch Break Seminar with Pam Murray, B.A., M.B.A., local artist and creative coach.

  • Tuesday, November 7 - “Black Lives Matter” – A Special Event Lecture with Nigerian-American writer, strategist, and community organizer Opal Tometi.  Lead coordinating office is ETSU’s Office of Multicultural Affairs.  
  • WRC Book Review Group sessions:
    • Wednesday, September 20 - Creeker: A Woman's Journey by Linda Scott DeRosier
    • Wednesday, October 18 - the book that matters most: A Novel by Ann Hood
    • Wednesday, November 15 - Two Sisters: A Novel by Mary Hogan

~Upcoming Women's Resource Center Programs in September and October 2017~ 


Photo of Melanie DeMore

Singer-songwriter and vocal activist Melanie DeMore coming to the ETSU campus

Singer-songwriter Melanie DeMore (pictured above) has a remarkable voice, weaving the fibers of African-American folk music with soulful ballads, spirituals, and her own original music.  She beautifully brings her audience together through her music and commentary.  DeMore has toured extensively, singing at festivals, universities, in coffee houses, and concert halls.  Her recordings Share My Song and Come Follow Me are both heartfelt collections of her music.

The first of several programs and events that DeMore will be presenting on the ETSU campus is her “Sound Awareness Workshop.”  Scheduled for Thursday, September 28, 2017, location is the East Tennessee Room, D.P. Culp University Center, and start time is noon. 

DeMore’s workshop deals with the political, emotional, and cultural effects of the media – in particular music and sound – on young people.  In addition to her  solo work and workshop presentations, she is on the music faculty at St. Paul’s School in Oakland, California, where she teaches a cappella singing.  DeMore is also a founding member of the Grammy-nominated, critically acclaimed vocal ensemble ‘Linda Tillery and the Cultural Heritage Choir’, a group that tours extensively in the United States and abroad.

DeMore traces her interest in music to her parents who started one of the first Black theater groups in Alaska in the early 1960s. She majored in music at Incarnate Word University in San Antonio, Texas.  DeMore describes her music as “in the African-American folk tradition of Odetta,” to whom she has often been compared, noting, “I have a very, very, very low voice.” She has shared the stage with numerous artists including Buffy Saint Marie, John Prine, Josh White, Jr., Laura Nyro, Sweet Honey in the Rock and Pete Seeger.

Sponsors for the DeMore events are Buctainment, Mary B. Martin School of the Arts, Women’s Resource Center, UMOJA/Unity Festival Committee, and the Student Organization Resource Center. 

For more information on DeMore’s “Sound Awareness Workshop,” contact the Women’s Resource Center at 423-439-5772.  For more information on DeMore’s additional programs, that are TBA, contact Joy Fulkerson, assistant director for Leadership and Civic Engagement  in the  SORC, at 423-439-8328.

“Journey of Discovery: The Undelivered Letterswith Pam Murray, local artist and creative coachMurray Pen & Paper graphic

Dear Reader,

Most of us long to find our unique way of being. We long to know who we are, to express and create our lives from that place of knowing.   What can help us get there? 

Pen, paper, and envelope . . . in other words, letter writing!  By journeying inside beneath the layers, you can see what comes up onto the page.  Writing by hand provides a slowing down to the present.  It is a very tactile way to open up and find clarity.   Letter writing is an endearing, ancient art form of communicating, conducive to disclosing private and powerful revelations from the core. 

Come join me, Pam Murray, B.A., M.B.A, creative coach and artist, on Tuesday, October 17, 2017, for “Journey of Discovery: The Undelivered Letters.   Location is the Global Understanding Video Conference Room, room 233 in the Campus Center Building.  Start time is noon. 

In putting pen to paper, stirring up mysteries deep within, you will explore, feel, and know your beliefs about any topic – tangible or intangible, from fun and light-hearted to more serious, no limits (I once wrote to my childhood pogo stick) – through the process of the incredible and much-forgotten art of letter writing.  The type of letters you will write are most often written not for delivery through the regular mail, but for delivery in an energetic sense, sending and receiving messages in a flow of self-revelation and exploration.

Here are a few lines from an undelivered letter: 

Dear Extra Weight, 

. . . Maybe I know why you came. I think I may have called you in to guard me, to “prove” I was right about my unworthiness, my un-lovability. A gazillion short, sweet satisfactions or numbed eating actions over time to cover the feelings . . . 

The process of writing letters in connection with your soul and heart space is a nourishing, fun and empowering journey of discovery.  Adding some colorful doodles with them can deepen your awareness too.  I invite you to join me.  Open up, imagine, be curious, ride away on the waves of the moment with whatever topic you desire to explore!  See you there!

                                                                  Joy-filled wishes,

P.S. As a participant, you will receive a little gift (from me) to take with you! 

Reservations are required. To reserve a space for Murray’s  Women’s Personal Enrichment Workshop, contact the Women’s Resource Center at 423-439-5772. This workshop is free and open to the public.


Love to Read? So do we!

Join us for the next WRC Book Review Group!

Book cover for "the book that matters most: A Novel" by Ann Hood

"the book that matters most: A Novel"

Date: Wednesday, October 18, 2017
Time: Noon 
Location: Campus Center Building, room 220

Join us on Wednesday, October 18th when the WRC Book Review Group meets to discuss the book that matters most: A Novel by Ann Hood.  

The Women's Resource Center's Book Review Group meets the 3rd Wednesday of each month at noon. Location is the Women's Resource Center conference room, Campus Center Building, Room 220. We provide drinks and snacks - feel free to bring your lunch and join us!  New readers always welcome!

For more information, contact the Women's Resource Center at (423) 439-5772 or email .(If you're joining us from off-campus and would like a visitor parking pass, please contact us. We will be happy to email you a pass that you can print and place in your vehicle to avoid a parking ticket.)



Book Review Group Selects New Titles

The Women's Resource Center's Book Review Group has selected the new titles for discussion for September through November 2017.


Book cover for "Creeker" by Linda Scott DeRosier

Book cover for "the book that matters most" by Ann Hood

Book cover for "Two Sisters" by Mary Hogan

September 2017

October 2017

November 2017

The Book Review Group meets the 3rd Wednesday of each month at noon in the Women's Resource Center's conference room, Campus Center Building, Room 220. We provide drinks and snacks - bring your lunch and join us! New readers always welcome!

For more information, contact us at (423) 439-5772 or email


Programs & Services

The Women's Resource Center facilitates programming dealing with an extensive variety of issues and concerns affecting women. Our goal is to enrich and enlighten women on the issues confronting them. The Center is dedicated to providing seminar and lectures series that explore a wide spectrum of concerns.

Although programs are designed to enrich and enlighten women, they are not limited to this group. Many seminars and lectures will interest the entire campus, community, and regional populations.


Core Programs

  • Women's Health Series
  • Women's Personal Enrichment Series
  • Women's Personal Finance Series
  • Women's Professional Enrichment Series
  • Women's Resource Center Book Review Group


Signature Programs

    • Women's History Month -Nationally designated as Women's History Month, the month of March is dedicated to keynote lectures and programs highlighting the accomplishments of women, both regionally and nationally.

Photo of author Christine Hale

Christine Hale

lecture entitled "Restlessness and Resilience"

Author and Southern Appalachian native Christine Hale, presented a lecture entitled Restlessness and Resilience", during ETSU's celebration of Women's History Month 2017.


    • Women Making History Lecture Series
      This lecture series, held annually in March, is designed to highlight regional women who have made significant contributions to the region through their respective careers, along with personal and community accomplishments.

      Past guest speakers include:

      Penny White,
      ETSU alumna and associate professor of law at the University of Tennessee - Knoxville
      The Honorable Jean Stanley,
      First Judicial District Circuit Court judge 
      Anne Darden,local author and editor
      Dr. Susan Gentry Williams,
      ETSU alumna and Belmont University professor of management
      Dr. Wilsie S. Bishop,ETSU vice president for Health Affairs and university chief operating officer
      Karen J. Kemp,
      former Lady Buccaneers head basketball coach at East Tennessee State University

    • Take Back the Night
      Take Back the Night Candlelight Vigil - Honoring Survivors of Sexual Violence and Walk a Mile in Her Shoes
      are nationally recognized programs the Women's Resource Center co-sponsors with the Counseling Center at ETSU. Both programs highlight and provide insight on the domestic and sexual violence issues surrounding women today. These programs are scheduled for the March/April time frame of each year. 

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