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December 2017 Newsletter Now Available

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

December 2017 WRC Newsletter cover page

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

  • Now through February 16, 2018 - “Go Green” and Donate Your Prom Dresses to the YWCA. The Women’s Resource Center once again is partnering with the YWCA this year to assist in the donation process. The YWCA is looking for gently used, up-to-date gowns as well as accessories such as the jewelry, clutches, and shoes that accompany the prom attire. This is a great community-based project that features hundreds of previously worn gowns and accessories at deeply discounted prices.

  • Tuesday, December 12 - “Holiday Creative Card-Making” Workshop - A Women’s Personal Enrichment Series Lunch Break Seminar with Pam Murray, B.A., M.B.A., local artist and creative coach.

  • Tuesday, January 23 -  “Eating for Energy: Create an Abundance of Energy and Vitality Without Dieting–  A Women's Health Series Lunch Break Seminar with Sarah Haas, local integrative nutrition health coach and certified personal trainer.   

  • Tuesday, February 13 - “Matters of the Heart: Changes in Cardiovascular Disease across the Lifespan in Women” – A Women’s Health Series Lunch Break Seminar with Cerrone Foster, Ph.D., assistant professor in the Department of Biological Sciences at ETSU.

  • Tuesday, February 27 - “STOP Violence Against Teenage and Adult Women” – A Women’s Personal & Professional Enrichment Series Lunch Break Seminar with ETSU Public Safety Officer Sgt. Amanda Worley. 
  • WRC Book Review Group sessions:
    • Wednesday, December 13 - "Your favorite reads of 2017"
    • Wednesday, January 17 - An Italian Wife by Ann Hood
    • Wednesday, February 21 - A Spool of Blue Thread by Anne Tyler

~Upcoming Women's Resource Center Programs in  December 2017~  

  Sixth Annual
"Holiday Creative Card-Making” Workshop 
Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Happy Holidays greeting card graphic

 YOU ARE INVITED . . . to help create holiday cheer for the nursing home residents of NHC Healthcare in Johnson City. 

Express your holiday creativity and colors into greeting card-sized works of art.  No skills required!  Join Pam Murray, B.A., M.B.A., local artist and creative coach, on Tuesday, December 12, 2017, for a “Holiday Creative Card-Making” Workshop.  This marks the sixth year for this annual workshop.

In this workshop, Murray guides participants through creating “holiday”–themed cards that provide endless possibilities for true self-expression using all materials provided – from paints, pencils, decorative paper, stickers, stamps, shiny things, and more – just let your imagination flow!  Most importantly, this is a chance for creating cards to share with the nursing home residents of NHC Healthcare – Johnson City, bringing some loving holiday cheer and joy from your heart to the residents in the Continuing Care Unit.  This is a wonderful opportunity for each participant to give back to the community while having fun yourself.  Come join us!

This one-time holiday-inspired session will be held on December 12th in the Campus Center Building, Global Understanding Video Conference Room, room 233, at noon.  

Reservations are required.  To reserve a space for Murray’sWomen’s Personal Enrichment Workshop, contact the Women’s Resource Center at 423-439-5772 or email .  

 This workshop is free and open to the public.


Love to Read? So do we!

Join us for the next WRC Book Review Group!

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"Your favorite reads of 2017"

Date: Wednesday, December 13, 2017
Time: Noon 
Location: Campus Center Building, room 220

Join us on Wednesday, December 13th when the WRC Book Review Group meets to discuss "Your favorite reads of 2017."   Come and discuss books you have read throughout 2017 that have not been included in our reading selections. 

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 December 2017 through February 2018.


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Book cover for "An Italian Wife" by Ann Hood

Book cover for "A Spool of Blue Thread" by Anne Tyler

December 2017

January 2018

February 2018

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
  • Programs dedicated to addressing "domestic and sexual violence against women"
  • Programs dedicated to "enhancing the campus climate with respect to opportunities for women"

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.

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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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