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September 2018 Newsletter Now Availablee

The September 2018 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 for the September 2018 issue of the Women's Resource Center Newsletter

Highlights of the September 2018 issue of the WRC Newsletter include:

  • Friday, September 14  - “Escape from Rape: A Cultural Change Conference” – A Special Event Conference.  Now in its third year, this conference is designed to educate our campus and community in prevention, response, advocacy and treatment of sexual assault victims. ETSU Chief of Police Nicole N. Collins is the keynote speaker.  Lead coordinating office for the conference is ETSU’s Office of Professional Development.
  • Thursday, September 20 – Reception for “Interchangeable” Art Exhibit with Althea Murphy-Price. 

  • Tuesday, September 25 - “Customized Herbal Tea Blends for Winter” – A Women’s Health Series Lunch Break Seminar with Michelle Bouton, L.Ac., founder of HERBalachia, east Tennessee's first clinical herbalist school and owner/acupuncturist at Appalachian Acupuncture.

  • Tuesday, October 16  - “Tell Your Story Through COLLAGE!” – A Women’s Personal Enrichment Series Lunch Break Workshop with Pam Murray, B.A., M.B.A., local artist and creative coach.

  • Tuesday, October 30 - “Women and Commerce” – A Women’s Personal Enrichment Series Lunch Break Lecture with Johnson City “fair trade” retailer Leah Short.

  • WRC Book Review Group sessions:
    • Wednesday, September 19 - The Forgotten Room: A Novel by Karen White, Beatriz Williams, and Lauren Willig
    • Wednesday, October 17 – The Girl on the Cliff: A Novel by Lucinda Riley
    • Wednesday, November 14 - The Great Alone by Kristin Hannah

~Upcoming programs in October 2018~  


A Women's Personal Enrichment Lunch Break Seminar
"Women and Commerce" 
Leah Short, local ‘fair trade’ retailer
October 30, 2018

World graphic with clapsed hands

The ETSU Department of Sustainability and Women’s Resource Center are co-sponsoring a lecture during ETSU’s designated Sustainability Month.  Leah Short, co-owner of Artisans’ Village in downtown Johnson City, Tenn., is guest speaker for “Women and Commerce.”   Scheduled for Tuesday, October 30, 2018, start time is noon.  Location is the Global Understanding Video Conference Room, Campus Center Building, room 233. 

Leah was born in Chiang Mai, Thailand, to Jerry and Pam Headen who worked directly with the Thai people for nearly 40 years.  Much of that time was spent ministering to the medical, social, and vocational needs of those impacted by HIV/Aids.  Growing up in this environment gave her a heart for those in our world living on the fringe, those most at risk for exploitation.  Six years ago, Leah and her husband Michael decided it was time for them to take a step of faith and leave their jobs for something bigger than themselves.  With their two-year-old daughter in tow, the pair set about the process of learning how they could make a difference.  It was in that process that Artisans’ Village was conceived as a vehicle for educating and challenging our friends at home to think and act responsibly when they consume. Artisans’ Village is the only committed fair trade retailer in all of the Tri-Cities offering a full line of hand crafted products from 32 countries as well as ethically sourced all natural coffee, tea and chocolate from growers around the world.

On October 30th, Leah will talk about the role of women, internationally, in their communities.  She will discuss how women are marginalized, both personally and professionally, and share how fair trade aims to offer those most at risk economic opportunities through commerce.

Reservations are required.  For more information on Leah’sWomen’s Personal Enrichment Series lecture, contact the Women’s Resource Center at 423-439-5772 or email us at

This lecture is free and open to the public.


Love to Read? So do we!

Join us for the next WRC Book Review Group!

Book cover of "The Great Alone" by Kristin Hannah


"The Great Alone" by Kristin Hannah

Date: Wednesday, November 14, 2018
Time: Noon 
Location: Campus Center Building, room 220

Join us on Wednesday, November 14th when the WRC Book Review Group meets to discuss The Great Alone by Kristin Hannah.   

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 2018 through November 2018.


Book cover for "The Forgotten Room" by Karen White, Beatriz Williams, Lauren Willig

Book cover for "The Girl on the Cliff" by Lucinda Riley

Book cover for "The Great Alone" by Kristin Hannah

September 2018

October 2018

November 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.

Photo of Margaret Winslow   Margaret Winslow

Presented a lecture entitled "Lecture by Delaware Museum of Art Curator Margaret Winslow” on Thursday, March 29, 2018, during ETSU's celebration of Women's History Month 2018.  

Photo of author Christine Hale    Christine Hale

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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