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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  February 2018~  

  Women's Personal & Professional Lunch Break Seminar
“STOP Violence Against Teenage and Adult Women” with ETSU Public Safety Officer
Sgt. Amanda Worley  
Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Photo of ETSU Public Safety Office Amanda Worley

On Tuesday, February 27, 2018, ETSU Public Safety Officer Sgt. Amanda Worley (pictured above), will facilitate “STOP Violence Against Teenage and Adult Women” for the Women’s Personal and Professional Enrichment Lunch Break Series. Location is the Global Understanding Video Conference Room, Campus Center Building, room 233.  Start time is noon.

The National Self-Defense Institute’s (NSDI) 'S.A.F.E.' PROGRAM is an initiative to STOP Violence Against Teenage and Adult Women. 'S.A.F.E.' (an acronym for Self-defense Awareness & Familiarization Exchange) is an educational awareness, crime-victim prevention program – encompassing Strategies, Techniques, Options, and Prevention (S.T.O.P.) – that provides teenage and adult women with information that may reduce their risk of exposure to violence.

Worley guides participants through a 13-piece full-color folio packed with safety information every woman should know (a complete folio packet is given to every participant). The packet provides women with solid public safety-awareness information to incorporate into their daily lives.

Reservations are required. Join us for this important Women's Personal and Professional Enrichment Series Lunch Break Seminar.  For more information, contact the Women's Resource Center at 423-439-5772 or email .


 This seminar 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 "A Spool of Blue Thread: A Novel" by Anne Tyler


"A Spool of Blue Thread: A Novel" by Anne Tyler

Date: Wednesday, February 21, 2018
Time: Noon 
Location: Campus Center Building, room 220

Join us on Wednesday, February 21st when the WRC Book Review Group meets to discuss "A Spool of Blue Thread: A Novel" by Anne Tyler.   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.


Question mark graphic for December 2017 WRC Book Review Group

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.

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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