Community Women’s Luncheon April 27 at Southeast

2009_Loc_Foundation-001-XLCAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., April 11, 2012 — Southeast Missouri State University is sponsoring a community women’s luncheon, “Reflecting Women Forward,” on Friday, April 27, in an effort to connect female students at Southeast with opportunities, women mentors and resources in the community.

The luncheon is scheduled for 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Kem Statuary Hall located in the Aleen Vogel Wehking Alumni Center at 926 Broadway. Students as well as women in the community are invited to attend.

Local humanitarian, business woman, volunteer and community leader Cheryl Mothes will deliver the keynote address with an inspiring message about the potential women have to create change for tomorrow. Mothes is a financial advisor with Edward Jones, a Southeast Missouri University Foundation Board member and a volunteer with local organizations.

Bill Holland, vice president for University Advancement and executive director of the Southeast Missouri University Foundation, said the luncheon will give female students at Southeast the opportunity to connect with women in the community who could serve as positive role models and with educators who may provide encouragement and empower them to become tomorrow’s leaders.

“We want women in the community to see what our students on campus are doing in order to identify ways in which they can connect,” Holland said.

He said students arrive at Southeast with a common desire – a chance to further their education and to develop skills that will benefit them in their chosen professions. The luncheon will introduce them to women in the community and allow them to share their University experiences.

Also speaking at the luncheon will be Kenneth W. Dobbins, president of Southeast Missouri State University; Katie Herring, a Southeast mass communication major and former Student Government president; Brooke Clubbs, instructor of communication studies at Southeast; and Cindy Gannon, interim Athletics director at Southeast.

Dobbins will discuss both the historical and current impact of women at Southeast. Herring will discuss the impact of mentors and professors who have assisted her in her educational journey. Clubbs will address the needs and challenges, as well as the importance of empowering, today’s students. Gannon’s remarks will focus on the evolution of women’s athletics and the impact women make in the community as witnessed by the annual Walk for Women.

Tickets for the luncheon are $10 per person or $50 for a table of six. Reservations must be made by April 20 by registering online at www.iAMsoutheast.com/ReflectingForward. For more information, call (573) 651-2259.