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Women’s Leadership Conference Highlights Creative Women

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 Released by: Diane Hailey
March 1, 2002

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           Ferrum College’s Fifth Annual Women’s Leadership Conference will be held on Monday, March 25, 2002, and continue through Wednesday, March 27, at Ferrum College in Ferrum, Virginia. The conference will feature a display of Rocky Mount artist and bookstore owner Ibby Greer’s artwork, an address by Ferrum alumna Willette Thompson, and keynote speaker, author Sharyn McCrumb.

           The schedule will provide a forum to learn about a number of topics pertinent to creativity in women’s lives:

Monday, March 25th
4:00 p.m. Senior Women’s Tea (Grousbeck Music Center)
6:30 p.m. Reception, display of Ibby Greer’s work (Lower Franklin Hall)
7:00 p.m. Welcome by Ibby Greer & announcement of writing and photography contest winners
7:15 p.m. Alumna address by Willette Thompson ’80 (Lower Franklin Hall)
8:00 p.m. Musical Entertainment: Mary Arden Collins and other local performers (Lower Franklin Hall)

Tuesday, March 26th
9:30 a.m. Appalachian Women in Literature (Dr. Susan Mead and Dr. Carolyn Thomas)
11:15 a.m. Subway Lunch: One Act play “Judy Garland,” performed by Lisa Felton ’02 (Lower Franklin Hall)
12:30 p.m. Concurrent Sessions:
           A: Creativity and Social Services (Dr. Jennie West and Dr. Sharon Stein)
                Featuring Terri Crewz
           B: Mentoring in the Arts (Dr. Katherine Grimes)
                Featuring Rachel Denham & Jesse Carkin; Rex Stephenson; Bev Thornton & Robert Martin
2:00 p.m. Concurrent Sessions:
           A: The Holocaust: Connecting Trauma and Creativity (Dr. Marcia Horn & Dr. Tina Hanlon)
                Featuring Dr. Irma Rose and Rachel Denham
           B: The Business of the Arts (Dr. Delia Heck)
                Featuring Jane Stogner, Willette Thompson
3:30 p.m. Bazaar: Getting Started as a Creative Woman (Lydia Odell)
5:30 p.m. Dinner
           Recognition of student leaders, performance by the Jack Tales
7:00 p.m. Address by author Sharyn McCrumb, dessert reception and book signing to follow.

Wednesday, March 27th
Classes during the day, to be announced
7:00 p.m. Evening Chapel Service with The Rev. Dr. Elizabeth Wright

           Ferrum College is a four-year, private, co-educational, liberal arts college affiliated with the United Methodist Church. Ferrum offers a choice of nationally recognized bachelor’s degree programs at a cost well below the national average for private colleges. To learn more about the College, call 1-800-868-9797 or visit
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Rocky Mount artist and bookstore owner Ibby Greer introduces Alumna Willette Thompson

Willette Thompson '81 talks about her theatrical and production experience

Mary Arden Collins performs in front of an enthusiastic audience

Lisa Felton '02 plays Judy Garland in her one-act lunchtime program

Members of Dr. Lana Whited's Women in Literature course displayed projects highlighting Sharyn McCrumb's novels

Sharyn McCrumb signed books for her many Ferrum fans

Photo Contest Winners

Best in Show went to Tammy Hall, of Rocky Mount.

First Place went to Jerryanne Bier, of Ferrum

Second Place went to Tammy Hall, of Rocky Mount

Third Place went to Dana Newton, of Ferrum

Creative Writing Contest Winners


Honorable mention – Trina W. Boitnott, “Our Granny,”
Boitnott’s poem is a tribute to her grandmother,  Allie Anderson, who “took the lemons from life and made chiffon pie”
Honorable mention – Kathi Rhoades, “Mother Nature’s Dress”
Kathi Rhoades personifies nature as a woman who changes her clothing with the seasons.
First place – Richard Raymond III, “Mask of Virtue”
In “Mask of Virtue,” Richard Raymond III offers a revision to a stereotypical image of the 19th century American poet Emily Dickinson.

Honorable mention – Karl Kazaks, for “A Photographic Memory,”
According to the judge, “ A Photographic Memory” is “the story of a creative woman, a photographer, who was liberated long before the days of women’s lib”
First place – Marion A. Higgins, for “Dead Serious”
According to the judge, “Dead Serious” is a story in which a woman, Robin, who is dying of breast cancer, “is especially creative in how she gets revenge on her unfaithful husband”

Honorable mention – Jessie Tibbetts, “A Realistic and Honest Perspective: 
Anne Bradstreet’s ‘Here Follow Some Verses Upon the Burning of our House,’”

Jessie Tibbetts writes about a Colonial American poet, who confronts the destruction of her house by fire and is torn between the reaction she knows her Puritan society expects of her and the intense pain of her loss
First place – Audrey Fitzgerald, “Elizabeth”
Audrey Fitzgerald’s essay explores the tension in Queen Elizabeth I’s poem “On Monsieur’s Departure” between the queen’s sense of duty and her obvious love for the subject of the poem

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