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Monthly Branch Program, February 2014

Program: “One Woman’s Journey through Desegregation & Beyond”
Speaker: Dr. Shirley Sprinkles

A creative, tenacious, and determined woman with wonderful stories to tell! Click here to learn more about our upcoming speaker.

Date:  Saturday, February 8, 2014. 10:30 AM – 1:00 PM
Location: Wyndham Garden Hotel
Cost of Program with Lunch:  $23
Contact: Larie Amsler for speaker, Diane Brewer for RSVPs


Monthly Branch Program, January 2014

Program: “Great American Women Artists”
Speaker: Dr. Karen Pope, noted Baylor art Professor
Date:  Friday, January 10, 2014, 10:30 am – 1:00 pm
Location: Westwood Country Club (3808 W. 35th Street)
Cost of lecture/lunch:  $30

Contact:  Marina Rivers, Diane Brewer


Monthly Program, May 2014

Thirty-seven doctoral candidates from a broad range of disciplines at the University of Texas at Austin submitted applications for the Austin Branch of AAUW (American Association of University Women) fellowships for the coming academic year. The strength of their applications made the choice difficult. After careful consideration, the scholarship committee selected the following six women to receive awards of $2,500 each.

  • Roanne Kantor studies Comparative Literature (English, Spanish, Hindi, Urdu). Her dissertation “Cartographies of Engagement” compares the parallel journeys and partial solidarities of Latin American and South Asian authors in the twentieth century.
  • JuHee Lee is a citizen of South Korea majoring in Curriculum and Instruction (Foreign Language Education Program), whose dissertation is: “Exploring Interdependence of Second Language Skills: Effects of Extensive Reading and Extensive Writing on Language Development for Adolescent English Learners.”
  • Valerie Martinez’s interest in Twentieth Century U.S. History/Mexican American studies led to her dissertation “The Benito Juarez Squadron: An Evaluation of Pan Americanism and Latina Servicewomen during World War II.”
  • Jennifer Scott worked in Peru as a research assistant for a local NGO. This experience combined with her current job with the Workers’ Defense Project and previous work with poor women and families led to her dissertation “Working on the Margins: Latino Immigrants, Citizenship, and Low Wage Labor in Texas.”
  • Jennifer Shapland is a doctoral candidate in English contemporary literature of place and environment which is directly related to her dissertation topic “Narrative Salvage: Repurposing Material, Place and Environment in Contemporary Literature.”
  • Esther Sullivan is a doctoral candidate in Sociology with special interests in poverty, inequality and housing. Her dissertation is titled: “Halfway Homeowners: A Geospatial and Ethnographic Analysis of Forced Relocation in Mobile Home Parks.”

These six women were recognized at the AAUW meeting on May 17, which also included memorials for 4 recently deceased members and installation of branch officers for 2014-15.

An endowment fund at the University of Texas was established with the first contribution of $1,100 in 1934. The Austin Branch has awarded fellowships yearly since 1985 to women doctoral candidates at The University of Texas at Austin. Mildred Englert is the Austin Branch member who finished the endowment, and the Branch contact is the UT Fellowship Chair. Esther Sullivan is also the lucky recipient of a National AAUW Fellowship.  AAUW annually provides more than $4 million in fellowships and grants to support women’s education in the United States and around the world.

Monthly Branch Program, November 2013

Program: “Celebrating 90 YEARS”
Buffet Luncheon at Austin Woman’s Club – $25 pp

Wednesday, November 13, 2013
10:30 AM – 1:30 PM

Chair: Judy Reinhart & Past Presidents

RSVP to Dr. Sylvia Garcia at 512-571-0730 or

Turning ninety is a really big deal, and that is just what is happening to AAUW Austin in November! You do not want to miss that celebration on November 13, so read all the details on the front page of the newsletter and make your reservation right now! Look through your yearbook for the name(s) of someone you haven’t seen for awhile or names of newer members in your ZIP code or part of town; invite them to the celebration. Invite your mother, sister, friend, neighbor. Ninety years deserves a reservation list with ninety names!

For some fun reading check out November Dates in Women’s Herstory!



Monthly Branch Program, October 2013

Program: “What’s past is prologue”

Speaker: Susan Rittereiser, Curator of Archives and Manuscripts at the Austin History Center, will give a presentation on AHC holdings (including archive of the Austin Branch).

Following Susan’s presentation, Melodía Gutiérrez, new AAUW state organizer for Texas, Louisiana, and Oklahoma branches, will discuss her responsibilities and goals, and Linda Young, Branch member and President of the National Women’s Political Caucus, will talk about a new STEM initiative for girls in Africa and the meeting she attended with first ladies of Africa at the UN General Assembly.

The program will conclude with a brief business meeting.

Location: Wyndham Garden Hotel,  3401 S. I-35 at Woodward.

Logistics: Registration begins at 9:30 a.m., brunch at 10, and program 10:30; brunch is $20.
Email or call Sylvia Garcia at 512.221.2863 by October 8 to RSVP for program and brunch or program only.

Monthly Branch Program, September 2013

Texas KIDS COUNT Director Frances Deviney, Ph.D., spoke at the Austin Branch meeting on Saturday, September 21, 2013, at the LCRA’s beautiful Redbud Center.

At the Center for Public Policy Priorities, Dr. Deviney is responsible for finding the hard facts in the area of child well-being in Texas and applying rigorous analysis to them. As as KIDS COUNT Director, she collects and analyzes state and county-level data and also helps coordinate the center’s family economic security work.

Dr. Deviney provided a brief overview of the work of the CPPP and then went into more detail about the Texas KIDS COUNT initiative which provides data on more than seventy measures of child well-being and is a resource to help create, implement, and encourage good policy and effective services to better the lives of Texas children.