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​ The State System and its universities continue to celebrate the achievements of women who have gone on to lead and succeed in extraordinary ways.​​


Success Highlights

Bloomsburg University is holding a month long “Chucks and Pearls” lecture series as part of its Women’s History Month celebration. During this month several graduates who have gone on to distinguish themselves in government will speak, including Pennsylvania State Representative Emily Kinkead ’09. 

California University graduate Sarah Johnson leads a staff of women who keep the players healthy in a new professional football league. Johnson, who earned her master’s degree in exercise science and health promotion with a concentration in performance enhancement and injury prevention in 2015, leads an all-female athletic training staff for the Fan Controlled Football league.

Enduring leadership is a quality that permeates across Cheyney University’s community, providing students with an environment in which to achieve their full academic and personal potential. This value extends to students of all socioeconomic backgrounds. For Rosalyn Henderson, Cheyney’s TRIO Student Support Services Director, it’s about reaching students in need with a hand up and empowering them to overcome personal challenges and realize their maximum potential.

Clarion University physics professor and astronomer Sharon Montgomery has always been mesmerized by space – specifically the stars in space. Starting in 2010 at McDonald Observatory in west Texas and then later in South Africa, Montgomery and her collaborator, Barry Welsh of the University of California, Berkeley, would observe the same stars night after night. And during some of these observations, she and Welsh would make some discoveries that are quite literally out of this world. 

Kimberly S. Adams, Ph.D., professor of political science at East Stroudsburg University, has been elected to the board of directors for the National Organization for Women (NOW) in Washington, D.C. She was elected to serve the Northern district which includes Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island and Vermont.

LaToya Ruby Frazier, Edinboro University alumna, associate professor of Photography at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and fellowship recipient of the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation’s MacArthur Fellows Program, continues to make headlines for her work as a photographer and activist including a recent profile in the New York Times.

Indiana University shared a feature about one of its alumnae making history in Code Breaker, telling the story of Dorothy Ramale, a 1943 graduate of Indiana State Teachers College who turns 100 in April, and who is featured in Code Girls, the Untold Story of the American Women Code Breakers of World War II, by Liza Mundy.

An extensive multi-faceted background within intercollegiate athletics attracted Kutztown University to Renee Hellert, who was recently named the Golden Bears' new director of athletics. Hellert is the first woman in KU history to permanently hold the position overseeing both men's and women's sports.

The Lock Haven University Council of Trustees recently welcomed Mia Swales, graduate student in the clinical mental health counseling program, as its new student member. Swales graduated from LHU in 2019 with a bachelor’s degree in communication and a minor in sociology.

Among the many Mansfield University alumni on the front lines of the coronavirus pandemic, Dr. Nana Ama Kwarteng Baryeh ’12 was recently named Public Health Epidemiologist, U.S. COVID Response for Vital Strategies in Ohio. Nana’s responsibilities involve working to effectively control COVID in the Columbus region with an emphasis on vulnerable communities that are disproportionally affected by COVID-19.

In honor of Women’s History Month, several women from across Millersville University shared their perspectives on their accomplishments and the people who have influenced their careers in academia. The first interview is with Dr. Victoria Khiterer, Associate Professor of History. 

Shippensburg University sophomore social work major Zoe Williard was named a Newman Civic Fellow by the Campus Compact, a coalition of colleges committed to community engagement. Williard is the fifth Ship student selected for this prestigious fellowship. Fellows are nominated by their university president and selected based on their potential as a future public leader. 

Slippery Rock University is hosting the 2021 Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education Women's Consortium Conference via videoconference. The PASSHE Women's Consortium, established in 1980, is a professional network consisting of faculty, staff, students and administrators from the State System's 14 institutions. The consortium's goal is to address issues that affect women in higher education, local campuses and communities.

Organized by Dr. Radha Pyati, Dean of the College of the Sciences and Mathematics, West Chester University​ will bring together distinguished leaders to discuss success in inclusive STEM workplaces. Founder of Black Girls Code Kimberly Bryant and U.S. Representative Chrissy Houlahan — both engineers — open the conference.