Monday, December 30, 2013

STEM Girls Become FUN Gals at Cedar Crest College

I'm now a Huffington Post Blogger. Check out a recent blog post, "STEM Girls Become FUN Gals at Cedar Crest College."

Highlights include:

Only a few years ago, Jessica Hile, Jenette Stadnik, Natalie Akers and Julia Kelly were STEM girls; now in college they continue to explore their interests. Jessica is in her junior year and is majoring in biodiversity and conservation biology. She's interested in becoming a veterinarian and owning a veterinary business and wildlife rehabilitation center. Jenette is a senior and biology major; her career plans include going for an advanced degree, and she is considering dental school. Natalie, like Jenette, also is a senior and biology major. Her career goal is to become an emergency room physician. Julia, a genetic-engineering major interested in infectious disease research career, is a junior.

Meeting up at Cedar Crest College, these young women joined Dr. Amy Reese's "FUN Gals" research group: a lab where disease-causing fungi are studied. Being part the research group gives Jessica, Jenette, Natalie and Julia an opportunity to conduct valuable research as undergraduates. The good news is that even first-year Cedar Crest College students are guaranteed student-research experience.

Dr. Reese's research involves studying disease-causing, yeast-like encapsulated fungi. She takes her research very seriously, but she also is known for making science fun. Professor Reese incorporates "interpretive dance" into her lectures to reinforce specific scientific concepts -- an effective teaching technique that engages and entertains. Even her license plate, FUNG4L, while a bit zany, is spot-on: Her all-women lab studies fungi while having fun.

In addition to her roles of researcher and associate professor, Dr. Reese also serves as a Health Professions Advisor, advising students who are interested in attending medical, veterinary, dental and other health professional schools (other than nursing). She is committed to providing an atmosphere of encouragement and support to STEM women.

This nurturing environment is what makes women's colleges so successful: colleges for women offer excellent academics while encouraging personal growth. This is t
he main reason I consider women's colleges to be the best-kept secret in higher education today.

Continue reading my blog post on The Huffington Post. Enjoy!

Thursday, December 19, 2013

Everything You Need to Know about the Wonderful World of Women’s Colleges

Blog Post Highlights:

"Alumnae of women’s colleges always seem to mention the amazing educational environment that single-sex education created for them. Valerie Saunders, a 40-year-old Smith graduate told Forbes, ”Women’s colleges tend to attract a very competitive and driven student base, and that’s the group you are surrounding yourself with during these critical years. "As a student of a women’s college, you’re going to be surrounded by hardworking, motivated ladies just like yourself. Tara Roberts of Mount Holyoke College said that “popularity at a women’s college isn’t about clothing or hairstyles. I found you became popular or cool because of your convictions, your passion and your actions.”"

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Women's College Student Wins Prestigious Environmental Studies Fellowship

"Wellesley junior Kate Corcoran has won a prestigious Greater Research Opportunities fellowship from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. The fellowship, worth approximately $50,000, is awarded annually to 40 promising American students interested in pursuing careers in environmental studies. It supports two years of undergraduate study and a three-month summer internship with an EPA facility the summer after junior year."

Monday, December 16, 2013

Full College Scholarships Available for Her

In an earlier Huffington Post Blog Post, “How to Afford a Quality College Education for Your Daughter” I blogged about the generous financial aid packages available at women’s colleges.

Today I’m going to share with you a women’s college that has full scholarships available! Stephens College located in Columbia, Missouri.

Below is a photo of Kathryn Moore, a student at Hayden Catholic High School receiving her full scholarship. Anna Feldman and Alicia Lamb also received full
scholarships. How exciting is this?

Might Stephens be right for you? Begin by learning more about Stephens as you read the welcome message from the President of the college,
Dianne Lynch, Ph.D. below. (Dr. Lynch's welcome message is found on the college's Web site.)

“Stephens College was established in 1833. For more than 175 years, we have been educating women to become leaders as well as valuable contributors toward the betterment of our society. I am delighted to be a part of this fine institution, to celebrate her history and to work to create a future of unlimited possibilities. 

Stephens offers a variety of programs at the undergraduate level for women, as well as distance-learning and on-campus programs in our Graduate and Continuing Studies division for both men and women. We take pride in the strong bonds we've developed within our local community of Columbia, Missouri, and within the vast network of Stephens graduates we have across the country.

Our commitment to the performing arts, pre-professional programs and the liberal arts is evident in our mission statement. So is our commitment to each student's success at Stephens. Our campus culture offers a values-driven living and learning environment (check out the Ten Ideals); close interaction with faculty and student peers; hands-on experience in the major beginning the student's first year at Stephens; and resources inside and outside the classroom that build students' skills, knowledge and confidence. Our extensive network of alumnae assists students in finding internships and employment after graduation. You can even bring your pet to campus to live with you in a residence hall.

Whether you are interested in forming ties with Stephens — perhaps as a new student — or whether you seek ways to simply keep in touch with the goings-on at Stephens — perhaps as an alumna — we invite you to explore our web site. Please let us know if we can help!”

Friday, December 13, 2013

Why Mary Ann from Gilligan's Island Attended a Women's College

Who remembers Gilligan's Island? I do! -- For those who do not, it was an American sitcom and aired for three seasons on the CBS network from September 26, 1964, to September 4, 1967.

This is why Dawn Wells aka "Mary Ann" attended Stephens College, a women's college located in Columbia, Missouri as referenced in Esquire Magazine. 

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Greatest Takeaways of Attending a Women's College

Blog Post Highlights

"One of the greatest takeaways from my Bryn Mawr experience is undoubtedly the friendships and connections I’ve made with other students. Because dorms incorporate all students (there isn’t just a “senior” or “first-year” dorm) and traditions involve cross-campus inclusion, I’ve often found that some of my closest friends at Bryn Mawr aren’t even in my own class. This is especially true of members in my sister class. A sister class is created between every other year (for example, as a dark blue 2014, my sister classes have been light blue 2012 & 2016). Though it’s hard to watch friends graduate, I’m relieved to know our friendships haven’t deteriorated and that I always have someone to visit when traveling, especially in DC, New York, and Boston."

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Myths About Women’s Colleges

In her recent article, Myths about Women’s Colleges, Keyona Hicks identified several myths about women's colleges and concludes by saying. “Don’t let any of these myths keep you from considering a women’s college. You may just miss out on a great experience.”

Monday, December 9, 2013

Women’s College Alumna, Amy Costello Pays Tribute to Nelson Mandela

Last week we learned of the passing of a very great man, Nelson Mandela. It was only fitting to see Amy Costello pay tribute to him.

Amy Costello graduated from Trinity Washington University in 1992. Formerly the Africa correspondent for PRI’s The World she pays tribute to the great Nelson Mandela on the PRI as well as on Tiny Sparks. (Amy is now the host for Tiny Spark, a podcast that investigates the business of doing good.)

Friday, December 6, 2013

The Need for Women's Colleges Today

The President of Brenau University is speaking on the importance of educating women and the need for Women's Colleges at TEDxCentennialParkWomen in Atlanta today.

Learn more about The Brenau University Women’s College located in Gainesville, Georgia (45 miles northeast of Atlanta, Georgia).

Thursday, December 5, 2013

What do Monopoly, the very popular board game and a women’s college have in common?

Answer: A classic game with a MHC twist! (Mount Holyoke College)

"Next time it’s game night at your house, don’t settle for buying and selling Park Place or Marvin Gardens and hoping for a “Get out of jail free” card.  Mount Holyoke-Opoly allows you to buy and sell your favorite college dorms and buildings with Mary Lyon money!  This game is full of fun Mount Holyoke inspired details that will appeal to alumnae, students, faculty and all friends of the college."
Source: Wikipedia -- "Mount Holyoke College is a selective liberal arts college for women in South Hadley, Massachusetts, United States. It was the first member of the Seven Sisters colleges, and served as a model for some of the others."

Sells for $35. Makes a GREAT gift for yourself or others!

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Why You Should Consider a Women’s College

Carrie Wofford is a Democratic strategist and graduated from Bryn Mawr College. She wrote a blog post I very much enjoyed reading, “Why You Should Consider a Women’s College.”

Highlights Include:

"Studies also show that students at women's colleges are much more likely to earn PhDs than are their counterparts at coed colleges. And they are dozens of times more likely to stick with math and hard science studies than women who attend coed colleges. Not twice as likely to stick with it but dozens of times more likely. Nobody knows why, but the vast majority of women who enter coed colleges thinking they will major in math or chemistry or some other hard science drop out of those fields (as compared to the "soft sciences" such as sociology and psychology). In contrast, women stick with those studies in women's colleges, and go on to careers in those fields. Something is going on in the classrooms at coed colleges to discourage women from math and sciences; or something supportive is happening in women's college classrooms that coed schools may need to take a look at.

Women students' success happens outside the classroom as well. The editor of the student newspaper, head of the student government and all the other positions on campus are, by definition, held by women. Such leadership roles offer a terrific learning experience.

The campus communities also tend to be nurturing and supportive. Women's colleges develop very strong community bonds, passed down through generations of female graduates. "Traditions" at women's colleges differ from those at coed, with regular "step sings," "lantern night," "hoop races," special tea parties, and "canoe sings" – not unlike the special songs and traditions a girl might find at an all-girls' summer camp, and many of them common to all women's colleges. My husband said he didn't fully appreciate my college experience until he saw me at a reunion, singing ancient songs in Greek and Latin, in the dark night, with lanterns (colored by class year) swinging from our hands.  The reality is that young men are simply less willing to stand around singing ancient songs in Greek and Latin about wisdom and beauty.

Citing all the studies about how women's colleges succeed so much better at nurturing and educating young women, Smith College offers the perfect tag line: "Of course, the world is coeducational. But Smith women enter it more confidently than women graduates of coed schools." A women's college might just be worth considering when you make your college choice this Fall."

Monday, December 2, 2013

The Power of Sisterhood

Meet Belinda J Wilkerson, a college adviser who started Steps To The Future, LLC. Belinda recently wrote a blog post I think you will enjoy: "The Power of Sisterhood."

Here’s how her blog post started:

“Visiting colleges and universities is a large part of my work as an independent educational consultant. I love walking on campuses and seeing and listening to engaged, passionate, and dedicated students.  Over the past few months, I toured over 20 colleges including four women’s colleges: Agnes Scott College, Converse College, Meredith College, and Spelman College. Eleanor Roosevelt said, “The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams” and each one of these institutions nurtures, supports, and demands that young women move forward and live beyond their dreams.  I want to share a few of my thoughts about women’s colleges because many high school students discount these institutions as an option for them without having stepped on any of their campuses.”

You can read the entire blog post or learn more about Belinda and the services she provides.

Friday, November 29, 2013

College Traditions:Tinker Day

Tinker Day at Hollins University. This women's college celebrates Tinker Day, learn more about this tradition here, here, or here!

"Tinker Day, observed since the 1880s, occurs in October. It became an official holiday in 1895. The surprise element, which was introduced in 1899, adds to the excitement of the day. After the president's official declaration, classes are canceled and students, faculty, and staff hike Tinker Mountain attired in zany costumes for songs and a traditional picnic of fried chicken and Tinker Cake."

Learn more about this women's college located in Roanoke, VA here, here, or here.

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Women’s College Student Named a 2014 Rhodes Scholar

A BIG congratulations to Clarke Knight '14 a chemistry student at Smith College for being named a 2014 Rhodes Scholar. Below is her profile as provided on the American Rhodes Scholarships Winners, Profiles of Winners page:

“Her interests relate to the application of science to environmental challenges, ranging from food security to the management of soil and water resources. Her interest in the effect of crop losses on world hunger led her to do research on potato diseases in Tasmania. She is now tracking the consequences of climate change on the hydrology and chemistry of a major watershed. Clarke is a member of Smith’s varsity crew and cross country teams. She has also written a book on women’s contribution to architecture. Her career interests are in global environmental policy. Clarke is Smith College’s first Rhodes Scholar. At Oxford, she intends to do the M.Phil. in geography and environment.”

Read additional information about Clarke from Smith's Web site.

Smith College is a top-20 liberal arts college and also the largest independent women's college in the country dedicated to women's education, advancement, and leadership. Founded in 1871, Smith College offers “more than 1,000 course offerings in more than 50 areas of study in the social sciences and history, the arts, languages, literature, mathematics and the natural sciences.”

Learn more about Smith’s academic programs, resources, as well as the academic life you can expect.

Monday, November 25, 2013

Essay -- Women’s Colleges: Necessary and Invaluable

Erica Rice, a first-year student at Bryn Mawr College wrote a winning essay, "Women’s Colleges: Necessary and Invaluable" for an essay competition; the third annual essay competition of The Albert M. Greenfield Digital Center for the History of Women’s Education. The competition is sponsored by The Friends of the Bryn Mawr College Library.

She begins her essay with the following:

"The college experience can very easily become a paradox, as a college education should be what equips a young person to accomplish whatever they wish, yet during the time spent earning a diploma, a great deal of pruning other dreams and aspirations is necessary to earn the title of college graduate. The ability to focus and make decisions about one’s future is indeed important, but all too often in the college setting, in the process of becoming a college graduate, pieces of the individual dissolve. Colleges and universities have plenty to offer the future, but people have more. At women’s colleges, the student body is made up of individuals willing to identify as different and who believe that it is their individual aspirations combined with a college diploma that will be what changes their world. The college experience for these women will be a tool, not an identity; because their identity is something they are not willing to compromise."

Read Erica's insightful essay here.

Bryn Mawr College is a women's liberal arts college in Bryn Mawr, PA.Visit the college's Web site to learn more.

Friday, November 22, 2013

The Benefits of a Women’s College

“The benefits to be reaped from a women’s college education are not a uniform commodity, but are rather the extent to which the college culture and experience allow each individual to avidly pursue a chosen path and excel in the areas in which she is most passionate.” -- Evan McGonagill

About Evan McGonagill
“Evan McGonagill is Assistant Director for The Albert M. Greenfield Digital Center for the History of Women’s Education, where she generates content for the Center’s teaching resources, digital repository, and related social media. Prior to her work on Greenfield, Evan worked for two years as a Program Assistant and Systems Associate at The Open Society Institute in New York. She graduated from Bryn Mawr College with a BA in English in 2010.”

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Why I Attended a Women's College

Minnow  from NC wrote this on October 11, 2013  when asked if she attended a women’s college:

"Sweet Briar 2007, here!

My best friends in high school were guys (or tomboyish girls) and I never thought that I'd want to go to an all-girls school. My childhood neighbor was an SBC grad and kept telling me to check it out as I was growing up and my response was always something along the lines of "no fricking way!"

Then my mother and I did a huge tour of Virginia Colleges, and as soon as I stepped on that campus (the second to last one we visited) I just felt like I belonged. And I did! The individual attention the professors were able to give, the unique coursework and majors, the potential for research (which I took advantage of) - they were all huge selling points. And my best friends were made there. I loved the entire experience and would do it again in a heartbeat.

(And yes, they were very good about mingling us with the men of other colleges, especially as underclassmen when it was harder for us to get off campus.)"

Monday, November 18, 2013

College Application Mythbusting

Carolyn Noll Sorg is the Director of Admission at a women’s college located in Pepper Pike, Ohio, Ursuline College and wrote a blog post I’m sure will be of interest, “College Application Mythbusting.” Carolyn begins her blog post with the following:

“When I was a new Admission Counselor in my first job right out of grad school, I remember my Admission Director mentioning that as many of her friends’ children approached high school age, her job suddenly seemed to make her more popular at parties. There is a perception, I think, among parents and students that the college admission process is so elusive and complex that understanding it, and more importantly influencing it, is becoming increasingly difficult. This is probably true for students applying to the most selective institutions where many more qualified students are turned away than admitted. But for students applying to the vast majority of institutions in the US, this process is not nearly as much of a game as they think.

A recent blog entry on the Huffington Post called 6 College Admission Myths: Busted is a good start to bringing more transparency to students and families, but many of these myths and much of the advice on college planning and admission out there only applies to traditional students vying for coveted seats at highly selective schools. We know that more and more college students today do not fit this typical student mold, and that the overwhelming majority will enroll at institutions that WILL accept them if they are academically qualified. Here are the myths busted on HuffPost, and my own thoughts on how we address each myth at an institution that prides itself on providing access to all students who demonstrate an ability to be academically successful:”

Read the entire blog post and Carolyn’s insights to busting these six college admissions myths.

Ursuline College is the first women’s college in Ohio. The college is known for its exceptional programs in nursing, fashion, social work, and education offering more than 30 undergraduate liberal arts degrees. Ursuline also offers 11 graduate liberal arts degrees. The college’s campus is beautiful and spacious campus, situated about 13 miles east of Cleveland making the college easily accessible and close to major highways.

To learn more about Ursuline contact Carolyn or visit their Web site. You also can meet the admissions team or learn more about the benefits of attending Ursuline College.

Friday, November 15, 2013

College isn’t about the boys: Why women’s colleges still matter.

USA College Today blogger Charlsie Niemiec wrote a blog post I really enjoyed, “College isn’t about the boys: Why women’s colleges still matter.

Blog Post Highlights:

“I never thought I would attend a same-sex college. In fact, it was something I never even considered until I started to expand upon my college choices. I knew what kind of school I wanted to attend, and I knew what programs I was interested. And ultimately, the school that catered the most to what I wanted for four years turned out to be an all women’s university. With only 2 percent of women enrolling in women’s colleges, I constantly question why women are afraid to apply or even consider looking into same-sex schools. Especially when statistics show women’s colleges as being incredibly beneficial to women and their futures. For example, in 2004 a study found that women who attend same-sex schools in college are more likely to engage better in the classroom, score better in classes than they would at co-ed institutions, and they are more likely to get professional degrees, attend graduate school, and hold higher ranked positions in their careers.”

Charlsie Niemiec is a post-grad from Hollins University (yes, one of the last remaining Southern women’s colleges) with her BA in English and a concentration in creative writing. When she’s not busy dancing to Cake and wearing a little black dress, this typical Pisces is curled up with a glass of wine and contemplating her future on The Real Housewives of Atlanta. She blogs here.

Thursday, November 14, 2013

How I Benefited from Attending a Women’s College

Here’s a quote from a graduate of a women’s college, Nahid Hamzei: “My experience with a variety of leadership positions at a woman’s college gave me the opportunity to learn problem solving, critical thinking and decision making. The knowledge gained has accompanied me at every stage of my life.”

Nahid Hamzei is on the Board of Directors of The Sunflower Initiative. This organization established The Harriet Fitzgerald Scholarship; a scholarship that awards $10,000 to a female high school senior who is planning on attending a women's college either in the United States or Canada. To learn more about this scholarship, visit the Web site.

Having graduated from a women’s college, Nahid’s career entails the following: “Director of Asset Management; Westmont Hospitality Group. Over 20 years experience in real estate asset management managing portfolios in excess of $1 billion.”

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Top Things Women Invented!

While not specifically about the advantages of attending a women's college, I really enjoyed this slideshow, Top Things Women Invented! and wanted to share it with you. Many of these things we take for granted, for example: the dishwasher or the modern day bra!

Josephine Cochrane: The Dishwasher 

"Out of frustration, Josephine Cochrane invented the dishwasher. She'd been angry that hired domestic help continually broke and chipped her fine china. Cochrane's dishwasher used high water pressure aimed at a wire rack of dishes, she received a patent for it in 1886.

During this era, most houses didn't have the technology of a hot water system to run such a machine, but Cochrane persisted and sold her idea to hotels and restaurants. Eventually dishwashers moved into households as more and more women entered the workplace."

Mary Phelps Jacob: The Modern Brassiere

"Jacobs was awarded a US patent in 1914 for a Brassiere that supported the breasts up from the shoulders and separated them into two individual shapes. People had experimented with making Brassieres before, but it was the idea of "separating the breasts," that made her design unique.

Prior to Brassieres (or bras) women’s undergarments were uncomfortable. Containing whalebones and steel rods, they virtually squeezed the wearer into "shape". Jacobs' design was in contrast, soft and light, conforming to the wearer’s anatomy.

During WWI her bra design became popular when the U.S. government requested that women stop purchasing corsets in order to conserve metal. Although by this time Jacobs had sold the patent to Warner Brothers Corset Company."

I hope you view the entire slideshow of 25 inventions. I think you will really enjoy the presentation.

Monday, November 11, 2013

Thanking Our Nation's Veterans!

Please join me in thanking all the brave men and women who ensure our freedom. Show your support here!

Friday, November 8, 2013

I'm so glad I attended a women's college, even though I had no intentions of going to a women's college!

On a wedding blog, Weddingbee® I came across a content area labeled NWR (Not Wedding Related) where this question was asked: Did you attend a women's college?

Here’s one of the replies:

“I went to Smith (yay 5 colleges AND seven sisters!) and I am so, SO glad I did.  It was the best decision I ever made, (and I didn't intend to go to an all women's college either).  I've always needed to be more assertive and less shy, and attending an all women's college really helped me gain confidence.  I went from being so shy, to being a considered a fairly extroverted person.  (People who meet me now never even believe I was ever shy.)  I've also found that men tend to dominate discussions in classes (even when they don't know the answers), and women tend to not answer (even when they do know the answer.)  I became much more dominate in group settings, in business meetings and interviews.  Often, I'm the only woman in the room who will speak.  I got practice at Smith.  No one would ever answer the professor's question, and eventually I couldn't take the awkwardness and would reluctantly raise my hand.  By my senior year, mine was the first hand up.  My mother, who also attended a women's college, always says that you can tell a woman from the seven sisters (or any women's college), because they tend to be more assertive than average. 

I still feel that I have a lot further to go with putting myself forward and asserting myself, but going to an all women's college definitely helped!  Yes, my dating life suffered during college, but I don't mind at all.  It improved me so much more than going to a co-ed school would have, and I made great friends who I still talk to regularly even though we've all moved.”

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Psychology Major Passionate About Photography

I would like to share with you a blog I came across and one that I really like. It’s Nicole Battistone’s blog: “Life Through My Lens.” Nicole is student (majoring in psychology) with a passion for photography at University of Saint Joseph. The University of Saint Joseph is a women’s college located in West Hartford, CT. Nicole is from the Class of 2015 and her blog is all about the photos she takes on campus.See how beautiful her photographs are!

Monday, November 4, 2013

Women’s College Alumna Wins Project Runway and Offers Fashion College Advice

Below is my Huffington Post blog post I wrote last week about Dom Streater, Project Runway Season 12 winner!

Project Runway Season 12 Winner Dom Offers College Advice to Women Interested in Fashion Design

Dom Streater the cool, calm and creative 24-year-old whose fashion-forward style caught the eye of the Project Runway judges has been very busy juggling design work with local appearances in the town she grew up in, Philadelphia, since winning Season 12. Her design business, Halcyon Clothing Collection, is really hopping; the totes she designed are nearly all sold out, and Samuel L Jackson contacted her via Twitter to design a dress for his wife, LaTanya Richardson. While Dom's Alma mater, Moore College of Art & Design, invited her to speak at their 2013 Leadership Conference for Women in the Arts, Philadelphia's morning TV show, Good Day Philadelphia, invited her to be on the show and the mayor of Philadelphia, The Honorable Michael A. Nutter, honored Dom for her winning Project Runway at a recent event.

It's easy to understand why so many want to get to know this fashion and textile designer who loves creating colorful vibrant clothing and fabrics. Dom's Project Runway pieces were considered amazing by numerous viewers; even this non-fashion oriented gal loved many of her designs; admittedly, there's something captivating about Dom's clothes. She has a real flare for incorporating textiles and prints into designs crafted for all kinds of shapes and sizes that also are stylish and appealing. Down to earth, this soulful designer has a bright fashion career ahead of her. I see a huge market for "Dom Girl" fashion.

Since Dom won the highly-competitive fashion design television series, future fashion designers are seeking Streater out for fashion school advice. Questions she's often asked revolve around her college choice as well as advice for selecting a fashion school. Her advice and insight entails encouraging future students to focus on discovering the best fashion design college for them. With so many excellent programs to choice from, it's important to first be clear with what you want from a fashion design program. Once you are, you can then consider other factors, including learning style and personal preferences. After that, you can begin to research the various colleges. Soon you will have a short list of possible places tailored just for you.

An advocate of campus visits, Dom encourages visiting as many college campuses as possible. Dom visited numerous campuses before deciding upon Philadelphia-based Moore College, graduating in 2010 with her Bachelors in Fine Arts in Fashion Design. In fact, after her many visits, Moore was the only college she wanted to attend.

"The fashion program at Moore was great," she said. "Everything I know how to do is because I went to Moore, in terms of construction and how I think about design. I learned to be very methodical and precise when I'm working. It helped me a lot on the show."

Dom knew what she wanted in a design school. First and foremost, she was looking for a top-notch design program. She also wanted a college that attracted collaborative, high-achieving students, and a college that provided a nurturing and supportive atmosphere with small classes.

While all of Moore's 10 BFA programs are top-notch, it was the college's atmosphere that really made an impression on Dom. Moreover, she loved the idea of a women's college. She knew how competitive the fashion industry is and wanted the best opportunity for being successful. She felt that being at a women's college meant having fewer distractions, which would help her keep focused on her craft (and the reason she was attending college in the first place). She knew that talented young women from all over the world came to Moore, and this was very appealing to her as well. In addition, during her campus visits she experienced the supportive environment first-hand, only reinforcing how critical this environment was to her. Visiting the campus and meeting with students, professors, and staff cemented her confidence that she could fulfill her career dream.

The friends that Dom made while attending Moore College provided much welcomed support and encouragement during her time on Project Runway. "It's all about Moore girls sticking together," Dom Streater said. "Because it's an all women's college that bond sticks even after graduation." And while many women's colleges don't have sororities, women college alumnae will tell you that's because the entire campus is one big sorority -- so rest assured that sisterhood is alive and thriving at women's colleges, and sisterhood comes in handy during and after graduation.

While the fashion industry is highly competitive, the good news is that Moore College is committed to "empowering women to achieve financial independence by providing a high-quality, career-focused education." With over 160 years of educating women for careers in art and design, Moore College of Art & Design is the first and only visual arts women's college. I'm very happy to report their students continue to enjoy career success including recent graduates. Of the 2012 BFA graduates, 93 percent are employed, and 79 percent of those are with organizations in their fields of study.

Dom Streater is very happy she attended Moore and encourages other women visual artists to consider her Alma mater. If you are looking for a fashion school that provides a challenging and creative environment with nurturing and talented professors who are committed to their students, Moore might also be for you.

Follow Dom online via Her Store, Her Work, on Facebook, as well as on Twitter.

(Visit the original blog post for various links.)

Friday, November 1, 2013

Judaic Studies for Women

Two women’s colleges that also offer Judaic Studies include The Stern College for Women and the Lander College for Women. Both colleges are located in New York City.

From the The Stern College for Women’s Web Site:

“Nowhere in North America can women enjoy greater range and depth of Torah study than at Yeshiva University's Rebecca Ivry Department of Jewish Studies, which offers the country's largest and most diverse undergraduate Jewish studies program for women. Our program is designed to expose students to the beauty of Torah study and the richness of Jewish tradition. We offer valuable training in rigorous thought, exposure to research methods and opportunities for independent work. Students learn across a curriculum that includes courses in Bible, Hebrew language, Jewish history, Jewish philosophy and Judaic law.

Regardless of focus, all students engage with the textual analysis of Jewish works in the Hebrew and Aramaic originals, through hakhanah, chavruta [study partners] and shiurim [lectures]. The structure of the learning and committed faculty result in genuine relationships that personalize, deepen and distinguish each student's education. The Jewish studies faculty are not only accomplished scholars and moral exemplars; they provide guidance on how to live an ethical life.”

From the Lander College for Women’s Web Site:

“At the Lander College for Women, you will be learning in a supportive but challenging environment. The high level of interaction between students and faculty encourages our students to be creative, strive for distinction and achieve excellence. All of our faculty members are scholars and dedicated teachers who bring practical knowledge to the classroom. They will enable you to excel at critical thinking, problem solving, and oral and written communication. In particular, at the Lander College for Women, the opportunity to pursue Judaic Studies on a high level and learn from a world-class Judaic studies faculty is unparalleled. Our small class sizes and the personalized attention that you receive in each of your classes will add an important dimension to your education and will help you achieve your best in the classroom, your careers, and your future lives.” Marian Stoltz-Loike, Ph.D., Dean, Lander College for Women

Thursday, October 31, 2013

The Value of an Art & Design Education

Here's a great video from Moore College of Art & Design, the first and only visual arts women's college in the United States, "Creative Minds Transforming Society." If you are thinking about a career in the visual arts, I know you will enjoy this video as much as I did.

"Art and design is a growing sector that has a significant impact on our economy. Additionally, people who pursue a degree at a specialized school for art and design are prepared for careers in a wide range of fields. Perhaps most importantly, they are more likely to be working in careers that they find meaningful, while also pursuing their passion outside of their jobs. For all these reasons, we know that art and design degrees at schools like Moore College of Art & Design are a great investment."

Plus, Moore College is dedicated to their students and careers:

"Moore College of Art & Design continues a strong commitment to its founder Sarah Worthington Peter’s promise of “empowering women to achieve financial independence by providing a high-quality, career-focused education.”    Its 2012 BFA graduates are already enjoying successful careers.   93% are employed and 79% of those are with organizations in their fields of study, including Abercrombie & Fitch, Daroff Designs, Inc., Pennsylvania School for the Deaf, Princeton University Press, Triangle Home Fashions, Tyco and numerous others."

Learn more about Moore's career focus and commitment here.

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

In Praise of Women’s Colleges

Sandra Moore, a women’s college alumna and college adviser, wrote a blog post, “In Praise of Women’s Colleges” having returned from visiting several colleges in the Northampton, MA  area -- Her campus visits included two women’s colleges; her Alma mater (Mount Holyoke College) and Smith College.

Blog Post Highlights Include:

Mount Holyoke and Smith are intellectually demanding and, equally important, treasure-troves of  leadership opportunities, where, for example, the student government president is always a woman. (Fact:  Although females comprise 60% of college students, 80% of student government presidents are male and the vast majority of secretaries are girls.) Attending Mount Holyoke or Smith opens up countless doors to elite graduate schools and professional careers in all fields, including those typically deemed “non-traditional.” Like the remaining five of the prestigious Seven Sisters (i.e., Barnard, Bryn Mawr and Wellesley), they also are known for providing students with a warm and supportive living and learning environment.

Yet, despite their rich histories, gorgeous campuses, state-of-the-art facilities and top-notch teachers, women’s colleges, unfortunately, are often overlooked by the very young women who might gain the most from all that they offer. With the smallish,  self-selecting pool of applicants they attract, women’s colleges are quite accessible, but so many girls instead beat their heads against the wall trying to gain admission to schools with a gazillion applications and where males (by virtue of their shortage in the pool) are often preferred.”

As a former college admissions director, Sandra Moore provides advice to college-bound students and their parents via her consulting practice Next Step College Counseling. Her office is located in Hyde Park, NY. In addition to her college advice blog: College Aid, she also can be found on Facebook.

Monday, October 28, 2013

Why You Should Consider a Women’s College

Carrie Wofford wrote an excellent blog post entitled, "Why You Should Consider a Women’s College" and one that I very much enjoyed.

I found myself smiling and shaking my head "yes" after reading the following words she wrote, "Those of us who went to women's colleges (I went to Byrn Mawr) are never surprised to hear the news that the "first" woman ever to do x, y or z, just happened to go to graduate from such a school."

Here's my favorite part:

"The campus communities also tend to be nurturing and supportive. Women's colleges develop very strong community bonds, passed down through generations of female graduates. "Traditions" at women's colleges differ from those at coed, with regular "step sings," "lantern night," "hoop races," special tea parties, and "canoe sings" – not unlike the special songs and traditions a girl might find at an all-girls' summer camp, and many of them common to all women's colleges. My husband said he didn't fully appreciate my college experience until he saw me at a reunion, singing ancient songs in Greek and Latin, in the dark night, with lanterns (colored by class year) swinging from our hands. The reality is that young men are simply less willing to stand around singing ancient songs in Greek and Latin about wisdom and beauty.

Citing all the studies about how women's colleges succeed so much better at nurturing and educating young women, Smith College offers the perfect tag line: "Of course, the world is coeducational. But Smith women enter it more confidently than women graduates of coed schools." A women's college might just be worth considering when you make your college choice this Fall."

 Below is a short bio of Carrie Wofford:

"Carrie Wofford is a Democratic strategist who served as a senior counsel in the Senate and a policy aide in the Clinton White House and in the Labor Department under Robert Reich. A veteran of many presidential and Senate campaigns, she also worked as a lawyer at WilmerHale and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit. Follow her on Twitter at @Carrie_Wofford."

Friday, October 25, 2013

The Feeling You Get When Visiting a Women's College

In this video you will hear from Miya Evans-Walker about her visit to Converse College and how she knew Converse was the college for her! Enjoy!

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Women’s College Quiz

Which women’s college ranks first among select U.S colleges in the number of women graduates who are now professors of chemistry and is one of the top schools in the nation in the number of female graduates who have entered the medical profession?

Click here for the answer!

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Why a Women’s College?

Here’s a recent blog post by Paulina Mangubat entitled “Why a Women’s College?” that I really enjoyed reading and I know you will as well.

Paula’s blog post starts with the following: 

"Who runs the world? Girls. No, really. Women’s colleges are all the rage nowadays, and from the looks of hallowed alums such as Hillary Clinton, Gloria Steinem, and Anna Quindlen (graduates of Wellesley College, Smith College, and Barnard College, respectively), they’re here to stay.

Women’s colleges have become the backbone of pro-female pursuits for a good reason: they offer stellar educational opportunities, refreshingly liberal environments, and a steady catalog of successful female alumni ready to help with post-graduation networking. What began as a union of seven colleges—the aptly named “Seven Sisters”—has morphed into a nexus of elite liberal arts institutions ready to take in the next Hillary Clinton. Yes, I mean that Hillary Clinton.

Don’t try to persuade me that women’s colleges contribute to some kind of sexist, separatist worldview, because if you do, I’ll promptly slap some statistics in your face and look fabulous while doing it. Here’s the rundown: graduates of women’s colleges are more likely to earn PhDs than their coed counterparts. They’re more likely to succeed in male-dominated STEM fields. And, most importantly, they’re more likely to give back to the sisterhood, creating a tightly-knit network of talented, hardworking women."

Monday, October 21, 2013

Quote: Women’s Colleges and Your Lifelong Sisterhood Network

Janet from Fairfax Station, VA says this about going to a college for women, “You know why you should go to a women's college, because some day, your life may get a little hard and you will reach out to sisters across the years and they will lift you, support you, and offer you hope. That has happened to me the past few days and it has made all the difference.”

Friday, October 18, 2013

Project Runway Season 12 Winner Graduated from a Women’s College

Dominique Streater (also known as "Dom") graduated from Moore College of Art & Design in Philadelphia in 2010 and is now the winner of Project Runway Season 12.

Just how cool is that I ask?

Congratulations Dominique! I'm thrilled for you. This is so incredible and well deserved.

If fashion is your dream and you are college bound, I encourage you to consider Moore College of Art & Design. Who knows, you might just be the next Project Runway winner!

Moore College is the first and only visual arts college for women in the United States and has many amazing graduates. Check out the BFA Programs at Moore College.

“Moore's BFA programs are designed to cultivate each student's creative talents, and provide the technical and professional skills essential to building a successful career in the visual arts.

Students learn from award-winning, professionally active faculty who bring real-world knowledge and expertise into the classroom and encourage excellence, creative exploration and self-expression to prepare students for lifelong learning and leadership in their chosen field.

Moore also offers its students an array of minors that complement their course of study and allow them to advance their interests in support of their artistic and professional goals.”

With over 160 years of educating women for careers in art and design, Moore College of Art & Design is the first and only visual arts women’s college and continues to be dedicated to its founding mission: “empowering women to achieve financial independence by providing a high-quality, career-focused education.”

Once again, congratulations to Dom Streater for winning Project Runway! I look forward to seeing more of her fashion designs. Check out her Store Link, Work Link, Facebook Link, and/or Twitter Link.

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Confessions of a Women’s College Graduate

I love sharing success stories about graduates of women’s colleges. Here’s one I know you also will enjoy: “Sweet Briar is my ‘happy place’ ” and appears on the college Web site.

After 13-years of graduating from a women’s college, Christine Bump is a lawyer practicing food and drug law in Washington, D.C. and this is her story:

“When my family and I began looking into all-women’s colleges, my mom fell in love with Sweet Briar from the brochures we received. Coming from California (and with all of the insight of a teenager — ha!), I was adamantly against attending college below the Mason-Dixon line. I only applied to Sweet Briar to appease my mom. However, when I arrived on Sweet Briar’s campus for the first time as a prospective student, my outlook completely changed. The gates, the winding road onto campus and the beautiful landscape made me feel at home before we even reached the checkpoint. Attending classes, touring the campus and staying in the dorms during that visit made me 100-percent confident that Sweet Briar was the perfect place for me. And, second only to marrying my husband, it is the best decision I ever made!”

You also can read entire blog post.

Sweet Briar College is located in Sweet Briar, VA and has a campus of 3,250 acres. Learn about the academics as well as student life or athletics. Horse women can learn more about Riding at Sweet Briar.

The reasons for attending a women’s college are varied and well documented -- most notably, graduates of women's colleges achieve higher rates of success than their female counterparts at coed institutions.

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Quote: Well-known solution to the problem of training women scientists: Women's colleges

I learned about a recent newspaper post written by two professors (Audrey J. Ettinger, Ph.D Associate Professor in the Department of Biological Sciences and Amy J. Reese, Ph.D., Associate Professor in the Department of Biological Sciences) at Cedar Crest College and wanted to share it here. The part I liked best is the following:

“We are proud to be part of a well-known solution to the problem of training women scientists: Women's colleges like Cedar Crest College have been shown, over a period of decades, to produce a higher proportion of graduates in the sciences and to produce women leaders in all arenas.”

The literature suggests that college-aged women in a single-sex environment are more engaged in their education and have higher levels of self-confidence, perhaps due to being taken seriously for four years. We and others have observed that the single-sex environment drives women to participate in all parts of the learning process, which seems particularly important for science laboratory training. Young women considering careers in science should seriously consider a women's college as a helpful step on their pathway to scientific success.”

If you are interested in a STEM career, I encourage you to read their post entitled, Ettinger and Reese: Eliminate barriers to science and math jobs for womenas well as consider attending a women's college, like Cedar Crest.

Cedar Crest College is located in Allentown, PA and offers many different STEM based programs including: Biological SciencesBiology, Genetic Engineering, Neuroscience, Biodiversity and Conservation Biology, Global Diseases (Minor); ChemistryChemistry, Biochemistry; Forensic ScienceNuclear Medicine Technology; Nursing; Nutrition; Mathematics; Pre-Professional Programs (Pre-Med, Pre-Dent, and Pre-Vet); and Psychology.