University to Present Honors During Annual Celebration of Women March 18
Congresswomen Eleanor Holmes Norton to share insights at Women of Legend and Merit Awards program
NASHVILLE TN. Tennessee State University’s Women of Legend and Merit Awards dinner will honor seven women leaders on Thursday, March 15, 7 p.m. at the Millennium Maxwell House Hotel in Nashville. Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-D.C.) will serve as the dinner’s keynote speaker.
The annual celebration will salute dynamic women leaders in business and the community for a variety of fields and seeks to expose the university’s female student population to positive role models, networking opportunities and resources to assist in their academic, personal and professional growth as women.
Hosted each year by the University during Women’s History Month in March, the Women of Legend and Merit Awards brings awareness and raises funds in support of the TSU Women’s Center. This year’s honorees include:
Athletics: Catana Starks, Ed.D., the first African-American woman to coach a men’s NCAA Division I golf team and retired university professor;
Business: Mignon Francious, owner, The Cupcake Collection;
Community Service: Mary Carver-Patrick, entrepreneur, retired educator and active volunteer;
Education: Karen Brown Dunlap, Ph.D., president of The Poynter Institute;
Leadership: Sharon Gentry, Ed.D., Metropolitan Nashville Public School Board member, District 1 and health care IT manager, HCA;
Legal: Stacey A. Garrett, founding member and board chair of Bone McAllester Norton; and,
Media: Paula Lovell, president, Lovell Communications.
Tickets to the event are $75 per person and may be purchased online at www.tnstate.edu/womenscenter or by calling 615-963-5481.
The guest speaker for the evening is a national figure involved in the civil rights and feminist movements, and has been a champion for equity among the poor and disenfranchised throughout her lifelong work as an attorney, educator, public servant and community activist. Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-D.C.) will share her views and insights in her continuous fight to break barriers and open doors of opportunity.
Norton, now in her 11th term as Congresswoman for the District of Columbia, is the ranking member of the House Subcommittee on Economic Development, Public Buildings and Emergency Management. She serves on two committees: the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform and the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure.
Before her congressional service, President Jimmy Carter appointed her to serve as the first woman to chair the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. She came to Congress as a national figure who had been a civil rights and feminist leader, tenured professor of law, and board member at three Fortune 500 companies.
She received her bachelor’s degree from Antioch College in Ohio, and simultaneously earned her law degree and a master’s degree in American Studies from Yale University. Yale Law School has awarded her the Citation of Merit for outstanding alumni, and Yale Graduate School of Arts and Sciences has awarded her the Wilbur Cross Medal for outstanding alumni, the highest awards conferred by each on alumni. She is the recipient of more than 50 honorary degrees.
For more information on the Awards Dinner or to purchase tickets, call 615.963.5481.
About Tennessee State University
Tennessee State University is Nashville’s only public university and is a comprehensive, urban, coeducational, land-grant university offering undergraduate, graduate and doctoral degrees. Founded in 1912 after its organization in 1909 as the Agricultural and Industrial State Normal School, TSU became the four-year teachers’ college in 1922, and elevated to full land-grant university status in 1958. TSU absorbed the University of Tennessee at Nashville in 1979. Tennessee State University is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. In 2012 Tennessee State University will celebrate 100 years in Nashville. Visit the University online at tnstate.edu .