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By Pam Parker Erie Times-News staff blogger
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Posts tagged ‘Mercyhurst University’
Posted: April 2nd, 2014

Dynamic“Someone to inspire.”

That was the moving message last night as the Mercy Center honored a Dynamic Dozen women for community service at the Mary D’Angelo Performing Arts Center. In one hour, an audience of 400 met 12 women who lift up other women … and inspire.

The photo at left is taken from Paul Lorei’s salute to the women. Paul took all the portraits of the women, and they have been on display at the Milcreek Mall. The Dynamic Dozen from left, top row include:

Elisa Guida, a jewelry designer and founder/executive director of StringsforaCure and La Petite jewelers; Sister Carolyn Gorney-Kopkowski, of the Order of St. Benedict; Grace Kennedy, executive director, Community of Caring; Daria Devlin, independent grant writer. Second row: Maureen Dunn, executive director, Erie D.A.W.N.; Barbara Roseborough, retired nurse, Saint Vincent Hospital;  Colleen Moore Mezler, owner ofMoore Research Services; Barbara Chaffee, president and CEO, Erie Regional Chamber and Growth Partnership. Bottom row: Alice Edwards,Mercyhurst University associate professor of arts and humanities; Mary Daly, Mercyhurst University Board of Trustees president/liaison; Sally Range, a volunteer who is active in the community; and Yvonne Horn, senior auditor, Eriez Manufacturing.

I know a lot of these women, but there were so many things I never knew about them that I discovered last night. We also met two women who graduated from the Mercy Center Women’s program: Cynthia Bruce and Mary Lessig. Inspiring women who completely turned their lives around.

Congratulations to all!

Read more about the Mercy Center here, and the Mercy Center’s 5K is Sunday at the Rotary Pavilion at Presque Isle.

On Sunday, in Her Times, you’ll also learn about the upcoming Purse and Pearls luncheon where you will meet another extraordinary woman who credits the Mercy Center for her success during the Dress for Success annual benefit luncheon scheduled for May 20.

Pam Parker is the editor of Lake Erie LifeStyleHer Times and House to Home at the Erie Times-News in Erie, Pa. She is the mom of three, stepmom to three and step-grandmom to one.

 

 

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Posted: December 3rd, 2013

Mercy CenterThe Mercy Center for Women announced its Dynamic Dozen — regional women selected for commitment to women’s issues, personal growth and development.

Honors take place in during Women’s History Month in March 2014. Linda Stevenson of Athena PowerLink shared an e-mail that congratulated the women. The Dynamic Dozen are:

Alice Edwards, Mercyhurst University associate professor of arts and humanities; Maureen Dunn, executive director, Erie D.A.W.N.; Barbara Roseborough, retired nurse, Saint Vincent Hospital; Daria Devlin, independent grant writer; Sally Range, a volunteer who is active in the community; Grace Kennedy, executive director, Community of Caring; Yvonne Horn, senior auditor, Eriez Magnetics; Mary Daly, Mercyhurst University Board of Trustees president/liaison; Barbara Chaffee, president and CEO, Erie Regional Chamber and Growth Partnership; Colleen Moore Mezler, owner of Moore Research Services; Sister Carolyn Gorney-Kopkowski, of the Order of St. Benedict; and Elisa Guida, a jewelry designer and founder/executive director of StringsforaCure.

Congratulations to all!

Pam Parker is the editor of Lake Erie LifeStyleHer Times and House to Home at the Erie Times-News in Erie, Pa. She is the mom of three, stepmom to three and step-grandmom to one.

 

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Posted: October 16th, 2013
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Athena Young Professional Award winner Amber Penna of Mercyhurst University and Laurie Root, 2013 Athena Award winner and Vice President, Investor Relations, United Way of Erie County — Photo courtesy of Colleen Moore Mezler

Some were young. Some not so young. Some retired. Some were still in school. But the 200 women at the Erie Ambassador on Tuesday had one thing in common: They were on a mission to support one another in business and in life. Erie area women were honored and empowered — I’ll get to the honors, but first the empowerment.

Founded by retired Erie banker Linda Stevenson, the local Athena Powerlink group — in its 15th year –welcomed Erie area women and shared a powerful message from Christy Uffelman, a Pittsburgh businesswoman and Athena award winner. “Share your light,” she said. Uffelman shared her light and founded a number of peer mentoring groups for women that have been successful in Pittsburgh. Her message of top 5 things to do:

  1. You will say and do things you regret. Let it go.
  2. Get on a board and help other women join boards, and raise money. A national organization called the 2020 Women on Boards has a goal of increasing women on boards by 20 percent throughout the United States.
  3. It’s OK to not be liked.
  4. Saying no is a skill; practice it.
  5. Be strategic about building your network. Make contact with similar people, share problems, solutions. Those people will be there when you need them. But you must ask.

The awards

Congratulations, Laurie Root, ATHENA Leadership Award recipient. Root returned to Erie a few years ago with a mission of helping women. She is described as a quiet leader, and she has been very effective in her career and in helping local women and children. Root had been instrumental in Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library’s success in Erie — the Imagination Ball is Saturday. Click here for details.

Thousands of  children are signed up for the program that gives free books to children who cannot afford them. Click here for more information. That’s just one of Root’s many accomplishments. Get to know Laurie Root, who along with Colleen Moore Mezler and Linda Stevenson, will take Athena to the next level locally.

The 2013 Athena Young Professional Award went to Amber Penna of Mercyhurst University. Amber is a sports medicine major, and she serves as president of Mercyhurst Student Government.

You’ll be seeing much more about women empowering one another right here in this blog. Plus, Athena will launch its first local boot camp in May 2014.

I have had the privilege of serving on several  Athena advisory panels that help women business owners take their businesses to the next level. I’ve seen the Athena influence in action, and it’s not just women. My former grade school teacher, CPA Dick Wachter, received the Athena Award in 2005 for empowering women in business.

If you want to share your light with Athena, contact Linda Stevenson at L.StevensonATHENA@hotmail.com or visit www.athenaerie.com.

Pam Parker is the editor of Lake Erie LifeStyleHer Times and House to Home at the Erie Times-News in Erie, Pa. She is mom to three, stepmom to three and GramPam to one.

 

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Posted: August 21st, 2013
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Fort LeBoeuf’s Larissa Cass serves against McDowell at the Fort LeBoeuf volleyball camp in Waterford on Aug. 8. ANDY COLWELL//ERIE TIMES-NEWS

Encouraging your kids to play sports is near and dear to my heart. Our kids played everything. Right now, volleyball role models are everywhere in our region — at the high school and collegiate levels. For girls, Gannon, Mercyhurst and Edinboro are among the top five of the PSAC West preseason women’s volleyball poll. The Gannon Lady Knights won the conference championship last season with a 29-6 record overall. Similarly, the Penn State Behrend women’s volleyball team has been picked first in the AMCC.

At  Fort LeBoeuf, the girls volleyball team became the first team ever to win a state volleyball title from this region. They went 21-0 on the year. The Erie Times-News’ Tom Reisenweber said the team will start the season without graduating seniors Julia Luke, Julie Pace, Emma Veshecco, Amanda Krolczyk, Allania Banta and Maria Peluso. A lot of those girls were also on the softball team that took second in the state. This year’s team is ready for competition. Read the inspiring article by Reisenweber here.

It’s not just what these girls do on the court that’s special. The Mercyhurst women’s volleyball team earned an American Volleyball Coaches Association Team Academic Award for the 2012-2013 season. The team had a 3.30 cumulative team grade-point average throughout the season.

High school and college volleyball season begins this month, and if you have a middle schooler or grade schooler, take them to see a few games. My kids learned to play at a volleyball court across the street from our house, but two of our kids went on to join some organized recreation leagues to really learn the game.

It’s a team sport that’s spiking interest, and we have some great teams to watch.  I played in high school, and my niece was on the US Olympic development team. Like all sports courts and fields, the volleyball court is a great training ground for more than athletics.

Pam Parker is the mom of three and stepmom of three. She is the editor of Lake Erie LifeStyleHer Times and House to Home at the Erie Times-News in Erie, Pa.

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Posted: April 15th, 2013

traveling EckertsThursday, April 25 marks the annual Take Our Daughters and Sons To Work Day. In 1993, Gloria Steinem and the Ms. Foundation for Women started the idea as Take Our Daughters to Work Day. It included boys in 2003, according to Wikipedia.  I included boys long before that. I never felt it was fair that I would get my daughter out of school for a day but not my boys.

I also took other people’s kids to work. At the time, I worked at an ad agency and taught classes at Mercyhurst College — now Mercyhurst University. My kids weren’t playing — they learned how to fill in information on Excel, help with research at the ad agency and then go out for a “Mad Men” lunch — well as “Mad Men” as you can get with kids under the age of 14.

At Mercyhurst, they got a peek at college life. They loved it, and so did my students.

Here’s a link to the official site. Here’s a 2012 article from Forbe’s with dos and don’ts for the day. Here’s a link to the foundation page.

Not everyone can do this, but if you can get your kids into your workplace even for a few hours, plan now. Give them something to do so they aren’t just watching you work. They can participate. Plus, you’ll share some memories — a nice thing when your kids are as old as my three in the picture, from left — my son, the doctor; my daughter, the CPA: and my baby, a college junior.

Pam Parker is the editor of Lake Erie LifeStyle, Her Times and House to Home at the Erie Times-News in Erie, Pa. She is the mom of three and stepmom to three. 

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Posted: April 19th, 2012

If you can take your kids to work, do it on April 26. What started as Take Our Daughters To Work in 1993, an idea from Gloria Steinem and the Ms. Foundation for Women, became genderless in 2003 to include boys, according to Wikipedia. The Ms. Foundation said the program was designed to specifically address girls’ self-esteem issues.

The best thing about this day is it lets your kids know what you do for a living. My kids, ages 10 and up, joined me in my office at a local ad agency. They filed, filled in spread sheets in Excel — yes they did, conducted research for me in media books and more. They were fabulous. When I was teaching marketing classes at Mercyhurst University, they also joined me. My students loved it.

Not everyone can do this, but if you can, plan now to give your kids something to do so they aren’t just watching you work. They can participate. And that will improve self esteem for all of them. Plus, you’ll share some memories.

Pam Parker is the editor of Lake Erie LifeStyleHer Times and House to Home at the Erie Times-News in Erie, Pa.

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