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Women in Philanthropy

FALL 2010

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WIP HONORS VISIONARY DR. JEANETTE 'JENNY' GRASSELLI BROWN

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Dr. Jeanette Grasselli Brown received the Leona Hughes Inspiration Award. Pictured from left to right, Emily Grannis, Jenny, Will Wemer, and President McDavis.

The Women in Philanthropy of Ohio University (WIP) Leona Hughes Inspiration Award was presented to Dr. Jeanette “Jenny” Grasselli Brown on Friday, July 23rd at the Four Seasons Hotel in Chicago. WIP established the Leona Hughes Inspiration Award in 2006 to recognize special women who have maintained philanthropic interests in Ohio University and their communities, set an example of personal integrity, and achieved distinction in their chosen fields. Leona Hughes was the first recipient of this award on November 2, 2006, and Jody Galbreath Phillips received this honor February 14, 2008.

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WIP Women gathered to celebrate Jenny’s contribution and dedication to OU at the Four Seasons in Chicago on July 23.

Dr. Grasselli Brown’s service and contributions to Ohio University are very vast. Some of the highlights include serving as distinguished visiting professor and director of research enhancement from 1989 – 1995, as Chair of the Board of Trustees, nine years as a Foundation Board Trustee, as Chair of the Ohio Board of Regents, and on the Cutler Scholars Board of Governors. She has received the Alumni Association Medal of Merit, the Alumna of the Year Award, the John C. Baker Founders Award and on November 7, 2003 she received the Founder’s Citation Award, the highest honor presented by the Ohio University Board of Trustees.

Two of Jenny’s Cutler Scholars attended the ceremony, Emily Grannis, who was also featured on the DVD made about Jenny and Philanthropy, and Will Wemer, who flew back from Boston where he works in admissions at Emerson college. Will’s speech was moving and brought people to tears, because of the sincerity he showed toward his mentor Jenny.

Jenny’s acceptance speech highlighted the importance of philanthropy. She eloquently took the attention away from herself and talked about the importance of giving back and the wonderful way it makes you feel. She said that seeing the students there that evening meant so much to her. It was a beautiful night highlighting a woman who has done so much for Ohio University. Thank you, Jenny!

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WIP FOUNDER'S CIRCLE MEMBERS SPEAK AT STUDENT LEADERSHIP AWARDS

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WIP members and friends stop for a picture at the Leadership Awards Gala. From left, India Pierce, Dorothy Schey, Melanie Sabelhaus, Barbara Strom Thompson, and Sarita Cunningham.

On May 19, Barbara Strom Thompson, WIP Chair and Melanie Sabelhaus, both WIP Founder’s Circle members, spoke at the Outstanding Student Leadership Awards held in the beautiful Baker University Center Ballroom.

Barb represented Women in Philanthropy and did a great job explaining about WIP's commitment to the Division of Student Affairs and the importance of grooming leaders.

She said that when WIP first formed they looked for the place where it would make an impact in helping shape tomorrow’s leaders--the SCORE grants and the Amanda J. Cunningham Leadership Center Endowment were two of these places. We were thankful to have Amanda’s mother Sarita and aunt Rosie at the student leadership awards.

Melanie was the keynote speaker at the Leadership Awards Gala. She spoke about the importance of being a student leader, and a leader in general. Melanie shared various pivotal things that happened in her life as well as valuable real world experiences which helped shaped her life.

Gwen Hubach, leader of the Community Service Leadership Council (CSLC), who works with the WIP SCORE grants, was one of eight senior students who received the prestigious Outstanding Senior Leader Awards. India Pierce, who helped plan the pilot program of Money U, was awarded the King/Chavez/Parks Award.

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Melanie Sabelhaus Addresses Classes of 2010 and 1970


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Melanie Sablehaus '70

On June 12, Melanie Sablehaus ’70, WIP Founder’s Circle member, spoke at the Undergraduate Commencement Ceremonies. The Class of 1970 was honored as they walked across the stage to receive a medallion. This class was not able to graduate in 1970 because the campus was closed.

The Class of 1970 was denied an official commencement after the governor of Ohio closed all Ohio colleges following riots in the wake of the Kent State shootings. Over 140 graduates from OU’s Class of 1970 walked alongside the 1,500 students from the class of 2010 during the afternoon undergraduate commencement ceremony.

Melanie’s speech was called a “fiery address” by OU’s Compass Magazine. She challenged graduates to rise to the time, by creating opportunity out of adversity.

"These may be looking like very tough economic times, and you can make excuses. But don't," Sabelhaus told the crowd. "The same thing that made us successful in 1970 is going to make you successful in 2010. And here's what you gotta have – this is really it: You've got to have that fire in your belly."

President McDavis, a member of the class of 1970, said that as it was 40 years ago, the world is still confusing; we are in the midst of another war and our nation is confronting difficult economic times. “In the uncertain times, what will sustain you is what sustained me as I stood on the doorstep of a changing world--my education. Click here to read the Compass Article about commencement.

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WIP CHICAGO TEA

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WIP Women enjoyed an evening of fellowship and OU memories at the WIP Chicago Tea on July 22. WIP Vice Chair Charlotte Eufinger, Joan Simpson Parks, Peggy Viehweger, and Patricia Connor Study look like they coordinated their outfits but it was a coincidence.

WIP Friends met at the Four Seasons in Chicago on July 22 for the WIP Chicago Tea. The tea was a success! The energy level was high and we had a lovely afternoon of sharing our Ohio University memories, tasting delicious, exquisitely displayed morsels, and being together with alumnae from the Class of 1948 to the Class of 2002. What a wide range and depth of experience and talent in one room. There were a mix of ages and professions, from teachers, to lawyers, to business women, and even a judge!

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Jill Eckert (here with Charlotte Eufinger) won a WIP purple T-Shirt at the WIP Chicago Tea. It was adorable when she put the shirt on over her baby belly! Congratulations Jill and best of luck with the new baby.

We were pleased that Frank Krasovec, Chairman of the Ohio University Foundation Board and Howard Lipman, the VP of Ohio University Advancement, were able to join us for the Chicago Tea.

It was exciting to watch women gather, meet, and re-meet. Two women who had been Pi Beta Phi sorority sisters and now both live in Chicago saw each other for the first time in about 40 years at the Chicago Tea! It was a wonderful way to bring people back together.

Dick Judson, 1954 OU graduate and band leader of the Dick Judson Orchestra, shared his memories from his days at Ohio University. He played “Colors of the Wind” on his flugelhorn and shared interesting stories of his experiences in entertaining Presidents of the United States.

Door prizes included a green purse to highlight the upcoming Power of the Purse Silent Auction. The tea ended by everyone in attendance introducing themselves and sharing their fondest OU memory. This was well received because women were very interested in hearing about each other’s OHIO experiences.

The work being done by amazing women (and men) involved with Women in Philanthropy was highlighted at the Tea, all while having fun learning about one another. Together we can pool our time, talent and treasure to make a real difference!! We hope you stay in touch and join us in whatever way is best for you.

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JODY GALBREATH PHILLIPS GOLF EVENT


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WIP Women enjoyed the 1st Annual Golf Event to honor Jody and support the Jody Galbreath Phillips Giving Circle to Support Women’s Athletics. Pictured L-R: Clinic leader OU Golf Coach Kelly Ovington, OU Intern Jessica Lamb, Dorothy Schey, Timi Gump, Gwen Weihe, Barbara Strom Thompson, Jenn Estes, Stacia Taylor, Peggy Pruitt.

The first WIP Jody Galbreath Phillips Giving Circle Golf Event was held on a gorgeous day at the Oasis Golf Center in Loveland, OH north of Cincinnati. Some played golf on the lovely course while others honed their golf skills at the golf clinic. Everyone convened for golf awards, door prizes and a fantastic dinner to learn more about Jody Galbreath Phillips and the WIP Giving Circle.

Following the dinner, all were invited to join the Ohio Bobcat Club Caravan, where OHIO Coaches and Staff spoke about Athletics. It was fun to learn about various OHIO teams while mingling with more alumni from the Cincy area.

Stacia Taylor sponsored the WIP Jody Galbreath Phillips Giving Circle Golf Event. Many thanks to Stacia for putting together such a wonderful event!

 

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