by President Greg R. Gunderson, Ph.D.

Today, while we honor the worldwide accomplishments of women in commemoration of International Women’s Day, I can’t help but think about a big source of personal inspiration: my grandmother.

Grandma Lamb was a remarkable woman who loved and nurtured kids, and was a trailblazing advocate for education and self-empowerment. She earned a college degree in Nebraska when women educators with degrees were the exception and not the rule, and as a married woman, began teaching at a time when only single women in the area were allowed to engage in the profession.

In her later years, Grandma Lamb took on another unlikely role: she managed the family farm. During her lifetime—which spanned three different centuries!—women gained the rights to vote, work and lead. She did all three and more with gusto, grit and optimism.

It’s my hope that every day, and particularly today, women are adequately celebrated for their significant and boundless contributions to art, science, business, history, politics, community and every other aspect of society. It’s also my hope that we take the time to identify and honor those in our lives who provide up-close-and-personal examples of perseverance, achievement and fearlessness. For me, that person is Grandma Lamb.  Who is it for you? And for whom will you be “that person” in the future?

Join us!
During March, Park University is proud to commemorate Women’s History Month and International Women’s Day. Please consider joining us for the following events:

Wednesday, March 8

Coffee and donuts: 9-11 a.m., Millsap Foyer, sponsored by the AAUW

  • Add your name to the It’s On Us pledge, sign up for AAUW’s Start Smart workshop, learn about the recent Women’s March

#BeBoldForChange panel discussion: 11 a.m.-noon, McCoy Meetin’ House, sponsored by PSAB
Featuring:

  • Nan Johnston – Mayor of Parkville
  • Alysen Abel – Senior Civil Engineer for the City of Overland Park
  • Cheptoo Kositany-Buckner – Executive Director of the American Jazz Museum and Deputy Director for the Kansas City Public Library
  • Taylor Wheeler – Police Officer for Kansas City, Kansas

Photo session: 11 a.m. -1 p.m., Norrington Center, sponsored by Spectrum

  • Show your support for International Women’s Day through social media

Women in the military panel discussion: 1–2 p.m., McCoy Meetin’ House, sponsored by the Global Warrior Center Featuring:

  • Sergeant First Class Margarita Ingles, Recruiting Command Female Engagement Team
  • Captain Dana Porter, Recruiting Command Female Engagement Team
  • Lieutenant Colonel Jane Sander, Commander of KC Army Recruiting Battalion
  • Emma Toops, Major (Retired), President of the Greater KC Chapter of the Association of the US Army
  • Cynthia L. Hogle, Ph.D. student

Monday, March 27

Women’s History Month Lecture: 7 p.m., McCoy Meetin’ House, hosted by the Department of History and Political Science. Featuring:

  • Amy Greenberg, Ph.D., the Edwin Erle Sparks Professor of History and Women’s Studies at Pennsylvania State University, who will lead the discussion on “Daughter of the U.S.-Mexican War: The Origins of the Daughters of the American Revolution in the 1848 Invasion of Mexico.” Click here for more details.