AAUW Bradford Branch celebrated and honored awardees at the lovely Penn Hills Club in Bradford, PA. We honored Rebecca Ryan with Outstanding Woman of the Year and Dr. Tammy Haley with the Gateway to Opportunity Award. Nicole Teribery was awarded a scholarship. We ended the evening with a Chinese auction fundraiser.
AAUW – Bradford Branch Scholarship
Nicole Elizabeth Teribery is the recipient of the American Association of University Women (AAUW) – Bradford Branch Scholarship. Teribery was selected for this scholarship based on her scholarship, academic achievement, leadership qualities and community service. A graduate of Bradford Area High School, Teribery earned her bachelor of science degree in Kinesiology Movement Science from Pennsylvania State University. She is currently pursuing a doctorate in physical therapy at Gannon University in Ruskin, FL. She holds a grade point average of 3.8 and has been named to the Dean’s List of Scholars. Teribery serves as the Treasurer of the Student Physical Therapy Association at Gannon University. Outside of her studies, Teribery volunteers at Inspire Equine, a therapeutic riding program for individuals with disabilities, and donates her time helping kindergarten students at a local elementary school. Nicole is the daughter of Susan and Kevin Teribery and the granddaughter of Ann and Richard Cavallero.
Rebecca Ryan was named Outstanding Woman of the Year.
Dr. Tammy Haley
Director of Nursing and Radiological Science, Associate Professor of Nursing, and Coordinator of the RN-BSN Program
Division of Biological and Health Sciences
AAUW – Bradford Branch met March 9 at the Bradford Regional Medical Center. Sharie Radzavich, co-president, expressed her appreciation to the hostess committee members, Anita Herbert, Susan Hughes and Holly Spittler and to the Bradford Hospital Foundation for sponsoring the program. Sharie welcomed guests Debbie Digel and Gae Colligan. Program co- chairperson Nancy Dryden introduced the guest speaker, Kimberly Garcia, CNM, DNP. Garcia is part of the Women’s Health Services at Bradford Regional Medical Center. Garcia began her career as a bi-lingual journalist for a newspaper in Texas covering the violence and unrest created from the civil wars in Central America. Seeking economic security for her family, Garcia decided to pursue a degree in nursing. Once she started on this path, she was offered full scholarships from Case Western University in Cleveland to pursue her master’s degree as a Certified Nurse Midwife (CNM) and Doctorate in Nursing Practice (DNP). As part of the Women’s Health Services team, Garcia stressed that she works with women of all ages, not just those who are pregnant, to help them make decisions related to their health needs. Garcia is the only Doctor of Nursing in the region specializing in natural childbirth and women’s health promotion. She works collaboratively with Dr. Batchev and Dr. Gredzens to provide a comprehensive approach to care designed specifically for women’s health needs.
AAUW advances equity for women and girls through advocacy, education, philanthropy, and research. The Bradford Branch of AAUW was established in 1921. Membership is open to any woman who has earned an associate’s (or equivalent, e.g. RN), bachelor’s, or higher degree from a regionally accredited college or university. For more information contact Susan Hughes, membership chairperson.
Submitted by Holly Spittler
The February meeting of the Bradford Branch of AAUW was held at the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford. Co-president Sharie Radzavich opened the meeting and thanked the hospitality committee of Becky Danias, Flora Cohen and Ann Cavallero. Dr. Anita J. Herbert, chairperson of the scholarship committee, announced that the AAUW scholarship application has been updated and is available. Susan Hughes, chairperson of membership, discussed some ideas to encourage women in the community to join AAUW. February’s program, “Hopes, Dreams, Challenges – Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow” featured a panel discussion of two undergraduate Pitt-Bradford students – Amanda Kelps, a senior public relations major from Bradford and Danielle Erdley, a junior biology major from North Cumberland. Dr. Holly J. Spittler, associate dean of student affairs served as the moderator. The student panelists shared their thoughts and insights on the role of girls and women in education, and discussed how their personal growth was shaped by the messages and support they received from important women and men in their lives. AAUW members, many of whom attended college years ago, shared their experiences and memories related to education, family and work. Panelists andAAUW members agreed that girls and women today have much more freedom to pursue careers and opportunities based on their interests and skills, rather than on societal expectations.
Submitted by Holly Spittler