Wednesday, November 15, 2017

The Story of The UCLA Faculty Women's Club: Wrapping Up Essential Achievements 1918-2018

by Zorana Ercegovac

The UCLA Faculty Women's Club celebrates our 100th year. This special post gives a very condensed timeline of the essential achievements during these hundred years.
Our story begins with California State Normal School in San francisco in 1862. The School moved to San Jose and later became known as San Jose Normal School. In 1881 Southern branch was announced of California SNS with 61 students including 13 young men. The School was renamed Los Angeles State Normal School (LASNS) in 1887 with Dr. Ernest Carroll Moore of the SJNS as Director of the newly established School.
The California State Normal School at 5th Street and Grand Ave in Los Angeles
Dr. Moore wished to transform a 2-year college into a 4-year higher education institution that was part of University of California. He had been superintendent of Schools in LA, 1906-1910. He met with Mr. Edward A. Dickson, Los Angeles Express editor and the only Regent of UC from Southern California. These preliminary discussions were put in place for the founding of today's UCLA. Among the strongest advocates in this seminal transformational process was the LASNS Faculty Women's Club (FWC), founded in 1918. The LASNS faculty women supported the need for higher education in addition to teachers' training in Southern California. Miss Mary Burney Porter asked:

"Will you not give all an equal chance by helping to transform the Los Angeles Normal School into a higher education institution?"

Dr. Moore, Miss Porter, and Miss Chilton endorsed the Women's Legislative Council of California, representing more than 80,000 women voters "interested in welfare of women and children."
A broader societal context of the late 19th c. and early 20th c.
WOMEN'S SUFFRAGE Movement
Miss Porter and about 45 faculty members created the FWC of the LASNS on the Vermont campus on March 15, 1918 overnight in order to pass a measure before the WLCC. Dr. Moore joined the meeting that day to give the Club his blessing, prophesying growth.

This Spring 2018, we celebrate our 100th birthday
HAPPY BIRTHDAY FWC

In 1919 Gov. William D. Stephenson of California signed State Assembly Bill 626 establishing the Southern Branch of UC with Dr. Moore at the helm (1919-1936), with 250 undergraduates, and 1,125 students in the Teachers Training Program.

SHOULD THE FWC CONTINUE?

The newly created Southern Branch had no scholarship programs, nor a facility for social life and networking to support the faculty. FWC saw this need and filled this gap. There were 63 women faculty, 35 male faculty, and 1,375 students to support in various ways. The FWC voted to offer membership not only to women faculty, but also to faculty wives. Venues moved from the FWC Clubhouse on the Vermont campus to UCLA's Women's Gym, to Kerckhoff Hall, and later to the Faculty Center in Westwood Village (February 1959). As one of the founding groups, FWC has a representative on the Faculty Center Board of Governors.

Fundraising galas were held for the Faculty Center in Westwood:
"Put your hearts in Your Faculty Club Building"
The raised fund for the Faculty Center building had a total of $29,525 of which UCLA FWC contributed $4,303 (with UCLA Faculty Women $2,075, and faculty administration and staff $23,147).

A THREE-PRONG FWC MISSION: Facts and Figures

SPECIAL INTEREST SECTIONS (currently there are 18) -- Book Review Section was founded in 1927. Early Sections reflected interests and affinities of FWC members. See our UPDATE for current sections. Details are at SECTIONS 

Prof. Verna Porter was one of FWC's Scholarship recipients, photographed
with her mother and grandmother, all FWC members
SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAMS started off in 1936 with a seed contribution of $25.00 to the Scholarship Foundation. The Scholarship endowment is currently over $401,000 and growing. It has supported 201 UCLA students from 2001 to 2018 with a total of $364,600. We celebrate FWC recipients annually at the FWC Scholarship dinner award events. 

UCLA students, 12 awarded recipients of the FWC Scholarship Programs

For details, please visit us at SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAMS

GENERAL PROGRAMS represent one of the three essential prongs of the UCLA Faculty Women's Club activities. Since 1934 we have had 473 general meetings. In 2000 Phyllis Amboss wrote dates, names of speakers, and program titles for each general meeting as published in UPDATE. In 2016, Pat Hardwick and Charlotte Brown produced "General Meeting Summaries 1920-2015," and "Historic Timelines 1918-2008."

For the FWC Centennial Year, Zorana Ercegovac has created condensed timelines: "FWC on One Sheet: Wrapping Up Essential Achievements Since 1918," and "The Story of the UCLA Faculty Women's Club: A Condensed Timeline." This serves as a reminder of our collective memory, HONORING OUR PAST. It is also a Table of Content for the April 2018 General Meeting when Zorana will expand this Timeline with her Multimedia Album Honoring FWC Through 100 Voices, Stories, and Images.



Thursday, October 5, 2017

Celebrating FWC 100th Year

With fifteen existing Sections, Faculty Women's Club has started off our new season. Section Chairs met to introduce and discuss their events and plans for the 2017-2018 year. Our kickoff meeting was in the Faculty Center Library/Billiard Room on October 4th.
From left: Rochelle Caballero (Play-reading), Sandy Spolsky (B-days), Dianne Homsher (cooking),
Zorana Ercegovac, Vice President, Sections (music), Diane Childs (German Co-chair)
Marianne Tereszcuk (all 3 Bridge sections), Dorothea Frederking (German Co-chair)
Phyllis Amboss (Writers Co-chair), Elaine Wise (French)
Mary Lou Ward (Galleries & Sights), Debby Kennel (books)
For full overview of all FWC Sections and their programs, please read our UPDATE.

IMPORTANT: All FWC members are encouraged to visit any of our section meetings to see what we do. We publish contact information for individual events and meetings, so call section chairs ahead of time to reserve your "best seat in the audience."

For MUSIC SECTION, our informal October 1st get together was at the Royce Hall for the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra (LACO) 50th birthday. We always find our members and meet new ones, like in the photo below.

Jo Knopoff with Zorana Ercegovac, and our new member June Bulkacz
New photos and stories will be added here from forthcoming events and programs.
Our October General meeting will take place in the California Room, Faculty Center, on October 17th at 1:30 PM. Prior to the meeting, all Sections will be there to meet, greet, and showcase their respective programs. Bring your friend(s) with you, calendars, and enthusiasm for the Centennial Celebration. On our part, we will have membership and scholarship forms, friendly FWC members, and our featured speaker, Lieutenant Emada E. Tingirides.

Meanwhile, FWC has been one of the important advocates and financial supporters and donors in the process of founding the UCLA's Faculty Center. The Center opened its doors on February 16, 1959. To revitalize its original place as an intellectual and social hub for the UCLA faculty, the Faculty Center is catering the Reception for "WEAVING GENERATIONS TOGETHER: Evolving creativity in the Maya of Chiapas." The opening reception is on October 5th 2017 in the UCLA Powell Library Main and East Rotundas.

I took a few photos prior to this afternoon reception. Take a look.

Professor of Developmental Psychology at UCLA Dr. Patricia Marks Greenfield
curated the exhibit "Weaving Generations Together"
Professor Greenfield, who is at the helm of the UCLA's Faculty Center, wanted to learn how weaving affects the way girls think, and how weaving could answer questions about the psychological effects of social and economic change -- moreover, what is the role of mothers teaching children cultural traditions, the transformation from community creativity to individual creativity.


Thursday, May 18, 2017

FWC Annual Spring Luncheon 2017

Just a step before our historic Centennial Celebratory year 2017-2018, we honored Pat Hardwick as the FWC Outstanding member at the Annual Spring Luncheon 2017. She has been with FWC for almost 60 years, and has actively participated in a variety of significant and enduring programs, projects, and activities. Details are published in our UPDATE by Jo Knopoff, who nominated Pat for this Award.

Pat Hardwick (with yellow rose and the FWC Outstanding Member Award 2017)
with Charlotte Brown and Jo Knopoff (from left) and Penny Hutchinson

Pat Hardwick (center) receiving her Outstanding FWC Member Award
Carol Betti (left) President and Zorana Ercegovac, Past Presidents Panel Co-chair


Penny Hutchinson about to blow out her birthday candle
and wish her wish with Jo Knopoff (center) and Yda Ziment,
our new member, at the FWC Annual Spring Luncheon 2017


Jeffrey Ho, cellist, playing J.S. Bach's Allemande and prelude in G major
Sarah Worden, violinist, performing Adagio and Fugue in g minor


Dr. Lorraine Flint, with the U.S. Geological Survey, speaking at the Spring Luncheon
about her research on climate change




Barbara Lippe, FWC President Elect, exhibiting her art pieces at the Annual Art Show 

Finally, past presidents are traditionally honored with a yellow rose


Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Prof. Andrea Ghez recognized as UCLA's FWC Woman of Distinction

Whether you meet Professor Andrea Ghez in the hallways of the Dept. of Physics and Astronomy, at the UCLA’s Faculty Center with her postdocs, at the Royal Society of London receiving the Bakerian medal, or listening to her crisp and direct answers to “37 questions” as UCLA optimist, you will notice: she is fully engaged, direct, passionate about her work, and inspirational speaker. 
Prof. Andrea Ghez presents her research, April 18, 2017 as the recipient
of the UCLA's Faculty Women's Club WOMAN of DISTINCTION AWARD
In a cosmic regularity and predictability, Prof. Ghez, MIT (1987) and CalTech graduate (1992), is awarded with a series of prestigious awards; just a few examples include:
2004 elected to the National Academy of Science
2008 MacArthur Fellow “genius grant” for her work in surmounting the limitations of earthbound telescopes
2012 The Crafoord Prize for Astronomy (some equal it to the Nobel Prize)

2015 The Bakerian Medal from the Royal Society of London (est. 1665; 1775).

In order to "see" invisible exotic objects, Prof. Ghez uses her own techniques of adaptive optics for crisper images in order to observe otherwise unobservable monsters.
The three thrusts: SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY, EDUCATION

To inspire young women to reach for the stars, Prof. Ghez co-authored a children's book. She brought many copies yesterday, and upon quick perusal of several pages, I learned: that inspiring teachers can be powerful in a child's curiosity and choices, that asking questions gets you started, that solving puzzles is exciting, that access to well written books matter, that parental support is an imperative, that finding a right discipline to study is rarely a linear process, and being at a right time and place may help.

Prof. Ghez co-authored a children's book"You can be a woman ASTRONOMER"
This little book asked the questions such as, are stars born alone or double, what is the life cycle of stars, do you like to explore, what stardust really is, and many others. If you want to learn more, take Prof. Ghez's INTRO to ASTRONOMY class at UCLA.
Andrea Ghez with Zorana Ercegovac

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

SCHOLARSHIP DINNER February 7, 2017

UCLA's Faculty Women's Club Annual Scholarship Dinner welcomes twelve extraordinary young scholars: two graduate students and ten undergraduates. It was a time to meet and greet old and new colleagues and friends, and to congratulate our awardees.

From left standing:
Michael Lin Chen, Yuna Kim, Haven Alicia Nisly, Yang yang, Fadi Aboud Syriani, Mercede Amber Ramjerdi, Brenda Rubio, Lily Hui, and Francesca Albrezzi
Front row: Joslyn Elena Garcia, Hannah Marie Hylen, and Chloe Pan

The students had a chance to network, interact with members of the Faculty Women's Club, and to tell their stories, aspirations, and to briefly describe their projects and career paths.

Our guest speaker Dr. Verna Porter was herself a recipient of the FWC Scholarship award as an undergraduate student at UCLA in the 80s. She is UCLA Health Sciences clinical professor of neurology and director of clinical programs at the Mary S. Easton Center for Alzheimer's Disease Research at UCLA.

Dr. Verna Porter presenting at the FWC Scholarship Dinner February 7, 2017
Porter discussed advances in the treatment of Alzheimer's disease and current approaches to treating neurogenerative diseases of the brain.

Three generations: Scholarship winner Verna Porter in 1987 with
her grandmother, FWC member, and her mother Prof. Donna Vredevoe, UCLA School of Nursing

Awardees for the first met with their peers, reconnected with scholarship committee members, and got introduced to other UCLA faculty and their spouses.

Merry Cerrito, Scholarship Committee and Barbara Lippe Board member and Scholarship Committee, with two recipients: Joslyn Elena Garcia and Haven Alicia Nisly
Zorana Ercegovac, Co-chair of the FWC Centennial Committee and Past President
Prof. Emeritus Ho who with his wife Shirley Ho (not in the photo) sponsored
the Shou-Nan Hsing Chang Scholarship, established in loving memory by her daughter Shirley Ho's Family
Prof. emerita Joy Frank chats with a recipient Michael Lin Chen
Recipient Joslyn, mechanical engineering third year student with
Jarka Wilcox, Scholarship Committee member
FWC keynote speaker for 2017 Scholarship Dinner Dr. Verna Porter (right) with
FWC President Carol Betti

Friday, June 3, 2016

In the SPOTLIGHT: 2015-2016

Our 2016 Annual Spring Luncheon was celebratory in so many different ways. We started off with a program by Distinguished Professor Philip W. Rundel's presentation titled "Our California Flora in a Global Context." Next we honored our own Joanne Knopoff, this year's recipient of the Outstanding FWC Member Award. Jo's contributions to FWC go back to the 1960s when she joined the organization, she was President (1973-1974), and has been contributing to FWC in many substantial ways since the 60s.

Joanne Knopoff with her daughter
Past Presidents Panel Co-Chair Zorana Ercegovac introduced "Jo" and briefly spoke of Jo's accomplishments as President, Vice President for Programs, Vice President for Sections, representative to the Faculty Center Board of Governors, and in many other leadership positions.
Zorana introducing "Jo" as our 2016 recipient of the
Outstanding FWC Member
Finally, we enjoyed The 2016 Sylvia Winstein UCLA Emeriti Arts and Crafts Exhibit. Twenty six artists and their works were featuring photography, drawings, watercolors, painting, quilting, jewelry, and mixed media.
Barbara Lippe displays her photographs at the 2016 Exhibit. My favorite  photograph
was TREE OF KNOWLEDGE which would be perfect for our BOOK CLUB

Shirley Ho is our outstanding MUSIC SECTION contributor
Social interactions at Spring Luncheons and Artists' Exhibits offers an opportunity to network with FWC members across different sections, to be inspired by, plan for the following season, and chat about interesting programs, campus events, and FWC Centennial Planning in 2017-2018.

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

UCLA FWC Sections: Books and Sounds

           Welcome to the First Meeting of our Book Section, 2015-2016

We (the "bookies" as Debby Kennel call us) enjoyed our first meeting in 2015/2016. Our hostess Barbara Crandall (4th from left in the photo below) offered her residence for our first gathering, October 13th 2015.
Marjorie, Amelita, Ann, Barbara Rapoport, Barbara Crandall (the hostess), Zorana, Joy, Jarka
photo credit: Zorana



We discussed Patrick Modiano's work "Suspended Sentences" published  by Yale University Press in 2014. Zorana discussed the book which consists of three separately published novellas (Afterimage, Suspended Sentences, and Flowers of
Ruin
).
Not included in the above group photo are Debby Kennel, Ira, Margaret, Phyllis, Bette, and Rochelle.

We also enjoyed our October Salon de Musique which was held at Debby Kennel's house. Here are a few photos from that gathering.

Debby Kennel, the presenter and the hostess for the October  Salon,
seated from left: Zorana (chair), Arlene, Rochelle, Shirley, Helen
standing: Simone, Jo (our guest), Ida, Mireya, Madonna
not included in the group photo: Roma

                         
                                  Welcome to the world of POETRY !

Book Section of the UCLA's Faculty Women's Club started off the New Year (2015!) with poetry readings. The group, consisting of eleven members (see the photo below) gathered at the home of Barbara Crandall, socialized, and read self-selected poems.

Betti, Rochelle, Marjorie, Zorana (seated), Joy, Amelita, Barbara (our hostess)
Sheridon, Margaret, Barbara (outgoing chair for many years), and
Debby Kennel (new Chair of Book Section, behind Barbara)

Discussing Donna Tartt's book, The Goldfinch, was lively and fun. We enjoyed our friendship and great appetizers with refreshments. Charlie Rose interviewed Tartt; she talks about The Goldfinch (2013) as well as about her style of writing.

"The Goldfinch" made in 1654 by Carel Fabritius

The FWC Book Section members (4/8/14)
Standing (from left): Marjorie, Rochelle, Jarka (our hostess), Phyllis, Lissy, Katherine
Sitting (from left): Zorana, Ida, Barbara (co-chair), Noel (co-chair and reviewer), Margaret

Book review and discussion 




Noel reviews The Goldfinch and leads
book discussion.

Really? You're not in a book club was published in NY Times (March 27, 2014) by James Atlas.

Jarka graciously offered her "music room" as a soiree place for our newly
formed MUSIC SECTION (more information forthcoming from Zorana) check the music blog periodically