'Women Aloud' evening to support scholarships

planning eventThe 17th annual “Women Aloud: The Feminine Voice in Our Lives” will present an evening of performances benefiting SUNY Oswego women’s studies scholarships at 6 p.m. Monday, March 6, in Hewitt Union’s Bell Auditorium. 

The fundraiser will include readings and musical performances by faculty, students and community members.

“Once again, we’re pleased to have a variety of voices including students, faculty and administration,” said Mark Cole, a member of the Women Aloud committee. “In addition to compelling texts and song, for the first time the program will include a video performance, created by Xime Castillo-Galvez, who teaches in the department of modern languages.”

Peggy Lynn, a singer, songwriter and arts educator based in Red Creek, will perform her own songs. Lynn is pursuing a master’s in history at SUNY Oswego. Other student performers will include Amanda Acobes, Jessica Cullen and Shayle Washington. Associate Provost Rhonda Mandel also will take part in the performance. Sophomore Gloria McAndrew will serve as emcee.

Cullen, a senior zoology major, said Cole asked her to take part and she saw it as worth pursuing. “I’ve been involved with ‘The Vagina Monologues’ since my freshman year and other Women’s Center activities,” said Cullen, who expected to do a dramatic piece with poetry written by a friend. “This is kind of something new, something cool to do.”

Acobes, who directed this year’s production of “The Vagina Monologues,” Feb. 16 to 18, said she has attended the fundraiser before, but this is her first time performing in it. “I guess if I’d known I could have volunteered myself, I would,” the sophomore theatre major said. She planned to do a poetic or dramatic reading.

Dr. Maureen Curtin, director of SUNY Oswego’s women studies program, will present the Women Aloud Scholarships that evening.

Tickets for the show are $3 for students and $5 for the general public, with $10 special donation also available. Refreshments will be served after the event.

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PHOTO CAPTION: Thinking ‘Aloud’—The 17th annual presentation of “Women Aloud: The Feminine Voice in Our Lives” will support women’s studies scholarships at SUNY Oswego. The evening of entertainment from members of the campus community will take place at 6 p.m. Monday, March 6, in Hewitt Union’s Bell Auditorium. Among those participating are, clockwise from left, Peggy Lynn, a graduate history major; Amanda Acobes, a sophomore theatre major; Jessica Cullen, a senior meteorology major; and Xime (Jandy) Castillo-Galvez of the department of modern languages and literatures.

(Posted: Feb 16, 2006)