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Dear Members of the PASSHE Women’s Consortium,


Please enjoy the inaugural issue of the Consortium’s newsletter.  We know these times are challenging us in so many ways.  We know some of you are facing specific anxieties about retrenchment in the midst of all of the other anxieties swirling in the air of 2020.  It is our hope that this newsletter brings you a bit of light as you get to see how your support of the Consortium gives students, staff, faculty, and administration opportunities to grow and learn from each other.  

We hope you will consider submitting your work to our annual conference to be held virtually in late March so we can gather together in solidarity and scholarship.

Because this year has so much uncertainty, the Executive Board has voted to pause membership for this academic year.  All memberships will be extended for a year beyond their due dates.

We wish you health, peace, and stability in these coming months.


Co-editors Colleen Clemens and Gayatri Devi

The design and much of the copy for this edition was completed by two interns at Kutztown University.  A special thanks to Katie Sauers and Jessica Garrison!

Student Profile: Evelyn Russell 

Evelyn Russell (she/her/ hers) is currently a double major in History and English at Lock Haven University. Evelyn will be entering her senior year with both majors this fall. While she is not at school, some of Evie’s hobbies include gardening, travelling, and watching National Geographic documentaries. She was even able to study abroad her junior year in Nova Scotia, Canada.

While studying abroad, Evie had the pleasure of meeting Dr. Andrew Parnaby and Dr. Julia Rombough, two professors that helped shape Evie and her new learning experience. Though these two professors helped shape Evie’s Canadian experience, her two favorite professors are at Lock Haven University, Dr. Sandy Barney and Dr. Bob Sandow. One of her favorite classes, Early American Architecture, was taught by Dr. Sandy Barney.
While attending Lock Haven University, Evie Russell took part in reviving the Social Sciences Club, which she is now Vice President of. 


Alongside of that, Evie was also given the opportunity to intern with the Clinton County government to work with the Register and Recorder’s office as an Archival intern. While at home this summer, Evie and her brother created and organized a Black Lives Matter rally in the small town of Port Allegany, Pennsylvania.

When asked about the PASSHE Women’s Consortium, Evie states, “During my time at the PASSHE Women’s Consortium, I recognized my own potential to be a voice for those who don’t have one - I can stand up for my community, my fellow students at University, and for women and girls like myself around the world on issues such as a lack of education, period poverty, sexual abuse, etc.” When returning to Lock Haven University in the fall, Evie plans on getting involved with a campus program that provides period products to young women who cannot afford them. Evie Russell is excited to get back to work, making her campus and community a fun and equal environment!

Student Profile: Vanessa Maybruck 

Vanessa Maybruck (she/her/hers) is a double major in applied math and secondary education and a minor in biochemistry at Kutztown University. While attending Kutztown University, some of Vanessa’s favorite classes have to do with mathematics. Her favorite class she has taken while attending Kutztown was differential equations. Vanessa has been honored to work closely with Dr. Emerick, her favorite professor at Kutztown, who is assisting her with her Honors Capstone research project.

While being on campus, Vanessa has had several major accomplishments. Vanessa was awarded the opportunity to intern at Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Tennessee for the Department of Energy last summer. One of her research projects on modeling diffusiophoresis as a particle separation was peer reviewed in December for the publication Langmuir. She feels that her research projects by far are her biggest accomplishments yet. Currently, Vanessa has had the pleasure of working with one of her favorite professors, Dr. Emerick on a very advanced project. This project focuses on the mapping of blood flow with differential equation models for surgically modified circulation. Another project Vanessa is currently working on involves the Borough of Kutztown Wastewater Treatment Plant which includes Dr. Landquist. Along with all of her hard work, Vanessa has recently been awarded the JoAnne Day Student of the Year Award for STEM and the KU Mathematics Undergraduate Research Award. 

When not in the classroom or focusing on her research projects, Vanessa likes to become involved in her campus community. Being involved, to Vanessa Maybruck includes community service around campus while being active in planning events on campus that focus around leadership and diversity. When Vanessa has some time for herself, her hobbies include singing, writing, and watching movies.

In 2018, Vanessa Maybruck attended the PASSHE Women’s Leadership Institute. Vanessa categorizes this event as a transformational experience for her. When interviewed, Vanessa states, “There were many aspects of feminism that I learned from the institute and that I'd never been exposed to before and applying feminism to leadership has informed all of the events I've planned at KU since”. Vanessa and her co-planners were thrilled with Women’s Empowerment Day in March 2019, able to address diversity, mental health, and career sides of feminism from things taught through the leadership institute. Before COVID-19, Vanessa worked on planning Beyond Pink-Collar Jobs, which was a success. This topic hits home for Vanessa, allowing her to help navigate other women through male dominated fields, such as mathematics. Vanessa Maybruck shines bright, bringing her knowledge from the PASSHE Women’s Leadership Institute into her everyday life. She strives to do better than the previous day and helps shape the lives of future women of STEM.

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