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Press Release for Friday, February 19, 2016

Women ‘Soaring to New Heights’ During Annual UNF Women’s History Month Celebration

Media Contact: Joanna Norris, Director
Department of Public Relations
(904) 620-2192

Women ‘Soaring to New Heights’ During Annual UNF Women’s History Month Celebration

The University of North Florida Women’s Center will celebrate Women’s History Month next month, featuring the theme “Soaring to New Heights.” Each event during the month of March is designed to celebrate the advancements and accomplishments of the women of UNF, community and nationally recognized women.

“We are honored to host one of the nation’s most influential women, Bishop Vasthi Murphy McKenzie, on campus for our Women’s History Month Luncheon,” said Brandi Winfrey, UNF Women’s Center coordinator. McKenzie made history in 2000, when she was the first woman elected bishop of the African Methodist Episcopal Church.

The activities for Women’s History Month are as rich and diverse as the women they honor and are as follows:

Tuesday, March 1, Noon—Building 2, Founder’s Hall, Room 2100: Join the Women’s Center for cake and punch as it formally announces the Center’s theme for Women’s History Month. Students, faculty and staff can also pick up a card and Hershey chocolates to give “kisses” to women who have impacted their lives.

Tuesday, March 8, Noon—Building 58W, Student Union, Room 3806: Celebrate International Women’s day by attending a student panel of domestic and international students who will share experiences from their home countries and the United States, followed by a question-and-answer-session. Light refreshments will be served.

Wednesday, March 9, Noon—Building 58W, Student Union Ballroom, Room 3703: The annual Women’s History Month Luncheon features Bishop Vasthi Murphy McKenzie, the first woman in more than 200 years to be elected as a consecrated bishop of the African Methodist Episcopal Church. She is also the first woman to serve as president of the Council of Bishops, chair, General Conference Commission, and is the presiding prelate of the 10th Episcopal District. She also serves as the national chaplin for Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. The Huffington Post honored McKenzie, author of five books, as one of 50 Powerful Women Religious Leaders, and she has also been honored at the top of the list of Great African American Female Preachers on the Honor Roll of Great African American Preachers and by Ebony magazine.

Dr. Cheryl Frohlich, UNF accounting and finance professor, will also be presented this year’s Susan B. Anthony Award. Her areas of expertise are in financial services and instructional effectiveness. She has received numerous awards, including the UNF Outstanding Undergraduate Teaching Award and is the recipient of the Kip Fellow Research Grant, to name a few. Additionally, the Women’s History Month Award will also be presented. Luncheon tickets are $25 and can be purchased at

Thursday, March 31, 6 p.m.—Building 58W, Student Union Auditorium, Room 2704: The month will come to a close with a screening of “Girl Rising.” This revolutionary film follows the journey of nine girls from the developing world who struggle every day for freedom, education and a voice in their home countries of Cambodia, Haiti, Nepal, Ethiopia, India, Peru, Sierra Leone and Afghanistan.

For more information about UNF Women’s History Month events, contact Brandi Winfrey, UNF Women’s Center coordinator, at (904) 620-2528 or at

The Women’s Center advocates for the political, social and economic gains of all people through the eradication of gender-based inequalities in a supportive atmosphere that encourages and facilitates the evolution and development of personal and academic potentials.

UNF, a nationally ranked university located on an environmentally beautiful campus, offers students who are dedicated to enriching the lives of others the opportunity to build their own futures through a well-rounded education.