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Alumnae gather at the start of the OUWC of Greater Cleveland's 75th anniversary luncheon for photos and reminiscing.

Alumnae gather at the start of the OUWC of Greater Cleveland's 75th anniversary luncheon for photos and reminiscing.

Photographer: Dustin Franz '10

Upon receiving the Ruth Fowler Brown Scholarship, student Emily Weaver delivered comments of thanks to the group.

Upon receiving the Ruth Fowler Brown Scholarship, student Emily Weaver delivered comments of thanks to the group.

Photographer: Dustin Franz '10

Alumna Kay Brabander hands the gavel to Amy Hollis, newly inducted president of the OUWC Greater Cleveland Chapter.

Alumna Kay Brabander hands the gavel to Amy Hollis, newly inducted president of the OUWC Greater Cleveland Chapter.

Photographer: Dustin Franz '10

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Ohio University Women’s Club celebrates 75th anniversary in Cleveland


The Ohio University Women’s Club (OUWC) of Greater Cleveland enjoyed an event at the historic Silver Grille in Cleveland’s Higbee Building that celebrated 75 years of success and prosperity by awarding scholarships, reminiscing and planning for years to come.

More than 80 alumnae attended the luncheon and were welcomed with tables full of OHIO memorabilia and photos. Dawn Werry, director of external relations for the Ohio University Alumni Association (OUAA) spoke on behalf of Jennifer Neubauer, assistant vice president of alumni relations and executive director of the Alumni Association. OUAA Board members Cynthia Calhoun and Connie Lawson-Davis also were in attendance.

“We are here today, standing on the shoulders of great pioneers,” Werry said. “Do you think those women realized they were part of a pattern? What they’ve created is a pattern of women in leadership positions and in doing so, they have paved the way for our future. Women like those in the Cleveland Women’s Club, who have carved a path and helped us encourage our fellow women to gather together to be a part of something bigger than themselves,” Werry said in her opening remarks.

The OUWC of Greater Cleveland raised more than $400,000 in scholarship funds since its founding. This was celebrated by awarding many scholarships to current Ohio University students.

Cleveland area students Amanda D’Agostino (undecided major) Maureen Klag (engineering) and Arianna Spaulding (criminology) were awarded freshmen scholarships. Junior criminology major Emily Weaver, Kathleen Black, a freshman studying physical therapy and Rachel Goforth, a freshman studying journalism, all received the Ruth Fowler Brown scholarship. Weaver delivered comments of thanks to the group.

New officers officially began their terms. Key event organizer Amy Hollis, who received her bachelor of science in journalism in 1996, is now president of the OUWC Greater Cleveland Chapter with new vice president Valerie Hillow, who received her bachelor of science in journalism in 2003. The new board of officers is made up of 17 women, who all intend to strengthen the organization and lead it into the future.

“The Ohio University Women’s Club of Greater Cleveland celebration was a huge success,” Sarah Vaughn, assistant director of external relations for the OUAA said. “Alumnae from across the generations were able to come together for this occasion and share their experiences at Ohio University. The theme of the event was past, present and future. I am very excited to see what the OUWC accomplishes in the next 25 years.”