AAUW’s Annual Brunch 2017


The American Association of University Women – Salisbury (AAUW) will hold its Women’s History Month Benefit Brunch on Saturday, March 18, at the First United Church of Christ, 207 W. Horah St. in Salisbury, beginning at 9:30 AM.

The topic is “The Roots to Grow and the Wings to Fly: Changing the World with the Power of Education”, presented by the guest speaker Janet N. Spriggs. The guest artist will be Teresa A. Moore-Mitchell, an acclaimed classical concert artist and vocal instructor at Livingstone and Catawba Colleges.

Ms. Spriggs presently serves as the Chief Operating Officer at Rowan-Cabarrus Community College. She has worked within the North Carolina Community College System for over 20 years, serving for 15 years at Carteret Community College in Morehead City before moving to Rowan-Cabarrus in January 2012.  In her current role at the College, Ms. Spriggs leads the Student Success and Service Excellence team which includes student success and support services, finance, human resources, and institutional effectiveness.  She has completed the coursework for her doctorate in higher education administration at Northeastern University.  Later this year she will complete her doctoral thesis, which focuses on understanding the support systems and services that improve persistence to completion for lower-income community college students.

Ms. Spriggs is a passionate advocate for serving others through leading and for making a difference through the power of education.  Her quote for life: “People will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” – Maya Angelou

Ms. Moore-Mitchell is well-known in the Salisbury Community as an outstanding classical vocal artist. She has performed throughout the country for over 29 years, including solo appearances at Carnegie Hall and the Lincoln Center in New York City.  Her international appearances include solo concerts and performances in Cuba, the Greek Islands, Germany, France, Austria and Italy. Her varied repertoire includes contemporary art songs, operatic arias and Negro spirituals.  She holds a B.A. in music from Pfeiffer University, where she currently serves on the Alumni Board of Directors.  Her Master’s Degree in Music is from the University of North Carolina-Greensboro.

The Benefit Brunch will help to send two local students to the National Conference for College Women Student Leaders (NCCWSL) in June. Donations are welcome.

The Brunch is open to the public.  Reservations are required by March 10.  The cost is $10.00 per person.  For reservations, contact Eileen Hanson-Kelly, Treasurer, at 704-855-8353 or hansonkelly@ctc.net. For more information, contact Dr. Carol Cody, President, codycarol@bellsouth.net or Kathy Pulliam, Secretary, Kathy@mkpulliam.com.



AAUW Speakers Forum 2017

    Readers Theatre Presents: Dr. Jim Epperson and the Phoenix Readers

Speakers and forums: AAUW Lecture Series, 6:30 – 7:30pm Thursday, February 9:  Dr. Jim Epperson, Catawba College professor emeritus of theatre arts,  will begin the program by talking about Readers Theatre and the process that is used to determine what readings make good performance pieces.  He will then take us through the rehearsal process.   Dr. Epperson is the Director of the Phoenix Readers, a volunteer Readers Theatre company of men and women aged 55 and older.  The Readers are a performing arts branch of Center of the Faith and Arts. Afterward Dr. Epperson’s talk, a group of the Readers will perform some of their recent and upcoming pieces. It should be a most interesting and entertaining evening.  Light refreshments will be provided by AAUW Salisbury. Free. Sponsored by American Association of University Women, Salisbury branch. Held at the Fellowship Hall of First United Church of Christ, 207 West Horah Street, Salisbury. Use the ground entrance at the rear of the church. Contact: Contact: Dr. Carol Cody, president, codycarol@bellsouth.net, http://salisbury-nc.aauw.net

Short Bio of Ms. Leslie Mulligan

Short Bio of Ms. Leslie Mulligan

Speaker: Leslie Mulligan MS, EdS, LCPC, DCC who presented “Women in the Military”.  Ms. Mulligan is a psychotherapist currently proving mental and behavioral health care to veterans at the Greensboro Vet Center.  She is a veteran herself, having served in the Air Force prior to returning to graduate school to earn her Master degree in Mental Health Counseling in 1998.  Ms. Mulligan has extensive experience with military mental health needs. She has been an Adult Military Family Life and Child and Youth Consultant (2010-2011), and Director of Psychological Health for the Rhode Island (2011-2012) and the Maine Air Guard (2012-2013), providing behavioral and mental health services to active duty and reserve military service members on Air Guard bases until 2014.  Since then she has focused on helping veterans (and their families) readjust from combat trauma and military sexual trauma at VA Vet Centers, first in Wisconsin, and now in North Carolina.  Here is how she describes what she does: “On a daily basis, I help people recover their quality of life and redefine who they are after having served in the military and losing their peace of mind. No two people respond to anything the same way, but military culture is a very unique it takes effort to understand for anyone who has not served. Helping men and women “come home” to their families and communities, and to themselves, is a profound honor and privilege for me. Increasing understanding between people is also a great pleasure.