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Schedule 2022-2023

PROGRAMS shall promote equity, education, and the development of opportunities for women and girls that enable them to realize their full potential.

Please remember to read your Viewpoints for more details about each program and speaker, as well as any changes that might occur during the program year!

Saturday, JANUARY 21, 2023

Location:  La Roche University, Wright Library, Fischer Room

Title: AAUW Grant recipients how this award impacted their careers

January ProgramSaturday, January 21, 2023Location:  La Roche University, Wright Library, Fischer Room & Zoom10:00 A.M. Social10:30 A.M. Program 11:15 A.M. Branch Meeting Speakers listed below.
Here is the zoom link for the January branch meeting:
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Meeting ID: 844 5633 8633   

AAUW’s Fellowships & Grants Programs. AAUW is one of the world’s largest sources of funding for women, providing fellowships and grants through six highly competitive programs. 

Did you know that AAUW is providing $6 million to more than 320 Fellows and Grantees in the 2022-23 award year? They are given to authors, scientists, scholars, change-makers and community leaders.

Since 1888, AAUW has been one of the largest funders of women’s graduate education, investing in women who go on to change the world.  The goal of the funding is to advance educational and professional opportunities for women in the United States and around the globe.

During our January 21st branch program, we will learn about the AAUW Fellowship Program. We will be watching a short AAUW National video about the history of AAUW Fellowships and hearing from one past and three present Fellowship awardees, joining us via Zoom.


Shriti Priya M.S. Electrical and Computer Engineering, Carnegie Mellon University Research Software Engineer. IBM Thomas J. Watson Research Center, Yorktown Heights NY International Fellow 2020-21

Maggie Douglas, Ph.D. Asst. Professor Environmental Science Dickinson College American Fellowship 2022-23

Paulina Rodriguez Ph.D. Candidate History and Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies, Penn State University American Fellow 2022-23

Diane Rosenbaum, Ph.D. Asst. Professor of Clinical Psychology Penn State Abington American Fellow 2022-23

10:00 A.M.   Social Time         10:30 A.M.  Speaker   11:15 A.M.  Meeting

Saturday, MARCH 11, 2023

Location: La Roche University, Fisher Room

Title: Exploring Mindfulness

Speaker – Carol Lynn Hecht (she/her), LPC, Doctoral Candidate in Counselor Education and Supervision         

Description: This presentation is designed to provide an overview of mindfulness, and its principles and techniques. During the presentation, we will explore the historical roots of mindfulness, common mindfulness practices, and research on its benefits. The lecture is meant to be both informative and interactive. During the presentation, you will be invited to ask questions along the way and participate in guided mindfulness-based exercises.

10:00 AM Social Time 10:30 A.M.  Speaker   11:15 A.M.  Meeting

Wednesday, APRIL 19, 2023

Location:  La Roche University, Ryan Room

Title: North Park Demonstration Garden: herbs, trials and pollinator research maintained by the Penn State Master Gardeners of Allegheny County

Speaker – Margaret Una Trevanion (Peggy) Penn State Master Gardener

Description: Penn State Master Gardeners use trial gardens at North Park to test plants for hardiness Did you ever wonder who decides what plants to send to the local nurseries and plant stores? This program will discuss this topic and more

6:30 P.M Social Time  7:00 P.M.  Speaker      7:45 P.M.  Meeting

Wednesday, MAY 17, 2023  

This is a tentative date

Annual Dinner and awards

Location: TBD

6:00 P.M.

Past 2022 Programs

Wednesday, SEPTEMBER 21, 2022   

 Location: La Roche University Ryan Room

Title: Our Local History, The McCandless/Northern Allegheny Heritage Center

Speaker – Abby Lucostic: Chair, McCandless/Northern Allegheny Heritage Center’s FDPC

Come here about the history of the North Hills. Many know the history of the Pittsburgh area’s titans of industry, cultural phenomenons and medical innovations.  But do you know the history of how the neighborhoods you live in came to be? This program will explore the North Hills of Pittsburgh how it developed from farm land to thriving suburban communities

6:30 P.M.  Social                     7:00 P.M.  Speaker      7:45 P.M.  Meeting

Wednesday, OCTOBER 19, 2022   

Location: La Roche University, Ryan Room

 Title: Panel on Gun Violence

Speakers – Beth Foringer, Southwest PA Coordinator, Cease Fire PA

Hadley Haas, Pittsburgh Local Group Co-Lead, Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America

                    Rep from Coalition for Safe Community Spaces.

Description:   This panel discussion will focus on advocating for an end to gun violence, provide information on gun violence, legislation, and other topics

6:30 P.M.  Social                     7:00 P.M.  Speaker      7:45 P.M.  Meeting

Wednesday, NOVEMBER 16, 2022   

Location:  La Roche University, Ryan Room

Title:  Breaking Genre: Biography in Poetry and Prose

Speaker – Janine Molinaro Bayer, Ph.D.  Professor and Chair, English at La Roche University

Description:  In this presentation, Janine Bayer will discuss some of the challenges she encountered in writing a literary biography that departs from the standard expectations of the genre. She will also discuss the joys and difficulties associated with writing a biography of a living subject.

6:30 P.M.  social         7:00 P.M.  Speaker      7:45 P.M.  Meeting


Saturday, December 10, 2022 at 11:30

Wednesday, September 22, 2021

Location: Treesdale Golf & Country Club – “The Apple Blossom Room”
140th AAUW Anniversary Celebration & Meet, Greet, and Eat

New members did not have a chance to meet & greet last year for our September Kick-Off. We want to welcome them to this year’s kick-off along with guests exploring AAUW. We will enjoy hot and cold appetizer stations, a beverage station, and a cash bar. We know there will be interactive discussions, a new special interest group update, and we will conduct branch business. We will award the Sr. Matilda Grant and celebrate the 140th Anniversary of AAUW.

The $25 registration also enters your name into a drawing for a $200.00 Vera Bradly Gift Basket, compliments of the Vera Bradley Store, Ross Park Mall!  Please make $25.00 check payable to: AAUW North Hills Pittsburgh, mail to Betty Kroniser, 920 Camelot Drive, Pittsburgh, PA 15237. RSVP BY: Monday, September 13, 2021.

6:30 p.m. Social Time
7:00 p.m. – 7:15 p.m. Sister Matilda Kelly Grant Presentation
7:15 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Branch Meeting
8:00 p.m. – Vera Bradley Gift Basket Drawing

Wednesday, October 27, 2021


Opening Conversations: Moving Beyond the Mainstream – Diversity and Inclusion in the Post COVID-19 Era

Speaker:  Dr. Fatima Brunson, Post-doctoral fellow, University of Pittsburgh School of Education

Building Resilience: Practicing Compassionate Self-Care for Personal Wellness, Healthy Relationships and Life Balance

Speaker:   Cora Dietrich Koller, Medical Advocate, Crisis Center North

The View from Harrisburg: How Public Policy and Laws Shape Individuals’ Educational, Occupational and Social Opportunities 

Speaker:  Pennsylvania State Senator, Lindsey Williams     

All are invited; and welcome to participate LIVE OR VIRTUALLY in this FREE Event!

  • La Roche University Students, Faculty and Staff
  • American Association of University Women North Hills Branch Members
  • Members of other Southwest Pennsylvania AAUW Branches
  • Local residents and community members

Time:                6:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Agenda:         6:00 pm – 6:30 pm gathering, registration and social time

                        6:30 to 7:30 pm panel presentation

                        7:30 to 8:00 pm discussion and dialogue/program evaluation

Place:                Palumbo Science Center PSC 101, La Roche University

Wednesday, November 17, 2021

Location: Virtual – Zoom
Title:  Race: How to Survive, Manage, and Even Encourage Race Talk

Speaker: Irene Murphy Lietz, Ph.D.

Irene stated her goal is to get people talking about their own racial awareness and to pay attention to the part we can each play in increasing racial equity. We all have power, and we need us all on this journey.  Irene says we have the option to read her book, How to Survive, Manage and Even Encourage Race Talks. We can also get information from her blog on her website  Lietz, Irene Murphy. Teaching and Race: How to Survive, Manage, and Even Encourage Race Talk. Peter Lang, 2020. Studies in Composition and Rhetoric, Alice S. Horning, vol. 12.

6:45 p.m. Log-in
7:00 p.m. Speaker
7:45 p.m. Meeting

Saturday, December 11, 2021

Monday, January 17, 2022

Location: College Center Square, La Roche University or Livestream
Title: Martin Luther King, Jr. Unity “Breakfast”

Registration information will be emailed, listed on our branch Facebook page: AAUW North Hills Pittsburgh branch and our website. This is another new idea that we are trying. Our branch is a co-sponsor, and our members attend the program. This will serve as our branch program. We will meet virtually for our business meeting.

Wednesday, January 19, 2022

Location: Virtual – Zoom
Title: Branch Virtual Business Meeting

6:30 p.m. Log-in
6:45 p.m. Meeting

Join us for a Joint Program with Fox Chapel Branch on February 8, 2022 at 10 AM via Zoom

The National Opera House. Speaker: Jonnet Solomon, Executive Director of the National Opera House

Saturday, March 19, 2022

Location: Ryan Room, La Roche University
Shape the Future and Gateway to Equity

Gateway to Equity Recipient will receive the award and speak

Title: “August Wilson’s Two Trans Running:  Pittsburgh’s Hill District in the 60s and Today”

Gateway to Equity Speaker: Sister Rita Yeasted

The sixth in Wilson’s 10-play cycle of the 20th Century, “Two Trains” tells the story of the Hill District in the early days of the Civil Rights Movement. Set in a restaurant on Wylie Avenue, the play’s characters discuss the Urban Redevelopment Authority’s plan to seize the property of Black residents as part of “urban renewal.” Written in the late 80s, the play captures the loss of a vital Black neighborhood two decades earlier.  Sister Rita Yeasted will discuss that history and its aftermath at the March 19 meeting. The play will be performed at the Pittsburgh Public Theater in June. Schedule of events:

9:30 a.m. Refreshments
10:00 a.m. Gateway to Equity Award & recipient presentation
10:30 a.m. Shape the Future Speaker: Sr. Rita Yeasted
11:30 a.m. – Noon Wrap up/Announcements

Wednesday, April 27, 2022

Location: Ryan Room, La Roche University
Title: City of Pittsburgh Gender Equity Committee & Local CEDAW Updates

Speaker: Marcia Bandes, CEDAW Pittsburgh & Allegheny County, Judy Hale, Pittsburgh Gender Equity Commissioner appointee representing the Pittsburgh for CEDAW Campaign

Updates on local CEDAW efforts. Pittsburgh became the 6th City for CEDAW in 2016. Our branch is a supporting organization for the grassroots community group Pittsburgh for CEDAW. The City of Pittsburgh signed an Ordinance that led to the first-ever Gender Equity Commission in the City of Pittsburgh. They partnered with AAUW to bring Work Smart to Pittsburgh. We will also get an update on the work of the Allegheny County for CEDAW Coalition.

6:30 p.m. Social Time
7:00 p.m. Speaker
7:45 p.m. Annual Meeting – Election of Officers

Wednesday, May 18, 2022

This evening we install our new officers and celebrate our branch awards.