Â??phenomenal Women’ Celebrate 2008 Black History Month at Colorado State University

"Phenomenal Women" is the theme of this year’s Colorado State University Black History Month celebration which includes a keynote address by Olympic Gold Medal winner Vonetta Flowers. Several influential women leaders from across the country also are featured.

A list of events for students and members of the Fort Collins community follows. Events are located in the Lory Student Center.

Feb. 6

Opening Ceremony

Noon, Commons

Join us for the 2008 Black History Month

Proclamation by Fort Collins Mayor Doug Hutchinson.

Feb. 6

Keynote Speaker: Olympic Gold Medal winner Vonetta Flowers

6 p.m., Lory Student Center Theatre

Vonetta Flowers was a star sprinter and long jumper at the University of Alabama at Birmingham who originally aspired to make the U.S. Summer Olympic team. After several failed attempts, Flowers turned to bobsledding and achieved a historic milestone at the 2002 Salt Lake Games.   

Feb. 8

Phenomenal Women in Higher Education

Guest Speaker: Stephanie Y. Evans, assistant professor at the University of Florida

1 p.m., Room 214-216

Evans shares her outstanding literary work, "Black Women in the Ivory Tower 1850-1954: An Intellectual History," with a panel discussion following that features Stephanie Evans, Richard Breaux and Blanche Hughes, vice president of Student Affairs at Colorado State.

Feb. 9

Tribute to Mothers – Join us in celebrating our mothers!

Guest Speaker: Deidre Houston-Magee, Colorado State alumna and senior instructor in teacher education at the School of Education and Human Development at the University of Colorado-Denver.

3 p.m., North Ballroom

Feb. 11

Life Through Their Eyes – Priceless Reflections from Women With Wisdom

5:30 p.m., Room 228

Feb. 12

Health Care Issues in the Community with featured guest panelists:

Dr. Tiffany Coleman, pharmacy manager, Walgreens Montgomery, Ala.;

Carlos Dees, registered dietician, Nestle Foods Inc., Washington, D.C.; Deshuna Dickens, education coordinator, Sinai Urban Health Institute, Chicago, Ill.; Wayne Syas, field compliance coordinator, State Farm Insurance, Greeley, Colo.

6 p.m., Room 213-215

Feb. 13

Meet CSU’s Black faculty/staff

Noon, Room 203-205

Feb. 13

Phenomenal Women in Business

"The State of Sisterhood"

Guest speaker: Marshawn Evans

6 p.m., Room 228

CEO of Communication Counts!

Litigator/Attorney, Atlanta Law Firm

Season 4 Finalist; NBC’s The Apprentice

3rd runner-up, Miss America 2002

Feb. 14

Phenomenal Women in Law Enforcement

Featuring guest speaker: Commander Tracie Keesee

Denver Police Department

Noon, Room 230

Spend the afternoon with an inspirational woman who has climbed the ladder of success to become one of Colorado’s highest-ranking law enforcement officials.

Feb. 15

Movie of the Week

The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman (1973)

Noon, Room 203-205

Based on the novel by Ernest J. Gaines, this highly acclaimed TV drama follows the life of a black woman born into slavery in the South during the 1850s.

Feb. 18

Our Inner Mysteries

Join us in our exploration of the inner mysteries of black college women. Through this "real talk" conversation, we hope to gain a greater awareness of the issues that affect our community.

6:30 p.m., Room 226

Feb. 19

Speak Out Poetry Session

7 p.m., Commons

Feb. 21

"Women of Color in the Newsroom – A Story of Stride and Struggle"

Noon, Room 224-226

Featuring black women in the media.

Feb. 22

Movie of the Week

"Mahogany" (1975)

Noon, Room 210

Starring Diana Ross as a poor woman who becomes a popular fashion designer.

Feb. 22

Urban Wear Fashion Show

7 p.m., North Ballroom

$7 students, $10 non-students  

12 and under are free

Feb. 25

"We’ve Come This Far by Faith"

7 p.m., Room 228

A panel of women talk about how spirituality has impacted their lives.

Feb. 27

"Survey Says … Phenomenal Women"

7 p.m., Room 228

A Family Feud game to test your knowledge about phenomenal women.

Feb. 28

Serving Up Success – Etiquette Programming

5:30-8 p.m., Main Ballroom

Dinner features speaker Sharon Hall.

Feb. 29

Closing Ceremony

Noon, Commons

A recap and reflection on the speakers and programs of Black History Month.

For more information, call Black Student Services at (970) 491-5781 or visit www.bss.colostate.edu