CCSU Women’s Gender and Sexuality Studies

Women, Leaders, and Leadership

Twenty-First Annual June Baker Higgins Conference

and Inaugural Women of Influence Gala

May 11-12, 2012

Please join us at the annual June Baker Higgins Conference: Women, Leaders, & Leadership on May 11, 2012, and the Women of Influence Gala on May 12, 2012.To register, click here or contact Dr. Carolyn Fallahi at

Women, Leaders, & Leadership Conference

The conference will address the topic of women, leaders, and leadership across history and contexts wherever these are evident and/or absent. Participants will address a wide range of issues, including politics, social justice, economics, education, health care, fine arts, religion, business, violence and conflict resolution, and racial equality.

Our keynote speakers will be:
Friday, May 11, 2012:
Susan Campbell, columnist at the Hartford Courant and author of Dating Jesus.

Saturday, May 12, 2012:
Anne Stanback, founding Executive Director of Love Makes a Family, the lead organization that successfully fought for the freedom to marry in Connecticut.


Women of Influence Gala

The inaugural gala will honor women who have significantly impacted CCSU or the wider community, made a significant contribution in the lives of women, diligently promoted women’s rights, or have worked tirelessly to educate women. Proceeds from the event will benefit the June Baker Higgins Scholarship and other scholarships for women.  Please see invitation below. Click here to register online.  To learn more about the Women of Influence Sponsorship Opportunities, please click here.

 The Recipients of this Year's Women of Influence Award:

Ms. Carol  A. Ammon ’73

Founder and former CEO

Endo Pharmaceuticals


Dr. Joanne DiPlacido

Associate Professor of Psychology

Central Connecticut State University


The Honorable Carmen E. Espinosa ’71

Connecticut Appellate Court


Ms. Debra Goss
Manager, Division of Contract Compliance

State of Connecticut Department of Transportation


Dr. Merle W. Harris, BS’64, MS’73
Member, Connecticut Board of Regents for Higher Education


Ms. Marlene Ibsen
Vice President, Community Relations,

CEO & President, Travelers Foundation


Ms. Linda Sagnelli
Head Women’s Volleyball Coach

Central Connecticut State University


WGSS Gala Silent Auction Items (received through May 7, 2012)


Adam Broderick Salon & Spa (Ridgefield or Southbury)

Design Haircut with Senior Stylist


American Clock & Watch Museum

Four tickets to the museum


Arthur Murray Dance Studio

Gift certificate for two private and two semi-private dance lessons, valued at $199.00



Gift certificate for two (gratuity, tax, and alcohol not included)


Beautiful People Salon & Spa

Gift certificate for a pedicure & shellac, valued at $72.00


Big Y Markets

Gift Certificate for $25.00


Blue Man Group

Gift Certificate for 2 to a performance at the Astor Place Theater in New York, NY,

valued at $175.00


Bombay Olive

$50.00 gift certificate


Bridge Street Live

$250 Gift Certificate for the following events:

4 tickets for Newfound Road, May 17th

4 tickets for Lipbone Redding and the Lipbone Orchestra, May 26th

2 tickets for The Kortchmar McDonald Band, June 2nd


Brio Tuscan Grille, West Farms Mall

$50.00 gift certificate


Brownstone Exploration & Discovery Park

Gift certificate for an Adventure Sports Day pass for two


The Beadoir

Gift certificate expressly for two basic beading classes, valued at $70.00


Cava Restaurant

$25.00 Gift Certificate


Cabot Cheese

$75.00 gift basket that includes cheese, a cutting board and apron


Central Connecticut State University Book Store

CCSU bag, blanket, Nalgene water container, & movie

Valued at $90.00


Cheshire Nursery

Gift basket which includes a $50.00 gift certificate, a foliage and blooming plant basket, estimaged value $150.00.


City Stage and Symphony Hall

2 tickets to the opening performance of :  Four Bitchin' Babes presents Mid Life Vices…. A Guilt Free Musical Revue on November 3, 2012, at 8:00 p.m.


Colchester Carpet

Dynamic Rug (Madelia Oriental Rug), 5'2" x 7'2", Estimated value $150.00


The Corner Pug

$25.00 gift certificate


Dakota Steakhouse

Two gift certificates for brunch, valued at $40.00.


The Discovery Museum & Planetarium

One family gift certificate that admits two adults and four children, valued at $54.00.



Effie’s Place Family Restaurant

$25.00 gift certificate


Excel Fitness

Gift Certificate for 1 month membership, 3 training sessions, and 3 group classes, valued at approximately $270.00. Also, Three 14-day free trial memberships with a free 60 minute personal training session.


Farmington Miniature Golf & Ice Cream Parlor

Gift certificate for three games of miniature golf and $7.00 in ice cream


Fashionista Vintage & Variety

$20.00 Gift Certificate


For Children with Love Publications

Two free books: “Sophie: Through Sophie’s Eyes” and “Coach Bob & Me,”

valued at $15.95 each


Fred Astaire Dance Studio

Gift certificate for two private lessons (new students only)


Gouveia Vineyards

Ten wine tasting tickets, valued at $75.00


Hartford Restaurant Group

$25 gift certificate that can be used at Agave Restaurant, Wood ‘n Tap, or Homer's


Hartford Stage

2 tickets for Hedda Gabler, showing between August 30 and September 5, 2012,

valued at between $60-$80.00, depending on the seat choices.


Hartford Whale

Four upper level tickets, $60.00 value


Hill-Stead Museum

4 Hill-Stead Guest Passes, valued at $48.00


Homewood Suites Hotel

Gift certificate for one overnight stay


Imagine Nation Children’s Museum

Four museum pass admissions, valued at $28.00


Infinity Music Hall & Bistro

2 orchestra level tickets to Changes in Latitudes- Jimmy Buffet Tribute on June 22nd

Valued at $71.12


It’s Only Natural

$25 Gift Certificate


J. Gilbert's

$25.00 Gift Certificate



Six visit passes to Jump Zone, valued at $44.00


La Belle Chateau Salon & Spa

Gift basket that includes $50.00 gift certificate and products, valued at $100.00


La Vita Gustosa

Gift Certificate for 2 free entrees


Leif Nilsson Spring Street Studio & Gallery

50% off painting or print


Little Theater of Manchester at Cheney Hall

4 Tickets to see the Vagina Monologues on Friday, June 8, 2012, @ 8:00 p.m.


Long Wharf Theatre

Gift certificate for two tickets, good through May, 2013. Valued at $140.00


Lord & Taylor

A Bobbi Brown master make up session for six (valued at $100), a Clinique master make up session for six (valued at $100), and two $25 gift certificates


Lutz Children’s Museum

Five free admission tickets


Lyman Orchards

$30.00 gift certificate


Main Stream Canoes and Kayaks

Two rentals for the price of one, valued at $60.00


Majestic Theater

Two Gift Certificates for any performance.


Mattatuck Museum

Gift certificate for one-year family membership & two admissions

to a Jazz Series First Thursday event at the museum, valued at $90.00


Metro Bis Restaurant

Gift certificate for two & a book entitled, “Wife of the Chef”


Miranda Vineyard

Four wine tastings


Mohegan Sun

Two dinners to the buffet restaurant at Mohegan Sun


Mystic Seaport: The Museum of America and the Sea

Two guest passes for two adult admissions, valued at $48.00


Newbury Comics, Inc.

$25.00 Gift Certificate


Olivia Engel Jewelry Designs

Four strand statement necklace in sterling silver with semi precious stones and pearls including chalcedony, lapis, abalone, pyrite, lolite, and quartz. Sells for $165.00.


On the Border Mexican Grill & Cantina

$50 gift certificate


Ooh La La Boutique

Two $25.00 Gift Certificates


Outback Steakhouse

$45.00 Gift certificate


Palace Theater

Gift Certificate to see a performance of Weird Al Yankovic: the Alpocalypse Tour, on Sunday, May 13th, 2012, at 7:00 p.m.


Palace Resorts in Mexico or the Dominican Republic

Donated by the Fallahi Family

Two 1–week vacations at one of 11 luxurious resorts


Papyrus, West Farms Mall

Stationary in a decorated box, $30.00 value


Playhouse on Park

Two vouchers for any performance in their main stage or young audience series, which may be valued from $16.00 to $32.50, depending on the play.


Portrait Simple

Free photo session and package, $125.00 value


PriceRite of Wethersfield

$10.00 gift certificate


Puerto Vallarta

40.00 gift certificate


Quassy Amusement Park

Two $20 passes, valid for unlimited rides and water passes for two people.


Rapid Raceways

Half off birthday or race party


Red Sox

Darnell McDonald Autographed Baseball


Rock Cats Baseball

4 tickets to a Rock Cats home game during the 2012 season


Diana Rogers

Painting:  Fall's Color Palette, Pastel on sanded paper 10" x 11", valued at $250.00


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Rumanoff Jewelry Store

$50.00 gift certificate & Alex & Ani Path of Life bracelet at a $24.00 value


Salon Odette

$50.00 gift certificate (for services only)


Lucille Scelfo

Beautifully beaded shawl, $119 value


Seven Angels Theatre

Gift certificate for two tickets to a Mainstage show


Siam Square Thai Restaurant

$50.00 gift certificate


Southwick’s Zoo

Two general admission tickets


SS&C SummerWind Performing Arts Center

Gift certificate for two tickets to all concerts during the 2012 “Sundays at SummerWind” Season, valued at approximately $200.00



Stanley Golf Course

Gift certificate for a foursome (18 holes of golf plus carts)



$100.00 gift certificate towards the purchase of

any in-stock dress valued at $200 or more.


Stone Age Rock Gym

Three gift certificates for an indoor rock climbing pass

& gear rentals, valued at $27.75 a piece.


Tea Roses Tea Room

$25.00 gift certificate towards menu items


The Connecticut Electric Railway

Family Admission Pass for 2 adults and 4 children, valued at $39.00 each


The Mark Twain House and Museum

Two gift certificates for tours at the Mark Twain House and Museum, valued at $30.00


TheaterWorks, City Arts on Pearl

Two free tickets for 2011-2012 season. No value provided


Tony’s Central Pizza

$20.00 gift certificate


The Cheesecake Factory Restaurants, Inc.

$50.00 gift certificate


The Valley Railroad Company

Two adult and two children tickets to the Essex Steam Train & Riverboat,

valued at $86.00


The Webb-Deane-Stevens Museum

One family membership to the Webb-Dean-Stevens Museum, valued at $30.00


Trader Joe’s

$40.00 gift basket of assorted items


UK Gourmet

Chocoholic Gift Basket, valued at $25.00


Valvoline Instant Oil Change

Gift certificate for full service oil change, valued at $35.00


Vera Bradley

1 Miller Bag, which is a zippered travel tote, and a large cosmetic bag, which is a lined zippered pouch for toiletries, etc. They will be in matching patterns, and would retail for $114.00.


Veterans Memorial Ice Skating Rink

4 admission and 4 skate rental passes

Vienna Restaurant and Historic Inn

Gift certificate for one overnight stay for two and $20.00 towards restaurant, valued at $220.00. Includes Enjoy a spacious 2-room guest suite, hors d'oeuvres and cocktails on arrival and full gourmet breakfast in morning.


Weiss Gallery

Framed, signed print, estimated value $400.00


West Hartford Yoga

Gift Certificate for $127.62 towards a 10-class card at West Hartford Yoga


Willimantic Brewing Co

$20.00 Gift certificate



Winding Trails LLC

Gift certificate for four trail passes and four rentals of skis, boots, and poles for a family of four, valued at $102.00



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