Xavier Giving Circle Honors Two, Awards Grants

May 17, 2011

At its annual Giving Circle Awards luncheon May 3, Xavier University’s Women of Excellence announced ten projects to receive over $58,000 this year. In addition, two special women were honored.

Women of Excellence awarded Rosellen Galtiero Creighton (45255) with a Lifetime Achievement Award. Creighton, a 1971 alumna of Edgecliff College, is a wife, mother and civic volunteer. She is a member of Xavier’s National Alumni Executive Board and chairs the Archive Committee for Edgecliff College. She is chair of the awards committee of the National Alumni Board of Directors and a member of Xavier's Committee on Public Honors. She received Xavier’s Sister Mary Virginia Sullivan Award in 2001 for outstanding volunteer service.

Xavier senior Ashley Marine was selected as Xavier’s Student Woman of Excellence. She is majoring in social work with a minor in peace studies. From Washington Court House, OH (43160), she is the daughter of Douglass & Sheree Marine.

Grants Awarded:
2011 Summer Service Internship Program: provides Xavier students an opportunity to demonstrate the commitment to community engagement.
Bike XU: meets Xavier students' transportation needs by renting a bicycle for a semester or a full year to use as needed.
Creating Relationships of Justice and Care: a 2009 faculty project that includes requiring freshmen to attend an exploration of issues of sexual relationships and "hook-up" culture.
Touching History: Xavier's Office of Interfaith Community Engagement will host Sarah Niemoeller, a renowned Holocaust educator, talking about her family's experiences resisting Nazism and the experiences of her late husband.
Engaging Middle School Girls in Computer Science: engages middle school girls with an outreach event to pique their interest in computer science.
Tools for Living with Greater Wisdom and Compassion: Forty women of excellence attend an overnight retreat to share their stories and various forms of meditation, prayer, art, and writing exercises and small group conversation.
Tuition Runs Out Day 2012: The Student Alumni Association's signature event educates students on the impact alumni support has on their Xavier experience.
1 in 4 Day: brings awareness to the issue and effects of sexual assault and rape on college campuses and educates bystanders to intervene in situations that might lead to an incident.
Women of Excellence scholarship: a critical component of commitment to the advancement of women at Xavier through establishment of scholarships.
XU Mentoring Program: funding for the Career Services Center provides mentors and mentees opportunities to connect and learn.

Xavier University’s Women of Excellence was created to honor, extend and advance the legacy of Xavier University's and Edgecliff College's women graduates, and provide opportunities for women to grow as organizational and philanthropic leaders for the University. Women of Excellence formed a giving circle through which women collectively support Xavier and encourage the development of women as philanthropic leaders. Giving Circle members are alumnae, parents and friends who believe women as donors are capable of making a tremendous impact on Xavier, its students, faculty and staff. Giving Circle funds are distributed through a grant application process to projects proposed by faculty, staff and student groups of Xavier. The annual distribution of funds is determined through a voting process by Giving Circle members.