Spring 2013 Newsletter

It is the time of the year when Women of Excellence accepts grant applications for projects or programs run by students groups or faculty. The grants are awarded from funds which we raise each year through our Women of Excellence Giving Circle.

If you haven't renewed your Giving Circle membership yet or would like to become a member, you have until April 1, 2013 to make your contribution in order to be eligible to vote on this year's grant requests. Full membership for the Giving Circle is $1,000. You can also be eligible for a partial membership with a contribution of $100 or more. Your vote will be pro-rated based on the level of your giving.

I encourage all of you to continue your membership or join the Giving Circle as it is a great way for us to support the students and faculty on campus.

You can become a member by making your online contribution using your credit card or by sending a check made out to Xavier University, 3800 Victory Parkway, Cincinnati, Ohio 45207-5430, Attn: Anne Ernst. Please note "WOX"in the memo field.

Invitations will be forthcoming for our annual award luncheon which will be held on Thursday, April 25th at noon where we will announce the grant award winners. Please mark your calendar and plan to attend. Invitations will be forthcoming.

As always, we welcome your insight and thoughts on how we as a community can continue to focus on our mission to honor, extend and advance the legacy of Xavier and Edgecliff's extraordinary women graduates, as well as provide opportunities for women to grow as organizational and philanthropic leaders for the University. Please share your input by emailing me at wox@xavier.edu or calling 513-745-2865. 

Kind Regards ,

Anne M. Ernst
Executive Director, Women of Excellence

2013 WOX Grant Recipients

Nine projects are receiving more than $74,000 during the upcoming academic year as part of the annual WOX grants awards. Last year's winners showcased their results prior to the luncheon on April 25th. Winners were announced and recognized at the luncheon in April.

Next year's luncheon will be held on Tuesday, April 29. Mark your calendars, hold the date and plan to attend.

Read about the winners and see photos from the event.

WOX Upcoming Dates - Save the Date

Saturday, March 23: Xavier Community Action Day

WOX mentors are encouraged to sign up for this event. Xavier's Spring 2013 Community Action Day will take place from 8:00 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. The day begins with students signing up for a service site and enjoying a free breakfast. We will have a brief opening prayer before students and mentors depart for service sites. Volunteers engage in a reflection with their service group and then return to campus at around 12:30 p.m. for a complimentary lunch. A student will facilitate teams of mentors and mentees. For more information, please contact Angela Gray at graya@xavier.edu or call 513-745-3330.

Monday, March 25: Erin Brockovich


WOX is collaborating with our Williams College of Business Center for Ethics to bring Erin Brockovich to Xavier's campus for a presentation and book signing. The event will be held at the Cintas Center - James & Caroline Duff Banquet Rooms from 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. Attendance is free but seating is limited. Guests are asked to R.S.V.P. online by March 22.

Thursday, April 25: Giving Circle Grant Awards Luncheon

Mark your calendar and join us at the annual Giving Circle Grant Awards Luncheon at noon as we celebrate our 5-year anniversary and present the awards to the grants voted on by our Giving Circle members.
Invitations will be forthcoming.

June 2013: Women's Summit


WOX will be collaborating with the WMBA Association, Career Development Center and WCB MBA office to sponsor a Women's Summit. There will be two key note addresses; one during a continental breakfast followed by nine breakout sessions - three choices during three time slots - and concluding with a luncheon keynote. The speakers will be addressing working women's issues from health careers to fitness and balancing home and work.
More information forthcoming.

October 2013: Edgecliff Art Exhibit

WOX and the Edgecliff Alumni Association are partnering to sponsor an all-Edgecliff art show to be held on the 3rd floor of Xavier's Gallagher Center at Xavier. There will be an opening event for the show so watch for that date.
More information forthcoming.

Become a Mentor!

Advise and impact the next generation of leaders for as little as an hour per month. We are always looking for mentors and it is a great experience! 

Visit the WOX web site to learn more about the program and how you can get involved or contact Lindsey Elder, Mentoring and Experiential Education Coordinator, at elderl1@xavier.edu or 513-745-4878.

Become a mentor.

WOX Luncheon in Naples

Women of Excellence hosted forty women for a Women, Wine and Wisdom luncheon in Naples, Florida on February 2nd during the annual Naples Golf Outing. Dr. Sarah Melcher, Chair of Xavier's Theology department shared her knowledge of women in the Old Testament and applications in our lives today.

View photos of the event.

WOX and XWMBA Wine Pairing

Women of Excellence and the XWMBA group collaborated to host a Wine Pairing event a Betta's on February 28th. Twenty-five women were presented with 6 wines and a pizza to go with each wine. It was a great evening for networking and making new connections!

View photos of the event.

The Women of Excellence honors and advances the legacy of Xavier and Edgecliff's extraordinary women graduates by providing opportunities for women to grow as organizational and philanthropic leaders.

WOX Giving Circle

Contributions to the Women of Excellence Giving Circle are used to fund grants, which are given to faculty, staff and student groups for educational projects and programs. For more information contact Anne Ernst at ernsta@xavier.edu or 513-745-2865.

Read more about the Women of Excellence Giving Circle and how to join »

WOX Endowed Scholarship

11 Founding Members were generous enough to contribute to the establishment of a Women of Excellence Endowed Scholarship to be awarded to a deserving woman. We hope this fund will continue to grow through additional donations. If you are interested in contributing to this scholarship, please contact Anne Ernst at ernsta@xavier.edu or 513-745-2865.