Winter 2013 Newsletter

During this holiday season, I would like to thank all the wonderful people that support the Women of Excellence (WOX) program through attending our events, mentoring our students and as members of the Giving Circle.

At our award luncheon this past April, Father Graham committed to match every new donation made to the Women of Excellence Giving Circle and every additional dollar donation made to the Giving Circle above the donation made the prior year. Please consider joining the Giving Circle this year or if you are already a member, increasing your gift. We appreciate anything you can do and all dollars support student group and faculty projects on campus.

The Women of Excellence Endowed Scholarship stands at $90,000 thanks to our 11 founding members, our Giving Circle members and additional gifts that we have received. Please consider a gift directed towards this scholarship as every dollar increases the amount of money we can award to a deserving female student.

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.

As always, we welcome your insights 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 or calling 513-745-2865.

Best wishes for a blessed Christmas and Happy New Year.

Kind Regards ,

Anne M. Ernst
Executive Director, Women of Excellence

WOX Program Recognized

In recognition that Xavier's Women of Excellence program is at the forefront of women's philanthropy initiatives, The Women's Philanthropy Institute of the Lilly Family School of Philanthropy and the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) invited Anne Ernst, Executive Director of WOX, Leigh Ann Fibbe, Director of the Annual Fund and 1831 Society and Kathann Koehler, Planned Giving Manager, to present their experience about building the WOX Program and the culture that supports it at the CASE conference in Indianapolis on November 4th and 5th.

WOX Hosted Events

Artists of Edgecliff

26 artists from Edgecliff displayed their works in the Art Gallery of the Gallagher Student Center during September, October and November. WOX hosted the opening reception on September 29th in the Clock Tower Lounge.

See photos from the event »

WOX Upcoming Events - Save the Date

Saturday, February 1
Cheers, Creativity & Camaraderie

Experience Art as Entertainment and Leave with Your Own Masterpiece. Women of Excellence will host a lunch during the annual Naples Invitational. This event is by invite only. For more information on how to attend in the future, please contact Anne Ernst.

Monday, April 7

WOX is collaborating with our Williams College of Business Center for Ethics to bring Mark and Ginger Whitacre to campus to speak about their whistle blowing experience while he was a senior executive at Archer Daniels Midland. WOX will host a VIP reception prior to the presentation. Watch for your invitation via email and RSVP quickly as space is limited.

Tuesday, April 29

Mark your calendar and join us at the annual Giving Circle Grant Awards Luncheon as we celebrate our 6 year anniversary and present the awards to the grants that were voted on by our Giving Circle members.

More information forthcoming.

Become a Mentor!

Advise and impact the next generation of leaders for as little as an hour per month. Now accepting applications for spring mentors.

We currently have 30 students that are in need of a mentor. We are making a big push to have all students matched with a mentor, by January 1st.

The bulk of our students need mentors in healthcare, advertising, law and sports marketing. But, we welcome mentors from a variety of industries because new students are always enrolling. No matter what your professional path, you might be a perfect match for a Xavier student in a totally unrelated field.

Visit the WOX web site to learn more about the program and how you can get involved or contact Sarah Brinker-Good, Coordinator, Mentor & Internship Programs, at or 513-745-4335.

Become a mentor »

WOX Profile - Melissa Lueke

Melissa currently serves as our Women of Excellence Vice-Chair. She is the Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and Secretary of Meridian Bioscience, Inc., a position she has held since January 2001. Melissa joined Meridian Bioscience, Inc. as US Controller in January of 1999. Prior to that Melissa was a member of the audit practice at Arthur Andersen.

Melissa is a graduate of Xavier University with a bachelor's degree in accounting. Melissa remains involved at Xavier University where she is a member of the Women of Excellence and serves as Vice Chair of the Council. She is also a member of the Accounting Advisory Board. Last, but not least, Melissa manages the Unnaturals. Melissa and the Unnaturals have been playing in the Xavier Alumni Summer Softball league since 1985 and have won the league championship multiple times in each of the last four decades!

She is past Chair of the Board of the Visiting Nurse Association and past Chair of the Board of Senior Services of Northern Kentucky. Melissa is a member of the Board of Trustees of Thomas More College. She is past president of the Financial Executives International Cincinnati Chapter.

Melissa and her husband Scott, and son Jake, live in Union, Kentucky.

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 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 or 513-745-2865.