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Women’s Giving Circle Events and Awards

Join us for Women’s Giving Circle events.


Essay Contest

Each spring to date, the WGC has conducted an essay contest for graduating undergraduate students. Typically, though not always, the winner is presented with a $1,000 check from the Women’s Giving Circle during the Parent/Senior Brunch in May. Our most recent essay question was: “How have you personally been involved in philanthropic efforts while a student at Adelphi? Describe your involvement and what you have learned from your experience. Looking ahead, how will philanthropy fit into your life beyond Adelphi?” The Adelphi University Women’s Giving Circle (WGC) conducted an essay contest open to all Adelphi University students (male and female) who are members of the Class of 2016. The winner received $1,000.

The 2016 winner was Elizabeth Rilling. The runner up was Megan Ossmann.


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Events and Speakers


Past Events

April 21, 2017: Annual Women’s Giving Circle Reception and attendance at the Billy Porter performance in the AUPAC.

March 28, 2017: Adelphi’s Women’s Recognition Dinner (co-sponsored by the Women’s Giving Circle).

December, 2016: Nexus Building Ribbon Cutting

November, 2016: Luncheon and Lecture: Presentation by Carmen Ortiz, United States Attorney for the District of Massachusetts. Ortiz ’78, is the first woman to represent Massachusetts as U.S. Attorney.

November, 2016: Reception followed by Lecture: Presentation by David Brooks on “What to Expect Tomorrow [Election Day].” A columnist for The New York Times and a regular analyst for PBS News Hour and NPR’s All Things Considered.

October, 2016: Lecture: Ta-Nehisi Coates, author of this year’s Adelphi Community Reads book, Between the World and Me (a best-seller and winner of the 2015 National Book Award).

October, 2016: Lecture: Jacqueline Woodson, author of Brown Girl Dreaming spoke on the “Life of a Poet.” Ms. Woodson ’16 (Hon.) is the 2014 National Book Award for Young People’s Literature winner for her New York Times best-selling memoir, Brown Girl Dreaming.

April, 2016: Annual Women’s Giving Circle Reception and attendance at a performance of the Chamber Orchestra of New York in the AUPAC

February, 2016: Reception followed by Lecture: John King, CNN’s chief national correspondent and anchor. He joined CNN in May 1997 and served as its senior White House correspondent from 1999 to 2005.

March, 2016: Adelphi’s Women’s Recognition Dinner (co-sponsored by the WGC)

March, 2016: Reception followed by a performance by the Capitol Steps. The Capitol Steps began as a group of U.S. Senate staffers who set out to satirize the very people and places that employed them. Since they began, the Capitol Steps has recorded over 30 albums, including its latest, Mock the Vote.

March, 2016: Inauguration of Adelphi’s President Christine Riordan

December, 2015: Reception followed by Lecture: Tim Gunn. Gunn is the Emmy Award winning co-host and co-producer of Lifetime’s Project Runway.

What else do members attend?

The Circle is normally represented at the Parent/Senior Brunch, Accepted Students Days and Matriculation. Members are invited to participate in Spirit Weekend (formerly Family Weekend).

Speakers at our meetings have included:

Academic Year: 2016–2017
Christine Riordan, President of Adelphi University
Jacqueline Cartabuke, Director of Health Services
Lori Duggan-Gold, Vice President of Communications


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