Special Events and Interest Groups


The AAUW Manhattan Branch held its first Dining Out Event at the Little Apple Brewing Company (LABCO) on July 23, 2018 at 6:00 p.m.  It was enjoyed by everyone.  We had seven potential members as our guests, including Linda Cook, Chief of Staff at Kansas State University, and three Mandela Fellow (Christine Kakuu, Kenya; Anisah Ari, Nigeria; and Fardosa Ahamed, Uganda) .  We thank our new members for having the courage to share with us a little about themselves to become part of our AAUW family here in Manhattan.

This evening was definitely magical with a lot of positive energy to make a difference in our own ways no matter what our background is.  Ladies- continue to shine your light out to those around you and hope you continue to stay strong in your missions to empower girls and women!

We truly appreciate our sponsor LABCO for hosting us.


Darla Cobb and Maurine Pruitt

The AAUW Manhattan Branch was one of the 55+ community organizations that had a display booth at the Manhattan Town Center Community Fair on Saturday, February 3, 2018. Branch members shared information about our branch programs, monthly meetings, fellowships and grants, membership levels, and the student organization at K-State.


Kathy Pauls gave an inspiring talk about the humanitarian aid organization, Samaritan’s Purse at AAUW’s Serendipity Interest Group on Tuesday, October 24, 2018 at Meadowlark Hills. It is a Christian organization founded in 1970 that provides aid and disaster relief in more than 100 countries worldwide. Billy Graham’s son Franklin is the current president.

Kathy diligently works on one of its most noteworthy project, Operation Christmas Child. Thousands of churches, groups, and individual donors prepare shoe boxes filled with toys, school supplies, personal items, and other small gifts that are distributed to children based on need. Since 1993, over 135 million boxes have been delivered. The video shown of the happy children receiving these beautiful Christmas boxes exemplified the importance of this project done by Karen’s loving hands and generosity. For more information about Operation Christmas Child and Samaritan’s Purse, contact Kathy at 785-532-9077.


Linda Henderson, Adult Services Librarian at the Manhattan Public Library (lhenderson@mhklibrary.org.) spoke at AAUW’s Serendipity Interest Group on Tuesday, September 26 about the diverse onsite and online resources available at the library. Examples include books, magazines, newspapers, encyclopedias, investment and software tools, genealogy collections, eBooks, movies, and music. They also provide numerous special events for kids, teens, and adults; workshops and classes; and individualized instruction at the Tech Training Center. All you need is a FREE library card (www.MHKLibrary.org). Many interesting adult classes are being offered this fall, including 3D Printing Workshop (Oct. 12), Pinterest Basics (Oct. 24), and Facebook Basics (Nov. 28). The next Serendipity luncheon is October 24, 11:30 a.m., Meadowlark Hills. For reservations contact: Nancy Bolsen, nancybolsen@gmail.com. To join AAUW, contact President Mary Stamey, marystamey@gmail.com.



GROW GREEN Match Day on Friday, April 21, 2017 was an incredible opportunity for nonprofit agencies, such as the AAUW Manhattan Branch, with endowed funds at the Greater Manhattan Community Foundation (GMCF) to receive a 50% match on donations made to participating endowment funds.

A very special “THANK YOU” was extended by Claudia Jones on behalf of AAUW to the 13 donors (some are members and some are not) that donated to the KSU Scholarship fund at the GMCF on Grow Green Match Day.  We received $945.00 for our endowed fund and will receive the 50% match of $472.50.




Learn more about our 2016 International Women’s Day Event on March 8, 2016, co-sponsored with Kansas State University:


See a video of the Noorjahan Akbar Lecture!
Learn more about this event!

Noorjahan AkbarNoorjahan Akbar
Empowering Women to Lead Worldwide:
Overcoming Political and Social Struggles
Tuesday, March 8, 2016, at 4 p.m.
K-State Student Union, Forum Hall

Internationally acclaimed gender equality and human rights activist Noorjahan Akbar will give a keynote talk on Empowering Women to Lead Worldwide: Overcoming Political and Social Struggles in the K-State Student Union’s Forum Hall at 4 p.m. March 8 to mark International Women’s Day. A reception will be held at 5 p.m. in Forum Hall Lobby.

Other opportunities — see below — are planned for students, faculty and the community to interact with Akbar during her visit, March 7-9. These events are co-sponsored by the American Association of University Women, or AAUW; Staley School of Leadership Studies; Department of Women’s Studies; Women of K-State; K-State First; and International Student and Scholarship Services.

Akbar grew up in Afghanistan and Pakistan, but was fortunate to attend high school and college in the U.S. Her parents instilled in her the values of humanity and serving justice. While earning a bachelor’s in sociology from Dickinson College and a master’s in journalism and public affairs from American University, she became a leading voice worldwide for women’s rights. Her work with several local and global organizations has focused on women’s social and economic empowerment and ending gender-based violence, among them the Young Women for Change, as co-founder; Women for Women International; and Humanitarian Organization for Local Development-International.

In summer 2011, she led an Afghan march against sexual harassment in Kabul, which gained her international recognition. She has written for Al Jazeera English, the New York Times and Afghan newspapers, magazines and websites. She has published two books. Akbar also co-founded Free Women Writers in Afghanistan, freewomenwriters.org, which is an Afghan blog for social justice and gender equality with more than 100 contributors; has worked as a radio and TV show director/presenter; and speaks widely on issues relating to the rights of women and girls, education and sustainable global development.

Follow her work at www.twitter.com/noorjahanakbar.

Akbar has been internationally recognized for her work. She was chosen for Forbes’ Top 100 Most Powerful Women in the World and Newsweek’s 150 Fearless Women Who Shake the World. She received AAUW’s Woman of Distinction Award, which was given by the National Conference for College Women Student Leaders in 2012. She was selected for Glamour magazine’s Top 10 College Women in 2013 — an award that honors extraordinary and inspirational women from a variety of fields.

Akbar is a poster girl for equal rights in Afghanistan, literally.

Funding for her visit has been provided by K-State’s Academic Excellence Fund, AAUW Campus Outreach Program Grant, AAUW State Board and AAUW Manhattan Branch. For more information contact Mary Stamey, marystamey@gmail.com, or Barbara Gatewood, bgatewd@k-state.edu. Learn more about Akbar and events in conjunction with her visit at https://manhattan-ks.aauw.net.

Akbar’s passionate commitment to social justice will increase our awareness of political and human rights struggles worldwide, which is the focus of International Women’s Day; inspire students to work on social issues; and motivate women to take leadership roles

Related events:

Welcoming Reception Hosted by K-State International Students, International Student and Scholar Services, and AAUW
March 7, 4-5 p.m., International Student Center

Student Luncheon Hosted by AAUW at Kansas State University
March 8, 11:30 a.m.-12:45 p.m., 201 Leadership Studies Building.
Reservations are required by March 3 to President Tara Terwilliger, tara102@k-state.edu.

AAUW Manhattan Branch Dinner, Holiday Inn Manhattan at the Campus
March 8, 6 p.m., Landon Room. Cost: $12. Reservations are required by March 3 to manhattanksaauw@gmail.com or leave a message at 785-410-9710.

Class presentations (instructor consent):
Leadership Studies class discussion on Leadership Philosophy, Approach, and Use of Social Media and Communications as Part of Leadership.
March 8, 9:30 a.m., 103 Staley School of Leadership Studies
Coordinated by Trisha Gott, tcgott@k-state.edu

Women’s Studies class presentation on Afghan Women Take a Stand for Freedom, Education, and Social Reform
March 8, 1:05 p.m., WOMST 410A, Feminist Thought, 333 Waters Hall.
Contact: Professor Torry Dickinson, dickins@k-state.edu

Journalism and Mass Communications class presentation on Voices for Social Reform through Mass Communications and Social Media
March 9, 9:30 a.m., MC 382, Public Relations Case Studies, 208 Fairchild Hall.
Contact: Professor Joye Gordon, gordon@ksu.ed