Women SIG speakers wanted!

Good afternoon, ladies!! Since the Women’s SIG often receives requests for speakers at various events, we are building a database of public speakers for various events. If you would like to be a part of the database, please provide the following information to me at shannonamartin@earthlink.net and put SIG Speaker Info as the subject.

Your name
A Brief BIO
Area of availability and ability to travel
Types of engagements you would like to participate in
Topics you can cover
Any contractual affiliation with Speaker Talent Services
Contact information to determine your availability and interest.

This will be an ongoing effort.

Also, if you know people are looking for speakers for their events, please let us know!

Thank you!!

Female Grad Volunteers Requested

**To volunteer or if you have questions, please directly contact Holly I. Powers, Associate Director, Alumni Class Programs, United States Naval Academy Alumni Association (contact information below)**

We are having Battalion receptions through the month of January, and February and thought it would be a nice touch if there were a couple of female graduates in the area that would be willing to attend.  Battalion receptions are our way of welcoming the graduating class into their alumni community and orienting them to the services offered by their alumni association.  We also enjoy providing them a nice meal and an evening to socialize with members of their Another Link in the Chain class (in this instance, the Class of 1969).  With that in mind, it would be great if there were also a few female grads socializing in the mix.  Attendees are welcome to eat and drink (which is why we need to keep it to 2 max).  Would you mind reaching out to fellow female graduates to see if there are people in the area that would be interested in attending and/or coordinating?

The dates are as follows:

Wed 23 January
Mon 28 January
Wed 30 January
Mon 04 February
Wed 06 February
Mon 25 February
Mon 04 March as the weather make-up date.

Each will run from 1800-2030 at Alumni House (Ogle Hall) 247 King George Street.

If no one is available, we certainly understand.  No pressure, if it is possible, we thought it would be a nice touch for the female midshipmen in attendance.   And, if possible, please let me know who plans to attend one each date so we can try and get name tags made for them.  I know it might be a last minute decision for some, but we will try to provide where we can!

Thank you for considering!

Very Respectfully,

Holly I. Powers
Associate Director, Alumni Class Programs
United States Naval Academy Alumni Association
247 King George Street
Ogle Hall 2nd Floor
Annapolis, MD 21402
Direct Line (410)295-4017
Fax (410)295-4002

2019 Women SIG Election Results

Thank you to all who volunteered to run for officer positions and to those who voted in the 2019 Women SIG elections held January 2-9, 2019!

Your 2019-2020 Women SIG Officers are:

President:  Barbette Lowndes ’80

Vice President East of the Mississippi:  Shannon Martin ’98;

Vice President West of the Mississippi:  Stefanie Goebel ’80

Treasurer: Barbette Lowndes ’80

Secretary:  Susan Smith ‘99

Membership:  Holly Johnson ’82

Webmaster:  Beth Ann Vann ’98

Co-VP for Communications:  Wendy Coop ’01

Co-VP for Communications:  Kara Handley ’12

VP for Sisterhood Liaison:  Michele Phillips ’98


Sisterhood of Mother B Callout for Articles

Sisterhood of Mother B Callout for Articles

Women of the Naval Academy, the Sisterhood of Mother B will be launching their website soon!! Our site will include articles and podcasts for the Sisterhood and by the Sisterhood. To get things going, this is a callout for articles in one of the following categories

“Look, mom, a girl one!!” – articles sharing the experiences and perspectives of being pointed out as different and how it affected you. This could also be related to conversations that start with “I would havenever guessed you went to USNA.” “Oh, I thought you were a spouse.” And other similar comments.

What does WUBA mean to you? Women of the Naval Academy have very diverse views of this word, and we want to hear your perspective.

Tales from the Dark Side. Are you part of a dual military family? Share with us a story that highlights the challenges of being a woman in a dual military relationship.

There I was – share with us a feature-length story telling us something wonderful or terrible about your experiences at the Naval Academy, in the Fleet or beyond. How did being a USNA graduate prepare you (or not) for that moment and what have you taken away from the experience?

Submission criteria:
What is it like to be a woman from the Naval Academy?: 500-1000 words
WUBA: 500-1500 words
Tales from the Dark Side: 500-1500 words
Ladies Choice: 1500-2500 words

All submissions will be edited for grammar, spelling, and clarity – editors will work closely with authors to ensure pieces are publication ready. There are no monetary prizes for publication.

Please send all submissions to sisterhoodofmotherb.editor@gmail.com.

Thank you!!
Shannon Martin
Chief Editor
The Sisterhood of Mother B

Women for Navy Athletics Alumni Dinner 2018

First Women for Navy Athletics Alumni Dinner A Success

Video: https://www.youtube. com/watch?v=SHxoT2z9OPo

Annapolis, Md.—More than 180 attendees, including Superintendent Admiral Ted Carter, Commandant of Midshipmen Captain Robert Chadwick and Director of Athletics Chet Gladchuk, packed the Admiral Lawrence Room at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium on Friday night in the first of what will be an annual Women for Navy Athletics Alumni Dinner.

The Navy women’s lacrosse program was the featured team this year and more than 90 current and former players, coaches and administrators were in attendance to celebrate the history and the future of the sport at the Naval Academy. 

“It was a wonderful evening of high energy and sincere camaraderie,” said Gladchuk.  “It just felt so good to be together with special people who truly care about the history, traditions and future of our programs.  The Women’s Lacrosse tribute was the focal point, but this dinner highlighted our intentions to create a consistent reminder of our many historic achievements and numerous stellar coaches and graduates who have excelled representing women’s sports at Navy.”

“Friday night was amazing. The turnout of lacrosse alums, family, parents and friends was unbelievable,” said Navy women’s lacrosse head coach Cindy Timchal.  “The presence of not only Mr. Gladchuk, but the Superintendent and Commandant, as well, truly speaks to the magnitude of such a wonderful event. It was a true celebration of women who compete and have competed at the Naval Academy and the excellence and commitment to women’s sports.”

“The night was absolutely amazing. The energy in the room was vibrant. So many amazing women from all walks of life that began their journey right here at the Naval Academy and found a family within the lacrosse program,” said Lt. Dominique Wright, a 2012 graduate of the Naval Academy and one of the main organizers of the event. “We are extremely grateful for all the support we received from the Naval Academy Athletic Association, Women for Navy Athletics and the USNA Shared interest Group (SIG). I can’t wait for other women’s sports programs to experience this.”

Women’s lacrosse at the Naval Academy has a storied history. It was traditionally one of the top club programs in the country and when it was announced in 2006 that Navy was elevating the sport to varsity status, Gladchuk went out and hired the most successful coach in NCAA history. 

Cindy Timchal, who won nine national championships at Maryland, came to Navy in 2007 and coached the club team to an 18-6 record and a berth in the championship game of the Women’s Collegiate Lacrosse League. 

Just two years later, Navy captured the Patriot League Regular Season and Tournament championships, earning an automatic berth in the NCAA Tournament.

Navy would win four consecutive Patriot League Championships, making another major breakthrough in 2014 when it beat Monmouth in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. That marked the first year the Mids were not forced to get past a play-in game.

In 2017, Navy shocked the lacrosse world by beating Penn, UMass and No. 1 ranked and defending National Champion North Carolina to become the first women’s Service Academy team to advance to the Final Four in any sport.  Last year, Navy almost did it again before falling to defending National Champion Maryland, 17-15, in the NCAA Quarterfinals.

The Women for Navy Athletics committee was established as a Naval Academy Athletic Association (NAAA) initiative designed to engage and strengthen the connection of female Naval Academy graduates, midshipman student-athletes, families and friends in support of the NAAA’s Physical Mission priorities. Since 1980, more than 4,600 women have graduated from the Naval Academy and have gone on to excel in their military careers and beyond. Today, women comprise more than a quarter of the Brigade and 42 percent of women at the Naval Academy compete in Division I NCAA athletics on 15 different sports teams.

The Women for Navy Athletics committee supports the belief that every midshipman is a student-athlete. The goals of the Physical Mission are met on the playing fields, courts and pools whether through intramural, club or varsity participation. Additionally, all sports educate midshipmen through leadership, determination and teamwork. The Committee’s goal is to increase the number of women involved in supporting all Navy athletic programs.

“It was amazing to me that Navy could field a lacrosse team since there were only 300 women in the entire brigade when I was a midshipman,” said Mara Matthes (’82), who is co-chair of the Women for Navy Athletics committee.  It was great to be part of the weekend and the success of the lacrosse team. The women’s sports program has come a long way.  The atmosphere in the banquet room was full of energy, camaraderie and pride of the lacrosse team.”

“A lacrosse player can score a goal, but it takes a team to win the game. A woman as an individual can make a difference, but women as a group can make a significant impact.  Involvement and participation are the key. We are excited about the future of more women supporting Navy athletics,’ said co-chair Lisa Quadrini, who is the widow of Michael Clark ‘69.

The event concluded with senior Anne Richter being presented the “Wings for Val.” 

The Wings for Val Foundation was founded in memory of Lt. Valerie Cappealere Delaney, a Navy fighter pilot and former Navy women’s lacrosse player, who perished during a training mission on March 11, 2013, at the age of 26. At her funeral, what started as a simple idea by a few of her friends to leave their pilot’s wings with Val at Arlington, turned into an enormous response from nearly 200 fellow female aviators from all over the world. This inspired Val’s family to start the Wings for Val Foundation as a way to carry on Val’s legacy. The foundation provides scholarships to women pursuing careers in aviation and hopes to inspire young girls to spread their own wings in any career field using stories of Val and of all the women aviators who gave their wings.

The Wings for Val Award recognizes a current Navy Women’s Lacrosse senior who exhibits similar team spirit and hustle as Val did. Val wore the #6 jersey proudly and was the heart and soul of her team during its transition from a club sport to Division I. She is remembered by her teammates as being a source of positive encouragement no matter the situation.