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Wiley celebrates women with week of events

March 23, 2013 at 10 p.m.

The 13th Annual Women of Excellence Observance will open with a worship service at First United Methodist Church of Hallsville where the Reverend Nathan Hodge serves as the pastor at 11 a.m. today.

The service will mark the beginning of a week activities to inspire, motivate, and celebrate women who are making a difference in communities and in the world.

"The goals of the Women of Excellence Observance include pursuing excellence in personal and spiritual development, ministering to the community, promoting academic achievement, and portraying positive images for the young women of Wiley," said Wiley's Director of Public Relations Tammy Taylor. "We're looking forward to our week of activities and we're proud to present this 2013 program. It's one of the best ones we've put together of the years and we look forward to helping our young people stay on track and making sure they become the women of excellence we know they are."

Monday, Wiley College will host a Women of Excellence Wellness Workshop Luncheon with Chef Gina Keatley, a renowned nutritionist and media personality who has been recognized for her food-focused television shows, cookbooks, and campaign for the use of fresh food in low-income areas.

Ms. Keatley is a 2013 Wiley College Woman of Excellence, she was named a 2011 CNN Hero, appeared in season 10 of Bravo Television's "Top Chef," and was recognized by the James Beard Foundation for her culinary and Humanitarian impact. She is an active ambassador for American Diabetes. The event will be held at First United Methodist Church of Marshall and will begin at 11 a.m. The event is free and open to the public.

Tuesday, Wiley will host its Women of Excellence Convocation at 11 a.m. on its campus in the Julius S. Scott Sr. Chapel. During the convocation, the College will recognize its 2013 Women of Excellence.

They are Gina Keatley; Dr. Lezli Baskerville, President and CEO, National Association for Equal Opportunity in Higher Education; the honorable Doris Maloy, who presides over the Office of Leon County Tax Collector, in Tallahassee, Fla.; and Bishop Cynthia Fierro Harvey, Episcopal Leader, Louisiana Annual Conference, Baton Rouge, The United Methodist Church. Bishop Fierro will also be the speaker for the Tuesday convocation.

Thursday, Wiley will be engaged in "Operation Bear Hug" by delivering new stuffed animals to children in hospitals in Marshall, Longview and Shreveport.

Saturday, Wiley will honor women of East Texas United Methodist Churches who are making a difference in the community. The "United Methodist Women Changing the World" event will begin at 9:30 a.m. in the parlor of the College's chapel.



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