Womxn’s History Month

Celebrate Womxn’s History Month at MU!

To celebrate Womxn’s History Month and International Women’s Day, Methodist University has scheduled several events (see the calendar below) in March, offered the opportunity to pledge support for women in our community today, and highlighted a number of women administrators, alumnae, faculty, and staff, who have been ground-breaking and crucial to the continued success of MU.

The term “womxn” is intended to center women, as well as to more explicitly include trans women and women of color.


Pledge#ChooseToChallenge Photo Example

Take the pledge and #ChooseToChallenge gender bias and inequity! Join us in the Quad on Monday, March 8 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. to take a selfie at our photobooth. Upload your photos to social media and use #ChooseToChallege and #WeAreMU to take the pledge. Can’t make it Monday? Upload your pledge photo throughout the month of March.


Womxn’s History Month Events

March 8 – International Womxn’s day – Come and show your support for womxn worldwide!

Individuals are invited to take selfies and post their #ChooseToChallenge images.

So strike the #ChooseToChallenge pose with your hand high and pledge your commitment to choose to challenge inequality, call out bias, question stereotypes, and address all forms of gender inequity.

Plus grab some delicious, free Duck Donuts in the quad. 10 am – 1pm in the Quad

For all the women who are pioneers: Lead with your voice, be an advocate. Help other women, mentor them, and above all challenge them and help change the conversation. And for all women in the workforce, whether you are a seasoned veteran or just starting out: Be bold, be the change you want to see, be vocal, be confident, and above all: be yourself. Happy International Women’s Day 2021.

March 16 – The Race for Tokyo – Being a Trans Female Athlete – March 16 @ 7:00 pm via zoom (link to be emailed to the community the day of the event)

CeCe TelferCome and meet CeCe Telfer NCAA Division II Track and Field Champion as she discusses her time as an NCAA athlete, challenges of transgender athletes, and her road to the Olympics. CeCe is open and honest in answering questions. Time will be allotted to ask CeCe questions and have a discussion with her about her experiences.

March 24 – Don’t Qualify Me – March 24 @ 7:00 pm via zoom (link to be emailed to the community the day of the event).

Don’t Qualify Me is a program facilitated by Dr. Kyrstin Krist to discuss the power of language and images. When discussing doctors, why do we assume that the doctor is male and then have to qualify the female as a female doctor? Or, when speaking of the language used to describe the athletes competing, do we talk about the physicality of the male athletes and the presentation of the female athletes? When discussing athletics, why do we have the male teams as the main mascot, and then the female teams as the other, for example the Cobras and the Lady Cobras? The power of language and adding these qualifiers can be hurtful. Come discuss with Dr. Krist how we can get beyond this socialization.

March 29 – Womxn’s History Month Celebration, Outdoor Basketball Court – Time TBD

Gathering at the outdoor basketball court. Food trucks, music, and giant paint/mural/stress sheet. Come enjoy good friends, food, and music. Let out your stress by splashing paint on a giant sheet.

March 31 – Breaking the Glass Ceiling – Womxn in Male dominated Fields – March 31 @ 7:00 pm via zoom (link to be emailed to the community the day of the event)

Methodist University is home to several glass shattering faculty and staff members. Come learn how these womxn shattered the glass ceiling in their respective fields. They will discuss the challenges and rewards as the ascended into their current roles and offer advice for current Monarchs.


MU Superstars

Highlighting just some of the talented women of MU, past and present, who have been ground-breaking and made valuable contributions to our university in both obvious and “behind-the-scenes” ways. Check back each week as we add to our list!

Lynetta Allen-Geddie, Director of Health Services

Lynetta GeddieAllen-Geddie is a Fayetteville native who joined the Methodist University Health Services team in 2018. For the past 35 years, she has worked in various positions in the health care field including in a federally qualified health center and in pediatric emergency rooms and outpatient clinics. She has also served in roles assisting in juvenile and adult correctional health and in high-risk military populations. She serves as the president of the Stedman-Wade Health Services Board of Directors and has a masters in Public Health. Her interests include health equity and diversity, and she enjoys volunteering with the Cumberland County Arts Council.

Dawn Ausborn, Vice President for Business Affairs

Dawn AusbornAusborn is the first female VP of Business Affairs at Methodist University. She graduated from Methodist with a degree in Accounting in 1989. After graduation she worked six years with a public accounting firm before returning to Methodist as an accountant in 1995. In 1996 she received her certification as a public accountant and received her master’s degree in 2000. She joined the President’s cabinet in January 2013 and was promoted to Vice President of Business Affairs in 2016.

Dr. Mary Lynn Bryan, Trustee and Past Chair, Board of Trustees

Dr. Mary Lynn BryanBryan served from 2012-17 as the first elected female chair of the Board of Trustees at Methodist University. She joined the board in 1997 and, after stepping down as board chair, had an endowed professorship created in her name. Bryan is also vice president of the foundation building the North Carolina Civil War and Reconstruction History Center in Fayetteville on the site of the former U.S. Arsenal. As a scholar, Bryan served as editor of the Jane Addams Papers, co-editing The Selected Papers of Jane Addams in three volumes, and she is on the advisory board of the Jane Addams Papers Project.

Robin Davenport, Director of Internships & Experiential Learning

Robin DavenportDavenport is a Fayetteville native who began her career at Methodist University in 2002.  Her first position at Methodist was as Director of Development, then Vice President for Institutional Advancement, where she was heavily involved with fundraising, alumni relations, community boards, grant writing, and federal funding. In 2014, she transitioned into a new role in the Career Services Office to help the University build its internship program. In January 2019, she also began teaching many of the Reeves School of Business internship classes. She is now a part of the Extended Learning Office.

Dr. Carla Fagan, Chair & Associate Professor of Social Work

Dr. Carla FaganFagan started teaching at Methodist University in 2011 and brought along with her more than 30 years of experience in areas such as juvenile justice, child welfare, AIDS services, nursing home services, and nephrology social work. Her interest in social work stemmed from learning about civil rights demonstrations as a child, and later becoming involved herself. In her college years, Fagan founded the Onyx Society, the first Black Student Organization at City College, SUNY. She has a masters and Ph.D. in Social Work and is a passionate proponent of social justice, with interests in homeless services and policy advocacy.

DeeDee Jarman, Deputy Athletic Director & Senior Woman Administrator

DeeDee JarmanJarman has spent the majority of her career at Methodist University, where she was head women’s basketball coach for 18 seasons (with a record 269 wins). She became the winningest head coach of the women’s basketball team at MU before moving into her administrative role as the first female Deputy Athletic Director at MU. She has a master’s in administration and in her current role she enjoys working closely with the student-athletes and coordinating the MU Play4Kay initiative.

Dr. Iman Moore, Chair & Associate Professor of Environmental & Occupational Management

Dr. Iman J. MooreMoore joined Methodist’s ENM Department in 2017. Since her arrival at MU, she has implemented several curricular and departmental changes which will enable the department to seek and secure accreditation from two external major agencies in the ENM field. Moore has also implemented professional development techniques for baseline improvement for department faculty to support strategic goals of both the university and the department while enhancing their teaching to create better learning opportunities for students. Moore prides herself on being a diverse individual and has presented on topics ranging from student learning outcomes to women in STEM fields.

Florence Lyon Rogers, University Benefactor

Florence Lyon RogersRogers was a generous businesswoman who made multiple gifts to Methodist University. She was one of the first graduates of the nursing school at Highsmith Memorial Hospital, and in the 1940s and 50s, she donated land for Bragg Boulevard and formed partnerships to develop her 290-acre farm at Eutaw into a residential area and shopping center. She was the last resident of the 18th-century Mallet-Rogers House, which was relocated to the MU campus in 1988. Prior to the construction of the Bethune Center and McCune Gallery, the Mallett-Rogers House served as the campus’ permanent art gallery, and now it houses MU’s Advancement and Alumni Affairs.

Dr. Lynn Sadler, Academic Dean & Dr. Suzanne Blum Malley, Provost

Dr. Lynn SadlerMU began its 25th school year in 1984-85 with Sadler (left) as its first female academic dean. She was previously the head of the English Department and director of the Division of Humanities.

Blum Malley (below left) is the current provost at Methodist University, and the first woman to hold the position since it transitioned from vice president of Academic Affairs and academic dean to provost a few years ago. She holds a Ph.D. in English: Rhetoric and Composition Studies, an M.A. in Spanish Applied Linguistics and Hispanic Literatures, and a B.A. in Spanish. Her areas of research include multilingual and digital literacies and globally networked Dr. Suzanne Blum Malleylearning environments. She is passionate about supporting student success.

Three women have held this position on an interim basis: Dr. Wenda Johnson, professor and chair of Physical Education; Jane Weeks Gardiner, associate professor and chair of Music, and Dr. Lori Brookman Cornwell, professor of Biology. Johnson and Gardiner served between the appointments of Dr. Philip C. Williams and Dr. Delmas Crisp Jr., and Brookman served between the appointments of Crisp and Blum Malley.

Rebecca Sheinfeld, Head Women’s Lacrosse Coach

Rebecca SheinfeldSheinfeld became the Head Women’s Lacrosse Coach in 2018. She was a four-year letter winner in college lacrosse as an undergraduate and went on to earn her master’s degree in Higher Education with a concentration in Academic Support. In addition to coaching both the offensive and defensive sides of the ball, Sheinfeld works in all aspects of recruiting. In her spare time, Sheinfeld loves hiking and walking her dogs. Her favorite movie is Miracle due to its inspirational nature and she often talks about this movie with her team.

Rev. Kelli W. Taylor, Vice President for Religious Life & Community Engagement; Chaplain

Rev. Kelli TaylorTaylor, an ordained elder in The United Methodist Church who has served as a pastor in rural, downtown, and urban churches and as college faculty, joined the MU President’s Cabinet in 2015. A winner of the prestigious Mary Mildred Sullivan medallion as a college student, for demonstrating noble character and acting as a humble servant those around her, Taylor was also the director of communications for the General Board of Church and Society, one of four international program boards of The United Methodist Church in Washington, DC. She is passionate about peace and reconciliation, interfaith literacy, teaching and Christian discipleship.

Women of the MU Athletic Hall of Fame Inaugural Class

In 1998, the inaugural MU Athletic Hall of Fame inductees included Ann Davidson, women’s golf coach (1990-95); Karen Grant ’87 (a four-time national champion in the triple jump and three-time national runner-up in the long jump who also earned top-five national finishes in the 55-meter dash and the 100-meter dash) and Anne Thorpe ’91, who set records in women’s soccer (for goals and assists) and was an Academic All-American.