Welcome! I waited to release November’s theme on gratitude due to this reflection centers on what happened or did not happened around the Thanksgiving table. One could only imagine the conversations – whether the topics were all about the epicurean delights served, the newest enlightened chat, and/or the heightened political climate and its aftermath of brutality on both sides. Sometimes gratitude reflections are left at the table and quietly forgotten and not acted upon, only to revisit the following year.

I did not want to forget or revisit my gratitude a year from now. This year, Thanksgiving was in Florida with my 93-year old aunt. As a divorced mother, part of my own acceptance in life is that holidays are split equally according the equal/odd years. It is a very hard time for me as I struggle to watch others celebrate with their children while knowing that my little girl is celebrating two streets away. I cannot kiss and wish her Happy Thanksgiving at my own dining table. Hmmm.

So, this year, instead of swallowing my feelings and wiping my tears, I created for myself a new meaning of Thanksgiving. Deciding to make a new start or shall I say new memory, it was my mother who selflessly suggested that I spend my time with her eldest sister. My Aunt Lu planned to stay in Florida during this holiday spending her time with a couple of friends at the country club. As her family scattered all over the country, she just recently returned from California celebrating with all of them knowing that to turn around and travel again would be hard and very tiring. So, I decided spend Thanksgiving with Aunt Lu.

I flew to Florida on Tuesday and the minute I laid eyes on Aunt Lu, I knew that 2016 Thanksgiving was meant for me to be present and grateful for everything that life has to offer, the good and the bad. To describe Aunt Lu, the first word would be exquisite. When she walks in a room all eyes look upon her; it is not only her beauty, but also her presence and energy. Aunt Lu is strong and her words and actions have no mercy especially when she loves you. The bite of Aunt Lu is felt, but I can honestly say, if you listen and learn, her advice can prevent a greater pain. Her life reflections can solve both small and complex issues whether they are trivial or serious. One will know not only how to set the proper table, entertain both intimate and large gatherings, but most importantly how to always maintain strength, dignity and grace in whatever personal and/or professional situation(s).

She is before Martha Stewart in creating a home and business. Our conversations range from recipes, design/architecture, career, money, and politics – oh yes politics, and she is so not thrilled about our President elect. Aunt Lu is my Thanksgiving gift. She filled my time with value and I am so honored to be able to share and listen how she talked about life, marriage, and family. As I joined her and her friends, I knew that I pictured my life differently years ago, but my journey led me to sip tea with this incredible woman. I spent four days of learning and laughing, only to take with me her knowledge that assist me in always maintaining strength, dignity and grace. This Thanksgiving, I am so grateful to have my daughter, family/friends and in a very special way, to have an Aunt Lu. What a true blessing it was to be a part of her Thanksgiving table.


As you look back at your Thanksgiving table, how do you reflect on what happened or did not happened?

Were you able to agree and come together to realize life’s importance? Can you list the gift(s) given on the wonderful Thanksgiving holiday?

GRATITUDE time – identifying & SHARING

Again, identify and share what you are grateful for as we embark this holiday season?

How can you make sure you carry this thru the next year?

I look forward to your words and with always with Gratitude…


-I N F I N I T E P O S S I B I L I T E S-V O L . 1

This month we are starting a monthly guest blog written by Hillary Stone, the Industry Liaison- Internship Manager for Kent State’s Fashion School.


Welcome! Let us begin this season to come together as a force of sharing and experiences. Within these next several months, we will form a circle, engage to strengthen, and acquire the knowledge to carry-on sending messages of hope believing we are nature’s gifts. Utilizing the seasons, we will recognize how we are interconnected while still developing at our own pace.

Use this to learn, embrace, and acquire the tools needed to support the unknown journey ahead. I will ask each of you a series of questions. The answers provided would open all to a discussion and reflection on how we may expand our awareness by learning from each other. Within the month, please submit any comments and/or questions only to receive words of wisdom from all. At the beginning of each month, I will provide you with a new series of questions to support you in reaching your next level of growth.


We are blessed to receive the bounty of fall. Living in the Midwest, our senses truly witness the seasonal changes. It is time to acknowledge what we achieved and lost. Fall is the balance of light and dark. It is the Equinox – when the sun crosses the equator, thus our day and night span equal lengths of time. The fall also represents the harvest of our bounty, the gifts of summer bearing the hard work.

Fall denotes how we may also face impermanence; signifying the end and how we accept, embrace, and most of all respect life’s fragility. We prepare for winter as the light begins to fade and our nights are longer. Calling something a loss or an end may also mean a new start.


What is your Bounty? List 5 of your Achievements experienced this past year. How you are able share and connect theses experiences with others?

Now, list 5 of your Losses experienced this past year. Can you see how it can be a new beginning?

I look forward to your words and always with Gratitude

Pat Summitt’s Legacy

Pat Sue Summitt, former University of Tennessee women’s basketball coach, died June 28, 2016 at the age of 64. She is known as the women with 1,098 career wins, the most in NCAA basketball history, and for helping with Title IX. Summitt, born Patricia Sue Head, in Clarksville, Tennessee grew up loving the sport. When she was in high school, her family moved to Henrietta, Tennessee so she could play basketball because Clarksville did not have a women’s team.

After high school, she attended the University of Tennessee at Martin and played for the university’s first female basketball coach, Nadine Gearin. During her time at UT, Summitt’s parents had to pay for her to attend and play basketball because there were no athletic scholarships for women, while her brother received an athletic scholarship.

Summitt later won a silver medal for playing in the 1976 Summer Olympics for the United States women’s national basketball team, where she was a co-captain. In 1984, she coached the team, winning a gold medal where she became the first U.S. Olympian to win a basketball medal and coach a medal-winning team.

In 1974, just before the basketball season, Summitt became a graduate assistant for the University Tennessee. She was then named head coach at 22 years old, after the previous coach quit. In her first year coaching, while attending class to complete her Master’s, Summitt only made $8,900 that year. Also, during her first year she would do things that you would never see now days. In an interview with Time, she said:

“ I had to drive the van when I first started coaching. One time, for a road game, we actually slept in the other team’s gym the night before. We had mats; we had our little sleeping bags. When I was a player at the University of Tennessee- Martin, we played at Tennessee Tech for three straight games, and we didn’t wash our uniforms. We only had one set. We played because we loved the game. We didn’t think anything about it.”

On April 18, 2012, Summitt stepped down as head coach for the Lady Vols and accepted the role of head coach emeritus, leaving the head coach position to Summitt’s assistant Holly Warlick. Summitt was able to still interact with the players and watch practices. This decision came one year ago when she announced that she was diagnosed with early-onset dementia.

At the end of Summitt’s career, she ended with career highs that made men’s basketball teams want her as a coach. Summit in total had eight national titles, 16 conference tournament titles, 18 Final Four appearances; teams in every NCAA women’s tournament since its inception in 1981, and a college degree for every player.

Not only was she a legend on the court, she was a legend in extending Title 9 to women sports. On June 23, 1972, President Nixon signed Title IX into law. This new law was a victory for women because under Title IX, it prohibits discrimination in any educational program or activity receiving any type of federal financial aid, which lacked during Summitt’s early coaching days.

According to the NCAA, There are three basic parts of Title IX for athletic programs: Participation, scholarships and other benefits.

For participation, women and men have equal opportunities to participate in a sport, but do not require colleges to offer identical sports. For athletic scholarships, both women and men receive money proportional to their participation. For other benefits:

“Title IX requires the equal treatment of female and male student-athletes in the provisions of: (a) equipment and supplies; (b) scheduling of games and practice times; (c) travel and daily allowance/per diem; (d) access to tutoring; (e) coaching, (f) locker rooms, practice and competitive facilities; (g) medical and training facilities and services; (h) housing and dining facilities and services; (i) publicity and promotions; (j) support services and (k) recruitment of student-athletes.”

A renowned female coach will be forever remembered in the game of basketball and her legacy will be forever engraved in women’s hearts for helping with Title IX.

Written by: Samantha Meisenburg, Public Relations major and Women’s Center Intern Summer ’16.