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Schafer appointed to Penn State Commission for Women

6/28/2010 —

Carol Schafer, associate professor of theatre, integrative arts and women’s studies at Penn State Beaver, has been invited to join the Penn State Commission for Women. The invitation was issued by Penn State President Graham B. Spanier and Vice Provost for Educational Equity W. Terrell Jones. Schafer’s appointment is effective July 1 and will continue through June 30, 2013.

The Commission membership includes Penn State administrators, faculty, staff and technical service employees, and undergraduate and graduate students. It is designed to explore ways to address the professional welfare of all members of the University community.

In April 2009, Schafer received the Achieving Women Award from the commission. The award recognizes Penn State women who have shown leadership, supported the University’s diversity and equal opportunity efforts, and contributed to human causes and public service.

Schafer joined Penn State in 1998 and has directed and written numerous theatrical productions in the United States, including plays for Beaver campus and Crisis Center North (CCN) in Pittsburgh, a nonprofit counseling and educational resource center for victims of domestic violence in Allegheny County, where she also volunteers.

Several years ago, Schafer and Grace Coleman, executive director of CCN, wrote "The Other Side of the River," a fictionalized play based on interviews with survivors of assault in the Pittsburgh area. The play was performed at Pittsburgh's Andy Warhol Museum and at the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency's annual Pathways for Victim Services Conference.

Schafer studied acting, costume design, stage management and dramaturgy, and holds a doctorate in aesthetic studies from the University of Texas at Dallas. She also holds a master's degree in speech and theatre arts from the University of South Carolina and a bachelor's degree in speech and theatre arts from Western Carolina University.

Schafer can be contacted at cas33@psu.edu or 724-773-3591.

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