FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 14, 2003
BIRMINGHAM, Ala.—Award-winning actress Eartha Kitt, University
of Tennessee Head Women's Basketball Coach Pat Summitt, former
Miss America and sportscaster Phyllis George, entertainer Kathie
Lee Gifford, and Southwest Airlines President Colleen Barrett are
among the women of distinction who will be honored at Birmingham-Southern
College's GALA XVI celebration May 2, 2003.
In all, 16 women who have achieved national
and international fame in stage and screen acting, culinary arts,
beauty and fashion, publishing, writing,
broadcast journalism, television entertainment, military service, voice performance,
financial and business management and leadership, public service, women's
athletics, heroism, and the fine arts will be recognized at the biennial
event that showcases the talents of Birmingham-Southern students to support
for the college's Division of Fine and Performing Arts.
The GALA XVI
Colleen Barrett, president and the first
chief operating officer of Dallas-based Southwest Airlines,
the nation's fourth largest airline. In 2001, Barrett
was included among “America's Most Powerful Business
Women” by Fortune magazine.
the star of the television series Lidia's Italian American
Kitchen, with three cookbooks by the same name. She
also writes a monthly newspaper column and owns or co-owns
in New York City, Kansas City, and Pittsburgh.
author of 17 books, including nine best-selling mystery novels
featuring fictional character Dr. Kay Scarpetta. She also
penned the biography of longtime friend Ruth Graham, wife
of evangelist Billy Graham.
Arlene Dahl, star
of 30 motion pictures and 19 stage plays, including the Tony
Award-winning “Applause” on Broadway. She has
authored 16 best-selling books on beauty, health, and astrology
and marketed her own line of fashions, fragrances, and jewelry.
Marsha Johnson Evans,
president and chief executive officer of the American Red
Cross. She also has served as executive director of Girl
Scouts of the USA and is retired after 29 years in the U.S.
Navy, becoming only the second woman in history to achieve
the rank of rear admiral
president and CEO of HarperCollins Publishers, which in 2001
had 93 titles on “The New York Times” bestseller
list, including 10 that reached No. 1. She has been executive
vice president of Random House and founder and president
of Random House Audio Publishing
Miss America in 1971 who in 1975 became the first woman sportscaster
in America, co-anchoring the Emmy-winning “NFL Today
Show” on CBS and co-hosting three Super Bowl broadcasts
Kathie Lee Gifford,
, former co-host of the “Live With Regis and Kathie
Lee” TV show. She has appeared in movies and TV shows,
sang on recordings and live in venues nationwide, and written
a best-selling children's book with her son and a best-selling
Agnes Gund, president
emerita of The Museum of Modern Art in New York City, previously
serving as chairman and president from 1991-02. She is involved
with issues concerning women, pro-choice, AIDS, art programs,
and education as a trustee or member of many organizations
Eartha Kitt, who received Tony nominations
for her roles in the Broadway plays “Mrs. Patterson,” “Timbuktu,” and “The
Wild Party;” Grammy nominations for her records “Folk
Tales of the Tribes of Africa” and “Back in Business;” and
an Emmy nomination for her TV role in “I Spy.”
Jane Powell, who
has starred in 20 major MGM musicals, including the classics Seven
Brides for Seven Brothers and Royal Wedding. On
Broadway, she starred in Irene, and on tour she broke
house records across the country headlining in South Pacific,
My Fair Lady, Peter Pan, The Sound of Music, and Oklahoma!,
Betty Rollin, who
is an Emmy-winning contributing correspondent for NBC News
and for PBS. Prior to her long TV career, she held editor positions
with Vogue and Look magazines.
She also has penned six books, including the bestsellers Last
Wish about the suicide of her terminally ill mother and First
You Cry about her own breast cancer and mastectomy.
who is president of Muriel Siebert & Co. Inc., a discount
brokerage firm she founded in 1967, the same year that she
became the first woman member of the New York Stock Exchange.
In 1977, she became the first woman Superintendent of Banking
for the state of New York, and, in 2000, created a website
for women that addresses their unique investment needs.
Pat Summitt, the
longtime University of Tennessee women's basketball coach,
compiling a 788-158 record, six NCAA titles, and 21 Southeastern
Conference tournament and regular season championships. She
won an Olympic silver medal as a player, and, as a coach,
she led the USA women to their first gold medal in Olympic
competition in 1984.
Fredricka Whitfield, news anchor of “CNN
Saturday” and “CNN Sunday.” She also reports
on worldwide breaking news events as a CNN correspondent from
the network's headquarters in Atlanta and has been a
correspondent for NBC News.
| Lt. Col. Marilyn Wills,
who is deputy chief of staff for Personnel Congressional Affairs
Contact Officer at the Pentagon. She received the John F. Kennedy
Profile in Courage Award for Public Service, Soldiers' Medal,
and Purple Heart for her heroism in leading others to safety
when an airliner hijacked by terrorists struck the Pentagon
on Sept. 11, 2001.
The honorees will arrive in Birmingham on Thursday, May 1, and
visit the Birmingham-Southern campus on Friday, May 2, to participate
in student roundtable discussion groups, attend a Fine Arts Showcase
highlighting the talents of BSC students, and be honored at the
concluding GALA XVI Awards Presentation Luncheon.
|Best-selling author Barbara Taylor
Bradford and publisher,
writer, and entrepreneur Nancy Evans are co-chairs for GALA
XVI. Bradford, who has authored 18 bestsellers, was honored
during GALA XII in 1995. Evans, co-founder of the Internet-based
company iVillage.com: The Women's Network, was honored
during GALA XV in 2001.
More than 190 women have been honored since the first GALA was
held in 1973. Birmingham-Southern has sponsored GALA every other
year since 1977.
For information on sponsorships or tickets
to the May 1-2, 2003, events, please contact Birmingham-Southern's
Office of Special Events at 205/226-4921.