Texas A&M University-Kingsville

Women’s History Month At A&M-Kingsville Features Local Personality Kathryn Childers

KINGSVILLE - March 07, 2008

Contact: Julie Navejar
kajam03@tamuk.edu or 361-593-2590

Childers is keynote at leadership banquet

Women will be celebrated in many different ways at Texas A&M University-Kingsville as Women’s History Month is underway. This year’s theme, Women’s Vision; Women’s Art, will be shown in many different ways throughout the month.

One of the highlights of the month will be the Annual Women’s Leadership Banquet
at 6 p.m. Monday, March 27, in ballroom A of the Memorial Student Union Building. Banquet tickets will be $10 and they will be available beginning Wednesday, March 12, at the information desk of the Memorial Student Union Building.

As part of the leadership banquet, winners of the Be All You Be campus awards will be announced in student, staff and faculty categories. Kathryn Childers, local television personality, will be the keynote speaker.

In addition to the banquet, Childers will give a Brown Bag presentation at noon in the Alumni Room of Honor in the Memorial Student Union Building as part of her Do It Scared series.

The A&M-Kingsville Women’s Enrichment and Advisory Committee has several other events scheduled for Women’s History Month. A special seminar entitled Women and Money: Start Building Assets Now and Start Owning Your Future will be held twice, at 6 p.m. Monday, March 10, and again at noon Tuesday, March 11. Both sessions will be held in room 219A of the Memorial Student Union Building. This workshop is an introduction to self-empowerment for women through the creation of personal wealth. Those attending will learn about setting financial goals, budgeting and developing a financial literacy.

The Women’s Enrichment and Advisory Committee will sponsor the annual Spring Break Fair Tropical Temptations from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday, March 12, in the mall area of the Memorial Student Union Building. The annual fair presented by Life Services and Wellness and PEP Talk, encourages A&M-Kingsville students to make healthy responsible decisions rather than engaging in high risk activities during Spring Break.

The first floor of the Memorial Student Union Building will be the location of the I Pledge to Follow My Vision board from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday, March 24, through Friday, March 28. Members of the campus community are asked to share their visions by writing them on the board.

The committee also will cosponsor this year’s Miss TAMUK Scholarship Pageant at 7 p.m. Saturday, April 12, in Jones Auditorium. This year the pageant theme A Moment In Time, will honor current female Javelina leaders. Two successful women will participate in this year’s pageant: alumna Marcy Martinez, news anchor, will be the master of ceremonies, and Gabriela Garcia Medina, international spoken word artist and award-winning poet, will provide entertainment.

The group also will sponsor Take Back the Night at 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 16, in the Memorial Student Union Building courtyard. This is an empowering and unifying event, which brings to light the many issues of sexual and physical violence against human beings.

For more information on the events, call co-chairs JoElda Castillo-Alaniz at 361-593-3991 or Jinnelle V. Aguilar at 361-593-2760.

About Kathryn Childers

Childers was one of the first five women hired by the Secret Service in 1970. Her assignments included protection of the Queen of Spain, Indira Gandhi, Imelda Marcos and the Presidential Detail of John F. Kennedy Jr. and Caroline Kennedy.

She left the Secret Service to marry Dr. Cecil A. Childers, a psychiatrist and moved to Corpus Christi, where she spent 18 years in broadcasting as a television producer, local morning talk who host and host of ABC’s Take Two which featured celebrity interviews broadcast nationwide via satellite. During that time, Childers’ interviews included Lucille Ball, Dolly Parton and James Earl Jones. In 1991, she was elected to the ABC Network Marketing Board and served several terms.

Childers hosted the Children’s Miracle Network Telethon for Driscoll Children’s Hospital for a decade and is a founding member of Clowns Who Care, a charitable clown troupe. In 1998, Childers and her husband were honored as Volunteers of the Year by the Volunteer Center of the Coastal Bend and she received the Jefferson Award from the American Institute for Public Service for founding the breast cancer screening program called First Friday.

Most recently, Childers founded RedCab Productions, a public relations and media production firm that has produced and sold a series of popular coffee table books, a children’s book and a commemorative CD chronicling the first significant snowfall in South Texas in 100 years. The snowfall was also documented in the book Snow in 2005. That was so popular it resulted in a second book, More Snow in 2006 as well as More Snow for Kids by her son Clark and illustrated by renowned ceramic artist William Wilhelmi.

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