In talking with all the alumnae I've connected with as of late, this concept rings true. Every single one has raved about some of their best friendships forming at Cottey and how it continues to make an impact on their lives to this day.
Over its 128-year history, more than 8,900 women have graduated from this leading liberal arts college for women. As they kick off their inaugural Going Places Tour in Denver next week, President Dr. Rogers and college representatives look forward to connecting with the local Cottey community and meeting many new faces. Over 150 alumnae and several hundred P.E.O. Sisterhood members reside in Denver. While here, Cottey will announce their new baccalaureate degrees focused on women's leadership, social responsibility and global awareness.
According to a press release from Cottey College, the inequality of women in the workplace and the need to empower women through leadership development are increasingly evident. Note Michelle Obama’s White House initiative for equality for women; Sheryl Sandberg’s book, Lean In and her TED talks about how, “women aren’t making it to the top of any profession anywhere in the world.”
While there's clearly work to be done, it's important to celebrate women who are leading the way and drive home the value of community, education and friendship.
The following is a mini Q&A with '87 alumna Mary-Frances Main, of Denver, who's currently the owner of Widget Inc. and editor/publisher of three online magazines: Denver Parent, Mid Century Style and Wyoming Parent.
Mary-Frances Main: I learned about Cottey at a “tea” where they showed a video and photos of the college. I never wanted to go anywhere else (never applied to another school) and never visited until the day I showed up.
B: What did you study?
M: I had an art focus at Cottey. I worked in the art building for scholarship money and enjoyed all of my classes there. I really felt I had a chance to explore my artistic side and develop myself as an artist – something I did not feel when I transferred to another college.
B: Where did you go after Cottey?
M: I went to Colorado State University where I found the art classes were a lot more impersonal – I still wonder if Cottey had been a 4-year if I would have stayed, maybe.
B: What was your housing experience like? Ahem, five-star chef?
M: Chef Michael wasn’t there yet, when I went, but we had “sit-down dinner" which was a wonderful dinner in a private dining room with the president of the college and our suite. It was great.
B: The 10:1 student-to-faculty ratio at Cottey is amazing. How do you feel this impacted your experience?
M: Cottey’s one-on-one education experience is fantastic. I felt as if my professors really understood me, and I still consider several of them today to be the inspiration for where I am now.
B: What is your favorite Cottey memory?
M: There are so many, I have no idea where to start – and I still make them today with other generations of Cottey Alums as well as my own classmates.
B: Tell me about The Cottey Factor and how this impacts your life today. Do you still keep in touch with fellow alumnae?
M: My daughter is 13 and already plans on attending Cottey – I think her overwhelming desire is due largely to seeing my friendships I developed there and how they impact my life today. I never go somewhere without having a Cottey friend to connect with and since being on the CCAA board, I have multi-generational friends who are almost as close as the ones I made when I went to college there.
WOMEN: Leaders for the 21st Century
A wine and cheese reception
Sept. 25 // 5:30-7:30 p.m.
Sage Room – Oxford Hotel
1600 17th St., Denver
RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org or 877-426-8839.
NO cost to attend. Space is limited!