Letter from the Editor
Yvonne E. Schroeder
Photographed by Carla Satchwell
Eleven remarkable women.
Eleven unique stories of achievement, self-discovery, and professional success, some with global impact. This edition of Discover will spotlight a group of women who sought higher education and used it to shape their destinies. With Tri-State as a springboard, some of them launched careers in the relative frontiers of engineering, business, and science, tapping their uncaged intellect and energy.
As they tested the tools of their disciplines, they sparked world-changing discoveries in the treatment of suffering and disease; the testing of machines; the nature of substance addiction; the interrelationships of business; the maneuvering of the mind and behavior. Often, they juggled the dual responsibilities of career and family during their quest for self-actualization, challenge, and answers.
Some of these women earned degrees elsewhere, and yet Tri-State's opportunities attracted them here to pass on their hard-won knowledge to young women and men in the classroom, empowering those students to venture even more deeply into professions which drive the world and touch lives.
Recent TSU female graduates have found their way more easily due to their pioneering predecessors. They are moving and evolving, transforming their environment as they refine themselves. They are engineers, research physicists, workshop creators, business leaders, and directors of organizations. They're field leaders. They defy stereotypes and stubbornly resist classification.
Why shouldn't they? For over 100 years, they've illustrated, as did the "Steel Magnolias" characters, that women can be soft as satin or hard as nails, depending on the circumstances.
They have been a pleasure and an inspiration to meet, and I hope these pages in small measure convey the spirit, grit, humor, and intellect of these outstanding Tri-State women.
Yvonne E. Schroeder