Nov. 2, 2010
STEPHENS COLLEGE ESTABLISHES
MARSHALL LECTURE SERIES
Inaugural speaker will be Ambassador Mary Mel French '58.
COLUMBIA, Mo. – Stephens College is pleased to announce the establishment of the Marshall Lecture Series, which will bring special guest lecturers to campus to stimulate interest in international affairs: the social, economic, and cultural activities of our world. The series is being funded by a gift from Stephens alumna and trustee Donna Ensign Marshall ’58.
The inaugural speaker will be Ambassador Mary Mel French ’58, who served as the nation’s chief of protocol during the Clinton administration, working directly with the president and secretary of state. She will present a lecture titled “Protocol for Communications” on Wednesday, Nov. 17, 2010, at 5 p.m. in the Kimball Ballroom of Lela Raney Wood Hall, 6 N. College Ave. The forum, which is free and open to the public, will be followed by a Q&A and book signing.
Drawing from her personal experience,Ambassadorr French will share insights into protocol at the international, national and state level. She is the author of the new book “United States Protocol: The Guide to Official Diplomatic Etiquette,” a reference for communicating with government and business officials, international organizations, event planners and high-level military personnel, both in the United States and abroad. In the foreword, President Bill Clinton says it is “an authoritative user’s manual for international relations, it promises to become an indispensable reference—not only for those in Washington, but for all Americans in contact with people in other nations.”
Ambassador French earned her A.A. from Stephens College before receiving a B.A. in International Studies from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. She is a former member of the Stephens Board of Trustees. In 1998, Ambassador French received the Stephens College Alumnae Achievement Award, the highest honor bestowed upon an alumna, and gave the commencement address.
Stephens College, established in 1833, is historically committed to meeting the changing needs of women. Stephens engages students in an innovative educational experience focused on pre-professional fields and the performing arts and grounded in the liberal arts.
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