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by Nancy Matsumoto, Woodhull Member

Originally published to Eating Disorders Blogs on August 6th, 2010

Good news, everyone! The National Eating Disorders Association toolkit for coaches and trainers that I have been coordinating and writing for the better part of the past year has just been launched online. You can download and view it here.

Organized sport, often as early as at the middle school level, emphasizes the achievement of lean muscle mass, peak fitness levels and winning at all costs. The most successful athletes are driven, highly competitive and intensely perfectionistic, traits that just happen to be risk factors for disordered eating and eating disorders. For a genetically susceptible child or adult, the combination of these traits and sport can be dangerous; it’s no surprise that there is a high incidence of eating problems among competitive athletes.


Category : Community Member Projects and Updates | Culture | Education | Blog

by Cindi Cook, Woodhull Alumna

Originally posted to The Huffington Post on August 11th , 2010

Five months ago today I found out I’d be blogging for this website. I was thrilled, happily stunned, and felt a sudden sense of serenity upon hearing the news. Although I’d already held the top position at a regional luxury magazine, I couldn’t help but feel that this was another huge step up the editorial ladder. As a freelance writer, my days are occupied composing in front of the computer, sending out ideas and interacting with editors in the process, with nothing but the need to refill the coffee cup or run to the post office to interrupt my day. Obtaining a blog at a top news outlet is a coup for any writer. Isn’t this what I’ve always wanted? One would think so, but as it has many times, fear stepped in and took hold. Five months later I finally sent in my post. And it took me about one hour to write when I sat down to do it. It seems fear still has its iron grip held tightly around my subconscious.


Category : Careers | Community Member Projects and Updates | Living | Blog

Woodhull Alumna, Erin Tompkins, is reviewed in the final paragraph of the article below in response to her final program performed at the  Bay Area Summer Opera Theater Institute (BASOTI).

BASOTI Stage Director Rod Gomez

” Both Tompkins and Georgieva worked excellently with Gomez in establishing the complexities of their respective characters;  and those complexities then emerged from solid musical execution that established that these should, by all rights, be two great Verdi voices in the making.  If BASOTI is fundamentally a commitment to the future of opera, than Tompkins and Georgieva affirmed that commitment, leaving us with confidence that the future of opera is, indeed, a good one.”

Read the full article here over at the Examiner.com , written by Stephen Smoliar, SF Classical Music Examiner, on July 30th, 2010.

Category : Community Member Projects and Updates | Culture | Blog

by Lisa Hix, Woodhull Alumna

Originally Posted to Collectors Weekly on August 9th, 2010

Are female superheroes stronger than their male counterparts? According to Mike Madrid, author of “The Supergirls: Fashion, Feminism, Fantasy and the History of the Comic Book Heroines,” they’re mentally tougher and less vengeful, but still know how to whack the bad guys. In this interview, he discusses rare ’40s superheroine titles like “Phantom Lady” and “Lady Luck,” as well as the drastic changes to Wonder Woman’s appearance and story since her debut in 1941. Madrid can be reached through his website, heaven4heroes.com.

When I was growing up in the ’60s and ’70s, reading comics wasn’t as popular as it had been in the ’40s or ’50s. But my older sister had comics, including a big collection of “Betty and Veronica.” Our parents encouraged us to read everything, so at 6 years old I was just one of those kids that never stopped reading comics. At a certain point my sister started throwing her comics away. I snagged what was left, and I still have them.


Category : Community Member Projects and Updates | Culture | Media | Blog

The Woodhull Institute is proud to partner with Paradigm Shift NYC in hosting a screening and discussion event of Body Typed, a series of short films that use humor to raise serious concerns about the marketplace of commercial illusion and unrealizable standards of physical perfection. Featuring Jesse Epstein, Sundance Award-Winning Filmmaker. Here are the details!

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 18th at 6:30 pm
Just outside the Feminist District

The Tank- 354 West 45th Street (between 8th & 9th Ave.)
Subway: A,C,E to 42nd Street/Times Square

Cost: $12 students/ pre-paid, $15 at door

Watch the trailer and read more information after the jump.  Hope to see you there!


Category : Events | Featured | Media | Women | Blog

A message from Woodhull Alumna and stand-up comedian, Karith Foster:

I have some SUPER COOL news. Comedy Central is seriously considering me for my half-hour special (finally!!!) but they need to see a tape of my latest and greatest stand-up. So I am producing a show to get a DVD to send on to them. Because this came together quickly I have to get them a DVD quickly so this is all happening next Saturday 8/14 at 9:30pm at the Metropolitan Room on 34 W.22nd btwn 5th & 6th….This is still going to be a REAL comedy show with some of my favorite comics opening for me then I will be headlining it. Normally they charge $20 per ticket, I was able to get the cover to $10. I care more about having people I love in the audience for this special night than making any money.

So here are the details linearly:
What: Karith Foster DVD taping (to submit to Comedy Central)
When: Saturday August 14th, 2010 @ 9:30pm
Where: The Metropolitan Room 34 W.22nd btwn 5th &6th Aves
How much: $10
How to make reservations: 212-206-0440 Call OR Go on-line to: www.metropolitanroom.com

Category : Community Member Projects and Updates | Events | Blog

by Nancy Matsumoto, Woodhull Member

Originally posted to her blog “Walking and Talking” on July 28th, 2010

I love it when my articles connect me to interesting people from different walks of life. Food historian and lawyer Sandra Sherman contacted me through my blog recently after reading my Joe Baum article, explaining that she was fascinated by Baum’s entrepreneurial spirit and connected it with her latest book, Invention of the Modern Cookbook. In her book, Sherman examines how 17th- and 18th-century chefs became some of the earliest entrepreneurs, using promotional (and self-promotional) strategies that presaged Baum’s imaginative brand of restaurant showmanship. Sandra wrote, “It’s amazing how quickly capitalism and foodie culture grew together.”
We might think that today’s celebrity chef and cookbook mania is unique. In 2006 alone, Americans spent over half a billion dollars on cookbooks, Sherman writes in her fascinating history, and almost 2,000 cookbooks were published that year. This when more than 38,000 were already in print! It’s hard from our perspective to imagine a time more cook and cookbook crazy.

Category : Community Member Projects and Updates | Culture | Living | Blog

Hello Woodhull Community!

Today marks the end of our internship program for  Rima Pancholi, Cornell University ‘12, and Melissa Cober, Scripps College ‘11. The staff at Woodhull would like to show our appreciation and extreme gratitude for all of their efforts and  hard work! Not only do they get cake, but they deserve some recognition, too! Check out only SOME of the enormous contributions these wonderful women have given to the Woodhull Community:


-Assisted with “Living Large on Less” seminar, check out her article on the event here!

-Researched an enormous amount of outreach contacts for multiple retreats

-Did hours of advertising through social media sites, partner sites, and newsletters

-Created our Press Section on the website, check it out here!


-Organized, edited, and posted our summer retreat photos

-Wrote a publicity article on behalf of Woodhull to online Womens’ Magazines, soon to be published

-Created our “Welcome” landing page on Facebook, check it out here!

-Created our Partner section on the website, check it out here!


Category : Community Member Projects and Updates | Blog

Check out Woodhull Alumna Tara Sophia Mohr’s audio broadcast of her radio show appearance on ‘Juggling Act’ with Dr. Lori Sokol.

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Category : Careers | Community Member Projects and Updates | Media | Women | Blog

Our very own Woodhull faculty and board member Jacquette Timmons is quoted in the following article on “Financial Infidelity” between partners.

“It’s no secret that money is something of a taboo topic in many social settings. But in a recent survey, American Express found this to be true even between partners. Of the 2,000 individuals surveyed, 91% said they avoid money talks with their spouse or significant other.”

Check out the full article here by Susan Johnston on MintLife, a blog about Personal Finance, news and life!

Category : Community Member Projects and Updates | Living | Blog
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