Allen hosts “Women who Mattered” portrait exhibit

Women's Month

(Columbia, S.C.) –  On Monday, March 23 at 6:30 p.m. in Chappelle Hall Gallery, Allen University will host an opening reception for its portrait exhibit, “Women who Mattered.”


The exhibit will feature women  who played an integral role to Allen University. The exhibit will include historical figures, such as Dr. Sylvia Poole Swinton, an alum who served as interim president and chairperson of the Teacher Education Department at Allen University; Dr. Margaret A. Dixon, an alum and first African-American president of the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP); and Flossie McClain, former registrar of Allen who penned Allen University’s alma mater.


Following the opening reception, the “Women who Mattered” Exhibit will be on display Tuesday, March 24 through Saturday, March 28 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., Sunday, March 29 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., and Monday, March 30 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.


On Tuesday, March 31, the institution will culminate its Women’s History Month events with a Women Achievers Panel at 6:30 p.m. in Chappelle Hall Auditorium.


The focus of the panel is to celebrate women achievers. The panelists are: Chanda Jefferson, 2020 South Carolina Teacher of the Year; Dr. Robin L. Coletrain, 2020 South Carolina Middle Level Principal of the Year; Samantha D. Farlow-Moyd, attorney and chief executive officer of Farlow-Moyd Law Firm; Quantel Hudson, a compliance associate at Wells Fargo in Charlotte, N.C.; Sebrina Robinson, a senior engineer at Savannah River Nuclear Solutions; and Shanteka Glover, a senior computer security engineer at Savannah River Site.


To register for the “Women who Mattered” Portrait Exhibit Reception, visit To register for the Women Achievers Panel, visit Both events are free and open to the public. For more information, please contact Dr. Teesa Brunson, director of development/associate vice president for institutional advancement, at 803-376-5724