Mount Union Celebrates "Women Inspiring Hope and Possibility"

April 15, 2010

Mount Union College will celebrate National Women's History Month in March with a variety of events, all of which are free and open to the public. The theme is "Women Inspiring Hope and Possibility."


On Monday, March 1, the Red Hat National Women's History Month Kick-off Party will be held from 11:30 am - 1 pm in the Alumni Room of the Hoover-Price Campus Center (HPCC). Bring your lunch in and beverages and dessert will be provided. Wear a hat! The idea for the red hat comes from the poem by Jenny Joseph, "Warning," which says, "When I am an old woman I shall wear purple with a red hat which doesn't go and doesn't suit me." The event is sponsored by Association of Women in Communications.

On Wednesday, March 3, The Association of Women Students and the Office of Career Development will present, "Women Champions in Business: We've Come a Long Way Baby!" at 6:30 pm in the Alumni Room of the HPCC. A panel discussion with women who have successfully made their mark in the field of business will be presented. Refreshments will be served.

On Tuesday, March 16, there will be a re-dedication of the National Women's History Month Quilt Project at 10:35 am on the second floor of the Library in the Kolenbrander-Harter Information Center (KHIC). Work on the quilt began in March 1997 during the College's annual celebration in honor of Women's History Month. Quilt squares were distributed to members of the Mount Union and Alliance communities on which participants put their designs. In the fall, the completed squares were gathered and at the end of 1997, quilting began. Quilters?students, faculty and community residents?gathered once a week nearly every week throughout the school year to work on the project, which is now displayed in the KHIC.

On Tuesday, March 23, Dr. Clara Becerra's SN 280 class will present a "Bilingual Poetry Reading" at 12 p.m. in the Campus Grounds of the HPCC. Bring your lunch in and enjoy the readings.

On Wednesday, March 24, the Pre-Law Society will present "Women in Law & Social Science" at 6:30 pm in Tolerton & Hood Hall, Room 100. Also on Wednesday, Angie Bono-Severy, director of alcohol, drug and wellness education at the College, will present "Body Image & the Media" at 8 pm in the Alumni Room of the HPCC.

On Thursday, March 25 at 10:30 a.m. in Presser Recital Hall, Dr. Selene Phillips will present a convocation, "Sacagawea: Young Mother with the Corps of Discovery." Following the speaker will be the presentation of the Jane Weston Chapman Award. Named for the first woman graduate of Mount Union, these awards are presented annually to the members of the faculty, staff and student body who spread women's history, address women's issues and generally enhance the climate for women's participation in any and all areas of campus life.

On Sunday, March 28 there will be a worship service featuring Bishop Judith Craig as speaker and the Inspirational Voices of Praise gospel choir at 11 am in the Dewald Chapel.

In addition, due to the success of last year's raffle project, once again a "Rosie the Riveter" afghan will be raffled with proceeds going to the Alliance Area Domestic Violence Shelter. The second prize will be a basketball autographed by the Mount Union College Women's Basketball Team. To donate to the raffle, call (330) 823-7288.

This event is co-sponsored along with Alpha Delta Pi, Alpha Xi Delta and Alpha Tau Omega. Mount Union will also be hosting the YWCA program, "Girls Together," on campus Wednesday, March 24 and Thursday March 25.

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