May 05, 2010

ALLIANCE, Ohio - This March Mount Union College will join the National Women's History Project in "Celebrating Women of Courage and Vision" ? the theme of Women's History Month 2001.

Three weeks will be spent looking at the impact that women have had ?both historically and currently?on different aspects of society, including the arts, sports and fitness and international issues.

The first week, "Women and the Arts," kicks-off with a party in celebration of Women's History Month on Tuesday, March 13 at 4:30 p.m. in the North Reading Room of the Kolenbrander-Harter Information Center. Among the party's festivities will be the dedication of the Mount Union Women's History Month quilt, scheduled to begin at 5:30 p.m. in the mezzanine. Work on the quilt began in March 1997 when the College began its 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 will be displayed in the Kolenbrander-Harter Information Center.

In addition to celebrating the dedication of the quilt, the kick-off party will feature a hands-on workshop where interested persons can learn unit origami from Dr. Ann Ritchey, assistant professor of mathematics, and a display by Laurel Winters, instructor of art, showing how women artists have been influenced by quilting.

Among those attending the kick-off party will be the winners of a children's poster contest and their families. The winning posters of the contest, which is being sponsored by the Education Department, will be displayed and prizes will be given.

Later that week, on Thursday, March 15, Galen Abdur-Razzaq, a nationally known flautist and lecturer, will present the Women's History Month Lecture at 10:35 a.m. in Presser Recital Hall. Following the presentation titled "Women in Jazz," the winners of the Jane Weston Chapman Award will be announced. In the evening, a Poetry Bash will be held at 7 p.m. in Campus Grounds, located in the Hoover-Price Campus Center, where Mount Union students will showcase their talents by reading poetry of their own, or poetry by or about women as they are accompanied by Abdur-Razzaq's improvisation.

On Sunday, March 18, Rebecca Innerst, director of Christian education at Union Avenue United Methodist Church will be the guest preacher for the 11 a.m. service in Dewald Chapel. Innerst will graduate this spring from Pittsburgh Theological Seminary.

The second week of Women's History Month, "Women's Sports and Fitness," will present the "Women's Week of Wellness" challenge. For this event, women from the Mount Union and Alliance communities will register to participate in a program which involves completing a week's worth of daily health assignments and keeping a wellness log and tally sheet. Volunteers will earn points for each completed assignment and those that earn 80 percent of the total possible points will turn in their tally sheets for a chance to win prizes.

Registration for the "Women's Week of Wellness" challenge begins Wednesday, March 14 at the Information Desk of the Hoover-Price Campus Center. Activities will begin Monday, March 19 and will continue through Sunday, March 25. Tally sheets are due to the Information Desk by Wednesday, March 28 and winners will be notified by Saturday, March 31.

Also featured as part of "Women's Sports and Fitness" week, the Alliance Community Hospital will be offering health diagnostics on Tuesday, March 20 from 4 to 6 p.m., and Cenell Munford-Clark, intramural coordinator, athletic trainer and instructor at Mount Union, will hold a free "Lunch n' Learn" (brown bag lunch) workshop on nutrition and stress management on Wednesday, March 21 at 11:30 a.m. in Campus Grounds. The Health Center will be setting up a "Women Through the Ages" display, as well, which will feature antique props and will emphasize the accomplishments of famous women throughout history. The Health Center will also be handing out information on breast cancer awareness on Thursday, March 22 from 9 to 10:30 a.m. and from noon to 3:30 p.m.

A highlight of the week will be Saturday, March 24 when head women's basketball coach Jennifer Henley holds a free basketball clinic for elementary school girls beginning at 9:30 a.m. in Timken Gymnasium. Following the clinic at 10:30 a.m. and featuring the theme, "Women's Sports Then and Now," alumnae who were the first competitive women athletes at Mount Union will play a short exhibition basketball game. Afterward, the women will participate in a panel discussion, sharing stories of what it was like to be a female athlete years ago. The discussion will be moderated by Pam Creedon, former Mount Union Board of Trustees member and editor of a book on women and sportswriting.

The morning is scheduled to end on a high note with a special guest from the Cleveland Rockers, who will be speaking about what it is like to be a professional female athlete today.
Also, Reverend Neriah Edwards, District Superintendent of Canton, will be the guest preacher on Sunday, March 25 at 11 a.m. in Dewald Chapel.

The third week, "International Women's Issues," will feature an interdisciplinary discussion of the current status of women's lives worldwide on Wednesday, March 28 at 7 p.m. in Campus Grounds. Josiette White, service learning coordinator, will also discuss Amnesty International's program to end human rights violations of women, this year's Women's History Month philanthropy project. The event will conclude with a brief fashion show of international women's clothing.

Bringing a close to Women's History Month will be the annual women's Jeopardy-style game Thursday, March 29 at 3:30 p.m. in the Main Lounge of the Hoover-Price Campus Center, where teams of students will compete over their knowledge of women's history.

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