Look at what the Women's Center has to offer

December 3, 2003

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PLATTEVILLE - Patricia A. Doyle was the first employed director for the University of Wisconsin-Platteville's Women's Center. Her dedication and hard work has made Platteville's campus a better and safer place.

Patricia Foster is the current director, and working hard at the business of helping young women. Activities abound at the center on a regular basis with the brown bag series, which provides monthly visits from a variety of topics and the people in the forefront of the subject. Some past speakers included the famous writer of novels and poetry, Nikki Giovanni, as well as lieutenant governor, Barbara Lawton of Wisconsin. Appropriately, October continued to educate women about breast cancer when UWP's Dr. Todd Riley, Medical Director, gave an informative discussion including the newest information about the disease.

"Breaking the Glass Ceiling" is a monthly series hosting different women from various walks in life. Hearing the other side from women who have broken the mold and stepped out of traditional roles is encouraging to young women and can offer them avenues to follow that may not have been thought about. The center will continue to host speakers with stories that will teach and encourage women in numerous ways.

The center is very homey with a library of women's literature and videos that can be viewed on site or checked out for two days, free of charge. Just sit back in a recliner, a loveseat or stretch out on the sofa to relax and feel at home. Ladies can utilize the center during finals week by stopping by for a treat, studying or getting information needed to finish up that final paper.

The center conveniently stays open until 10 p.m. to help students through a stressful week of finals. Normal hours are 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday, with Tuesday until 6 p.m. and Friday until 2 p.m. However, Foster assures her availability to anyone at anytime that might need assistance.

The Women's Center had an open house in the fall and will host another on Jan. 28, 2004. Plan to visit 151 Doudna at your earliest convenience and expect to be pleasantly surprised.

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