Careers in math, science and technology on girls' horizons at UWP

October 7, 2002

PLATTEVILLE-There's more on today's horizon for girls than hair, make-up and cheerleading. The University of Wisconsin-Platteville's Continuing Education will host its 7th annual Expanding Your Horizons Conference Saturday, Oct. 19. This all-day career conference focuses on introducing middle school girls in 6th, 7th and 8th grades to careers that use mathematics, science and technology.

"The intent of the conference is to encourage girls to prepare themselves for future careers by continuing to take courses in mathematics, science and technology throughout high school," said Valerie Shaw of UWP Youth and Non-Credit Programs and Continuing Education. "The conference also encourages adults to attend workshops geared toward middle school youth issues."

The day will begin at 8 a.m. with refreshments and check in. A keynote address by Sally Standiford, dean of Math, Science and Technology at Inver Hills Community College in Inver Grove Heights, Minn., and former UWP dean of Liberal Arts and Education, will follow. After the keynote address the middle school girls will attend two different career sessions, exploring and experimenting within that area.

"This year the girls will participate in a variety of workshops," Shaw said. "These workshops would not be possible without the volunteer efforts of our presenters and group leaders. All of the presenters for the student and adult sessions volunteer their time and expertise to make this an exciting day for all who attend."

Student workshops and presenters included the following: physical therapy, Margaret Ruf; horticulture, Dawn Lee and Maggie Hinderman; biology, Esther Ofulue; reclamation, Erin McGraw; pharmacy, Nan Hitchens of Berg Pharmacy; graphic design, Jean Haefner; TV production, Colleen Garrity; industrial studies, Lisa Kasten; respiratory therapy, Cathy Helbing; agriculture, Alicia Prill-Adams; construction, Teri Wienen; law and order, Kris Karrmann; and criminal justice, Kathyrn Winz.

Adult workshops and presenters include the following: The Seven Colors of Health, Joan Bahr; Learning Styles of Middle School Youth, Alison Bunte; Colleges and Career Trends in Wisconsin, Helen Hadorn; and Ten Steps to Success, Rob Bell.

To register for the Expanding Your Horizons Conference, contact the Office of Continuing Education at (608) 342-1314. The cost of the conference is $15 for students and includes materials, lunch and a t-shirt. The cost for adults is $10 and includes materials. Please register by Oct. 4, for best availability.


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