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Women’s History Month Events at U of M, Crookston in March Celebrate “Women Taking the Lead to Save Our Planet”
February 16, 2009

What: Women's History Month Event Listing

When: March 2009

Contact: Lisa Samuelson, director, student activities, 218-281- 8507 (samue026@umn.edu) Elizabeth Tollefson, assistant director of communications, 218-281-8432 (ltollefs@umn.edu)


Recognizing the contributions of women who have taken the lead in the environmental movement is the focus of Women’s History Month at the University of Minnesota, Crookston. March, which is annually recognized as Women’s History Month, is filled with events that encourage the care of and concern for our environment. All events are free and the public is welcome.

The schedule of events includes:

Monday, March 2 “Go Green Day”- Wear green in recognition of the “green” theme chosen for Women’s History Month. Everyone is invited to the Northern Lights Lounge from noon to 2 p.m. for an ice cream social as a kick off celebration and to learn more about what is happening on campus during the month.

Wednesday, March 4,
Minnesota State Auditor Rebecca Otto
Minnesota State Auditor Rebecca Otto
Minnesota State Auditor Rebecca Otto will be the guest speaker at spring convocation to be held at 10 a.m. in Kiehle Auditorium. She was recognized by the Women’s History Month Project as a 2009 honoree because of her commitment to a greener planet. As a Minnesota State Representative, Otto worked to protect ecosystems, limit mercury emissions, protect groundwater, promote the development of commercial wind power, and ban the use cancer-causing arsenic-treated wood in playgrounds.

Linda Kingery, executive director of the Northwest Minnesota Regional Sustainable Development Partnership
Linda Kingery, executive director of the Northwest Minnesota Regional Sustainable Development Partnership
Thursday, March 5, Sustainability Fair featuring guest speaker Linda Kingery,
executive director of the Northwest Minnesota Regional Sustainable Development Partnership - The Sustainability Fair will be held in the Sargeant Student Center’s International Lounge from 2-4 p.m. and booths will host community, members, businesses, and campus organizations and focus on sustainability issues. In the Prairie Lounge at 4 p.m. Kingery share her presentation, “How are women taking the lead to save our planet?” Refreshments will follow, and everyone is welcome.

Wednesday, March 11, Isis Speaks
National Poetry Slam Champion, Isis will perform at 7 p.m. in the Kiehle Auditorium. Her poetry explores universal themes of empowerment, reclamation, love, abuse, and the mistakes we all make. The event is sponsored by Concerts and Lectures.

Tuesday, March 24, Photo Voice Display and Rachel Carson Documentary,
Noon to 2 p.m. – Keeping Children Safe from Pesticides Photo Voice display followed by the documentary “A Sense of Wonder: Rachel Carson’s Love of the Natural World and Her Fight to Defend It” will be held in Sargeant Student Center’s Bede Ballroom from noon to 2 p.m. In the evening, the movie Happy Feet will be shown at 7 p.m. The public is welcome to both events.

Tuesday, March 31, Book Discussion on the book Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children from Nature-Deficit Disorder
by Richard Louv. The discussion will be held in the Sargeant Student Center Prairie Room from noon to 2 p.m. Anyone interested is encouraged to attend this book discussion on the topic of nature-deficit. The book is available in the U of M, Crookston Bookstore.

For more information on Women’s History Month activities on the Crookston campus, contact Lisa Samuelson, director, student activities at 218-281- 8507 (samue026@umn.edu).

The National Women's History Project, founded in 1980, is an educational nonprofit organization. Their mission is to recognize and celebrate the diverse and historic accomplishments of women by providing information and educational materials and programs. For more information, visit www.nwhp.org.

Today the University of Minnesota, Crookston delivers more than 25 applied-science undergraduate degree programs and 50 concentrations, including several online degrees, in agriculture; arts, humanities and social sciences; business; math, science and technology; and natural resources. To learn more, visit www.UMCrookston.edu.