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Women’s Voices in Public Policy Panel Concludes “Red Tent Celebration” on March 22, 2007at 5 p.m. at U of M, Crookston
March 11, 2007

Contact: Kristie Jacobsen, assistant director of residential life, 218-281-8533 (; Krista Lemos, director of communications, 218-281-8438 (

CROOKSTON, Minn. (March 12, 2007) – Women leaders will share their perspectives and expertise on “Women’s Voices in Public Policy” Thursday, March 22, 2007, at the University of Minnesota, Crookston (UMC). The panel discussion will be held at 5 p.m. in Bede Ballroom in the Student Center as part a variety of afternoon and evening activities scheduled for the “Red Tent Celebration” held in honor of Women’s History Month.

Joining the evening discussion will be Sharon Bring, Marshall County commissioner; the Honorable Nancy Carroll, mayor of Park Rapids, Minn.; Brenda Elmer, district staff assistant for U.S. Senator Norm Coleman; Sharon Josephson, district staff assistant for Congressman Collin Peterson; Maxine Penas, former legislator in the Minnesota House of Representatives; and Tamara Yon, district judge.

“The public policy panel will conclude the daylong ‘Red Tent Celebration’ that features information and activities for women of all ages,” said Kristie Jacobsen, assistant director of residential life, who is spearheading the event that begins at 2 p.m. “Area women are encouraged to participate in as many activities as possible. We are excited to offer such great information and activities all in honor of Women’s History Month.” 

The Red Tent Celebration held in the Bede Ballroom begins at 2 p.m. with a presentation on global and cultural awareness abroad by UMC student Amanda Williams, Littlefork, Minn. Balancing work and life will be the subject of a presentation at 2:30 p.m. by UMC Athletic Director Stephanie Helgeson. Jacobsen will present “What is Revealing about Veiling: a History of the Veil and Islam” at 3 p.m. Following that session will be 30 minutes of relaxation exercises led by UMC Assistant Professor Sonia Spaeth.

Dr. Kathryn Duevel, an obstetrician and gynecologist from Wilmar, Minn., will lead a discussion at 4 p.m. on women’s health issues, and rounding out the day is the public policy panel at 5 p.m., concluding with a question and answer session.

Other activities from 2 to 5 p.m. include the opportunity to write letters to troops, who are based out of and overseas, and enjoy various arts and crafts projects.

The daylong celebration is being organized by the UMC Women’s History Month Planning Committee. For more information about the Red Tent Celebration, contact Jacobsen at 218-281-8533 (

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