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U of M, Crookston Celebrates Women’s History Month with Series of Special Events Beginning on Thurs., Mar. 6, 2008, and continuing throughout March
February 8, 2008

What: Women's History Month Events

When: March 2008

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


Crookston, Minn. (February 8, 2008) – A series of events will highlight National Women’s History Month at the University of Minnesota, Crookston during March 2008. The theme for this year’s celebration is Women’s Art: Women’s Vision and events at the Crookston campus are centered on the theme. This is a special opportunity to discover and celebrate women’s arts in a variety of forms and mediums that help expand our perceptions of ourselves and each other.  Event sponsors include the Northwest Minnesota Women's Fund, the Crookston campus Women's Project Fund and the Office for University Women.

Women’s History Month events at the U of M, Crookston are free and open to the public with the exception of the health career fair on Sat., Mar. 29, 2008, which has a $7.00 charge and requires registration by calling 218-281-9200, ext. 216. Event sponsors include the Northwest Minnesota Women's Fund and the Crookston campus Women's Project Fund.

Thursday, March 6 - Reception honoring women and art will be held at 4 p.m. in the Student Center’s International Lounge with exhibits by campus and community artists. This informal reception will include a brief program at 5 p.m. All international women students are special guests during the event in recognition of International Women’s Day which is March 8. Hors d’oeuvres will be served.

Tuesday, March 11 – Teatro Del Pueblo, a Latino theater group based on the West Side of St. Paul, Minn., will present Echoes from the New World in Kiehle Auditorium at 7 p.m. Two young women will re-tell the history of Latin America from a woman’s perspective. Sponsored by Student Programming and Activities for Campus Entertainment (SPACE) and Concerts and Lectures

Wednesday, March 12 – Raining Jane will be in concert at 7 p.m. in Kiehle Auditorium in the Student Center. The all-woman group is rooted in folk and rock, but their songs are further shaped by funk, hip-hop and world music influences. Each member of the band contributes to the songwriting and song crafting starting with a foundation in acoustic and electric guitars, drums and bass.

Tuesday, March 25 – “Women Reading” discussion from Noon to 1:30 p.m. in the Prairie Lounge in the Student Center. University women talk about what they are reading and why. The U of M, Crookston Bookstore will offer a special discount on selected books.

Saturday, March 29 – Women’s Health Journeys will take place from 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. in Bede Ballroom in the Student Center. Presentations will feature professionals from traditional and non-traditional career paths including nursing, medicine, dentistry, pharmacy, behavioral health, veterinary medicine, public health, alternative health, dietetics, fitness, and more. All health care providers and educators from the region are invited to bring an exhibit. Call Joan Porraz at 218-281-9200, ext. 216, to exhibit and/or register. A $7 registration fee covers lunch and refreshments. This event is sponsored by Northwest Minnesota Area Health Center (AHEC), Northwest Minnesota Women’s Fund, RiverView Healthcare Association and the U of M, Crookston Student Health office and Office for Students with Disabilities

Each year, March is designated as National Women’s History Month to ensure that the history of American women will be recognized and celebrated in schools, workplaces, and communities throughout the country. The stories of women's historic achievements present an expanded view of the complexity and contradiction of living a full and purposeful life. Recognizing the achievements of women in all facets of life – science, community, government, literature, art, sports, medicine – has a huge impact on the development of self-respect and new opportunities for girls and young women. To learn more, visit www.nwhp.org.

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

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. Invent yourself at the University of Minnesota, Crookston – become a leader, innovate through technology and research and secure the career you want. To learn more, visit www.UMCrookston.edu.