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2nd annual conference on women's issues scheduled in March

2/28/2003 —
The 2nd Annual Collegiate Conference on Women’s Issues, funded by Penn State Wilkes-Barre’s Student Activity Fee, the Campus Environment Team, and the Northeastern PA Diversity Education Consortium will be held at Penn State Wilkes-Barre on Monday, March 24, 2003 from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Junior and senior high school students and college age members of the community are invited to attend this second in a series of Women’s Image Seminars on Enhancement (WISE). Keynote speaker, Elizabeth Brensinger, M.H.P., author, consultant, Vision Quest guide and founder of Red Road Enterprises, will address this year’s theme, “Looking Ahead to the Future.”

Brensinger’s remarks will be followed by a panel discussion featuring Teresa Thomas, A.I.A., architect with Bohlin, Cywinski & Jackson; Michelle Olshefski, program head for Administration of Justice at Penn State Wilkes-Barre; Sara Wheeler, musician, Mach Speed Records; and Rebecca Bartuska, certified financial planner with American Express Financial Services. The panel, moderated by Dr. Christyne Berzsenyi, assistant professor of English at Penn State Wilkes-Barre, will examine non-traditional career choices for women. 

Conference participants can then select two (from a total of six) mid-morning workshops. Topics dedicated to developing women’s well-being will feature "Healthy Body" presented by Kris Kelly, R.D., Clinical Nutrition Services; "Laugh for the Health of It" by Anne Holmes, R.D.R.R., Luzerne County Community College; or "Making the Most of the Mind/Body/spirit Connection" by Elizabeth Brensinger. Relationship issue selections include "Healthy Family Relations" by Barbara Killian, therapist and adjunct professor at Wilkes University; "Women in the Workforce" by Walteen Grady-Truley, LSS coordinator, Penn State; or "Relationship Assertiveness" by Elyse Gold, counselor, Penn State.

Lunch will be provided for conference participants and will feature the music of Sara Wheeler. After lunch, additional workshops will be offered: "Networking" by Jacqueline Warnick-Piatt, student activities coordinator at Penn State; "No More Stress" by Diana Low, RejuvenEssence; and "Songwriting and Vocal Techniques" by Sara Wheeler. The conference will conclude with remarks by Rebecca Bartuska, who will address financial planning for the future.

Please call 570-675-9263 for more information or to register. Space is limited and the deadline for registration is March 14, 2003.
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