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Women’s History Month Celebration Begins March 20

3/16/2008 —

Penn State York begins its celebration of Women’s History Month with a presentation on Thursday, March 20 by Suzanne Gladfelter, senior instructor in information sciences and technology at the campus.  The program, from 12:15 – 1:15 p.m. in the Community Room of the Joe and Rosie Ruhl Student Community Center, is free and open to the public. 

Gladfelter will discuss “Pathways to Your Future:  Exploring STEM Careers,” a program for middle school girls that encourages careers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.  The program, founded by Gladfelter, is in its twelfth year. 

Pathways to Your Future offers girls the opportunity to explore a variety of job related fields in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.  Participants can attend three workshops from a list of 21 covering a wide range of topics.  This free program brings together young women and professional women from academia, medicine, government agencies, business, and industry for a day or workshops and discussion.  The program also provides teachers with information to guide young women toward career opportunities in these fields.        

The campus’ Women’s History Month celebration continues on March 25 with “Adoption History as Women’s History” featuring  C. Dianne Creagh, assistant professor of history at Penn State York in room 107 of the Main Classroom Building; and on March 27 with “Imperial Gastronomy” featuring Winnie Chan, assistant professor of English at Virginia Commonwealth University in the Community Room, Joe and Rosie Ruhl Student Community Center.

These programs were coordinated by Jennifer Nesbitt, Ph.D., assistant professor of English at Penn State York, as a way to introduce the campus and community to some outstanding, talented women.   Nesbitt teaches English courses and a women’s studies course at the campus.

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