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K-State Today

March 28, 2014



Kansas American Association of University Women to meet at K-State

By Maxine Coffey

Kansas members of the American Association of University Women will gather at K-State when the Manhattan branch of the organization hosts the 2014 Kansas American Association of University Women annual meeting. The year's meeting, with the theme "Branching Out in the Little Apple," will be from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, April 12, in the Leadership Studies Building.

Noel Schulz, K-State first lady and associate dean for research and graduate programs in the College of Engineering, will give the keynote address in the Town Hall of the Leadership Studies Building.

In addition to Schulz's presentation, the event will include a development workshop presented by a national American Association of University Women representative, sessions covering a variety of current issues and lunchtime discussion groups focusing on topics such as scholarships, research, public policy and professional networking.

"American Association of University Women is one of the top sources of educational and research funding for women," said Nancy Bolsen, president of the Manhattan branch and president-elect of the Kansas American Association of University Women. "The Manhattan branch has planned a wonderful event and we look forward to seeing many familiar faces, as well as meeting new ones from across the state."

Local American Association of University Women initiatives include funding scholarships for nontraditional students, and hosting $tart $mart, a workshop series at K-State that equips college women who are approaching the job market with the knowledge and skills they need to negotiate salaries and benefits.

The annual meeting is open to American Association of University Women members and interested individuals across Kansas. Registration is $25 and includes lunch and refreshments, all sessions and materials. Free registration is available to those not eating the catered lunch and refreshments.

Women eligible for American Association of University Women membership may join at the annual meeting. Membership is open to anyone who holds an associate's degree or the equivalent, or a bachelor's or higher degree from a regionally accredited college or university. Undergraduates who do not already hold a bachelor's degree may join as student affiliates.

For more information about the American Association of University Women annual meeting or how to become involved in the Manhattan branch, contact Olivia Collins at ocollins4662@gmail.com.

American Association of University Women is a 170,000-member national association that advances equity for women and girls through advocacy, education, philanthropy, and research. More than 1,000 American Association of University Women branches are active across the United States, with 500 college and university partners. In the 2012-13 academic year, American Association of University Women committed more than $4.3 million in fellowships, scholarships and grants to outstanding women, American Association of University Women branches, and community nonprofit organizations.