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Division of Communications and Marketing
Kansas State University
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Manhattan, KS 66506

February 28, 2019

K-State faculty, alumna and graduate students to be panelists at AAUW's International Women's Day celebration

Submitted by Tresa Landis

The Manhattan Branch of the American Association of University Women, or AAUW, will celebrate International Women's Day with several activities on Thursday, March 7.

The annual event is a global day of recognizing and honoring the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. AAUW has assembled a panel of local international women to speak with groups throughout the day.

The panelists include Martha Caldas, a teaching associate professor of biology from Brazil who has been teaching for 29 years; Lilit Khachatryan, a graphic artist II at Champion Teamwear who continued her studies in the apparel, textiles, and interior design department after receiving her bachelor's degree in fine arts from her home country of Armenia; Saidi Kisangani from the Democratic Republic of the Congo, a 2006 K-State Bachelor of Science graduate and a current paraeducator with USD 383; and Negar Orangi-Fard from Iran, a doctoral student in applied mathematics and a teaching assistant in undergraduate level calculus, differential equations and matrix theory.

The day begins with a Community Women Leaders Breakfast at JP's Sports Grill at Jardine Apartments. Following breakfast, attendees will have a chance to network and exchange ideas.

The featured event is a public forum in the Landon Room of the Holiday Inn at the Campus, 1641 Anderson Ave. The forum will feature a panel discussion moderated by Usha Reddi, branch member and Manhattan city commissioner. The panelists will share their personal immigration experiences. A reservation is not necessary to attend the public forum, which begins at 7 p.m.

Plan to come and bring a friend as our community celebrates this important day acknowledging women.