From staff reports
Honoring the accomplishments and contributions of women, Ohio University's regional campuses in Chillicothe, Eastern and Lancaster are hosting events during March in conjunction with National Women's History Month. Here's a look at what's planned.
Celebrate Women 2008 in Lancaster, Pickerington
The Lancaster campus and Pickerington Center present the third annual Celebrate Women conference this Friday and next. This year's conference, titled "The Politics of Being a Woman," features sessions from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. March 7 and 14.
Women in a variety of roles in the community will present sessions on the Lancaster campus Friday. Topics will include women's empowerment in the music industry, women in elective office, the politics of fund-raising, the art of negotiation, women in the media, gender and politics, planning for women of all ages and women's funds. Christine Pelosi, author of "Campaign Bootcamp: Basic Training for Future Leaders," will give the keynote address.
The following week at the Pickerington Center, State Auditor Mary Taylor will present the luncheon keynote address. Other sessions during the day include women in politics, aging gracefully, investing wisely, leadership of nonprofits, female first-responders, the politics of being a woman, the environment, owning a business, the art of negotiation, the politics of fund-raising and the politics of event planning.
Registration is required, and the cost is $25 each day and $20 for students. Lunch is included. To register, contact Kathy Holt at the Lancaster campus.
Eastern campus hosts speaker series
Women who have excelled in their professional lives will discuss how their education, life experience and ambition have helped them become local leaders during Eastern Campus' March speaker series. The presentations, held from noon to 1 p.m. March 11 and 13 in Shannon Hall 1787 Lounge, are free and open to the public.
On March 11, Terri Kovach, chief of Steubenville Fire Department, will speak. Kovach became chief in 2001 and now leads a staff of 40. The department annually responds to about 900 calls involving fires, rescues, medical response, hazardous materials and natural disasters.
On March 13, Dianna Vargo, Ohio Valley Athletic Conference president and assistant superintendent of Ohio County (W.Va.) Schools, will speak. Vargo began her career as a mathematics teacher and has held positions as a track coach, cheerleading adviser and high school principal, and has taught both high school and college classes. She also is involved in several community service organizations.
The series kicked off March 4 and featured Janet Jacobs, community bank president for National City Bank in the Ohio Valley market.
Quilt on display at Ohio University-Chillicothe
Quilts created by students in the Chillicothe campus' Women's Studies 100 class are on display in Bennett Hall's Patricia Scott Memorial Gallery throughout March. Some 30 quilts cover the walls, including designs by current students working individually or in teams and examples from previous years.
"The purpose is for students to illustrate themes that support National Women's History Month and that promote the lives and accomplishments of influential women," said Associate Professor of Communication Studies Lisa Wallace, who teaches the class.
As a new twist, second-grade students from Zane Trace Elementary School in Judy Ortman's class are submitting a quilt to the display.
"I think that having very young children's perspective of influential women and their accomplishments will provide a new dimension to the display," Wallace said.
Patricia Scott Memorial Gallery hours are 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Fridays. Admission is free.