- AAUW Ohio Equity Day and Convention 2015 highlights, as well as registration and accommodation details. We have gone modern: Our registration is now online, and you can register for members who don’t have internet access! Be sure to register by March 20 to get the Early Bird Registration Rate.
- A fun and inspiring message from President Christine Siebeneck that talks about pantries and objectives.
- News about branch awards. Make sure your branch applies!
- Public policy update
- Ohio Century Fund news: We have met our goal!
- News from our branches and AAUW National.
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Make sure your branch receives the recognition it deserves by applying for AAUW Ohio awards that will be given out at AAUW Ohio Equity Day and Convention 2015. Here are the details.
Criteria will include the Diversity Goals for branches. Branches must meet at least three of the goals. To apply for recognition, branches must send a written statement on their accomplishments, with documentation, to the Ohio Diversity Chair, 157 Third St., Cardington, OH 43315. Statements should include branch name, name and signature of president, telephone number, e-mail for contact and name of diversity chair. Material must be received before April 2. Press clippings, news articles in branch publications, listings form branch yearbook, photographs from events or meetings constitute documentation.
Send your Branch Program Booklets for the 2014-2015 Mission-Based Programming Awards to Jo Dye, Program Vice President, at 645 North Court St., Circleville, OH 43113 by April 2.
Download the Starz Award Application Form as a PDF and get award details online. Starz applications should be completed and mailed to JoAnn Benseler, 147 Sandstone Loop East, Westerville OH 43081, by March 16.
Communication Star Award
Get recognition for your branch as a 2015 Communication Star for its use of print and online communications and social media. Get the guidelines and entry form online. Entries must be received by April 2.
Zanesville Branch will sponsor a Women’s History Month presentation — “The Remarkable Women Who Flew Military Aircraft in World War II” — at 2 p.m., Saturday, March 28, at the John McIntire Library, lower level auditorium, 220 North Fifth St., Zanesville.
The program will be presented by Betty Darst who is known for her living history portrayals. She has traveled extensively and conducted intense personal study of history and drama to bring life to some of Ohio’s most extraordinary women. She will share the story of the unsung heroines of World War II – the first American women to fly military aircraft. Betty is vice president of the National Aviation Hall of Fame and works with mentoring programs, encouraging high school girls to reach for the sky.
This event is sponsored by a grant from the Ohio Humanities, and is part of the Zanesville Branch celebration of Women’s History Month, hosted by the Muskingum County Library System, in conjunction with the John and Annie Glenn Historic Site, New Concord.
The event is free and open to the public. Reservations are required. For reservations, call 740-453-0391, Ext. 116 or 132.
AAUW received a $100,000 grant from Symantec Corporation to develop a cybersecurity core class for middle school girls interested in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM).
The grant will expand the curriculum for the AAUW National Tech Trek Program, a highly successful, weeklong STEM summer camp program that will serve more than 1,600 girls at 21 sites around the nation in 2015. The cybersecurity course will be piloted at camps at Bowling Green State University in Ohio, Stanford University, and the University of California, Irvine. Stanford, the site of the first-ever Tech Trek, will also host an upcoming summit on cybersecurity and consumer protection.
“Providing STEM and literacy education to young adults, particularly women and minorities, is a business imperative at Symantec in order to build a diversified and innovative workforce for the future,” said Cecily Joseph, vice president of corporate responsibility at Symantec.
“We seek to help bridge the skills gap, looking at how to create a pipeline of STEM-trained and educated future leaders ready to address and help solve problems related to cybersecurity. This grant will help build the pipeline of qualified girls to enter the in-demand field of cybersecurity.”
Next month, AAUW is set to release a new research report, Solving the Equation: The Variables for Women’s Success in Engineering and Computing, that examines the factors behind women’s persistent underrepresentation in those fields. The report makes evidence-based recommendations for change so that girls who want to invent the next Facebook or build the next Mars rover will feel empowered to do what inspires them.
“Women make up just 26 percent of the computing workforce, but AAUW is working hard to increase that number. We’re glad to have Symantec Corporation supporting our efforts to encourage girls to consider the full range of STEM studies and career options, including becoming cybersecurity experts,” said AAUW Executive Director and CEO Linda D. Hallman, CAE.
AAUW of California founded Tech Trek in 1998, and in 2012 the AAUW national organization started the National Tech Trek Pilot Program to give girls across the country access to this rich learning experience. AAUW’s STEM camps and conferences focus on girls in middle school because those years are a crucial time to maintain and build on girls’ interest in STEM.
Read more on the AAUW blog: 3 Reasons We Want to Introduce Girls to Cybersecurity
Chillicothe Branch President Joyce Atwood was named Chillicothe Jaycees Citizen of the Year. Read the full story.
This is a busy time of year, but please take a few minutes to read Ohio Orbit Fall 2014 issue. It will help you catch up on AAUW action around Ohio, including the formation of a new Public Policy Committee that you just might want to join.
Here’s what you’ll find:
- What’s going on with Tech Trek in Ohio — and what you can do to support it
- Holiday greetings and an activity update from AAUW Ohio President Christine Siebeneck
- Public Policy roundup, including our Statehouse lobbying efforts for reproductive rights and quality education
- Save the Date! for Convention 2015!
- Links to leadership help for your branches
- Branch news from around the state
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AAUW and AAUW of Ohio support STEM education as a major focus. Tech Trek is just one initiative that is helping turn around STEM education. Girls who attend such programs are given the opportunity to prepare for college and the workforce, the encouragement to pursue their STEM interests in an environment free from stereotypes, and the chance to believe in themselves.
Tech Trek is based on an AAUW research report titled Why So Few?, which shows that women enter the STEM fields at alarmingly lower rates compared to their male peers. Junior high school is the time period that interest in the STEM field declines. It focuses on science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields which provide hands-on experiences for rising eighth grade girls. This enriching experience provides campers with the encouragement to choose a career within the STEM. The campers are given a week-long opportunity and learn from core courses, workshops, field trips, and experiences with STEM field women role models and many more experiences.
Tech Trek Camp at Bowling Green State University is powered by AAUW and is in its third year. The program has served 100 girls in Ohio and hopes to serve 50 more campers this summer. The 2015 camp is scheduled for July 18-25, and the cost to run the camp is $40,200. We need your financial support to help girls to continue their dreams with the STEM fields.
Please consider joining our participating sponsors and be recognized for your support of girls in our fight for equity. Your support will directly impact the experience of these girls by providing funds for them to attend and experience quality STEM curriculum. Download the donation form and the advertising form. Checks are payable to AAUW Funds-OH Tech Trek. Send donations to: Deborah Wooldridge, AAUW Ohio STEM Chair, 217 Johnston Hall, Bowling Green, OH 43403.
You can also donate online.