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
Download more issues issues of Ohio Orbit.
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.
Zanesville Branch and The Times Recorder, in cooperation with the Muskingum County Library System, presented a Candidates’ Forum on Sunday, Oct. 5 at 2 p.m. at the McIntire Library, Muskingum County Library system.
Candidates attending included Candidate for Ohio Governor Ed Fitzgerald (pictured at the podium in photo at right), candidate for Ohio Attorney General David Pepper, candidates for state representative from 78th and 97th districts, and both candidates for Muskingum County Commissioner.
AAUW-Zanesville members Brooke Anderson and Helen Harper co-chaired the event, which garnered coverage in local media.
Visit our AAUW Ohio Voting Record 2014 page to see how your representatives voted on key issues.
Convention news updates will be posted on our AAUW Ohio Equity Day & Convention 2015 page.
The AAUW Ohio Orbit Summer 2014 issue is out, and it includes news about what your state organization has been up to this summer, as well as updates about events and women of note in our branches.
- A call to action and involvement from new AAUW Ohio President Christine Siebeneck. Let her inspire you!
- Jennifer Dillard’s move from AAUW regional field organizer to AAUW Ohio public policy advocate.
- Details about the AAUW Ohio Legislative Voting Record 2014, which you can download and personalize for your branch.
- Advocacy success stories shared by AAUW VP of Government Relations Lisa Maatz at Leadership Workshop 2014.
- A membership diversity message from new Membership VP Betty Ellsworth
- News about the achievements of members from the Zanesville and Chillicothe branches