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 Vol. 50, No. 1
"Speak to the Mission"
Winter 2003



Tar Heel News

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 Public Policy


AAUW NC 2004 Convention


AAUW NC 2004 Convention
Charlotte * March 26-28
Fellows at the EF Luncheon * Follow-up: "No Girl Left Behind"
Much, Much More!

AAUW NC and UNC Charlotte Plan Student Leadership Conference: An Investment in the Future

Mary Peterson
AAUW NC Program Vice-President

Your AAUW NC leadership came home from the Association Convention in Providence with an idea and now we have an action plan! If you heard a loud "YES" in the mountain area, it was the voice of Mary Peterson from the coast when Dr. Teresa Dahlberg of UNC Charlotte said they would join with AAUW NC to co-sponsor a student conference on their campus on March 26, 2004. By selecting this date and location, the young women who attend can be invited to be AAUW NC's guests on Saturday at convention. How can we afford to do this? Read on.

We are offering all our branches a wonderful opportunity to be involved and sponsor a young woman to attend convention on Saturday, March 27. How will this work? The branch will pay the day registration and meal fees for a young woman by March 1. By mid-March they will receive the name and a short bio of the student they are sponsoring. Then you will meet at convention.

The planning committee is composed of Dr. Dahlberg, Dr. Susan Winters, a professor in the management information systems department in the college of business, and student Shari Armstrong, plus AAUW members Marty Folsom, Lola Jackson, and Mary Peterson. Our first planning meeting was October 28 at UNCC.

The planning committee envisions invitations going to female student leaders at all the Charlotte area colleges and institutions of higher learning. The morning session will feature a well known young career woman as a keynote speaker followed by a panel discussion. After lunch, participants will have a chance to discover their leadership styles and attend breakout sessions focusing on six career areas-media/entertainment, business, technology, military, healthcare, and education.

We learned at Providence that students like to dialogue with women of all ages rather than be talked "at or to in an all listening situation." We want the student's only expense for the day to be their parking. The AAUW NC board approved a request for $300 to help fund the conference. AAUW members will be invited to attend at a fee of $20. This money will be used to cover registration, lunch, and help meet the conference expenses. If a branch has been thinking about having a conference with student leaders, here is your chance to attend and learn what is involved.

We are not just talking about investing in future women leaders, but we are becoming actively involved in steps to help develop future women leaders. How fitting that our convention theme is Making an Impact: Education and equity for all women and girls.

Convention Highlights

An exciting program is being planned for YOU in Charlotte. Mark the dates and join with other AAUW NC members to gain new knowledge, learn what requires our attention, and action and celebrate our successes.
Saturday, March 27 will feature a keynote opening panel on Title IX "Where We Are and What Needs to Be Done Now." This is part of our Impact Grant programming.

Workshops will be held in the morning and again in the afternoon.
* Update on the No Child Left Behind Act
* Voter Education including information on the new Judicial campaign financing
* Plan a student leadership conference in your community
* All About Writing by an author and former winner of our Juvenile Literature Award
Hear from Educational Foundation fellows about their projects at our EF luncheon.

Our annual business meeting will be conducted by President Laura Rumbley.

A Saturday reception for "first-timers" and students with the board of directors will precede the Saturday evening awards banquet.

Sunday, March 28 will have a new feature: Learn the "how to" of two successful branch projects so that you can replicate either or both.

Also on Sunday: The annual Memorial service, installation of officers, and a town meeting conducted by Ann Terry, our regional director. We do promise to have you "on the road" by noon on Sunday.

Tour Charlotte * Friday, March 26 * 1-4 p.m.

Come early for the AAUW NC Convention and take a three-hour bus tour, beginning at our convention hotel, the Charlotte Marriott Executive Park. Drive through Charlotte's finest shopping and residential areas before visiting museums and historic and corporate sites uptown. Wear comfortable shoes for walking.

Advance reservations urgently needed! Get the $21 discount rate-make your reservation by December 23, 2003. Reservations made from December 24-January 25 will cost $25. Make checks payable to AAUW Charlotte Branch, and mail to Ms. Bess Burns, 1323 Queens Road, Unit 311, Charlotte NC 28207-2164.

Room Reservations

Charlotte Branch invites all members and members-at-large to attend the 2004 AAUW NC Convention. Reservations are available at Charlotte Marriott Executive Park, 704.527.9650 or 800. 541.4089. Use the code: AAV. If you prefer to use the Internet, the code is: AAVAAVA. Cost: $79 per night. The codes and the cost are the same for Thursday arrivals. Registration forms will be available in the Spring Tar Heel News and at www.aauwnc.org


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