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UI WISE program holds March 31 and April 1 career workshops

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The University of Iowa Women in Science and Engineering (WISE) program will hold career pathway workshops from 6:30 p.m. to 7:45 p.m. Tuesday, March 31 in Room W181 of the Pappajohn Business Administration Building (PBAB) and from 6:30 p.m. to 7:45 p.m. Wednesday, April 1 in Room S401 PBAB.

The sessions are designed to help undergraduates evaluate possible careers by listening to two panels of four professional women describe personal career paths in science or engineering-related fields as a part of the WISE Student to Student Support in Science mentoring program.

Program coordinator Betsy Riesz says that panel members will discus academic and training experiences that prepared them for their careers, describe strategies used to overcome hurdles faced as women in their respective professions, and explain the balancing act required in managing career and personal life. Presentations will be followed by an opportunity for students to meet informally with the panelists.

Tuesday's panelists include: Tammie Schroeder, supplier quality engineer, Maytag Corp., Newton; Nicole DeBlieck Cavanah, ceramic engineer, Rockwell Collins, Cedar Rapids; Kate Spedl, computer analyst, Andersen Consulting, Chicago; and Patsy Lawton, physical therapist, inpatient rehabilitation services, Mercy Hospital, Iowa City.Wednesday's panelists are: Susan Gallo, application engineer, Fisher Controls, International, Inc., Valve Division, Marshalltown; Ann Whitty, engineering manager, ALCOA, Davenport Works; Becky Hubbard, speech language pathologist, Grant Wood Area Education Agency, Coralville; and Lori Morgan, M.D., assistant professor, surgery/trauma and critical care, University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics.

WISE annually provides academic and social support to 70 undergraduate women entering the UI and intending to major in science or engineering. By matching first-year students with 70 juniors or seniors as well as introducing them to women professionals, WISE encourages undergraduate women to continue as engineering or science majors and to pursue careers in those fields.

The 1997-98 mentoring program is supported by grants from ALCOA, Andersen Consulting, Fisher Controls International, Inc., The Maytag Corporation Foundation, and Pioneer Hi-Bred International, Inc.

The workshops are free and open to the public. Students not currently enrolled in the mentoring program who wish to attend are asked to pre-register by noon Monday, March 30 by contacting Betsy Riesz at (319) 335-3509 or by email at and leaving their name and major.