CONTACT: GARY GALLUZZO
300 Plaza Centre One
Iowa City IA 52242
(319) 384-0009; fax (319) 384-0024
Release: March 20, 2002
UI WISE program hosts March 26-27 career workshops
The University of Iowa Women in Science and Engineering (WISE) program will
hold career pathway workshops featuring nine women professionals from 6:30-7:45
p.m. Tuesday, March 26 in Room S401 of the Pappajohn Business Administration
Building (PBAB) and 7-8:15 p.m. Wednesday, March 27 in Room W401, PBAB.
The sessions are designed to help undergraduate students evaluate possible
careers by listening to two panels of professional women describe personal
career paths in science or engineering-related fields as a part of the WISE
Student to Student Support in Science (SSSS) mentoring program. Program coordinator
Betsy Riesz says that panel members will describe the academic and practical
experiences that prepared them for their careers, explain their current responsibilities,
discuss hurdles they faced and how they overcame them, and summarize prospects
for the future in various fields. She says that capable women often underestimate
their competence in math and science beginning in junior high school and continuing
through graduate school. Riesz adds that one SSSS program goal is to bolster
students' confidence in their ability to pursue science and engineering-related
Tuesdays panelists will be: Kathy Bjornsen, R.N., M.A., C.P.N.P.,
University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics; Diedra McQuitery, Recruiting and
Planning Coordinator, Caterpillar Inc.; Claudia Morrissey, M.D., International
Public Health, Northwestern University; and Carla Peterman, Research Coordinator,
Pioneer Hi-Bred International, Inc.
On Wednesday, students will hear presentations in the following fields:
pharmacy, by Carol Crabtree, Pharm.D., R.Ph., of Walgreens Pharmacy,
and Lisa K. Zboril, R.Ph., associate director, Abbott Laboratories; nursing
and management, by Roberta Johnson, district manager at Ross Products; engineering,
by Gina Rajterowski of Allegiance Healthcare; and speech therapy, by Judith
Knabe, M.S., of Grant Wood Area Education Agency.
The externally-funded mentoring program, now in its sixth year, provides
academic and social support to 95 first-year students by matching each of
them with a junior or senior who is completing a science or engineering major.
The students attend four workshops during the year and meet informally. Funding
for 2001-2002 is being provided by The Abbott Laboratories Fund, Alcoa, Accenture,
Allegiance Corporation, Caterpillar Foundation, Fisher Controls International,
Inc., Maytag Corporation, Microsoft, Pioneer Hi-Bred International, Rockwell,
and Ross Products.
The workshops are free and open to the public. Students not currently enrolled
in the mentoring program who wish to attend the workshops may contact Betsy
Riesz at (319) 335-3509 or at email@example.com.
For further information about WISE, contact Chris Brus, director, at (319)
353-2290 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.