Event to discuss variety of issues

Many student internship positions came about after last year's events.

The fourth-annual Women's Winterfest information fair will bring together more than two dozen community organizations to discuss women's health and career development issues and resources.

The event is today from 3:30 to 5 p.m. in Student Center Cardinal Hall and is sponsored by the women's studies program.

"There's an enormous amount of information," said Julee Rossner, assistant director of the women's studies program.

This year marks the most organizations to be included in the event.

Rossner said there have been a number of successful student internships that came out of past Women's Winterfest events. She said the information fair helps students become familiar with organizations they may not have realized were here.

"There's a lot of good people doing a lot of positive things, so it's a way to bring many people together," Rossner said. "These organizations can benefit students throughout their collegiate careers."

As a way of helping the public, the League of Women Voters will be a part of Women's Winterfest. They plan to have voting registration forms on hand as well as information on voting in Indiana and other government services.

The League of Women Voters, as well as other organizations, is looking for people to assist them.

"We're hoping to find someone interested in doing an internship and doing some work with us," said Kay White, co-president of the Muncie-Delaware County League of Women Voters.

Also seeking help is Feminists for Action. The group has planned events for the spring such as the Take Back the Night march scheduled for early April.

"We want to show what we do and what we have done," said Lisa Galloway, a member of Feminists for Action and intern for the women's studies program.

A new presenter at the information fair will be the Muncie Center for the Arts.

"We're doing things representative of the center and the programs we offer," said Cathy Hardwick, director of administration at MCA."We're looking to get information out to the community as much as we can about who we are and the children we serve in the community."

MCA also has programs for seniors. At the center, instructors help their students learn many kinds of art, such as dance and painting.

Additionally, MCA is looking for marketing interns for the summer and fall and anyone else interested in helping them.

"We're always looking for volunteers," Hardwick said.

Among the organizations that will be at Women's Winterfest are A Better Way of Muncie, American Association of University Women, the Career Center of Ball State, the Fort Wayne Women's Bureau, the Girl Scouts and the Human Rights Commission.

Health organizations that will be available to students at Women's Winterfest are the American Cancer Society, Ball State Athletics, Ball State's Health Center and Ball Memorial Hospital's Health Center.


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