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JUNIATA COLLEGE CELEBRATES ITS LEGACY TO WOMEN

(Posted April 3, 2001)

As part of its 125th anniversary celebration, Juniata College is sponsoring a conference, "A Celebration of Juniata Women," from April 19-21 on the campus of Juniata College.

The conference is designed to honor the college's multifaceted alumnae and to celebrate the college's tradition of equal education. Juniata College has educated women since its founding in 1876. Indeed, two-thirds of the College's first graduating class were women.

The event is open to anyone interested in women's history, including non-Juniata graduates. For more information on "A Celebration of Juniata Women," please call Michelle Corby at (814) 641-3445, or Bridget O'Brien at (814) 641-3444.)

"This is a celebration about the legacy of women at Juniata, but it is not restricted just to women," says Michelle Corby, director of alumni relations at the college. "The conference is open to Juniata women and their families, or anyone who is curious about Juniata College."

The conference opens Thursday, April 19 with a golf tournament from noon to 5 p.m. at the Huntingdon Country Club. Registration for the conference is from 5 to 10 p.m. in the lounge of Lesher Hall, followed by a buffet dinner at 6 p.m. in the Ellis College Center ballroom. At 8:15 p.m., a reading program of women's literature, "Unlock Your Voice," will take place in the lounge of Tussey-Terrace halls.

On Friday, April 20, there is an opening session at 9 a.m., "Juniata Women: Our History" in the Tussey-Terrace lounge.

From 10:30 a.m. to noon there are four concurrent sessions, including "Women's Worlds/Women's Work," "Education: 'Oh the Places You'll Go: JC Women in Education 1970-2000,'" a yoga workshop and "Working for Change: Social Justice Activists at Juniata."

After a buffet lunch at 12:30 p.m., there are two concurrent workshops from 2 to 3:15 p.m., including "Juniata Women: The Eloquence of Their Lives" and "Impact: Images of Women in Art."

There is a special dance/movement workshop by theatre guest artist K.J. Holmes at 2 p.m. in Oller Hall.

From 3:30 to 4:45 p.m. two concurrent sessions are scheduled, "Scratching and Biting; The Etched Works of Mary Nimmo Moran" and "Leaving Eden: The Woman as Exile and as Artist."

The Women's Celebration dinner is from 6 to 8 p.m. in the intramural gym in the Kennedy Sports and Recreation Center. At 8:15 p.m. K.J. Holmes will perform a dance and movement piece with Juniata students, as well as a solo work in the Rosenberger Auditorium in Oller Hall.

On Saturday, April 21, there is a May Day breakfast from 8:30 to 10 a.m. in the Baker refectory in Ellis College Center. At 10:15 in Alumni Hall in the Brumbaugh Science Center, there is a general session "Juniata Women: Our Future." From 11:45 a.m. to 12:45 p.m., there will be soapbox speeches, honoring an annual Juniata tradition where students gather to speak openly about their concerns.

From 1 to 2:15 p.m., there are four concurrent sessions, including "Juniata Athletics in Women's Lives," "Remembering Founders Hall," "The Changing Role of Women in Science" and "Beyond Boundaries: Making a Difference."

A one-act play by Juniata alumnus Robert Biter will be staged at 2:30 p.m., followed by a buffet dinner at 6 p.m. in the Ellis College Center ballroom. At 8:15 p.m., the vocal jazz group New York Voices will perform in Rosenberger Auditorium in Oller Hall.

Contact John Wall at wallj@juniata.edu or (814) 641-3132 for more information.