UAlbany Celebrates Take Our Daughters & Sons to Work Day

Contact: Lisa James Goldsberry (518) 437-4989

ALBANY, N.Y. (April 23, 2003) - On Thursday, April 24, 2003, the University at Albany will join the rest of the nation in celebrating Take Our Daughters and Sons To Work Day. The theme of this year’s event, Calling All Dreamers, encourages girls and boys to imagine possibilities, set goals, and strive to achieve them. Take Our Daughters and Sons To Work Day is designed to focus on expanding future opportunities for our children, in both their work and family lives. The event will run from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., beginning in the Campus Center Ballroom.

An exciting day of events is planned for the children of UAlbany faculty, staff, and students, including a Dream Weaving writing workshop with author Claudia Ricci and Reflections from a Dreamer, a workshop with children’s book author Liza Frenette.

In addition children will be able to explore the diverse array of career opportunities available on the UAlbany campus. Sessions include “Teaching Assistant for the Day” at U-Kids Day Care, a visit to President Hitchcock’s office, and tours of the Albany NanoTech facility, the School of Business and University radio station. The children will also be able to discover careers in sports, carpentry or chemistry. There will be a session with the University Police and Canine Cody, the Ultimate College Challenge and more. The children will also take part in an ice cream social and prize raffle in the afternoon.

“We are making an investment in our children’s future,” said Winsome Foderingham-Williams, of UAlbany’s Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning, who co-chairs this year’s event with Jane Kessler of the University Libraries. “We can plant a seed and watch it grow.” For a complete schedule of events and workshop descriptions, see our website at http://www.albany.edu/wc/events/todtwd/sched.html.

The Ms. Foundation for Women launched Take Our Daughters To Work Day in 1993 as a response to disturbing research which found that adolescent girls receive less attention than boys in school, suffer from lower expectations, and tend to like or dislike themselves based only on the aspects of their physical appearance. This year, the focus of the event has shifted to include both girls and boys. The Take Our Daughters and Sons To Work program emphasizes dialogue between girls and boys, between children and their parents, and between employees and employers.

Sponsors include UAlbany’s Department of Student Affairs, the President's Office, the Provost’s Office, the School of Business, and the Office of Creative Services as well as the many offices and their staff that have volunteered their time to participate.

Established in 1844 and designated a center of the State University of New York in 1962, the University at Albany's broad mission of excellence in undergraduate and graduate education, research and public service engages 17,000 diverse students in eight degree-granting schools and colleges.

For more information about this nationally ranked University, visit http://www.albany.edu.

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