“Women’s Education Women’s Empowerment” DSU Women’s Day Conference, March 28

The DSU Women’s Day Conference, “Women’s Education Women’s Empowerment” will be held on Wednesday, March 28 in the Mundt Foundation in the basement of the Karl E. Mundt Library and Learning Commons. The luncheon begins at 11:30 a.m. with speakers throughout the day. The cost of luncheon is $10 and please RSVP to Shelly Rawstern at 256-5177 or shelly.rawstern@dsu.edu by March 23rd. If you do not wish to attend the luncheon, the conference is free to attend and starts at 12:15 p.m.

This year’s speakers include Sylvia Henkin, Dr. Joanna Jones and Linda Cundy along with a panel presentation by Maria Harder, Dr. Judy Dittman, Dr. Kari Forbes-Boyte and Sharon Knowlton.

Henkin is the keynote speaker for the event and is known as “The Grand Dame of Sioux Falls.” Henkin has served as President and General Manager of KSOO AM along with serving as the very first woman president of the Sioux Falls Area Chamber of Commerce and was the first woman named to the FirstBank South Dakota Board of Directors. She is the mother of three children – Susan, Joseph and Elizabeth.

Dr. Jones served as an assistant professor of education and considers herself an “academic enhancer with internal motivation.” She has challenged learners to think for 37 years and presented on a variety of literary topics at state, regional and national conferences. She is an author, educator, poet and consultant. Her topic at this conference will be the historic view of the Franklin Hotel in Deadwood.

Cundy, a local Madison author, wrote the book She Acts Very Different about her 17-year-old daughter who was diagnosed at the age of two with a genetic disorder called Angelman Syndrome. The children’s book is made up of phrases and colorful illustrations of her family with an important message for young children and adults.

The panel will consist of Harder, human resource director at DSU; Dr. Dittman, dean of the College of Education; Dr. Forbes-Boyte, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences; and Knowlton, principal at Madison High School. They will discuss women, education and empowerment. The conference will conclude at 4:00 p.m.

Last Updated: 3/20/12