University of Minnesota, Morris

Commission on Women

Advisory Board Meeting Summary



Date: March 22, 2002


In Attendance:  Clare Strand, Julia Dabbs, Karen Elis, LeAnn Dean, Sarah Mattson, Anna Dronzek, Karen Johnson, Amy McGovern


Guests:  Robynne Curlee-Women’s Resource Center, Carol McCannon-Student Activities


Not Present:  Maggie Larson


Items discussed:


Clare announced that she will represent the CW in evaluating applications for 3 scholarships; the McCannon Scholarship, the LaFave Scholarship, and the Minnesota Business and Professional Women’s Foundation w/Tom McRoberts in CCE.


Shelia Wellstone will visit UMM on April 22nd to speak on the “International Trafficking

of Women and Girls for Forced Labor and Prostitution” at 7 pm in Edson Auditorium with a chance for dialogue/questions & answers from 7:30-8:00. A reception will follow.


The board will meet at the end of the school year/beginning of summer to evaluate items that can be purchased and distributed to assist with name recognition, drawing attention to CW as an acronym that will be automatically associated with the Commission on Women.  Item could also draw attention to the CW website which has been evaluated by the Web Subcommittee: Roger Warham, Karen Johnson, Rebecca Webb and Clare. Updates will be incorporated this summer.


Discussed CW goal “To recognize and celebrate UMM women’s accomplishments and contributions” a new goal for the CW.  Many ideas were shared no definite conclusion reached. Clare will meet with Dean Schwaller about this.  Could become a standing subcommittee.


Programming for next year surrounding women in athletics was enthusiastically endorsed. A subcommittee consisting of LeAnn Dean and Karen Johnson (and others from outside the board) will work on this.  Robynne Curlee will bring the idea to WRC to explore whether or not to make this the theme for Women’s Week next year.  Materials about Jane Curry’s presentation “Nice Women Don’t Sweat” were reviewed.  Other suggestions were made (e.g. Gopher Basketball coach and or a coach from UMD who helped select USA women’s basketball team).  This is a timely topic and has potential for community involvement. Anyone interested in being on this subcommittee should contact Clare.


Action taken:

Awarded $200 each to Amanda Eklund and Amy Zagaros (student) from monies earmarked for “tuition/travel” initiatives.  They are planning to participate in the Avon Breast Cancer Crusade 3-day walk in New York.


Next Board Meeting:  April 5 in Student Activities Conference Room.