President’s Message by Jan Eriksen

Good News, Help Wanted, and Thanks

I was honored to have the privilege of attending the virtual commencement ceremonies of UWL’s Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Department on Saturday, May 16. Kendra Whelan was the graduation speaker; received the College of Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities (CASSH) Recognition of Excellence Award; and was acknowledged as the recipient
of the AAUW 2019 NCCWSL scholarship. Student Dana Nielsen was announced as the 2020 AAUW NCCWSL scholarship winner. AAUW-La Crosse member Andrea Hansen received the CASSH Recognition of Excellence Award for Community Engagement. Congratulations to all!

Appointed Board Officers Needed

As we look ahead to the 2020-2021 program year, two positions need to be filled on the Appointed Board of Directors for the La Crosse Branch. They are the Publicity/ Communications Chair and the new position of STEM Chair. The Publicity/Communications officer is responsible for correspondence with individual members, as needed, as well as for publicizing branch events with the local media. The STEM coordinator raises awareness among members and the general public about gender bias in schools, Title IX, women and student debt, and gender stereotypes in education. If you are interested in either or both of these offices please contact incoming President Ann Brice or me.

Thanks for a Great Two Years!

As my two years in office come to an end I’d like to thank you for all your support and encouragement and to welcome Ann Brice to the presidency. She will make a wonderful branch President! My hope is that health conditions in our local area will be such that we’ll be able to hold meetings in person later this year and in 2021.