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UW-RF Women Leaders Attend Eau Claire Conference

NOV. 12, 2004--Several women leaders at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls attended the 2004 Conference of Wisconsin Women in Higher Education Leadership [WWHEL] on Oct. 14-15 at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.

According to local WWHEL organizers Susan Harrison and Lisa Theo, it was the largest gathering of female academic leaders in WWHEL’s seven-year history.

Attending from UW-River Falls campus were speech communication and theatre Arts chairperson and Professor Barbara Werner, modern language Professor Margarita Hendrickson, teacher education Professor Stephanie Harty, social work Professor Ruth Kalms, Special Assistant to the Chancellor Suzanne Hagen, Admissions Counselor Carolyn Brady, Dean Connie Foster of the College of Education and Professional Studies, and Provost & Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs Ginny Coombs.

The conference, titled "Confluence: Celebrating Women with Vision," brought more than 125 women from 31 educational institutions to sessions on such topics as media stereotypes, misogynist language, perceptions of women, and gender interactions.

Other participants included staff from UW-Eau Claire, UW-Platteville, UW-La Crosse, UW- Stevens Point, UW-Stout, Chippewa Valley Technical College, Blackhawk Technical College, and Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College

The first WWHEL Outstanding Achievement Award was presented at the conference to Mary Dee Wenniger, founder and editor of Women in Higher Education. Since 1992, this monthly international publication has enhanced leadership opportunities for women.

WWHEL also recognized Karen Knox, president of Southwest Wisconsin Technical College, who has been appointed by the Office of Women in Higher Education of the American Council on Education in Washington, D.C., as the WWHEL Presidential Sponsor.

Through affiliation with ACE, WWHEL seeks to increase the number and power of women in Wisconsin higher education by providing professional development opportunities to support women administrators and by eliminating barriers to women's achievement in higher education leadership.

Since 1997, WWHEL's mission has been to identify future women leaders, to provide contacts and support for women moving into leadership positions, to eliminate barriers to women’s advancement, and to increase visibility of women leaders. WWHEL welcomes women in any leadership position at public and private colleges and universities as well as those who aspire to leadership positions at any level. It also encourages networking and mentoring. WWHEL is sponsored by various public and private college and universities in Wisconsin.

For information about membership, workshops and the 2005 fall visit


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