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'Mean girls' to take stage: First annual Women's Symposium promotes female empowerment, healthy relationships
Chevonne Forgey
Antelope Staff

It was recognized that UNK needed to provide an event to address issues that many women on campus deal with. That event takes place next week.

Tuesday, Nov. 3, marks the date of the first annual UNK Women’s Symposium on campus at the union.

This symposium embraces the theme “Healthy Relationships” with keynote speaker Dr. Grace Mims speaking about “Mean Girls.”

This fall event will offer to women different perspectives on female empowerment, as well as information regarding healthy relationships, body image, sexual assault, leadership and much more.

Special speech topics include, “He’s Just Not that Into You,” “Killing Us Softly: Body Image and the Media,” and “Worth Waiting For.”

Greek Advisor Tracy Lungrin said, “Each year, every Greek chapter sends a national or regional consultant to visit their chapter on campus, and part of their visit includes a meeting and interview with me, which involved questions about the Greek community and questions about the individual chapter’s image within the community.” 

When Lungrin was asked what type of programs Panhellenic hosted on campus, she had no answer.  To remedy that lack, Lungrin said,  “The Alpha Phi consultant offered us the idea of hosting a Women’s Symposium. She had been working with some big universities on the East Coast and saw how successful this was for their Panhellenic Councils.”

Theresa Harrison, the Conrad Hall Director and Lungrin then took the idea to the Panhellenic Council, and the women thought it was a great idea. This event was then created with the Panhellenic Council partnering with the Women’s Studies Program, Women’s Center and the Health Care Center on campus just to make it that much more successful.

Since July, in a weekly committee meeting, members from the partnering programs on campus have been planning and preparing for the symposium. Representatives are Theresa Harrison and Tracy Lungrin from Residential and Greek Life, Kristin Chamness from the Counseling Center, Linda Shaw and Patricia Holen from the Women’s Center, Linda Van Ingen from Women’s Studies and Claire Alyward, the Student Programming Director for the Panhellenic Council.

To participate, log on to www.unk.edu/unkunite, and register for the event on Nov. 3.  or for questions, you can e-mail Tracy Lungrin at unkunite@gmail.com.

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