State Women's Conference held at Tennessee Tech Oct. 3-4

Tennessee's highest ranking women in higher education will be among the panelists at a two-day state conference planned for Thursday and Friday, Oct. 3-4, at Tennessee Technological University.

With the theme, "Influencing the Future of Higher Education," the 1996 Annual Conference for Women in Higher Education will explore issues central to womenUs professional progress, among them: influencing change and organizational leadership, balancing career and family and dual career marriages, management techniques for stress and conflict, and paths to professional opportunity.

The two-day program is a joint conference of the Tennessee Chapter of the American Association for Women in Community Colleges and Women in Higher Education in Tennessee (on Thursday) and the American Council on Education National Identification Program (on Friday).

Thursday's sessions begin with a keynote address by Fisk University librarian and author Jessie Carney Smith and continue with concurrent sessions. Retired state senator Anna Belle Clement O'Brien will give the WHET keynote address Thursday evening. On Friday, Tennessee Tech President Angelo Volpe will give welcoming remarks. Friday's keynote will be in the form of a panel discussion featuring Karen Boyer, president of Dyersburg State Community College; Sherry Hoppe, president of Roane State Community College; and Margaret Perry, chancellor of UT-Martin.

Workshop sessions include dual careers, conflict management, mentoring, career mobility, leading organizational change, and a host of other topics. Tennessee Tech speakers are Cathy Cunningham, professor of Home Economics; Julie Pharr, associate professor of Marketing; and Rebecca Tolbert, associate vice president for Academic Affairs. Conference coordinators are Linda Keeton of Tennessee Tech's President's Office and Gretta Stanger of the university's Women's Center.

Although the conference is targeted for women in higher education, women in other career paths are welcome to participate. Registration fees range from $10 to $50, depending on the number of sessions attended. To register or for more information, call Jeannette Heritage at 615-898-2565.

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