Commission for Women announces fall kickoff workshop, meeting schedule

September 17, 2013

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. – The Penn State Commission for Women is holding its annual fall kickoff workshop to welcome and orient new members on Wednesday, Sept. 25. The event will be held at the Hintz Family Alumni Center from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Refreshments and lunch will be provided.

“The kickoff is a way for people to learn more about what the commission does,” said Courtney Karmelita, co-chairwoman of the program committee. “We use a ‘speed-dating’ format so new members can determine which committee is the best match for their interests.”

“The work of the commission is primarily accomplished by the committees,” explained Lisa German, chairwoman of the commission. “That’s where the action is.” 

For a list of all the committees and descriptions of their purpose, visit

Starting in October, the commission will hold monthly public meetings open to anyone in the Penn State community.

“These meeting are intended as a kind of informal professional development on topics most relevant to women,” noted Karmelita.

The public meetings are held from 12:15 to 1:30 p.m. in 404 Old Main. For those who cannot attend in person, there is a meet-me bridge at 814-863-2330 and an Adobe Connect meeting room at

The fall public meeting schedule:
-- Wednesday, Oct. 23: Sexual assault awareness
-- Wednesday, Nov. 20: TIAA-CREF
-- Wednesday, Dec. 18: Women with influence panel discussion

The Commission for Women was established in 1981 to serve as an advisory group to the president of the University on issues affecting women and to guide the University in its efforts to enhance the status of women at Penn State. Learn more about the commission at

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Last Updated January 10, 2015