UMass Amherst Set to Take Our Daughters to Work

AMHERST, Mass. - Thursday, April 26, marks the ninth annual "Take Our Daughters to Work Day" at UMass, when girls between the ages of 9 and 15 can visit offices, laboratories, and other campus locations to learn first-hand what women contribute to the University workplace, and what they can learn. The event is free and open to the children, grandchildren, and other relatives of the campus community.

In 1992, the Ms. Magazine Foundation for Women inaugurated the Take Our Daughters to Work program to help girls build self-esteem and learn about the contributions women make in the world of work. UMass alumna Miriam Zoll, Class of 1984, co-founded the program.

To kick off the day''s events, the Faculty Senate Council on the Status of Women is sponsoring an information fair featuring 37 exhibitors and a continental breakfast reception at the Mullins Center from 8:30 to 10 a.m. At 10:30 a.m., nutritionist Stella L. Volpe, recipient of the University Distinguished Teaching Award, will speak in the Mullins Center Green Room. Volpe is assistant professor in the department of nutrition, director of the Center for Nutrition in Sport and Human Performance, and an adjunct faculty member in the department of exercise science.

Between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m., 22 departments and offices will open their doors to girls for demonstrations, activities, and tours of campus sites. Visitors can explore the UMass zebrafish facility, examine insects under microscopes, learn how to decorate fancy cakes, help paint a mural, or sit in on a women''s history class. UMass police will demonstrate self-defense techniques, and nursing students will show how they care for patients. Visitors may tour the library, horse barns, campus television station, or Durfee Conservatory.

The College of Engineering will show girls how to build bubble machines at 11 a.m. in Guinness Student Center, Marcus Hall. Graduate student Kristen Berger says bubbles play an important role in environmental engineering. Her workshop will explain why we need bubbles to wash things, and why bubbles are in soda. "Girls can be inventors," Berger says. "In part, that''s what engineering is. An invention doesn''t have to cost a lot or be terribly complex."

For more information, contact Jean Berg, financial aid office, at 413/545-1440.