International Women’s Day Dinner to be held at AU

Anderson, Ind. — On March 8, Anderson University will host an International Women’s Day Dinner. This AU American Association for University Women (AAUW) initiative will take place from 6-8 p.m. in the lobby of Reardon Auditorium, and is open to both the AU campus and the Anderson community.

The dinner will focus on women’s health issues, both local and around the world. Anderson University will recognize Beth Tharp, CEO of Community Hospital Anderson, AU alumna AS ’80, MBA ’05, and exemplar of women in leadership, as she brings the evening’s keynote comments. Attendees will also hear from representatives of AU’s School of Nursing, professor Sarah Neal BA ’91, and RN Ashley (Richardson) Tibbs BS ’13, as they speak about their experiences with women’s health issues.

“I think nurse researcher Afaf Meleis captured well the importance of women’s health when she said, ‘You make a woman healthy, you make a home healthy, you make a city healthy,’” said Dr. Marie Morris, provost. “This is true in rural and urban settings, as well as locally and globally. I’m delighted that we are going to recognize International Women’s Day by looking at this very topic.”

“Since its inception in 1908 in New York City, International Women’s Day has played an important role in highlighting the contributions of women both in the home and globally,” said Dr. Jaye Rogers, chair of the department of history and political science. “One hundred and ten years later, it continues to bring attention to issues that challenge women’s efforts to achieve equality. As a member of AAUW, I am pleased that Anderson University will recognize International Women’s Day and Women’s History Month by focusing on a topic that can make a difference in the life of women, their families, and their communities.”

The cost of the dinner is $10 per person, with a discount of $5 for students. Attendees can register online.

Anderson University is on a mission to educate students for lives of faith and service, offering more than 60 undergraduate majors, 30 three-year degrees, 20 NCAA Division III intercollegiate sports, alongside adult and graduate programs. The private, liberal arts institution is fully accredited and recognized among top colleges for its business, computer science, cybersecurity, dance, engineering, nursing, and teacher education programs. Anderson University was established in 1917 in Anderson, Indiana, by the Church of God.

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