Ashland University to Host Accent on Women Day

4/8/11 ASHLAND, OH -- Accent on Women, Ashland University's fourth annual women's day on campus, will be held on May 6 in the Dauch College of Business and Economics.

Area residents are invited to join Ashland alumnae, spouses of trustees, mothers of current students and other friends of the University for a day of short educational sessions on a variety of topics, running from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The first breakout session at 9:15 a.m. has a choice between:

*         "Home Safety for You & Your Family" by Kathy Krause, RN clinic coordinator at Samaritan Home Care, and Jane Matz, physical therapist at Samaritan Home Care. This session will discuss home safety as an important issue for all generations. Did you know that home related injuries result in nearly 20,000 deaths and 21 million medical visits on average each year? An accident or injury can occur in any part of your home. Some safety hazards are obvious but many are not so easily identified. In this session, attendees will discuss environmental safety, fire safety, medications and how to make your home safe.

*         "Best Practices for Healthy Computing" by Steve Kaufman, associate director of Learning Management Technology at Ashland University. This session will include discussion about how everyone uses technology to manage their time, contacts and social lives, plus pay bills and book airfare. Everyone relies on it heavily and forgets the basics of how to use computers, the internet, and cell phones safely. What if you lost all of the photos on your computer? What would you do if random credit card charges appeared on your statement? In this session, attendees will learn some basic things that can be done to backup files, protect you from phishing emails, and surf the internet safely.

The second breakout session at 10:15 a.m. has a choice between:

*         "Health & Fitness for Women of all Ages" by Laura B. (Vernon) Kruger '04, professional instructor of Sport Sciences, Lifetime Wellness. This will be a "how to" workshop for women of all ages to learn the general facts to stay fit and healthy. Exercises tailored to different age groups will be shared. Since women are typically busy juggling responsibilities of family life, career and personal life, this workshop will showcase how staying fit and healthy can be achieved despite a busy schedule. Exercise demonstrations will be done by the instructor only, not workshop attendees.

*         "A Taste of Honey (or Money)" by Kris Hovsepian, assistant professor of Marketing, Hospitality Management & Law at Ashland University. Attendees will participate in a taste test comparing name brand and generic products, as well as local products compared with national competitors. The results and other factors, such as price and ease of purchase, will be included in the wrap-up. Data collected will be compared with Ashland University students' responses and the results will be presented at the Small Business Institute conference and subsequently published.

The third breakout session at 11:15 a.m. has a choice between:

*         "Women Creating Change - How Women Make a Difference through Volunteer Service" by Becky (Myher) Schaaf '04, director of Community Service & Leadership Development at Ashland University. According to Schaaf, "volunteerism is the glue that will hold us together and it will be the energy that will take us into the 21st century." Schaaf will look at why volunteerism is so important and how it affects both local and world economy. This workshop also will feature stories from several female leaders in the Ashland area who have impacted the lives of others through service. The session will also include a hands-on service component and give practical ideas for ways people can serve on a daily basis.

*         "Accessories: The Things that Set Women Apart" by Geri (Bordner) Knisely '70, Cookie Lee Jewelry Consultant. Accessories add to a women's personality to give her a distinctive look. With stylish accessories, women can create a unique style all their own and add pizzazz to their style - they provide appeal to make a fabulous look. This session will show women how to sparkle from head to toe and how to accent their wardrobe. Learn new ways to use items that many people have and how to create multiple looks by accessorizing.

A lunch in Ashland University's Accent Room will be followed by a 1:15 p.m. presentation titled "Organic or Not - Foods for a Healthier You" by Peter C. Wallin, chef/manager of Dining Services at Ashland University. This will be a discussion on how food purchases affect our health and our environment. It will identify when organically grown is best and when conventionally grown is okay. Hear how the chemicals affect our bodies and contaminate the soil. Learn how to find and support local agriculture including the plethora of sources right in our backyard. Those attending will gain practical information on how to become a healthier person.

The planning committee for the event is comprised of Holly Finks '89, Ashland University First Lady; Jill Segrist Charlton '82, assistant director of Alumni & Parent Relations; Susanne Rieneke, Ashland University Trustee spouse; Kris Hovsepian, assistant professor, Dauch College of Business & Economics; and Lori Byron, office manager for the Office of Development.

The cost to attend the Women's Day is $25, with $5 going to benefit the Ashland University Women's Endowed Scholarship Fund. Registration is required by April 27. To register or receive a full brochure, call 419-289-5620 or email<>.

Ashland University (<>) is a mid-sized, private university conveniently located a short distance from Akron, Cleveland and Columbus, Ohio. Ashland University values the individual student and offers a unique educational experience that combines the challenge of strong, applied academic programs with a faculty and staff who build nurturing relationships with their students.