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WRAC offers women's workshops on computing and money

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The Women's Resource and Action Center at The University of Iowa has scheduled women's workshops on computing and personal finance that will begin in October. The workshops are free and open to all, but because space is limited, interested persons are encouraged to register ahead of time.

The first two workshops in a new series called "Women and Computing" will be offered Wednesday, Oct. 8, and Tuesday, Oct. 28. Both workshops will be at the Information Arcade at the UI Main Library. Classes will be taught by Jen Lawrence and Karla Tonella and are co-sponsored by the Information Arcade.

"Introduction to the Internet" will be offered Wednesday, Oct. 8, at 3:30 p.m. If you've heard about surfing the World Wide Web but feel like you've been left in the wake, this is the class for you. Participants will learn how to read hypertext documents, how to conduct basic searches on the Internet, and how to manage the information found on the World Wide Web. They will also learn how to use Netscape and Lynx for accessing information on the Web.

"Writing Dynamic Term Papers" will be offered Tuesday, Oct. 28, at 6 p.m. The workshop will examine the standards for what constitutes a "good-looking" term paper. The new world of digital images, combined with new techniques for formatting text, creates a world of possibilities, not to mention a world of anxieties for those who feel more challenged than excited by these possibilities. Participants will learn formatting techniques, basic image editing, and effective layout, all within the context of basic word processing programs. The workshop will focus on Microsoft Word 5.0, but many of the techniques are applicable across other word processing programs.

The workshops are free and open to everyone, but space is limited. To register, call WRAC at (319) 335-1486.

"Women and Money: Putting the Pieces Together" is a series of workshops focusing on financial issues of special concern to all women. Joining WRAC as sponsors are the Iowa Women's Foundation, Johnson County Extension Service, Focus Forward, and the Iowa City/Johnson County Senior Center.

Pre-registration is required and a $10 fee is requested to cover materials. Some scholarships are available. To pre-register or for more information, call (319) 337-4222.

"Budgeting: Mapping Your Financial Future," the first workshop, will be offered from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 16, in the first floor conference room at Mercy Hospital, Iowa City. Topics will include setting financial goals, the differences between needs and wants, record-keeping, developing a spending plan, tracking expenses, and cutting costs. Pre-registration deadline is Oct. 13

"Privacy and Credit: Who's Got Your Number?" is the second workshop. It will be offered from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 13 at the Iowa City/Johnson County Senior Center. Topics will include how to shop for credit, the costs of credit, how to deal with credit, why we should care about privacy, how to reduce the risk of fraud, and what laws protect us in credit and fraud situations. Pre-registration deadline is Nov. 7.

Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend all university-sponsored events. If you need an accommodation to participate in any of the workshops, call WRAC at (319) 335-1486.

10/3/97