CONTACT: STEVE PARROTT
5 Old Capitol
Iowa City IA 52242
(319) 335-0557; fax (319) 335-0558
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
"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
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
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.