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UI women's groups kick off academic year with reception

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- A number of campus women's groups at the University of Iowa are holding a joint academic year kick-off celebration, "Building a Community of Women," on Wednesday, Sept. 2 in the South Room of the Iowa Memorial Union. The event will be from 4:30-6:30 p.m., and Christine Grant, the UI Women's Athletic Director, will speak at 5:15 p.m. on the importance of teamwork in the university community.

The groups sponsoring the program are: Associated University Women, Council on the Status of Women, Rape Victim Advocacy Program, Women in Science and Engineering, Women's Athletics, Women's Resource and Action Center, and Women's Studies. The collaborative effort is designed to give women on campus an opportunity to learn about all the different organizations that address their needs.

"We wanted to have a program to showcase the variety of resources and groups available to all University of Iowa women," said Jan Warren, chairwoman of the Council on the Status of Women, and one of the event organizers. "We also wanted to start out the new year by reconnecting with each other and giving new members of the community a chance to learn how women on campus support each other."

The program is open to all UI faculty, staff and students, and refreshments will be served. For more information, contact Warren at 335-6148.

8/31/98