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Adrianne Donald, assistant director for student involvement and communication, University Center, 406-243-6029, adonald@mso.umt.edu ; Layokat Rasulova, SIN student coordinator, 406-243-6189, layokat.rasulova@mso.umt.edu .

UM To Celebrate International Women's Day

Feb. 27, 2013

MISSOULA –

The University Center’s Student Involvement Network is hosting the International Women’s Day Celebration beginning at 11 a.m. Friday, March 8, in the UC. The celebration ends with a fundraising banquet from 6 to 9 p.m. in the UC Ballroom. Tickets for the closing banquet are $12 for students and $15 for faculty, staff and community members. The events throughout the day are free and open to the public.

International Women’s Day is a global event celebrating, empowering and inspiring women. This celebration brings an international perspective to UM and the Missoula community. International Women’s Day will begin in the UC Atrium with table exhibitions, which will display information and exhibits from the community, national organizations and student groups. Cultural and educational activities, panel discussions and performances are part of the celebration, as well as free skin care, health and beauty samples and demonstrations. There will also be an International Women Hall of Fame, a Prose and Poems corner and a free speech board.

The International Women’s Day Banquet will include an opening speech from Teresa Branch, vice president for Student Affairs at UM, followed by keynote speaker Carol Williams, who recently retire from representing District 46 in the Montana Senate. Williams served as a founding member of the national board of Peace Links from 1982 to 1999. Peace Links was founded to expand the role of women in the discussions of U.S. national security issues and the importance of dialogue between the countries of the former Soviet Union, China, Japan, East Germany, the Czech Republic and Hungary.

The entertainment during the banquet will include a fashion show with traditional attire from Tajikistan, Myanmar, Malaysia and Sri Lanka. There will be poem recitations and an all-female cast’s rendition of a Maya Angelo play, as well as performances of traditional ethnic and modern dances from Persia, Africa, Brazil and Japan. The celebration will host a silent auction to raise funds for Griz for UNICEF.

 For more information call Layokat Rasulova, SIN student coordinator, at 406-243-6189 or email layokat.rasulova@mso.umt.edu, or call Adrianne Donald, assistant director for Student Involvement & Communications, at 406-243-6029 or email adonald@mso.umt.edu.

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