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Contact: NIU Women’s Studies
(815) 753-1038

September 12, 2006

Female high school students invited
to NIU conference on college, career options

DeKalb, Ill. — Female high school students interested in exploring career opportunities and learning more about the academic side of college life are invited to attend the 2006 Conference for Young Women, hosted by Northern Illinois University from 8:15 a.m. to 1:45 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 24, at Holmes Student Center.

The 11th annual conference is geared for young women in their sophomore through senior years of high school and aims to introduce the students to a variety of career areas, including professions where women are historically underrepresented. Panel discussions and speakers will focus on career opportunities in fields ranging from systems engineering and graphic design, to athletics and counseling.

“We live in a world where technological and social changes are creating new careers all the time. A woman today can combine physics and music in a career in concert hall acoustics or mix engineering and art designing visuals for cell phones,” said Amy Levin, director of the NIU Women’s Studies Program. “Our conference is intended to introduce girls to some of these new careers and expand their sense of personal possibilities.”

Conference participants also will tour Barsema Hall, home of NIU’s state-of-the-art College of Business, or the university’s unique library system, including the renowned Regional History Center. Campus tours can be arranged for after the conference.

The conference is sponsored by the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and the NIU Women’s Studies Program. To register, call 1-800-345-9472. For additional information, call (815) 753-1038 or visit The registration fee is $33 before Oct. 17, with a $5 additional late charge. Limited scholarships are available.