CT AAUW April Enews
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First Ever CT Tech Savvy Inspires Girls, Parents & Teachers to STEM Careers

(Hartford, CT) On Saturday, March 22nd at Central CT State University, 119 girls and 43 parents, teachers and caregivers were inspired by a daylong conference focusing on STEM that included hands-on workshops for 6th-9th grade girls.  The conference was one of only 9 pilot programs around the country funded by AAUW and Praxair Foundation and the first of its kind in CT.  

The conference drew girls and their parents or teachers from as far away as Bronx, NY and included girls from Hartford, Meriden and New Britain, as well.  Additional funding support was provided by CT Space Grant, AAUW branches and individual members, Central CT State University and CWEALF who was a partner for this project.

Girls could partake in workshops such as K’Nex Competition and CSI: Tech Savvy. Meanwhile, the program for adults included topics such as Role Models Matter and Financial Preparedness.  

The day included a welcome by AAUW Tech Savvy founder Tamara Brown of Praxair raffle prize drawings and a trivia scavenger hunt at the College & Careers Corner and an inspirational address by keynote speaker Riva Krut , Vice President & Chief Sustainability Officer, Praxair, Inc. who taught the girls to write down their dream and check in on it regularly.

“We were thrilled to see so many girls from so many backgrounds get so excited about science, technology, engineering and math careers” stated Donna Haghighat, CT Tech Savvy Committee Chair and Co-President of AAUW of CT. “We had parents who came up to us after the day and said it isn’t ‘if’ you will do it again but ‘when’ because they found the day so beneficial.”  A committee consisting of professors, AAUW and CWEALF members as well as a corps of nearly 50 volunteers ensured the day’s success.


Photo credits: Maddy Dickinson


April 10 Deadline for NCCWSL Early Bird Registration

Six branches and at least nine colleges have indicated their participation in the 2014 National Conference for College Women Student Leaders (NCCWSL) scheduled for June 5-7 at the University of Maryland, College Park. Officials expect approximately 1000 students and are excited about the arrival of Chelsea Clinton. Branches and colleges still wishing to participate should contact Lin Rising ( immediately since funds are being depleted quickly.

Carol Virostek Joins AAUW Legacy Circle
We are proud and honored by AAUW CT Steering Committee member Carol Virostek's recent inception into the AAUW Legacy Circle.  The Legacy Circle honors those donors who have expressed their commitment to the AAUW mission through a planned gift such as a charitable annuity or a bequest.

Three Regional Meetings Scheduled, Attendance Encouraged

All campuses should have been notified by their region coordinator, but meetings for Region I, II, and III have all been scheduled for April or May. (See schedule below) All Campus Reps (or their designee) are urged to attend to benefit from latest AAUW information and potential resource sharing or collaboration. This is also a time for campuses to share highlights of activities on their institutions. Branch leaders, NCCWSL students, SAC members, and Steering Committee are all invited to attend. The afternoon meetings will last for ninety minutes and light refreshments will be shared. 

Region I:  Wednesday, April 9 at Capital Community College in Hartford. Doris Arrington coordinator and host. 

Region II:   Friday, April 4 at University of New Haven.  Nana Amos and Yhara Zelinka, coordinators, Wanda Tyler, host.

Region III: Friday, May 2 at Three Rivers Community College, Norwich. Mary Ann Kistner, coordinator, Janet Hagen, host.

If you do not know your Region, please contact Lin Rising (

Tech Savvy Kudos

Congratulations to AAUW CT Co-presidents Alice Reitz and Donna Haghighat for their leadership in the success of the Tech Savvy Program held Saturday, March 22, at Central Connecticut State University. Middle school students and the “tech” presenters exuded enthusiasm.

Thanks to the CCSU staff and CWEALF for their outstanding roles!  

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