365 Make Take Our Daughters to Work Day a Big Success
Date: April 25, 2002
By: Marianne Kunnen-Jones
Phone: (513) 556-1826
Photos By: Colleen Kelley
Archive: Campus News
A bulletin board full of yellow Post-it notes may carry a glimpse of the future for more than a hundred girls who participated in the University of Cincinnati's Take Our Daughter to Work Day program. In multi-colored ink, girls scrawled their career aspirations on the rectangular notes. Among their current choices were "The President of USA," "vet" and veterinarian, teacher, CIA agent, FBI person, architect, lawyer and a hairdresser who owns her own shop.
Questions about what they like to do, trivia games, a booth for matching personality types and preferences to careers, and the chance to try out some medical equipment such as a blood pressure cuff and stethoscope all encouraged the youths to consider many options for their future work endeavors. Above left, Meridy Glenn, UC soccer coach, listens to her daughter Tegan's heart at a booth set up by the College of Medicine.
Free gifts, Frisbees, face painting, musical entertainment and pizza all added to the noontime fun. At right, Angel Fasce painted Jessica Conners' face. Angel came with her sister, Venus Fasce, a graduate student in women's studies, while Jessica visited with her father, Dan Conners, UCit.
One of the girls in attendance was Anna Grosse, 14, daughter of Susan Grosse, business manager in Public Safety. For her day off from Madeira High School, Anna did not miss out on some hard work. Starting at 9 a.m., she helped mom carry ice, deliver a check for the food, and set up food and tables for the luncheon festivities.
One booth offered artistic brown lunch bags to be decorated with drawings of dogs, hearts, rainbows and whatever else the young campus visitors decided to sketch. The bags will be given to Children's Hospital to cover IV bags. Among those working on the paper containers were Candice Hunter and Yasmine Ishtaywi, who were both brought to work by Yulonda Watkins of University Health Services.
In all, 900 slices of pizza disappeared, plus 500 beverage containers, 300 cookies (donated by Kingsgate Marriott Conference Center) and 800 napkins. More than 365 girls and their parents, friends or relatives stopped by for the event, which marked the 10th anniversary of the National Ms. Foundation's Take Our Daughters to Work Day and the fourth time that UC has formally participated.
The luncheon program, which took place in the Event Pavilion, was sponsored by the Women's Center and other campus groups.