Published on: February 29, 2008Join Lone Star College-CyFair for Women’s Month this March with a variety of performances, films, art exhibitions, discussions, a self-defense workshop, a health fair and more to celebrate, teach and empower women.
Windows on the World, part of an effort to promote cultural activities on campus, will sponsor Women’s Month with all events will be held at the Barker Cypress campus.
The month kicks off with an opening ceremony March 3 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Student Commons. Activities will include a fashion show exhibiting new trends in professional dress, the LSC-CyFair Dance Team performance and radio personality, Tony Styles, will emcee and be the DJ for this event.
The Women’s Health Fair will be held March 3 through March 6 with information on women’s health issues available both in the library and the Student Commons. Most materials can be taken home to share with friends and family. Topics will include osteoporosis, heart health, nutrition, gynecological care, pregnancy, aging, diabetes, girl’s health, exercise, insurance and more. For those interested in donating blood, a Methodist Hospital Blood Bank is will be available March 6 from10 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Technology Building, room 102.
Check out the two unique art displays and a scholarship fund-raising effort set March 3 through March 27. The Woman’s Tower display will feature visual print images of artwork arranged like a bulletin board composed of a pyramid made of ironing boards. The pyramid will contain clippings of images and stories of women who have empowered themselves. Through a Woman’s Eyes art display features the work of LSC-CyFair female artists including faculty, staff and students. Purchase of buttons and bracelets, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Student Commons, will benefit scholarship funds for women.
Don’t miss the Pink Ribbon Project dance performance and discussion March 4 noon to 2 p.m. in the Main Stage Theatre. Following the “Dancers in Motion Against Breast Cancer” performance will be a presentation from a breast cancer survivor who will discuss the early warning signs of breast cancer.
Four films highlighting stories about and/or written by women will be shown March 5, March 19, March 20 and March 26 in the Recital Hall, ART 102 of the Center for the Arts building.
There will be no activities during Spring Break March 10 through March 14.
A Woman’s Symposium will be held March 18 from 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. in Tech 101 to discuss the women’s movement, health care, economics, literature, activism, slavery, female genital mutilation and the various permutations feminism has undergone in the last 200 years. This year students will read original writing on women’s issues in an international context.
Sign up for a free Rape Aggression Defense (R.A.D.) workshop held March 17 through March 21. This four-evening training for women is to develop and enhance the options of self-defense, so they may become viable considerations to the woman who is attacked. Sandra and Jim Baylor, with R.A.D. Texas Education, Inc. will lead this training session addressing women’s safety education and personal empowerment. Classes will be held 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Monday, March 17 and Wednesday, March 19 and Thursday, March 20 in the Conference Center, room 151. Participants must attend all three evenings of training to successfully complete the class. To register for this workshop e-mail Baylor@rice.edu.
Learn more about domestic violence through the Silent Witness Silhouette exhibition in the library, second floor, March 17 through March 27. On loan from Katy Christian Ministries, this exhibition is a poignant reminder of the tragedy of domestic violence. Each silhouette represents a woman killed and because their voices have been silenced, they are now Silent Witnesses of such abuse.
Join an ongoing discussion of Anzia Yezierska’s book “Bread Givers” with the Women of the World book club at 6 p.m. March 18 in the library, room 131.
The next week, March 24 through March 26, the LSC-CyFair Reader’s Theatre performs “The Vagina Monologues” for mature audiences only. Author Eve Ensler beckons theatre-goers to reconnect with the “unnamed, untamed and unknown” down there. The sketch topics range from mundane yet funny (menstruation, gynecological exams, thong underwear and moaning styles) to truly poignant (rape, genital mutilation and their distressing statistics). Performances are set for 2:30 p.m. Monday, 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, and 6:30 p.m. Wednesday Recital Hall, ART 102 of the Center for the Arts building.
The last Women’s Month event will be the Hands Project set at 1 p.m. March 27 in the Student Commons. This empowerment event is geared toward culminating all activities that have taken place in the month of March. This event is dedicated to educating each person in every community about their moral and legal “right to live free of abuse and violence.” In addition, the essay contest winner will read an essay on uniting women together to symbolize the end of activities for the month.
For information on Women’s Month, go to cyfair.lonestar.edu/womensconference.