Girls’ Recognition Night was held on Thursday, April 19, 2018 @ 7:00 pm at the CCBC Learning Resource Center
Girls’ Recognition Night is a program that recognizes eighth grade girls from Beaver County Middle Schools who have an exceptional interest in the fields of math and science. The girls are selected by their Math and Science teachers for their enthusiasm and talent in Science and Math, components of the (STEM) subjects. The girls are recognized with a certificate and a pass to the Carnegie Science Center.
A panel of three to five women who are currently working in one or more of the STEM areas discuss their education and careers. They describe their professions and give the young women an insight for the possibilities open to them as they continue their studies in the STEM fields. There is an opportunity for questions after the presentation. The program, in partnership with Community College of Beaver County, is held in April at the CCBC Learning Resource Center. Parents, teachers, superintendents and AAUW members are invited to the program. After the program all are welcome to a Dessert Reception that allows for more one-on-one discussions with the speakers. Membership brochures are distributed, a speaker from CCBC is on hand to discuss college options, and information about scholarships is provided.
AAUW asks every science and math teacher from each school district in Beaver County to select two of their female students in each of their classes to be recognized at this event. They were asked to choose students with:l
- An exceptional interest or passion for math or science.
- A potential for growth in the subject area.
- Class participation, effort, enthusiasm, grades, in-class projects, and problem-solving ability.
We believe that teachers, advisors, role models and parents can favorably affect the attitudes of young girls and persuade them that they are every bit as qualified as young men to pursue math and science careers. Being praised for their interest and performance and being shown that there are indeed many female achievers in technical and non-traditional fields can make a great difference to a young woman in deciding which courses to take in high school and college.
Introducing the 2018 Panelist
Huntsman Funeral Home Inc.
Anne Huntsman is a funeral director and funeral supervision of Huntsman Funeral Homes Inc., which owns and operates facilities in Rochester, Aliquippa, and Moon Township and operates Beaver County’s only crematory. She also serves as secretary/treasurer of the corporation.
A 1999 graduate of Rochester Area High School, Anne received her Bachelor of Arts in Communications degree from the University of Mount Union in 2003. Following in the career path of her father who founded the business in 1973, she enrolled in the Pittsburgh Institute of Mortuary Sciences where she served her internship before joining her father in business. Women were once a rarity in this field. Forty-five years ago, less than 5 percent of funeral directors were women; today almost 60 percent of students in mortuary schools nationwide are women.
Among Anne’s duties are meeting with families and guiding them through the grieving process by coordinating funerals, preparing obituaries, and filing appropriate paperwork. She is a member of Selected Independent Funeral Homes.
Anne resides in Center Township with her husband and two sons.
Pilot American Airlines
Adrienne Wooley is a pilot for American Airlines. She graduated from Seton Hill College with a degree in Psychology. She did most of her flight training at San Juan College in northern New Mexico, earning another degree in Aviation Technology. Adrienne has flown commercial and corporate aircraft throughout the US for more than 20 years. She is currently flying the Airbus 330, based in Philadelphia, to European destinations. She lives in Beaver
Elizabeth L. McMichael, PhD
University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute Laboratory of Dr. Robert L. Ferris, MD, PhD
Dr. McMichael grew up in New Sewickley Township where she graduated from Freedom Area High School in 2008. She is alumni of Allegheny College where she earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Biochemistry and played collegiate basketball. Following Allegheny, she moved to Columbus, OH and earned her PhD from The Ohio State University in Biomedical Sciences, with a focus in both Immunology and Cancer Biology. Liz began a post-doctoral fellowship position at UPMC’s Hillman Cancer Center in the fall of 2016 in a laboratory that focuses on immunotherapy-based treatment strategies for head and neck cancer. She has published 14 peer-reviewed research articles, presented her research at several national meetings, is a member of a graduate student and post doc- driven consulting firm at the University of Pittsburgh, and is currently in the process of applying for a public policy fellowship with the American Association of Immunologists. She currently resides in Squirrel Hill with her puppy, JJ.
Strategic Account Director at Nike
Lynn Levinger graduated from Center Area High school and then moved on to study at Penn State University in State College with a focus on Business Management and International Studies. As part of that experience, she was able to spend a semester abroad in Alicante, Spain. After graduating from Penn State, Lynn was offered a job from Kaufmann’s Department Stores, which at the time was a division of the May Company based on downtown Pittsburgh. Lynn joined the company working as an executive trainee in their Buying program. From then, she spent time between the roles of assistant buyer, area sales manager on a store floor, and then as a buyer in their Juniors Department. This time was invaluable as learning the importance of working on a team, effective written and verbal communication, organization and time management. In May 2002, May Company announced that they were merging divisions and offered a position in Boston in Kaufmann’s sister division, Filene’s department stores. She chose to stay in Pittsburgh and was fortunate to receive a job offer from NIKE working in a small office of 5 people on the Dick’s Sporting Goods business as the women’s apparel Account Executive. At the time, Dick’s operated 147 stores. Today, they have more than 700 stores and a thriving ecommerce business. She considers herself to be very fortunate to learn so much from working on this business, working for people who have been a major part of building the NIKE business since the 70’s, and have worked in sales on many businesses within NIKE’s portfolio: Men’s, Women’s, Young Athletes apparel, Licensed apparel, Running Footwear, Running equipment, Sports accessories. She shares with anyone who will listen how it has been exciting and humbling to learn about how to manage a brand, align strategic priorities across functions and companies, and change the trajectory of a business by enabling the right talent, creative energy, financial planning and people resources
AAUW, a national organization with over 100,000 members, has long advocated gender equity in education. Many studies show that girls who have displayed great ability in science and math begin to lose interest as they reach the middle school age. Girls Recognition Night is intended to encourage middle school girls to enroll in math and science courses in high school and beyond that can lead to careers in the non-traditional STEM fields—science, technology, engineering, and math.