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Communication and Diversity COMM 380
TR 3:40-5:10 CRN 37193
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Intro to Women's and Gender Studies WMS 201
TR 9:45 - 11:15 AM CRN 35976
Women Writers over 65 Eng 482
T R 3:40-5:10 CRN 37287


Gals Read is a program of the Fairbanks North Star Borough Public Library in partnership with the Literacy Council of Alaska and FNSB School District. It is a companion program to Guys Read, which was developed to overcome the loss of interest in reading that is common among boys at that age. Only offering this fun program to boys, however, was seen as detrimental to the girls’ self-esteem. Gals Read is being developed to support girls’ interest in reading for pleasure while providing a mentorship opportunity with dynamic professional women from the local community.

Women who are willing to spend one lunch break or several reading to fourth grade girls are needed in Fairbanks this semester. Here’s how it works: four Gals Read books have been specially selected by local librarians. Teams of volunteer women will read to the girls during their lunch period while projecting images from the books using document cameras to provide an interactive experience. Multi-copy sets of the books are also given to the participating schools’ libraries and the children are invited to a party at the Noel Wien library at the end of the program.

Gals Read will reach ten district schools this year, up from three last year. The program runs in late January and February. Each of the ten schools will have either a Wednesday/Friday or Tuesday/Thursday schedule. Women readers will visit each school twice a week for four weeks. Gals Read takes place during the fourth grade lunch period which falls between 11:55am-1pm, depending on the school.

Volunteers only have to attend one of the three available trainings to become a Reader. If you are interested in being a reader this year, please contact Cherie Johnston, Gals Read Coordinator: - phone 456-6212


Moms are Mathletes!

Exciting opportunity!
Moms are Mathletes! Tuesday, Jan. 11, 2011
8:00 a.m to 9:00 a.m. AK time

A FREE teleseminar to create and nurture a love of learning and a more positive relationship between Moms, their children and MATH. Moms are Mathletes is a unique group of moms dedicated to helping their children learn mathematics in an environment that celebrates their individuality.

In this free teleseminar (held over the phone) you will find:

  • a lifeline to positive, peaceful learning of mathematics
  • an opportunity to teach and learn through your varying styles
  • a vision of how to learn math that connects children to mathematics

This teleseminar is sponsored and hosted by Meggin McIntosh, Ph.D. with Cheryl Hecht, M.Ed. presenting. Cheryl Hecht is a mom as well as an expert in the teaching and learning of mathematics.  Click on the following URL to learn more and to register (registration is free):

Here's what you will receive as a registrant:
  • Call-in information (phone # & access code) so you can be 'live' on the teleseminar;
  • An opportunity to send in questions before the class so that you can get some answers;
  • Handouts to download to accompany the class;
  • An MP3 download of the class (following the class) so you can listen as many times as you need and want to while reinforcing the content you are learning.
Please share this link and information with other people you know who might be interested.