Several members of the Keuka College community were seen streaking across campus today (Friday, Oct. 25).
Streaking their hair, that is.
And it was for a good cause. The Keuka Against Cancer Club and Women’s Center dedicated the week of Oct. 21-25 to raise awareness of breast cancer.
The highlight of the week was a friendly staff and faculty competition to see who could raise the most money to be donated to the American Cancer Society. The faculty or staff member who raised the most was asked to streak his or her hair pink.
Jim Blackburn, vice president for student development, raised the most money—$81—and not only streaked his hair pink, but also part of his beard.
In addition to Blackburn, who received breast cancer pins, bracelets, and a t-shirt for his fundraising efforts, other members of the College community donated money to streak their hair pink ($1), or blue, purple, or green ($.50).
“The money we raised, nearly $200, will be sent to the American Cancer Society to help find a cure for breast cancer,” said Rebecca Capek, resident director of Saunders Hall and a Success Advocate. Capek also serves as adviser to the Keuka Against Cancer Club.
Other activities included ‘painting’ the campus pink by tying pink ribbons around trees; breast cancer Jeopardy!; a bra toss game; lunch with a breast cancer survivor; breast cancer t-shirt sales; and various give-aways and prizes.
In celebration of Women’s History Month and International Women’s Day, members of the Keuka College community will gather to participate in a traditional afternoon tea Wednesday, March 6.
Sponsored by the Women’s Center, Office of Multicultural Affairs, and Office of Alumni and Family Relations, the event will run from 4-5 p.m. in the Brezinsky Room.
In addition to sipping tea, attendees will hear a talk by Iva Deutchman, professor of political science at Hobart and William Smith (HWS) Colleges. She will discuss “Women in Politics: Past, Present and Future.”
“Iva is an expert in her field and a dynamic individual,” said Chevy DeVaney, director of multicultural affairs. “Attendees should expect to be engaged, educated, and have a good time.”
Deutchman holds doctoral and master’s degrees from the University of Pennsylvania, and a bachelor’s degree from Hofstra University. At HWS, she has served as the co-director of the media and society program; chaired the Committee on Academic Affairs and the political science department; and served as coordinator of the women’s studies program.
“The afternoon tea is symbolic as we use it to bring together women and men from across campus to talk about shared experiences, individual stories and most importantly spending time in the presence of other women,” said DeVaney.
But the tea is not just for women. According to Kathy Waye, director of alumni and family relations, “men are invited, and I think this provides an opportunity for men to better understand women’s issues.”
A day of global celebration for the economic, political and social achievements of women, “International Women’s Day is important because it celebrates the economic, political and social achievement of women,” said DeVaney. “It also draws attention to the gender inequalities that still exist. This day reminds us that there’s still work to be done, and provides a forum for women around the world to unite their voices on issues that affect us.”
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Alison Liberty, a junior biology major, had heard of the Women’s Center but didn’t know much about it. The South Berwick, Maine, resident wondered if, or how, the center could benefit her.
Liberty got a taste of what the center provides when she attended the first Dare to Lead: Developing Women Leaders conference.
October is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month, and to raise awareness of domestic abuse and violence, Keuka College participated in the Clothesline Project, which honors women victims of intimate violence and abuse.