Alumni invited to join in Women’s History Month presentations

Upper Iowa University alumni are invited to join in some of the upcoming Women’s History Month events accessible via zoom. Please check the UIU website for the zoom links at

Wednesday, March 24 – 7 PM CST (virtual) – Stan Pearson II, Leadership Speaker: Our Differences Shouldn’t Divide Us

9 Diversity Keys for Dynamic Leadership
This Keynote can also be conducted as a workshop. It is a thought-provoking interaction presentation/discussion about the importance of actually understanding what Diversity is & how you succeed daily and consistently with an understanding of Diversity. Leadership is paramount; however, without a great understanding of diversity, leadership never truly reaches its full potential. This program will bring 9 pivotal points & thought-provoking conversation to the front of our minds so we can effectively adjust our attitudes, thrive in our lives & organizations while leading in a more inclusive format.

Thursday, March 25 at 6pm CST(virtual), Becoming by Michelle Obama: Becoming by Michelle Obama | Crown Publishing (

Book club discussion facilitated by Elissa Wenthe, Dean of the School of Arts and Sciences
In her memoir, now available in paperback and as a Young Readers edition, Michelle Obama invites readers into her world, chronicling the experiences that have shaped her—from her childhood on the South Side of Chicago to her years as an executive balancing the demands of motherhood and work, to her time spent at the world’s most famous address. With unerring honesty and lively wit, she describes her triumphs and her disappointments, both public and private, telling her full story as she has lived it—in her own words and on her own terms. Warm, wise, and revelatory, Becoming is the deeply personal reckoning of a woman of soul and substance who has steadily defied expectations—and whose story inspires us to do the same. *Movie accessible on Netflix

Monday, March 29 at 6pm CST (virtual), Cut Off by Adrianne Finlay: Adrianne Finlay – Author

Book Club discussion facilitated by Meghan Jordan, UIU Assistant Professor of English
Warcross meets Lost in this haunting young adult sci-fi thriller in which teens compete to survive in the wilderness for one million dollars on a new virtual reality show. When something goes horribly wrong and the contestants realize no one is coming to save them, they must question their very reality—and how much of the game is really for show.

Following the book club presentation at 6:30 pm CST (same zoom link),
Discussion with author, Dr. Adrianne Finlay, UIU Professor of English
Adrianne Finlay received her PhD in literature and creative writing from Binghamton University. Originally from Ithaca, New York, she now lives in Cedar Falls, Iowa with her husband, the poet J. D. Schraffenberger, and their two young daughters. She is a professor of English and the Program Director of Creative Writing at Upper Iowa University in Fayette, Iowa. When she’s not writing, reading, or grading, she’s making soap to sell locally, raising money for type 1 diabetes research. During this discussion Dr. Finlay will answer questions about the book and share her journey to becoming a published author.

*Obtaining copies of the UIU Women’s History book club books (everyone invited!) 

  1.  Fayette campus has copies available at the UIU Library
  2. Online and center students may go to their local libraries, or request a book through Interlibrary Loan:  Interlibrary Loan Request – Upper Iowa University (
  3. If you need help, please contact the UIU Henderson-Wilder Library – Upper Iowa University ( through e-mail or phone (563) 425-5261.
  4. Purchase a copy from your local bookstore or online.  Amazon has Cut Off for 10$ on Kindle and 15$ in hardcover. Becoming is 10-12$ in e-book or hard cover.

Wednesday March 31, 12:10pm CST (virtual): Women in Politics Panel Discussion
101 years ago women in the United States won the right to vote. This year the US elected its first female Vice President. Great strides have been made in some areas and very few in others. UIU alumna, Sharon (Barnhart) Keehner, Clayton County Supervisor; Jodi Grover, UIU alumna and UIU Teacher Educator Coordinator-Lead; June Glover, Senior Program Officer with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation; and Amy Tucker, UIU Director of Academic Success and Fayette City Council Representative, will share their personal journey into politics and their why. Panelists will offer advice to students thinking of entering a career in politics and will reveal encouraging perspectives and insights on the leadership skills needed to break barriers and become successful pioneers in any field.

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