Campus News 2009

For Immediate Release
October 30, 2009

Schreiner sponsors math, science conference for girls in grades 6-8

Schreiner University will host Expanding Your Horizons, an annual conference for girls in the 6th through 8th grades, on Saturday, Nov. 21, on the University campus. The annual event is co-sponsored by Schreiner and the American Association of University Women. Check-in will be 9-9:45 a.m. at the Floyd & Kathleen Cailloux Campus Activity Center. The deadline for registration is Friday, November 13. Students can register through their schools or register and pay on line from the Expanding Your Horizons Web site at For more information, email Dr. Diana Comuzzie, professor of biology and dean of the Robert B. Trull School of Sciences and Mathematics, Schreiner University, at

EYH conferences are designed to give girls in middle school and opportunity to explore mathematics and sciences as possible areas for high school and college studies, through small classes and labs. There will be speakers talking about their areas of expertise and careers, including Dr. Nancy Alvarez, ophthalmology; Julie Brandt, RVT, RDCS, vascular technologist and diagnostic cardiac sonographer; Tara Bushnoe, ecologist; Dr. Shelly Cole, Department of Genetics, Southwest Foundation of Biomedical Research; Debbie Gonzalez, accountant; Annette Jones, nurse/midwife; Pam Lewis, scientific researcher; Dr. Susan Longacre, geologist and oil industry consultant; Dr. Lena Rippstein, program developer and director of BSN nursing at Schreiner; Dr. Kerri Truelock, obstetrician and gynecologist; and Christen Longoria, engineer.

Dr. Comuzzie, the conference director, has been visiting area schools. She heard from the mother of a student that the student was excited about EYH and the “fun things” the girls attending would get to do.

“The mom said with some amazement that she told her husband anything that got their daughter that excited about science and math, they were going to do,” Comuzzie said. “And that is exactly what we are trying to do: get girls excited about studying science and mathematics. Come have fun with us!”

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