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‘Women on Wednesdays’ talk to address the importance of extracurricular activities

From Staff Reports

“Pursuing Professionalism: The Importance of Activities” is the focus of a presentation in East Tennessee State University’s “Women on Wednesdays” lecture series on Feb. 22.

This free public talk, sponsored by the ETSU Women’s Studies Program, will take place from noon-1 p.m. in the presentation room of the Multicultural Center, located on the second level of the D.P. Culp University Center.  A light lunch will be provided.

In her presentation, Pooja Jagadish, a fourth-year medical student at ETSU’s Quillen College of Medicine, will discuss how time spent outside the classroom is just as important as the time dedicated to building knowledge in one’s chosen field.  She will speak on how using extracurricular activities to develop personal drive and build such skills as leadership, teamwork and time management is crucial to becoming a successful professional.

Her talk is designed for current students who are preparing for professional or graduate school or the workforce, as well as for prospective college students.

Jagadish graduated from Vanderbilt University with a bachelor of arts degree in anthropology and women’s and gender studies.  She has focused on activism and organizational development in her own activities, including co-founding a branch of Take Back the Night, a program that raises awareness about sexual assault, at Vanderbilt.  Since arriving on the ETSU campus, Jagadish has developed the Quillen High School Outreach Program to provide opportunities for regional high school students to explore health sciences careers.

The “Women on Wednesdays” series is designed to raise awareness about the research, scholarship and community engagement that women at ETSU are doing; to provide a venue where women on campus and in the community can discuss and support each other’s work; and to give students an opportunity to meet faculty who could become mentors for their studies.

Upcoming ETSU speakers in this series include Dr. Lorianne Mitchell of the Department of Management and Marketing on March 1; Dr. Martha Copp of the Department of Sociology and Anthropology on March 15; and Lindsey Devine, women’s volleyball coach, on April 5.

For more information, call Dr. Phyllis Thompson, director of ETSU Women’s Studies, at 439-4125. For disability accommodations, call the ETSU Office of Disability Services at 439-8346.