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Press Release for Tuesday, May 8, 2007

Women's Center Presents 'Skyrocketing to Legendary Heights' Conference

Contact: Joanna Norris, Assistant Director
Department of Media Relations and Events
(904) 620-2102

The University of North Florida Women’s Center presents “Skyrocketing to Legendary Heights: Learn the Ups and Downs of a Dream Life” Conference on Wednesday, May 16, from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. on the UNF campus in the Andrew A. Robinson Jr. Student Life Center (Building 14) Rooms 1601-1605. This event is free and open to the public.

‘Skyrocketing to Legendary Heights’ provides a peek at celebrated national speakers who have carved out unusual career paths, expanded upon rigorous academic credentials and garnered the courage to listen to inner nudges and powerful mentors.

The conference keynote speaker is Brad Stewart of Shinedown fame. The UNF graduate began playing in the now famous Celtic band, Shinedown. Stewart will present videos of his band’s performances and will discuss his unexpected story of skyrocketing to fame.

Elina Furman, author of “The Everything After College Book” will share her expertise with, LIFE 101: A Crash Course. She will cover vital information such as money management, relocation, job hunting and battling the entry-level blues. Participants will learn how not only to survive in the real world, but to thrive.

Eric Alva was the first Marine amputee to return from the Iraq war and will be speaking about the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell Policy.” Sworn into the Marine Corps when he was 19, he served for 13 years in Japan, Somalia and Iraq. After being injured in Iraq, he was awarded a Purple Heart and received a medical discharge from the military. Since then, Alva has been seen on “The Oprah Winfrey Show” and in People magazine.

Not only is Joanna Norris assistant director of Media Relations and Events at UNF, she is also a jewelry maker. She will be leading beading workshops on how to accessorize your wardrobe with sparkle and pizzazz. Norris has been beading for three years and was inspired to start making jewelry by local artisans in the West Indies.

There will also be two exercise sessions hosted by Brooks Health and Fitness, demonstrating kickboxing and the Marimba. These sessions will get participants up and moving for some fun and exhilarating physical activity.

Free lunch will be provided. Conference participants will need to purchase a $3 parking pass, which is available at the parking booths located near the St. Johns Bluff or Kernan Boulevard campus entrances.

Persons with disabilities who require assistance to participate in this event are requested to notify the UNF Women’s Center at (904) 620-2528 at least five days in advance.