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AWC-NNJ Presents Donation to AAUW-NJ Tech Trek Summer Camp

At our April, 12, 2016 meeting, AWC-NNJ presented a $2000 donation towards the AAUW-NJ second annual Tech Trek Residential Camp scheduled for this summer. There will be 60 girls attending this week-long STEM camp at Stockton University.

Tech Trek

Michelle J. Douglass (AAUW-NJ) with AWC-NNJ members, Suzanne Balian, Kathy Pasquale, and Deb Takash

Michelle J. Douglass (AAUW-NJ) with AWC-NNJ members, Suzanne Balian, Kathy Pasquale, and Deb Takash

Michelle J. Douglass holds up the check

Michelle J. Douglass holds up the check

Carol Cohen and Michelle J. Douglass of AAUW-NJ

Carol Cohen and Michelle J. Douglass of AAUW-NJ

AAUW Tech Trek at Stockton University

Tech Trek

Stockton University

Professional Women Panelists Needed for Tech Trek


This post is from our friends at the American Association of University Women (AAUW)…

Tech Trek camp welcomes a full panel of Women in STEM Professions to a Networking Dinner with the campers, followed by a panel, brief inspirational remarks, and questions from the campers.

We seek 30 women volunteers for this evening at Stockton University’s Campus Center Event Room on Thursday, July 21, 2016 from 6:00 – 9:30pm.

If you have experience working in a STEM field, please volunteer to participate in Professional Woman’s Night, by completing the Volunteer Form.

Also, if you know of any women who currently work in STEM positions, that are not AAUW Members, please forward them this email, and ask them to fill out the form.

Need more information? Please contact Dottie Pearson.

Our second annual Tech Trek residential camp, will be open to 60 girls in New Jersey counties where AAUW members have volunteered to participate: Atlantic, Burlington, Camden, Cape May, Cumberland, Essex, Mercer, Middlesex, Monmouth, Morris, and Passaic.

For more information about the camp, visit

See the AAUW NJ website for more information about other AAUW NJ Special Projects.

Please help support Tech Trek Camp!


Science Ambassador Scholarship Available for Young Women

Science Ambassador Scholarship helps young women


Cards Against Humanity Accepting Applications for Science Ambassador Scholarship

CHICAGO, IL – Cards Against Humanity opened applications today for their Science Ambassador Scholarship, a full-ride scholarship for a woman seeking an undergraduate degree in science, technology, engineering, or mathematics. The recipient of the award will receive full tuition coverage for up to four years, starting with the 2016 academic year.

The growing $500,000 scholarship trust is funded by sales of Cards Against Humanity’s “Science Pack,” co-authored with Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal’s Zach Weinersmith and Bad Astronomy’s Phil Plait. The pack is available for $10 at

“We created this scholarship because we want to put a spotlight on women who are passionate about science,” said Cards Against Humanity Community Director Jenn Bane. “It’s so important that young girls know they have a future in any field they want to explore, especially math and science, which are historically male-dominated fields. We felt like we could make a huge impact in this area by funding a woman’s education, and helping her become an ambassador for her field.”

To apply, candidates should submit a three minute video to explaining a scientific topic they are passionate about. Applicants must be U.S. residents in high school or college and must identify as a woman in a way that’s significant to them. Applications are due by December 1st, 2015.

“We decided to accept video applications because we want women’s passion for science to be publicly visible,” Bane said. “We’re looking for creative, excited candidates who can’t wait to talk about science – the production quality doesn’t matter.”

Scholarship applications will be reviewed by a board of fifty women who hold higher degrees and work professionally in science, including representatives from NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Harvard Medical School, the Smithsonian Institution, the Adler Planetarium, and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, as well as TED, NSF, Huxley, and Hubble fellows. The winner will be announced in the spring of 2016.

Board member Veronica Berns, Ph.D. said, “It would have been really inspiring to hear about more modern female scientists when I was in high school. I’m very excited to be a board member because I hope that we can encourage applicants to pursue their scientific passions.”

Similar charitable packs released by Cards Against Humanity have raised nearly $3 million for nonprofits like the Wikimedia Foundation, the Sunlight Foundation, and, where Cards Against Humanity has funded over 13,000 teacher projects in high-poverty classrooms across the United States.

Cards Against Humanity co-creator Josh Dillon said, “We’ve been looking forward to opening applications for months. Our hope is that this scholarship makes a significant impact in one scientist’s life and increases the visibility of women in STEM fields.”

To apply, visit

Tag Online Presentation

Tag Online Presents to AWC-NNJ


Amy Gideon and Valerie Paik of Tag Online Inc. were the guest presenters at our November 10th meeting. Everyone learned a lot from their presentation titled “Mastering the Art of Attraction: 10 Tips for A Client-Attracting Website”. Here are some of the AWC-NNJ members with their guests.

Joint Workshop with Association of Women in Communications

“Leadership Workshop with AWCNJ”

We were finally able to arrange a joint workshop with the Association of Women in Communications (AWCNJ) this month! Everyone learned how to be a better leader in the “Your Best YOU: Tapping the Leader Within” workshop presented by Kathleen Cashman.

Kathleen Cashman greets Yvette Bigornia, AWCNJ President
Kathleen Cashman greets Yvette Bigornia, AWCNJ President
Welcome Spring Workshop attendees
Deb Takash (President AWC-NNJ), Monica Heller (Program Chairperson AWC-NNJ), and Yvette Bigornia (AWCNJ President) welcome the Spring 2015 Workshop attendees
Spring 2015 Workshop #2 Attendees
Spring 2015 Workshop #2 Attendees

Photo Credit: Peggy Woosnam

No-Cost Member Workshops



We now offer free members-only workshops on professional development and current technical topics.  Besides Discounts at our monthly meetings, your Membership also includes your choice of a NO-COST MEMBER WORKSHOP in Fall and another in Spring.

Current Spring offerings:

Workshop #1, March 19 (Thu): “Taming the Daily Frenzy: Training the Brain to Get More Done”
Led by Ellen G. Goldman, Wellness Coach and Founder, EnerGcoaching

Workshop #2, April 16 (Thu): “Your Best You – Tapping the Leader in You”, a joint workshop with the Association of Women in Communication led by Kathleen Cashman, President of Cashman Consulting LLC

While workshops are reserved for members, non-members are invited as space allows, possibly for a nominal fee.