“Investing for a Lifetime”: AAUW Presents Two Young Women Recipients

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Shannon Cholakian and Keun Ah (Nari) Ryu are the guest speakers at the American Association of University Women Long Beach branch October meeting.

Shannon Cholakian and Keun Ah (Nari) Ryu are the guest speakers at the American Association of University Women Long Beach branch October meeting.

Shannon Cholakian and Keun Ah (Nari) Ryu  will be guest speakers at the American Association of University Women (AAUW)  Long Beach branch meeting Saturday, October 3, 2015 at the Old Ranch Country Club, 3901 Lampson Avenue, Seal Beach, CA 90740. 

Ms. Cholakian and Ms. Ryu will speak about the impact of AAUW mentoring and financial support on achieving their goals.  In today’s fast-paced always-connected world, members and guests will have the opportunity to hear from two young women who are aspiring to do great things. Both Ms. Cholakian and Ms. Ryu have benefited from AAUW programs.

Shannon attended Tech Trek camp when in middle school, returned as a peer counselor and served as a dorm mom this summer at the San Diego camp and one of the Santa Barbara camps.  Tech Trek is a special program of AAUW that sends middle school aged girls to spend one week on a university campus to encourage them to attend college as a better way of life.  Shannon Cholakian is a fourth-year Human Development major at California State University Long Beach (CSULB).  She is secretary of the Student Government’s President Cabinet, is a third-year resident assistant, and is developing CSULB’s first AAUW student affiliate branch.  She hopes to found her own nonprofit one day. Shannon is a member of the AAUW National Student Advisory Council, which is composed of 10 college women from throughout the United States who demonstrate exceptional leadership.  The program provides an opportunity for students to actively participate in women’s advocacy, sharpen their leadership skills, and take action for women’s equality on their campuses.

Keun Ah (Nari) Ryu is an International Fellowship recipient from South Korea.  Her Fellowship is partially funded by interest from the Long Beach branch Anna Stofflet Townsend International Endowment.  Nari is working towards a Ph.D. in Chemistry at the University California, Irvine.  She works on modifying small molecules to control the activation of immune cells to better understand how immune stimulants, like vaccines, activate our immune system.

Investing is a word we readily use, from investing our time to investing our money.  When we invest, we ‘provide or endow someone or something with a particular quality or attribute’.  AAUW, with the support of its members, has been investing in women and girls in our community since 1881.

A Continental breakfast will start at 9:00 a.m., followed by the program at 10:00 a.m., and continue at 11:00 a.m. with the business meeting. For Reservations, please call Judith Kaho at 562-429-2790  by September 24.  Cost of the breakfast is $23.00.  AAUW Membership is open to those with an AA degree or higher.  To learn more about membership in AAUW, please go to www.aauw-longbeach.org.

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