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By Danielle Ward ’08

The Council of Lafayette Women will hold its biennial spring conference April 4-5. The weekend will provide women in the Lafayette community an opportunity for intellectual conversation and personal reflection in a positive atmosphere. Alumnae, friends, faculty, students, and staff are invited to hear speakers, reconnect with friends, and enjoy a weekend on campus. (To learn more or register, visit the CLW Conference web site.)

Rose Marie Bukics, Jones Professor of Economics and Business and liaison to the Posse program, will present “In Search of Standouts: Bringing Diverse Student Leaders to Campus.” Her presentation will educate attendees about the Posse program and its remarkable success.

Bukics has worked with the Posse program in two major capacities. She began four years ago as a mentor for a New York Posse, working intensively one-on-one with students as well as the group as a whole. Two years ago she became the Posse liaison, managing the program at Lafayette, from leading selection teams to managing the Posse Plus Retreat. She is serving as mentor for the first group of Posse students from Washington, D.C.

Bukics also has been involved with the Council of Lafayette Women since its founding. She believes that her presentation will give conference attendees an understanding of how Lafayette continues to change and evolve, particularly for women.

“I think there are different issues for young women who come in as part of the Posse program,” she says. Her presentation will touch upon the future of Lafayette Posse students. She plans to discuss how female Posse graduates might start to shape the future of Lafayette.

“There is a lot of general misunderstanding about the Posse program — what it is and what it isn’t,” says Bukics, who wants her presentation to spark lively discussion among attendees on topics such as how Posse has changed the Lafayette culture.

The session will also include the perspective of both a current Posse student and a recent graduate, whom she hopes will serve to inspire conference attendees to learn more about the program.

“The more they learn, the more they’ll be able to help current students, whether as extern hosts, intern hosts, mentors—it’s a network,” she says. “We’re successful at what we do here and what, I think, is so phenomenally enriching about Lafayette is that we continue that after people graduate.”

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