The College of Applied Science and Technology at Illinois State University is proud to host the annual Science and Technology Week, celebrating advancements in the field of science and technology, as well as the hardworking, dedicated students and professionals who make those advancements possible. Science and Technology Week 2017 runs April 17-21. Find more information about the week’s events as well as registration information here.

Monday, April 17: ADM Professional Development Dinner

Attend this event to learn formal dining skills and conversational practices for interview and work settings while meeting College of Applied Science and Technology alumni. This event is sponsored by Archer Daniels Midland.

Wednesday, April 19: Neon at Night 5K Fun Run

Enjoy a 5K run through Illinois State’s campus at night. This event is co-sponsored by CAST and Campus Recreation. Register here.

Thursday, April 20: Women in Leadership Conference

Did you know that seven out of eight CAST departments graduate female students into male-dominated fields? Join us to have conversations about career success with successful CAST alumni. Keynote speaker is Marlene Dietz, first lady of Illinois State University.

Thursday, April 20: Keynote Lecture by Patricia Arquette, Academy Award and Golden Globe winner; Public Health Humanitarian

Actress, writer, and activist Patricia Arquette has spent her career portraying memorable characters in film and on television. Winner of both the Academy Award and the Emmy for her roles in Medium and Boyhood, Arquette has chosen to use her considerable visibility to shine a light on issues and speak for people whose voices are rarely heard.

Her work post-Katrina and then in Haiti after the devastating hurricanes in 2012 led to the creation of “Give Love,” a skills-training organization that is deeply engaged with community-led sanitation projects to treat and compost waste, improve public health, and create jobs around recycling.

When Arquette raised the issue of equality and fair wages for women at the 2015 Academy Awards, the world took notice. She has since galvanized a growing movement determined to achieve equality for women in the United States, which has culminated in launching a petition to compel Congress to finally ratify the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA), which gives women a clear constitutional basis for challenging discrimination.

Arquette is also an executive producer on a new documentary addressing the pay gap, Equal Means Equal, which explores topics such as pregnancy discrimination, female poverty, reproductive health care, and sexual assault.

Arquette’s dedication to advocating for basic human rights has taken a front seat and is where she is currently dedicating the bulk of her time, efforts, and most importantly, her voice.

Friday, April 21: Academy of Achievement

Celebrate CAST alumni during their induction to the Academy of Achievement. The Academy brings together alumni who are “thought leaders” in their fields and who serve as an inspiration to others with similar career paths.

Check for more information about each event. CoBank is a proud sponsor of Science and Technology Week 2017.