Feb. 2, 2010
Webster University Non-verbal Communications Professor to be on TLC's "What Not to Wear" Feb. 19
Campus episode watch party planned for Feb. 19 at 7:30 p.m. will feature two Webster faculty researchers on the ‘female academic dress code’ and the pressure to look ‘frumpy’
Gina Jensen, assistant director of the Webster University forensics and debate team and an authority on non-verbal communications, is the ironic featured contestant of the Friday, Feb. 19 episode of TLC's "What Not to Wear." Jensen was nominated to be on the program more than a year ago by several of her current and former students. She was officially selected for the show in October when she was lured to a local television studio for what she thought was a feature news segment on ‘what your clothes say about you.’ There, she was ‘ambushed’ by the TLC show’s hosts and asked to be on the show. As a result of her participation, she was given $5,000 for a new wardrobe during a week-long shopping and makeover trip to New York City. A watch party will begin at 7:30 p.m. at Webster University’s University Center Sunnen Lounge, 175 Edgar Road, Webster Groves, Missouri. Gina, her husband and colleague Scott, their three children and numerous Webster students, staff and faculty will be in attendance.
Coincidentally, Webster Professors Monica Moore and Gwyneth Williams are currently researching the clothing choices made by women in academia. Both Moore and Williams will be in attendance at Friday’s watch party to discuss their research. They acknowledge that there is no written or unwritten dress code for academic men or women, but say that the pressure to communicate authority and intellectual expertise in the classroom is greater and more difficult to attain for women than for men. They say women “must be very careful to choose clothing that signals a ‘seriousness of mind.’”
Professors Jensen, Moore and Williams will be in attendance at Friday’s watch party and are available for interviews. For more information, contact Christine Eason, director of media relations, at: 314-968-5976 or 314-565-5745 or email@example.com
For more information about TLC's "What Not to Wear" go to: http://tlc.discovery.com/fansites/whatnottowear/whatnottowear.html.
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