On November 4 the Springfield Republican published a long feature article praising the annual Women in Engineering and Computing Career Day Conference at UMass Amherst, which was held on Oct. 28 in the Campus Center Auditorium. More than 300 female students, along with teachers and guidance counselors from 33 high schools in Massachusetts, took part. Conference organizer Paula Rees, who holds an engineering doctorate and serves as director of the Diversity Programs Office in the UMass College of Engineering, told the Republican that "At one time, engineering was an all-male, all white, profession." As a result, Rees said, now girls need role models in engineering careers. They need role models to build confidence and let them know it is okay to speak up in class, it's okay to assert themselves in group projects, and it is okay to take the chance of failing in a project.