Legendary Women of UNO


Nell Marguerite WardI believe, even when I'm dog tired, that there's a spark of something divine in every child. Our job is to fan that spark into flame.

2014 Awardee

Thresa E. Clark


Thresa E. Clark, UNO's 2014 Legendary Woman, believed strongly in the power of education. After graduating from Omaha South High School in 1930, Thresa attended UNO, then University of Omaha, where she graduated in 1934 with a B.A. in English and History.

While employed full time as an elementary school principal she began graduate studies at OU and in 1948 earned an M.A. in Education. Thresa continued to support her alma mater and during 1957-58 she served as President of the University of Omaha Alumni Association. The education of young people was a life-long passion. Thresa served as an educator in the Omaha Public School system from 1940 to 1976, including as an elementary school teacher or principal at Webster, Rosewater, Webster/ Jefferson, Robbins & Corrigan and Benson West.

Despite a significant array of professional honors, the opportunity to work with students was all the reward she needed. Thresa Clark understood that a quality education under the guidance of committed and passionate teachers would bring out the best in youngsters.

About the Award

In 2009, the Chancellor's Commission on the Status of Women (CCSW) unanimously decided to offer an annual award to honor University of Nebraska at Omaha women alumni who have made lifelong contributions to UNO. The Legendary Woman of UNO Award was introduced during Women's History Month at the March 2011 CCSW luncheon. Members of the Women's Centennial Archive Project (WCAP) joined CCSW in selecting the first award recipient.

In the future, UNO students from both groups will join faculty and staff members as they review nominations and recommendations for the annual award.

Criteria for Selection

The woman must be deceased

No more than one woman may be selected each year for recognition

The committee will consider the impact the nominee had on:

  • Future of UNO
  • Issues pertaining to women
  • Environment for students, faculty and staff
  • Core institutional structure

Documentation to support her achievements


Women's Centennial Archive Project
Chancellor's Commission on the Status of Women
University of Nebraska at Omaha
UNO Alumni Association