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2005.02.07 > For Immediate Release
contact: Becky Bohan Brown - University Affairs
phone: 402.554.2243 - email: rbrown@mail.unomaha.edu

2005 UNO Women of Color Awards Recipients Announced

OMAHA - The University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) announces the 2005 winners of its UNO Women of Color (WOC) Awards.  Recipients will be honored at a luncheon held Thursday, March 3, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Holiday Inn Central, 72nd and Grover streets.

University of Nebraska President James B. Milliken and UNO Chancellor Nancy Belck will be in attendance at the third annual luncheon to congratulate the nominees and winners.  This year's theme is "Sharing Our Legacy."

"What an exciting way to pay tribute by honoring these extraordinary women during Women's History Month," said UNO Chancellor Nancy Belck.  "This annual event gives us a chance to publicly recognize the impact these outstanding women of color have had on our community."

The 2005 award winners are as follows:

- Kim Whiteside, author, is the recipient of the Arts and Humanities Award.

- Jamie Gutierrez Vela, president and owner of Midwest Maintenance Co. Inc., is the recipient of the Business/Entrepreneurship Award.

- Karen Tibbs-Nnawulezi, director with the Office of Black Catholic Ministries Archdiocese of Omaha, is the recipient of the Community Service Award.

- Carol Mitchell, associate professor of education at UNO, is the recipient of the Education Award.

- Gretchen Gonzales, UNO student and secretary for the UNO chapter of the Asian American Cultural Society, is the recipient of the Youth Leadership Award.

The guest speaker will be Amy Mosset, a Sacagawea scholar and member of the Mandan and Hidatsa tribes of North Dakota.  She is the national coordinator for tribal involvement with the National Council of the Lewis & Clark Bicentennial.  She has spent more than 15 years researching the oral and written histories of Sacagawea.  Mossett has traveled the United States and abroad, presenting the story of Sacagawea, her life among the Hidatsa, her role in the Lewis & Clark expedition, and the myths and mysteries that surround her life.  Mossett was the principal Native American adviser for National Geographic's IMAX film "Lewis and Clark: Great Journey West."  She is one of three nationally recognized scholars interviewed by National Geographic Magazine for a feature story on Sacagawea and was touted by TIME Magazine as "the country's foremost Sacagawea impressionist.

"We are proud to recognize the achievements of this diverse group of women for their selfless contributions," said Mary Mudd, WOC committee chairperson and university consultant.  "Hopefully with this annual event, we will encourage the continued and future involvement of women of color in our community, creating a long-lasting legacy for our youth."

The luncheon is open to the public, and tickets are $25 per person.  Organizations can reserve tables of 10 for $250.  It is being sponsored by UNO, ConAgra Foods Inc., State Farm Insurance Bank, Mutual of Omaha Insurance Co. and Pfizer Inc.

To access luncheon registration forms online or for more information about the event, visit the Web at http://www.unomaha.edu/woc/.  The deadline for registrations is Thursday, Feb. 24.

For more information, call (402) 554-2779.

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