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2005.02.10 > For Immediate Release
contact: Tim Kaldahl - University Affairs
phone: 402.554.3502 - email: tkaldahl@mail.unomaha.edu

Nominations Sought for UNO Women of Wisdom Awards through March 1

Omaha - In less than a month, nominations for the first annual Women of Wisdom Awards are due, and forms and letters of support have begun to come in.

"We want to recognize the unsung heroes in our community.  These are older women who contribute to others in the community yet are overlooked and not recognized for their efforts," said Patricia Adams, the director of the University of Nebraska at Omaha's Program for Women and Successful Aging (PWSA), the sponsor of Women of Wisdom. 

Organizations and individuals in the Omaha metropolitan area can still nominate senior women for the first-ever Women of Wisdom Awards, which will be presented in the spring to three women over age 50 who exemplify the spirit of community contribution while providing a meaningful example of successful aging.  Nominations are due March 1.

Nomination forms and more information is available online at pwsa.unomaha.edu/ or by calling (402) 554-2292 or (402) 554-4897.

The minimum nomination requirements include:

- Name, age, address and phone number of the nominee;

- The nominator's relationship to the nominee;

- Information on the nominee's actions, activities and involvement in the community and its results;

- Reasons why the nominee's work or advocacy was significant and identification of who benefited (individuals or groups); and

- Any other additional information that effectively creates a strong picture of the nominee's accomplishments.

"Our goal with Women of Wisdom is to recognize women who may not receive recognition otherwise for their hard work helping others," Adams said.  "We know that senior women make a tremendous difference in the metropolitan area and throughout the state."

Award recipients will be honored at a luncheon and community-wide program, "Celebrate: Women of Wisdom Because Aging is a Life Time Event," set for April 21, 2005.  The keynote speaker will be National Public Radio's Susan Stamberg.  The luncheon coincides with the 10th anniversary of the PWSA.

"PWSA has always been about helping women enjoy and understand the concept of ‘aging well,' Adams said.  "These awards fit that mission perfectly.  We hope to be celebrating Women of Wisdom for years and years to come."

The luncheon event will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Scott Conference Center, located on the UNO south campus.  It is open to the public.  Tickets are $40 a person; $30 for seniors over age 60.

For more information, call (402) 554-4897 or (402) 554-2292.

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