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2005.011.16> For Immediate Release
contact: Becky Bohan Brown - University Affairs
phone: 402.554.2243 - email: rbrown@mail.unomaha.edu

Nominations Sought for 2006 UNO Women of Color Awards

Omaha - Organizations and individuals in the Omaha area are being asked to nominate women of color for the 2006 UNO Women of Color (WOC) Awards. The awards will recognize women of color for outstanding contributions in six categories – arts/humanities, business/entrepreneurship, education, community service, science and technology, and youth leadership. Nomination forms, which are available online at http://www.unomaha.edu/woc, are due Thursday, Dec. 15.

"Maybe you know a woman who inspires others and reflects a positive image of women of color in one of these categories," said Mary Mudd, WOC committee chairperson and university consultant.  "These are the metro area women and stories we want to salute."

Award recipients will be honored Wednesday, March 1, at the 2006 UNO Women of Color Awards Luncheon. The event will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Holiday Inn Central, 72nd and Grover streets.

The guest speaker will be author Lisa See. She has written Flower Net (an Edgar Award nominee), The Interior and Dragon Bones, as well as the critically acclaimed memoir On Gold Mountain.  Based on her Chinese-American family roots, it chronicles the life of the families' patriarch (her great-grandfather, Fong See), and 100-year-old godfather of Los Angeles' Chinatown. The Organization of Chinese American Women named her the 2001 National Woman of the Year.  See also worked for 13 years as the West Coast correspondent for Publisher's Weekly.

A panel of judges from the WOC Awards Recognition Planning Committee will select the 2006 winners based on nominations submitted by Dec. 15.  The committee is comprised of women from UNO, area schools, and local nonprofit and profit businesses.

"This year the committee added a category for science and technology, as well," Mudd said.  "All nominations will be based on the nominees' accomplishments in that field or category and how the nominees have enhanced the lives of others in the metro area."

Award recipients will be invited to participate in community speaking events, and to serve as role models and mentors for various university-related programs and activities.

To request nomination forms, call (402) 554-2779 or send an e-mail to rmaley@mail.unomaha.edu. For more information or to access online nomination forms, visit the WOC Web site at http://www.unomaha.edu/woc.

                                                                       

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