2005.01.26> For Immediate Release
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2006 UNO Women of Color Award Recipients Announced
Omaha - A musician, a director, a community activist, a librarian, a researcher and a student are the 2006 recipients of the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) Women of Color (WOC) Awards.
The group will be honored at a luncheon Wednesday, March 1, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Holiday Inn Central, 72nd and Grover streets.
UNO Chancellor Nancy Belck will be in attendance at the fourth annual luncheon to congratulate the nominees and winners. This year's theme is "Connections."
"Since 2003, UNO has honored outstanding women of color for their profound contributions in the metropolitan community, as well as to their discipline," Belck said. "This year we will again take time during Women's History Month to applaud all nominees and award recipients for their exceptional efforts."
The 2006 award winners are as follows:
- Geraldine Tyrance, musician, is the recipient of the Arts and Humanities Award.
- Terrie Jackson Miller, director of the minority economic development council, Greater Omaha Chamber of Commerce, is the recipient of the Business/Entrepreneurship Award.
- Athena Ramos, president of the Metro Omaha Tobacco Coalition, is the recipient of the Community Service Award.
- Debra Paris, librarian/media specialist at Benson High School, is the recipient of the Education Award.
- Dr. Oluwatoyin Asojo, assistant professor of pathology and microbiology at the University of Nebraska Medical Center, is the recipient of the Science and Technology Award.
- Georgianna Lee, student at Creighton University, is the recipient of the Youth Leadership Award.
"We are proud to recognize the achievements of this diverse group of women," said Mary Mudd, WOC committee chairperson and university consultant. "The honorees' insights, diverse perspectives and experiences are being highlighted and celebrated in an effort to encourage continued and future involvement of women of color in our community."
The luncheon speaker is Lisa See, author of Snow Flower and the Secret Fan. In her fourth novel, See uncovers the mystery of "nu shu," a writing that has been used as a form of communication for more than 1,000 years by Chinese women in a remote southern Hunan providence. The Organization of Chinese American Women named her the 2001 National Woman of the Year. Dr. Magda Peck, Sc.D., founding director of the University of Nebraska's Master in Public Health (MPH) program, will serve as the mistress of ceremonies.
"There will be a book-signing at the event to celebrate Lisa See's newest novel," Mudd said. "We're thrilled to have her with us to help congratulate this year's winners and to revel in our womanly connections."
The luncheon is open to the public, and tickets are $25 per person. Organizations can reserve tables of 10 for $250. The event is sponsored by UNO, ConAgra Foods Inc. and State Farm Insurance.
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 Monday, Feb. 20. For more information, call 554.2779.
Copies of Snow Flower and the Secret Fan will be for sale at the luncheon, as well as at The Bookworm, located at 8702 Pacific St.
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