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2007.01.29 > For Immediate Release
contact: Tim Kaldahl - University Affairs
phone: 402.554.3502 - email: tkaldahl@mail.unomaha.edu

PWSA Announces Women of Wisdom Award Winners

Omaha – The Program for Women and Successful Aging (PWSA), an outreach program based at the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO), has announced the winners of its PWSA Women of Wisdom Awards. Recipients will be honored at the third annual "Celebrate: Women of Wisdom Because Aging is a Lifetime Event" luncheon and community-wide program on Wednesday, April 18.

The keynote speaker will be Lorna Landvik, bestselling author of Oh My Stars and Angry Housewives Eating Bon Bons. The luncheon will be held at the Holiday Inn Central, 3321 S. 72nd St., from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

"We are very pleased to be able to honor women in the Omaha community who exemplify successful aging," said Patricia Adams, executive director of PWSA. "PWSA is looking forward to its third annual ‘Celebrate: Women of Wisdom' luncheon after the wonderful response we have had on each of our former events, and we are once again fortunate to have an accomplished writer and humorist, such as Ms. Landvik, take part in our celebration."

The 2007 award winners are as follows:

- Betty G. Foster, Ph.D. Foster has been assistant professor of geriatrics and gerontology at the University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC) and a faculty member in the UNO Departments of Sociology and Gerontology. She has shared her professional expertise as a board member and volunteer for numerous leading community agencies and organizations, and has published over 50 abstracts, articles, books, chapters and training manuals aimed at improving the quality of life of the elderly. She is also an expert on Alzheimer's disease and on the process of aging.

- Servalia Levels-Johnson. Levels-Johnson has a passion for the arts. She received her master of arts degree from Ohio University and completed 120 graduate hours in psychology from Yeshiva University in Tel Aviv, Israel. She is dedicated to the causes of peace, justice and equity, and is an advocate for the sick and the poor. She has served on major committee boards, such as the NAACP, the Omaha Coalition Against Apartheid, United Way of the Midlands and the Volunteer Resource Center Advisory Committee. She has been equally active in church committees and in theatrical productions as a singer and professional pianist

- Joan K. Marcus. As the mother of a daughter with disabilities, Marcus is a fervent leader in advocating the rights of disabled citizens. Her devotion to the disabled has moved her to serve as president of the Greater Omaha Association for Retarded Citizens and of the Arc of Nebraska, and as chair of ENCOR. She has been an avid member and secretary of the Nebraska Developmental Disabilities Planning Council and co-founded Yachad, a social and educational group that serves people with developmental disabilities.

In addition to the Women of Wisdom presentation, PWSA also will award the Shirley Waskel Award for the Advancement of Women, which honors a prominent senior woman, to Patricia (Pat) Callone for her commitment to education and dedication to older women.

Callone has worked at Creighton University for 27 years and currently serves as vice-president for Institutional Relations. In addition to her career, she has been a tireless advocate for the elderly, serving on two community-wide initiatives: The Coalition to Protect Aging Adults, Metro-Omaha area and the Older Adult Vision Council, United Way.

She is also dedicated to enhancing the dignity of persons with Alzheimer's disease. Her experience as caregiver of parents with Alzheimer's disease led her to find ways for making caregiving a positive experience. She has co-authored two caregiving books for persons with Alzheimer's as well as for all those involved in their care. The American Journal of Nursing recently honored a book she co-authored, Alzheimer's Disease -- The Dignity Within: A Handbook for Caregivers, Family, and Friends, with a "Book of the Year" award in its consumer health category.

Individual luncheon tickets are $40 for the general public and $35 for those ages 60 years and above. Corporate tables are also available and begin at $500.

PWSA is a membership-based, nonprofit organization housed in the UNO College of Public Affairs and Community Service that reaches out to and serves hundreds of elderly people in the community. PWSA exists to enhance the quality of lives of older adults through creativity programming, education, research, intergenerational community activities and annual celebrations.

For more information, contact Yolanda Burgos at (402) 554-4897 or at yburgos@mail.unomaha.edu. More information on PWSA can be found at http://pwsa.unomaha.edu.

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