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2008.03.11 > For Immediate Release
contact: Becky Bohan Brown - University Relations
phone: 402.554.2243 - email: rbrown@mail.unomaha.edu

Sheri Noren Everts to Receive Outstanding Achievement Award at 22nd Annual CCSW Luncheon

Omaha - Sheri Noren Everts, interim senior vice chancellor for Academic and Student Affairs at the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO), will be recognized Wednesday, March 26, at the 2008 Chancellor's Commission on Status of Women (CCSW) Awards Luncheon.

The commission will honor Noren Everts with the 2008 Outstanding Achievement Award.

"The Outstanding Achievement Award is in expression of CCSW's and the university's appreciation for Sheri's outstanding leadership and dedicated contribution to the promotion of women issues during her tenure at UNO," said Marvel Maring, CCSW co-chair.  "Though she is moving on to another university we wanted to let her know that her presence and legacy of advancing women through her teaching and mentoring will not be forgotten."

After more than 14 years of service to the university, Noren Everts will leave UNO for a position at Illinois State University as its provost and vice president for Academic Affairs.  In 1994, Noren Everts began her career at UNO as an assistant professor of teacher education in the UNO College of Education.  She was promoted to associate and then full professor status in the same department.  Since 2000, Noren Everts has held three positions in the UNO Office of Academic and Student Affairs: assistant to the vice chancellor for Academic Affairs, associate vice chancellor and interim senior vice chancellor for Academic and Student Affairs.  She has influenced decisions in the areas of strategic planning, the institutional portfolio, distance education and assessment.

Other 2008 awards that will be presented at the luncheon include the CCSW Community Service Award and Student Scholarship Award. All awards recognize individuals and organizations for outstanding service to women.

This year's award recipients will be honored at the 22nd annual luncheon. The event will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center (MBSC) Ballroom.

The 2008 honorees are:

Outstanding Achievement Award

Sheri Noren Everts
Besides Noren Everts responsibilities as a faculty member in the College of Education to her current position as interim senior vice chancellor for Academic and Student Affairs she has held numerous leadership roles at UNO, in the Omaha area and throughout Nebraska.  At UNO, she served on the Faculty Senate and on numerous committees.  She is a founding member of the UNO Women of Color Awards' Committee, which celebrates the contributions of women of color in the community.  She served as past president of the Faculty Women's Club, which recognizes and encourages leadership and contributions of women at UNO.  In Omaha, she was elected to and served on the Millard Board of Education for six years.  Currently, she is coordinating efforts between UNO and the Omaha Women's Fund to improve the lives of women and girls in the Omaha area.  Throughout Nebraska, for several years, Noren Everts served as state coordinator of Nebraska Women in Higher Education Leadership.  Through this role, she has sought to encourage women to network, learn from each other and seek leadership positions in institutions of higher education.

Community Service Award

Douglas County Health Department (DCHD)

The DCHD is responsible for the health and safety of more than 465,000 residents of Douglas County.  The DCHD says particular attention to those who cannot otherwise afford services, especially underserved women, East Omaha and WIC participants.  Its 143 staff members are dedicated to educating and protecting the community by offering programs that promote environmental safety, healthy life choices, safe food, wellness for children, disease control and more.  The DCHD has collaborated with UNO on numerous service learning and research projects. UNO programs they've provided assistance with include Club Possible, Healthy Families, Healthy Weight in Women and Latinas en Accion.

Student Scholarship Award

Danielle Ray, UNO student

Ray is a junior majoring in exercise science in the UNO School of Health, Physical Education and Recreation. She assists with a UNO program called Women Bound to Be Active, under the guidance of program creator, HPER faculty member and CCSW member Jennifer White.  It focuses on educating women about the role of physical activity through the participation in a book club.  Her participation includes attending and aiding Dr. White in facilitation of book club meetings.  Ray also leads the women through the proper technique of specific exercises and stretches at each session.  She does all this while holding a 3.8 GPA.

Monday, March 24, is the deadline to register for the March 26 luncheon. The luncheon cost is $13 for staff, faculty and the public, and $10 for students. Tickets can be purchased in the MBSC Business Office or by contacting Gina Hotaling at 554.2979 or ghotaling@mail.unomaha.edu. Departments can reserve tables of eight for $104, by contacting Esther Scarpello, CCSW treasurer, at 554.3660 or escarpello@mail.unomaha.edu.

For more information about the luncheon, contact CCSW Co-chairs Maring (554.2992 or mmaring@mail.unomaha.edu) or Becky Bohan Brown (554.2243 or rbrown@mail.unomaha.edu).

The CCSW serves as an advisory council to the chancellor and other university administrators on issues that relate to women faculty, staff and students. The commission's goal is to provide a forum for women at UNO in conjunction with the organization's core themes of A, B, C – Awareness of women's issues, Balance in women's lives, and the Community and women's roles. For details visit http://www.unomaha.edu/ccsw/index.php.

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UNO will celebrate its 100th anniversary beginning October 8, 2008. This celebration will recognize the partnership among the City of Omaha, its citizens and UNO to build a vibrant and dynamic community. The centennial theme is "UNO: Central To Our City Since 1908." This theme acknowledges the past contributions of UNO to the community and sets the stage for great things to come.

UNO, inaugurated in 1968, emerged from the Municipal University of Omaha, established in 1931, which grew out of the University of Omaha founded in 1908. For Centennial information, go to http://www.unomaha.edu/100/.

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