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2008.06.23 > For Immediate Release
contact: Becky Bohan Brown - University Relations
phone: 402.554.2243 - e-mail: rbrown@mail.unomaha.edu

Falconer Al-Hindi Receives Award for Excellence in Women's Studies

Omaha - Karen Falconer Al-Hindi is the third recipient of the Mary Ann Lamanna Award for Excellence in Women's Studies at the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO).

Falconer Al-Hindi is an associate professor of women's and gender studies and geography. She has held a professorial appointment at UNO since 1993. In 2000, she became interim director of women's studies and in 2001, after a national search, was selected as director of women's studies. The award recognizes outstanding teaching, research, service, or a combination of the three, to women's studies at UNO.

Falconer Al-Hindi has important contributions in all three areas.  In research her most recent publication, Feminisms, Geographies, and Knowledges, is an anthology noteworthy for the process that created it and its contents.

"She consistently approaches the challenges of sustaining a Women's Studies Program with vision and hard work. She is genuinely interested in students, faculty, staff, and community," one nominator wrote. "Colleagues are inspired by her positive problem-solving approach and her creative techniques for dealing with limited financial resources."

Susan Maher, chair of the English Department, longtime member of the Women's Studies faculty and recipient of the award last year, presented the award to Falconer Al-Hindi.

"Her curricular contributions since 1993 to women's studies have been transformative. She was an essential member of the faculty team who helped develop, promote and gain the women's studies major, and when that major was finally a fait accompli. Dr. Falconer Al-Hindi served as our first and only director . . . Dr. Falconer Al-Hindi was a major player in turning the corner for the Women's Studies Program and realizing the vision that women hired in the 1970s and 1980s had for the program. I thank her for fighting that good fight," Maher said.

The award is named in honor of Dr. Mary Ann Lamanna, professor emerita of women's studies and sociology. The first recipent of the award was Robbin Ogle, associate professor of women's and gender studies and criminology and criminal justice.

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UNO will celebrate its 100th anniversary beginning Oct. 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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