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2009.03.23 > For Immediate Release
contact: Becky Bohan Brown - University Relations
phone: 402.554.2243 - email: rbrown@unomaha.edu

2009 UNO CCSW Award Winners to Be Honored March 24

Omaha - A veteran counselor, a childcare assistant, a student and the local chapter of the oldest and largest multicultural women's organization in the world are the 2009 recipients of the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) Chancellor's Commission on the Status of Women (CCSW) Awards. 

The honorees will be recognized Tuesday, March 24, during the CCSW's 23rd annual awards luncheon.  The event will take place from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Ballroom. 

Les Valentine, Criss Library's university archivist since 1986, will give a keynote Centennial presentation titled "UNO at 100."  He has a bachelor's and a master's degree in history from UNO.

"Each year, CCSW presents three awards.  This year, we will gather during the university's centennial year to celebrate individuals who have demonstrated excellence in leadership, academics, service and support for gender equity," said Marvel Maring, CCSW faculty co-chair. "Members of the university community were asked to nominate individuals in three categories: outstanding achievement, student scholarship and community service."

At the luncheon, the CCSW will recognize the 2009 award recipients with the Student Scholarship Award (presented to an undergraduate student with excellence in both academics and service), the Outstanding Achievement Award (honors outstanding achievement by a UNO individual in promoting the status of women and gender equity) and the Community Service Award (recognizes a community partner that has worked with UNO to create opportunities for women and advance gender equity).

The 2009 honorees include:

Outstanding Achievement Award

- Marti Rosen-Atherton, director of UNO Counseling Services-University Division; and

- Effie Swinarski, childcare assistant with the UNO Child Care Center.

Student Scholarship Award

- Lulu A. Ferdous, UNO junior majoring in aviation

Community Service Award

- Omaha YWCA

The CCSW serves as an advisory group to the chancellor and other university administrators on issues that relate to faculty, staff and students. For more information, contact CCSW co-chairs Maring at 554.2992 or mmaring@unomaha.edu, or Becky Bohan Brown at 554.2243 or rbrown@unomaha.edu.

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UNO is celebrating its 100th anniversary. The celebration recognizes 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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