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2009.05.11 > For Immediate Release
contact: Sarah Casey - University Relations
phone: 402.554.2762 - email: sk.casey@yahoo.com

College of Business Administration to Honor Three at Luncheon

Omaha - The University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) College of Business Administration will recognize three business professionals during their 22nd annual Distinguished Alumni Luncheon on Thursday, May 14.

The following UNO alumni will receive the 2008-2009 Distinguished Alumni award:

Susan Brennan
Brennan is vice president, Manufacturing–Smyrna and Decherd for Nissan North America, Inc. (NNA). Brennan is responsible for the operation of Nissan’s two Tennessee-based plants. As senior executive on-site, she is responsible for safety, quality, operations, productivity, environmental compliance and new model introduction of Nissan’s key North American products. In 2005, Brennan was named by Automotive News as one of the Top 100 Leading Women in the North American Auto Industry. She is vice president of Automotive Women’s Alliance, a resource group formed to support Women in the Automotive Industry and has served on the board of directors of the Clara B. Ford Academy in Dearborn, Michigan. Brennan holds a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Nebraska at Omaha and a bachelor’s of science degree in microbiology from the University of Illinois.

Robert A. Edwards
Edwards’ career has been very diverse. He started in a family dry-cleaning business which evolved into a consumer packaged goods industry. The business was sold to Armour & Co, where he worked as a director of marketing. During the development and growth of his McDonald’s franchises, Edwards also started Keno Casino at Ak-Sar-Ben which he sold shortly after opening. Edwards has served on the board of directors in several organizations, including American Cancer Society, Boys Town and Boys Town National Institute, Mid-America Council of the Boy Scouts, Nebraska Special Olympics, and the Ronald McDonald House of Omaha. He has also served on several committees and advisory boards including Midlands Community Hospital, and both the Bellevue and Papillion Chambers of Commerce. Edwards is a graduate of the University of Miami and received his Executive MBA from UNO in 1985.

Marshall Widman
Widman has been inventing products and coming up with innovative ideas, since the seventh grade. His most successful invention is BallStars, a technique for printing full-color images onto objects curved in more than one direction, such as Christmas ornaments, baseballs, footballs and other sports balls. Widman has three U.S. Patents along with numerous international patents, copyrights and trademarks for this process. His company, Star Innovations, dba BallStars, has sold specialized printing equipment and licensed the printing process in countries all over the world. He aso enjoys lecturing on “The Process of Inventing” and being an entrepreneur. He now invents and collects in Leawood, Kansas, a suburb of Kansas City.

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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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