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2010.03.16 > For Immediate Release
contact: Becky Bohan Brown - University Relations
phone: 402.554.2243 - e-mail: rbrown@mail.unomaha.edu

2010 UNO CCSW Award Winners Announced

Omaha - A service-learning advocate, a greater-Omaha women's leadership organization, a University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) women's athletics supporter, a student and a legendary woman are the 2010 recipients of the UNO Chancellor's Commission on the Status of Women (CCSW) Awards. The group will be honored at the CCSW's 24th annual awards luncheon Wednesday, March 31, from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center (MBSC) Ballroom. The CCSW serves to advise the chancellor and other university administrators on issues that relate to faculty, staff and students.

The deadline for luncheon ticket sales in the MBSC Business Office is Friday, March 26. Tickets cost $15 for staff, faculty and the general public, and are $10 for students.

Tickets can also be purchased by phone at (402) 554.2979 or by e-mail to ghotaling@mail.unomaha.edu. Departments can reserve tables of eight for $120 by contacting Wendi Chiarbos Jensen at (402) 554.2286 or wcjensen@unomaha.edu.

"UNO reaps the benefits of the impact our award winners make on the campus and community," said Chiarbos Jensen, CCSW staff co-chair. "We are pleased to acknowledge all these award winners and look forward to celebrating their efforts at the annual luncheon."

The CCSW awards honor individuals and organizations for their outstanding commitment to gender equity.

The inaugural CCSW Legendary Women of UNO Award will also be presented at the luncheon. Members of the Women's Centennial Archive Project (WCAP) joined the CCSW in selecting the first UNO woman for the award. The UNO Alumni Association also contributed an honorarium to CCSW for this year's inaugural Legendary Women of UNO Award. A framed artwork of the winner will be unveiled at the luncheon. Free posters of the piece will also be available for luncheon participants.

The 2010 honorees include:

Outstanding Achievement Award
- Kathleen Oleson Lyons, assistant director of the UNO Service-Learning Academy and American Humanics
Oleson Lyons is responsible for initiating and growing the volunteer program "Seven Days of Service," as well as advising and mentoring public administration and American Humanics students about the benefits and value of empowering others. She serves on the board of directors for the Women's Fund of Greater Omaha and published Women's Lifeprints in 1990.

Community Award
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Women's Fund of Greater Omaha
Well known in the community, the Women's Fund of Greater Omaha has sponsored numerous events and workshops. It distributes its own magazine, which discusses women's issues throughout the campus and community. Members serve on various community boards.

- Methodist Health Systems
A partnership was recently created between Methodist Health Systems (MHS) and UNO women's athletics through sponsorships and education. A recent pre-game ceremony highlighted the impact of cancer on everyone, directly or indirectly. MHS has also created a nurse-training program for patients who survived sexual assault.

Undergraduate Scholarship Award
- Jas Min Lai
Lai, a UNO sophomore, is a former Dean's List and Chancellor's List honoree. She is vice president of UNO's international student chapter of AIESEC, she is a Red Door volunteer, has helped prepare food for homeless and has assisted international students with their tax return preparation.

Legendary Women of UNO Award
- Olga "Jorgy" Jorgensen Strimple
Jorgensen Strimple was an Omaha University 1919 alumna and Alumni Association executive secretary, as well as director (1919-1949) and lifetime member. She credited her OU education with helping her develop her strengths and leadership talents. She returned the university's investment in her through a lifelong devotion to and advocacy for the institution for more than three decades.

For more information about the luncheon, contact CCSW co-chairs Chiarbos Jensen at 554.2286 or wcjensen@unomaha.edu or Jody Neathery-Castro at 554.3611 or jneathery@unomaha.edu.

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