UNO public health major Serena Moore was first to be recognized. The recipient of the 2018 Student Scholarship Award is co-founder of the new organization Caring Resources and Nurturing Environment (CRANE) - a group to help mothers at UNO remain in school during and after pregnancy.
As a mother, Moore said she knows the challenges of being a parent and student, and hopes to connect other Mavericks with the same kind of support that helped her believe in herself and thrive academically.
Online graduate student Chelle McIntyre-Brewer flew in from Pennsylvania to receive the Community Service Award.
McIntyre-Brewer, who is pursuing a Master of Arts in Critical & Creative Thinking, works with a variety of organizations on pressing global issues.
She said the experiences of her fellow honorees speak to Maverick values.
"That says a lot about your community - our community - and I am really proud to be a student here."
Dr. DeeDee Bennett
Dr. DeeDee Bennett, assistant professor in the Emergency Services Program, received the Outstanding Achievement Award for her work supporting gender equity.
Among those she thanked - all of the CCSW honorees who have come before her.
"Because without their outstanding work, then I wouldn't be able to receive this award. And, I want to thank all the phenomenal women who receive this award in the future, further highlighting the achievements on this campus and the importance of this commission."
The lunch came with a surprise for one attendee; WiSTEM Pro^2 named their staff achievement award in honor of Joyce Crockett, ITS Director of Special Projects.
Crockett presented the award to Amelia Tangeman, UNO STEM Outreach Coordinator, for her work promoting women in STEM.
Tangeman called it a true honor.
"Too many girls are told that they cannot be a scientist, engineer, mathematician, computer programmer, etc., and through programs like UNO Eureka!-STEM, of which I am the Project Director, we are working to change that dialogue to one that empowers girls to pursue STEM majors and careers."
Elizabeth Louise Hill
The event ended with alumna Kayla Scott reading remarks from former UNO Assistant Dean of Women Betty Davis in honor of former UNO Dean of Women Elizabeth Louise Hill, CCSW's 2018 Legendary Woman.
In addition to sharing valuable public speaking advice from Dean Hill, the comments praised her leadership and the value she attributed to education and community.
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