Presentation on theme: "Mollie Anderson Director UNO Human Resources. "It doesn't matter who you are, where you come from. The ability to triumph begins with you. Always." --Oprah."— Presentation transcript:
"It doesn't matter who you are, where you come from. The ability to triumph begins with you. Always." --Oprah Winfrey "Champions have the courage to keep turning the pages because they know a better chapter lies ahead." --Paula White "I could not, at any age, be content to take my place by the fireside and simply look on. Life was meant to be lived. Curiosity must be kept alive. One must never, for whatever reason, turn his back on life." --Eleanor Roosevelt (1884-1962)
2011 Theme- Our History is our strength Learning about women’s tenacity, courage, and creativity Until relatively recently, women's history was overlooked and undervalued. Women’s achievements were often distorted Women’s stories provide essential role models Role models are genuinely needed to face the extraordinary challenges of the 21st century. The national Women’s History Project
In 2009, the Chancellor’s Commission on the Status of Women (CCSW) unanimously decided to offer an annual award to honor University of Nebraska at Omaha women alumni who have made lifelong contributions to UNO.
Criteria for Selection The woman must be deceased No more than one woman may be selected each year for recognition The committee will consider the impact the nominee had on: The future of UNO Issues pertaining to women The environment for students, faculty and staff The core institutional structure Documentation to support her achievements
1896-1987 Achievements: A young women full of promise at the dawn of a new century An artist and a Poet A landlord and property manager An entrepreneur A devoted wife and mother of two boys An historian An actor
Class President, Omaha University 1919 Service Learning Pioneer Active in Campus Social Organizations Kappa Psi Delta Sorority Past President, Executive Secretary and Lifetime Member or the Alumni Association Editor of the YELLow Sheet and Gateway An athlete Lifelong Promoter of UNO The first paid secretary of the University of Omaha Alumni Association.
Her husband was injured in WWI by mustard gas from which he contracted emphysema. She took a six month leave of absence from the University Alumni Office in November of 1948 to care for her sick husband. Her husband, the love of her life, died in 1949 from his illness. She resigned from her position in the alumni office in March of 1949. She raised their two sons on her own, managing work and family together. She faced the hardship of being a young widower and being the monarch of the family.
She survived the economic hardships of The Great Depression and WWII. Her son served in the Korean War. She survived the suicide of her son after a breakup with his girlfriend. Olga was a pioneer of education. She had difficulty getting published. She faced discrimination as a woman business owner. She faced disparities in wages between men and women doing the same job. Olga had a soft heart in hard times.
Bare branches making lace, Against the winter sky; With delicacy trace Designs that hold the eye. Black and bare and strong, Against the silver gray They stand the winter longStriped of summer’s dress, Defiant of the May.Bereaved of flowers of spring; They bow not in distress But through them wild winds sing. Proudly against the sky In tracings bold and strong, Their filigrees defy When I too suffer loss, Memories of youth and song. In strength I hope to grow; May I not wail and toss In aimless grief and woe. But like the barren trees Against my winter sky, May I make filigrees That please the passerby.
Make the most of every opportunity you get Love life Enjoy your youth Make lemonade from Lemons Find solace in art and music Focus on the positive Commit to all the roles and tasks you take on Take time to reflect on the lessons of life Confront discrimination head on Take time to mentor youth Be a patriot, even when you disagree with the politicians of the day Being a good mother is your number one role
Who has inspired you? How do we inspire others? How do we respond to adversity? What messages do we surround ourselves with? What legacies are we leaving for our children?