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Marian Nelson

1939

There is no question that there have been many exceptional women throughout the University of Nebraska at Omaha’s (UNO) history. We have names and numbers that can be used to tell the story of our u

AREAS OF INTREST: Activism, Education

Karen Falconer Al-Hindi

From an early age, Dr. Karen Falconer Al-Hindi has negotiated her own space.  Intrigued by the relationships between people and places, Falconer Al-Hindi’s natural interest in geography has allowed

AREAS OF INTREST: Education

Deborah Smith-Howell

Dr. Deborah Smith-Howell knew from an early age that she would one day earn a PhD.  Starting college at an age when most of her peers were still midway through their high school educations, Smith-How

AREAS OF INTREST: Education

Mary Alice Hurlbert

Graduating in the 1960s with a master’s degree in Education, Mary Alice Hurlbert embarked on teaching children throughout the world. She also participated in the first Head Start Program in Omaha. A

AREAS OF INTREST: Education

Mary Mudd

Mary Mudd has inarguably been one of the University of Nebraska at Omaha’s (UNO) strongest leaders. Beginning her career here in 1969, Mary developed a passion for the University and its students. S

AREAS OF INTREST: Education

Genevieve Price

Being a librarian was not only what Genevieve Price did for a living, but also what she lived for.  Price began working with the Omaha Public Library systems in 1965 and retired in 1996, so to say he

AREAS OF INTREST: Literacy

Mary Waugh Taylor

1956-2010

Mary Waugh Taylor was born on October 13, 1956 in Okoboji, Iowa, a young girl in love with ballet. In many ways, Mary exemplifies the qualities of a true feminist hero by “doing it all,” and fight

AREAS OF INTREST: Arts, Education

Mrs. Harold Jolley

The Women’s Archive Project is dedicated to celebrating the lives of women who have contributed to the history of the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO), yet many of these women have been lost, a

AREAS OF INTREST: Media and Communications, Writing

Mary Kenny

To effectively communicate, we must realize that we are all different in the way we perceive the world and use this understanding as a guide to our communication with others.             

AREAS OF INTREST: Media and Communications

Marti Rosen-Atherton

After a few moments of conversation with Marti, it’s easy to see why she has been a shoulder to lean on for so many students, faculty, and staff across the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) camp

Maggie May

After simply typing the word “woman” in the Gateway search engine of the online archives, Quinn discovered a column from the spring semester of 1972 entitled “Womankind” by a student named Mag

AREAS OF INTREST: Activism, Media and Communications, Politics, Social Justice, Women's Rights, Writing

Ruth Diamond

Ruth Diamond danced her way into Omaha in 1931, knocking down barriers and disrupting gender norms as she pioneered, introduced, and established modern dance as an art form and area of study at the Un

AREAS OF INTREST: Arts, Education

Sheila Runyon

When she came to the United States in 1963, Sheila Runyon was still Sheila McCrae, a farmer’s daughter from southwest Scotland with big dreams and an impressive academic history. She did not know wh

AREAS OF INTREST: Education, Technology

Elsie Harlan

It has been a great honor to have a legitimate reason to meet Native people, to try to comprehend their tortured history, and to hear Elsie Harlan’s story. I used her words as much as possible,

W. Meredith Bacon

Meredith Bacon, formerly Wally Meredith Bacon Jr., or as she explains the change, “I just dropped the ‘alter’ and the junior,” is the first openly transgender professor at The University of Ne

Dorothy Williams

Dorothy Williams came from a family of firsts. Her mother was the first African-American teacher in the Omaha Public School system; her father was the first president of the Omaha NAACP; and, in 1924,

Donita Mitchell

Until World War II, Donita (Gottsch) Mitchell had worked on her parents’ farm, milking cows and plowing fields before walking to town to work in the household of another family. However, once World

AREAS OF INTREST: Military Service

Cindy Melby Phaneuf

Shortly after she started teaching at UNO, Dr. Cindy Melby Phaneuf was given the task of bringing thousands of people to campus for a Shakespeare Festival without costing the university any money. She

Bea Karp

Bea Karp was born in 1932 into a Jewish Orthodox family in the town of Lauterbach in Western Germany, the year before Hitler’s appointment as chancellor of Germany. She was only six years old when G

Ann Eckberg

Ann Eckberg was born in 1947. Although she lost her hearing when she was nine years old, she never considered the loss a “handicap.” In fact, she learned sign language and spent her life using her

Sakura Yodogawa-Campbell

As a professional victim advocate at the Women’s Center for Advancement, Sakura Yodogawa-Campbell is on the frontline of Omaha’s response team for domestic violence and sexual assault. From starti

Peggy Smith Finch

Peggy Smith Finch beautifully captures the power of literacy and learning in a woman’s life, even in a time when we often take such matters for granted. For Peggy, reading often symbolized a way to

Claudia Gallaway

On the evening of June 6, 1911, Omaha University, now known as the University of Nebraska at Omaha, held its very first commencement ceremony. The sole graduate of this ceremony was forty-two-year-old

Libby DiBiase

1969

Libby DiBiase’s May 2015 graduation from the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) was never a sure bet. For nine years, she chipped away at her degree, working hard to balance her roles as mother,

AREAS OF INTREST: Athletics

Dorothy Patach

Dorothy Patach is the kind of woman someone can talk to about her life and, five hours later, still be hearing stories from the highlights reel. From major medical advancements to community-revolution

Jody Carrigan

Jody (Jo Ann) Carrigan came to the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) in 1970, and became the first female full professor in the College of Arts and Sciences in 1971. Within a year or so, she becam

Melissa Conroy

1979

Many people dream of publishing a novel, but never do. Melissa Conroy turned her dream into a reality through her determination and a copious amount of hard work. It was a combination of her upbringin

Mary Williamson

WASP, advertisor, teacher, dean, mentor; these are only some of the roles Mary Ellen Williamson occupied during her lifetime. Joining the UNO faculty in 1969, teaching was actually Mary’s second car

Catherine Pope

Catherine Pope started her undergraduate coursework at the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) during the late 1960s. She began her studies towards the end of the African American Civil Rights Movem

Wanda Ewing

Wanda studied printmaking before teaching in a tenure-track position in UNO’s art department. Throughout her career, she faced the tensions and pressures of feminism, beauty, racial segregatio

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