For her years of dedication to UNO, Marti has been honored with numerous awards. The FYE program, which was created under Marti’s leadership, earned the UNO Strategic Planning Award for Student Focus in 2005. In 1989, Marti was presented with an award from the Nebraska Professional Counseling Association for Outstanding Mental Health Counselor. During the 2000s, Marti’s incredible influence on UNO was particularly recognized; she earned an Excellence in Teaching Part-time Faculty Award from the UNO School of Health, Physical Education and Recreation in 2000; an Exemplary Service to Students Award from the UNO Project Achieve Program in 2005; a Woman of Wisdom Award from the Program for Women & Successful Aging in 2005; an Outstanding Achievement Award from the UNO Chancellor’s Commission on the Status of Women in 2009; and a Mary Ann Lamanna Award for Excellence in Women’s Studies in 2010.
Marti feels incredibly honored to be recognized for her contributions to UNO, and she is especially thankful to those who have made her successes possible—her colleagues, students, friends, and family. She humbly says, “We don’t do any of this by ourselves” (Interview 2012).
When she’s not at UNO, Marti enjoys reading, knitting, being outdoors on beautiful days, and spending time with her husband of 21 years, John Atherton, their combined family of five children and ten grandchildren, and friends. Her passion for travel often reunites her with high school friends and college roommates who are scattered across the country. Marti’s travels have also carried her to international destinations; two of her most meaningful trips were to Israel in 1995 and to Poland in 2005 to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz. She calls China and the Far East “the most fascinating.” She says, “I haven’t gone anywhere that I haven’t loved and learned. I love going to different parts of the world, meeting people from different cultures, and being exposed to new experiences, histories, and landscapes around the world” (Interview