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Conference reveals ‘herstory’
By Rebecka Hyde
Women must support other
women if they are to become effec
tive leaders, speakers at Saturday’s
1998 Women’s Leadership
“Writing Herstory: Leaving Your
Mark” was the theme of the confer
ence, held at the Wick Alumni
Center. About 65 University of
Nebraska-Lincoln students and fac
ulty, as well as women from the com
munity, attended the conference,
which focused on developing person
al leadership and nurturing leader
ship in others.
‘“Writing Herstory: Leaving Your
Mark’ means for women to develop
leadership in themselves and to go
out and support other women to cre
ate a community to go forward in,”
said conference assistant Molly
Klinedinst. “It’s really important for
women to support women and help
Keynote speaker Brenda Council,
senior counsel for Union Pacific
Railroad Company and a former
Omaha mayoral candidate, spoke on
using one’s assets to better the world.
Council works to improve educa
tion and promote labor concerns and
has served as President of the Omaha
School Board, Omaha City Council,
United Way and the Salvation Army.
Council also worked as a field attor
ney for the National Labor Relations
The Sandoz Residency Hall
Council found the conference impor
tant enough to cover the $3 entrance
fee for its residents, said Sandoz
Council President Michele Lueders.
“Sandoz is a women’s hall, and
we wanted to promote leadership and
get the residents to experience it,”
Lueders said. “Even though the cost
of the conference was minimal, we
thought that by paying we would
encourage a few more residents to
The conference was open to both
men and women, but no men attend
ed this year, Klinedinst said. A few
men volunteered to help with child
care, and a few attended the confer
ence last year, she said.
Some women think it is important
to separate women’s leadership from
leadership in general, and this con
ference helped develop women’s spe
cial roles, said planning committee
member Rebecca Richter.
“It’s important to separate
women’s leadership because we are
slowly reaching toward the leader
ship roles,” Richter said. “Having a
conference is important because
women can share without inhibition
and they learn to take the tools that
they already have to become a better
The conference ended with a one
woman, one-act play by Pippa White
entitled “Mothers, Daughters, Wives,
Women.” The play told stories of
women in different stations and dif
ferent times throughout “herstory,”
White’s word for history.
Klinedinst said the conference
was a success, especially in reaching
the goal of making workshop options
“Our target audience grew a lot
and we had more people from the
community,” Klinedinst said.
Workshop choices were designed
to promote diversity and included
“Gender Cultures,” “Women
Communicating Across Cultural Ties
and Boundaries” and “Finding
Strength in Adversity.”
The Women’s Leadership
Conference was sponsored by
Student Involvement, the Women’s
Center, Teacher’s College, College of
Human Resource and Family
Sciences, Multicultural Affairs, and
Student killed, five injured
in drunken driving accident
ACCIDENT from page 1
condition at Lincoln General
Hospital, and Robert Rein, 28, who
is in fair condition there.
In February, Ireland’s 17-month
old son, Jonathan, was killed by his
girlfriend when she threw him on
the couch and fractured his skull.
Jennifer Hindera, 23, was sentenced
to 12 to 15 years in prison after
pleading no contest to manslaugh
Ireland faces up to five years in
jail for the class 3A felony of motor
vehicle homicide, Wagner said, plus
possible punishment for the other
Sarah Cockson, who was driving
the Cockson’s car, is being treated
for head, leg and pelvic injuries.
Erin Cockson is being treated for
chest and abdominal injuries.
Family and friends of the
Cockson sisters now wait for the
recovery of the younger sisters
while mourning the loss of the old
Parents of the sisters - Robert
Cockson, a State Farm Insurance
agent; and Eva Cockson, a Friend
elementary school teacher - along
with their son Steve, a UNL junior,
hold vigil at Lincoln General
Hospital, Dvorak said.
Dvorak said the community of
Friend, has pulled together to sup
port the family, and more than 125
family and friends came to the hos
Laura Cockson’s family was
very important to her, Dvorak said.
“We celebrated family baptisms
and christenings - happy times and
sad times, we were always together,”
The former Friend High School
valedictorian’s dream was to help
others. She planned to be an occupa
tional therapist, Dvorak said.
But one thing Dvorak will most
remember are his niece’s smile and
eyes, he said.
“She had an unbelievable smile,”
he said. “Her eyes were mesmeriz
ing - her beautiful, big, blue eyes.”
Funeral services for Laura
Cockson will be held at 1:30 p.m.
Wednesday at St. Joseph’s Catholic
Church in Friend. A prayer service
will be held at 7 p.m. Tuesday at St.
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