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University of Wyoming dual professional degree program student Lisa Ohnstad is among 10 new members selected for the 2014-15 American Association of University Women’s (AAUW) student advisory group.
During the next 12 months, Ohnstad and the other National Student Advisory Council (SAC) ambassadors will hone and grow their leadership skills, network with other national student leaders and make an impact on their campuses, says Kate Farrar, AAUW vice president of Campus Leadership Programs.
In addition to having the opportunity to advise AAUW, a leading national women’s organization, on the needs of college students, SAC members will help plan and implement the annual national Conference for College Women Student Leaders next May at the University of Maryland, College Park.
SAC members serve as peer leaders at the conference, host prominent women of distinction honorees and lead networking sessions.
Ohnstad, from Weston, an unincorporated community along the upper Little Powder River north of Gillette, is working on a dual degree in pharmacy and an executive MBA. Her desire to stay in Wyoming and help others has driven Ohnstad to pursue degrees in both the health care and business professions.
The doctor of pharmacy/executive MBA candidate (class of 2015) has received several honors recognizing her accomplishments and leadership skills. Her achievements are remarkable, considering that she is balancing the rigors of both programs, a military career and spending time with her family.
Ohnstad considered several health care programs, and pharmacy fit the things she wanted to personally accomplish. While applying for pharmacy school, Ohnstad also applied to the MBA program, initially as a backup plan. But, in the back of her mind, she took it as a personal challenge to see if she could complete both programs.
The new SAC members attended a recent leadership retreat in Washington, D.C., to learn more about how they can help communicate and support AAUW’s mission to other students, design a yearlong leadership development plan and create strategies for how to take action on their respective campuses and communities.
AAUW empowers women and girls through advocacy, education, philanthropy and research. The nonpartisan, nonprofit organization has more than 170,000 members and supporters across the United States, as well as 1,000 local branches and more than 800 college and university partners.
Since AAUW’s founding in 1881, members have examined and taken positions on the fundamental issues of the day -- educational, social, economic and political.