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Claussen, Connie

 Person

Biography

"Connie Claussen retired as the associate athletic director on June 1, 1998 but remains in that position in an advisory role. She has nurtured the growth of women's athletics at UNO since its inception.

"A graduate of Omaha Benson High School, Claussen received her bachelor's degree from Omaha University and her master's from Adams State College. Claussen began teaching physical education at UNO in 1963 and was chairing the department within two years.

"In 1969, The Omaha Softball Association asked Claussen to help start the Women's College World Series. Since UNO was the host school, Claussen coached a softball team to compete in the WCWS. That was the beginning of women's athletics at UNO, and the beginning of a national championship for women’s softball. During that time she began laying the groundwork for what has become one the top women's athletic programs in NCAA II.

"In 1977, Claussen was Vice Chairman of the Pan American Softball Games Committee. In 1979, she was the manager of the USA Women's Softball team that won the gold medal at the Pan American Games.

"Claussen started the Diet Pepsi/UNO Women's Walk in 1986, the primary fundraiser for UNO women's athletics, which has now raised over 3 million dollars.

"Claussen has served on several NCAA national committees, including the NCAA Executive Committee where in 1986 she was on the search committee for the Executive Director. She served as chairman of the NCAA II Championships Committee and the Division II Softball Committee.

"Claussen was a member of the UNO Alumni Board and was given the Chancellor's Medal in 1981. She received the UNO Alumni Association's Citation for Alumnus Achievement in 1997.

"Claussen has received numerous other awards, including: the Charles Mancuso Award, one of eight 'Women of Distinction' by the YWCA, the Girl Scouts' 'Women of Distinction Award', the Distinguished Alumni Award from the UNO College of Education, UNO's Boss of the Year by the Educational Office Professionals Association (EOPA), Lite 96's 'Women's Sports Leadership Award', and the Chi Omega Alumni of the Year Award.

"She is the first woman member of the UNO Athletic Hall of Fame and has also been inducted into the Omaha Benson High School Hall of Fame, Omaha Softball Association Hall of Fame, the Old Timers Baseball Hall of Fame, the Omaha Sports Hall of Fame, and the National Fastpitch Coaches Association Hall of Fame in recognition of coaching the 1975 Lady Mavs to the national softball championship."

Source: Bio: Connie Claussen, Athletic Director Emeritus. Omaha Mavericks website. Retrieved on December 7, 2015: http://www.omavs.com/ViewArticle.dbml?DB_OEM_ID=31400&ATCLID=208887565 (Source no longer online as of November 13, 2018.)

Found in 13 Collections and/or Records:

College World Series National Championship Ring, 1975

 Item — Box Softball [1]
Scope and Contents From the Collection: The UNO Artifact Collection includes objects related to the University of Nebraska at Omaha and its predecessor the University of Omaha, from circa 1908 to the present. The collection includes a diverse array of OU and UNO branded items, t-shirts, hats, sweaters, blankets, scrapbooks, proclamations, trophies, award plaques, flags, pennants, pins, pens, seat cushions, coffee mugs, toys, ephemera, memorabilia, and other objects.The bulk of this collection has not yet...
Dates: 1975

Connie Claussen Softball 50th Anniversary Collection, 2019

 Series — Box 2019-016
Scope and Contents

This small collection includes:

1) A T-Shirt commemorating the 50th Anniversary of UNO Softball.

2) A towel commemorating the 50th Anniversary of UNO Softball.

3) Anniversary event correspondence and scheduling documents.

4) An 8 x 10 photograph of event participants.

5) A five-page printout of an Excel spreadsheet with the names of UNO softball contacts.

Dates: 2019

Connie Claussen, UNO's 8th Legendary Woman, 2016 - 2017

 Series — Box 2
Scope and Contents From the Collection: Each year, the University of Nebraska at Omaha selects a Legendary Woman who is announced and honored at the annual luncheon of the UNO Chancellor's Commission on the Status of Women (CCSW). The requirements for UNO Legendary Woman honorees include that they must have ties to the University of Nebraska at Omaha or its predecessor the University of Omaha, have done something especially noteworthy for the university or the community, and be deceased. An exception to the last requirement was...
Dates: 2016 - 2017

Inaugural UNO Men's Hockey Game vs. Manitoba T-Shirt, 1997

 Item — Box Hockey [2]
Scope and Contents From the Collection: The UNO Artifact Collection includes objects related to the University of Nebraska at Omaha and its predecessor the University of Omaha, from circa 1908 to the present. The collection includes a diverse array of OU and UNO branded items, t-shirts, hats, sweaters, blankets, scrapbooks, proclamations, trophies, award plaques, flags, pennants, pins, pens, seat cushions, coffee mugs, toys, ephemera, memorabilia, and other objects.The bulk of this collection has not yet...
Dates: 1997

Reflections in Time: Interview with Connie Claussen, 2000

 File
Identifier: UNO-0021-rfit-connie-claussen
Scope and Contents In February of 2000 Connie Claussen, retired University of Nebraska at Omaha Professor (1963-1998) of Physical Education, was interviewed by Jack Newton for Reflections of Time. Professor Connie Claussen was born in Omaha, NE. She received a B.S. (1963) from the Municipal University of Omaha and an M.S. from Adams State College in Alamosa, CO. Professor Claussen has received the Chi Omega Alumni of the Year Award, the YWCA Women of Distinction Award, the UNO Chancellor’s Medal, and the UNO...
Dates: 2000

UNO Athletics Collection

 Collection
Identifier: UNO-0074
Scope and Contents The UNO Athletics Collection is comprised of an array of documents and other materials related to the intercollegiate athletics program at the University of Nebraska at Omaha and its predecessor the Municipal University of Omaha. The records include media guides, game programs, scrapbooks, artifacts and memorabilia, selected trophies and awards, marketing and publicity material, and administrative records from circa 1924 to the present. Included are materials related to specific sports,...
Dates: 1924-2019

UNO Softball NCAA Division II National Championship Ring, 2001

 Item — Box Softball [6]
Scope and Contents From the Collection: The UNO Artifact Collection includes objects related to the University of Nebraska at Omaha and its predecessor the University of Omaha, from circa 1908 to the present. The collection includes a diverse array of OU and UNO branded items, t-shirts, hats, sweaters, blankets, scrapbooks, proclamations, trophies, award plaques, flags, pennants, pins, pens, seat cushions, coffee mugs, toys, ephemera, memorabilia, and other objects.The bulk of this collection has not yet...
Dates: 2001

UNO Softball NCC Champions, NCAA Dvision II Final 6 Ring, 1994

 Item — Box Softball [3]
Scope and Contents From the Collection: The UNO Artifact Collection includes objects related to the University of Nebraska at Omaha and its predecessor the University of Omaha, from circa 1908 to the present. The collection includes a diverse array of OU and UNO branded items, t-shirts, hats, sweaters, blankets, scrapbooks, proclamations, trophies, award plaques, flags, pennants, pins, pens, seat cushions, coffee mugs, toys, ephemera, memorabilia, and other objects.The bulk of this collection has not yet...
Dates: 1994

UNO Softball NCC Championship Watch, 1995

 Item — Box Softball [4]
Scope and Contents From the Collection: The UNO Artifact Collection includes objects related to the University of Nebraska at Omaha and its predecessor the University of Omaha, from circa 1908 to the present. The collection includes a diverse array of OU and UNO branded items, t-shirts, hats, sweaters, blankets, scrapbooks, proclamations, trophies, award plaques, flags, pennants, pins, pens, seat cushions, coffee mugs, toys, ephemera, memorabilia, and other objects.The bulk of this collection has not yet...
Dates: 1995

UNO Volleyball NCAA Division II National Championship Ring, 1996

 Item — Box Volleyball [2]
Scope and Contents From the Collection: The UNO Artifact Collection includes objects related to the University of Nebraska at Omaha and its predecessor the University of Omaha, from circa 1908 to the present. The collection includes a diverse array of OU and UNO branded items, t-shirts, hats, sweaters, blankets, scrapbooks, proclamations, trophies, award plaques, flags, pennants, pins, pens, seat cushions, coffee mugs, toys, ephemera, memorabilia, and other objects.The bulk of this collection has not yet...
Dates: 1996

UNO Volleyball NCC, NCAA Division II FInal Four Ring, 1983

 Item — Box Volleyball [1]
Scope and Contents From the Collection: The UNO Artifact Collection includes objects related to the University of Nebraska at Omaha and its predecessor the University of Omaha, from circa 1908 to the present. The collection includes a diverse array of OU and UNO branded items, t-shirts, hats, sweaters, blankets, scrapbooks, proclamations, trophies, award plaques, flags, pennants, pins, pens, seat cushions, coffee mugs, toys, ephemera, memorabilia, and other objects.The bulk of this collection has not yet...
Dates: 1983

UNO Women's Bowling Team Shirt Design, 1969-1974

 Item — Box Apparel [33]
Scope and Contents

Red shirt back worn by the UNO Women's Bowling Team at the Milo Bail Student Center bowling alley. The shirt bears a hand-stitched depiction of a Native American in the style of OUampi. Connie Claussen and Bev Sanders were the volunteer coaches of the team.

Dates: 1969-1974

Women's College World Series Shirts, 1981-1982

 File — Box Softball [2]
Scope and Contents

Two blue shirts from the Women's College World Series in 1981 and believed to be 1982. One shirt is a t-shirt and the other is a polo style shirt.

Dates: 1981-1982