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Alum and Author of New Book
About Extraordinary Woman
To Speak Sept. 30

 MAILED:  Sept. 22, 2004

EAU CLAIRE — Margaret (Mogensen) Nelson, a 1969 University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire political science graduate and veteran journalist, will speak on campus at 4 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 30, in the Tamarack Room in Davies Center.

Nelson, whose talk is hosted by the College of Education and Human Sciences and the department of communication and journalism, will speak about her book, "Saving Body & Soul: The Mission of Mary Jo Copeland," which was released Sept. 18. A reception will follow in the Skylight Lounge.

The book, with photos by Keri Pickett, chronicles the work of Copeland, who has been called " America's Mother Teresa" for her work with the poor in the Minneapolis area. The book is for sale through the University Bookstore. Nelson will sign books following her talk.

Filled with black-and-white images and life stories, the book tells about the life of Copeland, a housewife and mother of 12 who overcame tremendous obstacles to serve the poor and homeless. It paints a portrait of a hands-on mission to serve the neediest in society through Copeland's shelter, Sharing and Caring Hands, where thousands of people are fed, clothed and cared for every day.

"Nelson's topic — homelessness — is so relevant to many people here," Kimera Way, executive director of development. "Her book shows what can be accomplished through the loving acts of ordinary people."

Nelson has worked as a journalist for more than five decades. She has a master's degree from Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism and has written for national and international publications, including People, Newsweek, USA Today and the Los Angeles Times Syndicate. Based in Minneapolis, she has received numerous reporting and writing awards.

Last year Nelson and her siblings established the Martin Mogensen Education Lecture Fund with the UW-Eau Claire Foundation. Martin Mogensen, a 1952 UW-Eau Claire education graduate, was killed in 1969 by a troubled junior high school student. Through gifts to the Foundation, the family will support an annual lecture in honor of their father's career as a teacher and school administrator. They also established the Martin Mogensen Education Scholarship Fund.



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Updated: September 22, 2004