Mary Klus Nelson (BS 1968 Education) and James Edward Nelson (BS 1966 Math; MS 1967 Actuarial Science) dedicated their gift to the 100 Women Chair in Human Ecology to all women who give children the “roots and wings” to live well, laugh often and love much.
Giving children “roots” helps them develop a strong sense of family and security, an appreciation for one’s good fortune and a respect for other people and perspectives. It also means being a role model for maintaining a positive attitude, working hard and having a sense of humor.
Giving children “wings” involves nurturing them to become honest, self-aware and confident adults, responsible and accountable for their actions, committed to helping others and dedicated to giving back. It also means teaching them to create opportunities out of challenges.