100 Women Wall of Honor
About100 Women Wall of Honor

Nancy E. Chellevold

When Nancy E. Chellevold (BS 1971 Family & Consumer Journalism) enrolled in an Ag Journalism course, a male-dominated field, the male professor suggested meeting with Nellie McCannon, a professor in Human Ecology. Her “can do” attitude and fierce determination allowed Nancy to navigate a turbulent time on campus, which, on one occasion involved talking her way into taking a final exam in the midst of a campus riot. Having grown up in a small farming community near Spring Green, coming to Madison was a big step, but one three generations before her had made. Skills learned during an internship with the Wisconsin Vacation & Travel Bureau set the stage for marketing positions in other fields, including healthcare. When her husband’s job took Nancy and their two children to South Africa, working as a substitute teacher taught her the importance of being inquisitive and fearless in asking questions. After losing her husband to cancer, Nancy earned a Master’s degree in Medical Humanities and volunteered as a patient advocate, accompanying oncology patients to medical appointments. Cherishing her UW degree, Nancy’s gift to Human Ecology’s need-based scholarship endowment ensures future generations the opportunity of becoming life-long learners.