Northern Iowa Student Government

UNI I Am A Hero - Amandajean Freking-Nolte

By: Spencer Walrath on Wed, 02/01/2012 - 01:08

This week's UNI I Am A Hero is Amandajean Freking-Nolte!

"Amandajean is the faculty advisor of SAVE Forum Actors (Students Against a Violent Environment). Not only does she make a difference to her many student members, but she makes a bigger impact on the lives of students all over campus in so many ways. First and foremost, SAVE is one of the best groups on campus in spreading awareness of many serious issues on campus; issues such as: rape, gender violence, victim blaming, dating violence, sexuality shaming, and so much more. Amandajean makes it the groups responsibility to deliver the awareness of said issues in a discussion based manner rather than through lecturing students. This opens up the chance for students to voice their own opinions, have educational arguments, and learn about the issues more independently.

SAVE provides scenes that are realistic for college students, putting the audience in scenarios they may have seen before or will see in the future; scenarios like: parties, clubs, dorm rooms, classes, etc. In every performance SAVE members provide resourceful contacts for students who may be in danger or know someone in danger which makes students aware of the extremely safe campus they live on, and often students do not know of those sources before the performances.

In addition to raising awareness for students and providing resources Amandajean also teaches all of her SAVE students (SAVErs) how to address the issues in their own lives. I have had many personal encounters with friends who have been raped or victimized and had I not known how to handle such scenarios, I may not have been the valued help that I was. She proclaims on a regular basis how it our (SAVErs) jobs to be there in these dangerous scenarios to make a difference and become active bystanders. I had a situation arise at a party I was at once, where a sober man was taking a drunk friend of ours into his bedroom. I immediately asked him to open the door while they were "only talking" inside, and informed on the Consent policy of UNI and that when a woman is under the influence of alcohol she could not give proper consent to him.

I have many examples to display why the knowledge we learn from Amandajean is making a major difference on campus. Five years ago, she probably would have been the one at the parties doing what we do now, but now that she is married and has a newborn she has to pass that knowledge on to us. I believe that ALL SAVE MEMBERS are worthy of being a hero, but if one individual had to take the award for what SAVE does for this campus, it would be Amandajean. Our heroic leader!" - Samuel Card

Congratulations, Amandajean, on your nomination!

Don't forget to nominate your friends and co-workers to be recognized as a UNI Hero! Simply go to the UNI I Am A Hero page located on the left side of our site (www.uni.edu/studentorgs/nisg/hero) and fill out the form.

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