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“Let Your Light Shine” Women of Midland Campaign

About the Campaign

The Women of Midland “Let Your Light Shine” campaign is a fundraising and storytelling initiative held during Women’s History Month that aims to recognize past and present women of Midland and raise scholarship support to impact future generations of women students at Midland University. The “Let Your Light Shine” campaign aims to raise $100,000 for the Women of Midland Scholarship Fund to provide 25 scholarship awards to women students.

Visit the Women of Midland Campaign page to learn more about this exciting campaign, read Women of Midland spotlights, and make a gift to support the new Women of Midland Scholarship Fund!

Lifting Up Their Voices

As Midland University recognizes Women’s History Month, we want to honor and lift up the voices of women across campus. Each week in March, we will be profiling a female student or leader on campus who will share their stories.

Olivia Engel at Midland UniversityOlivia Engel – Junior Music Education Major from Columbus, Nebraska

What advice have you received from women in leadership positions that has remained with you today?
They’ve taught me to believe and achieve. As a future educator, I should keep striving to accomplish my goals and continue to persevere.

Are there women who impact your life on a daily basis? I have a lot of impactful women in my family. I have close relationships with them and they are always giving me positive encouragement.

What inspires you or motivates you? Positivity, as well as daily encouragement from family and friends. I love the impact they have made on me.

Midland University has many women in leadership positions. Does this serve as an inspiration to you? There are a lot of students on campus who look up to women in leadership roles. I want to be a teacher and make a positive impact on students. Making them believe in themselves is very encouraging to me.

Malia Shimabukuro at Midland University Heedum FieldMalia Shimabukuro ‘17, Midland University Head Women’s Lacrosse Coach

What advice do you have for young women today?

Be genuine and authentic, not the “Barbie” type we see too often on social media. Don’t be afraid to fail or make mistakes. Change will consistently happen in life, so learn from all the experiences life gives you. Lastly, care much for people. But don’t care so much about what they may think. 

How have women made an impact in your life? 

The women who have impacted my life are the ones who have used their life experiences as examples for me to learn and grow from. They are women who aren’t afraid to share life with other young women and embrace them with love and grace! They are women who enjoy all of life’s moments and are present with those they are surrounded by.

Name an instance where you provided guidance/advice to a female student?

I love having life conversations with young women at Midland. I value the times I’ve been able to ask questions and listen to young women share their struggles and joys of life. I’ve also been able to celebrate small, medium, and big moments with them and to be someone who encourages them to see their worth no matter their performance!

Who or what inspires you or motivates you? 

The love of Christ motivates me and compels me to love sincerely as He’s done for us. Many women want to be pursued by a significant other and swept off their feet. The best romance I have found is my relationship with Jesus, who exemplified His love through His life. He took our place and shares in our sorrows, sin, and struggles. My relationship with Christ, and the community of believers He has surrounded me with, is what inspires me!

Allie Lazarus at Midland University
Allie Lazarus, Junior Nursing Major from Shreveport, Louisiana

What advice have you received from women in leadership positions that has remained with you today? 

Stay strong in who you are. Don’t let your values and what you believe in waver.

Are there women who impact your life on a daily basis?

My mom continues to be one of my biggest impacts. My dad worked out of town a lot when I was growing up, so she raised four kids and was always there for us. If there was anything we wanted to do, she would make that happen. It always inspired me how strong she was.

What inspires you or motivates you?

I’m inspired every day by the people around me. As a nursing major, I’ve always wanted to help people and be involved. The opportunities I’ve had at Midland have opened that up for me.

Midland University has many women in leadership positions. Does this serve as an inspiration to you? 

To see them be good role models and see their confidence level is very inspiring.

Lori Ethier, Midland University Vice President for Undergraduate Enrollment and MarketingLori Ethier ’07, Midland University Vice President for Undergraduate Enrollment and Marketing

What advice do you have for young women today?

Find a mentor and be willing to listen! Some of the most rewarding lessons I look back on have come from the honest and sincere feedback of people who have supported me, both personally and professionally. Midland has put many of those special people in my path, and I will forever be grateful for those connections. A mentor can be anyone – a boss, a trusted friend, someone in a job you’re looking to achieve one day, or sometimes these relationships happen organically. As cliche as it may sound, step outside of your comfort zone and seek growth. You won’t be sorry!

How have women made an impact in your life?

Growing up in the late 90s and early 2000s, I watched women in the news fight for their personal rights, begin to hold big jobs and get elected to office. I appreciated the path they were forging for future generations and I quickly learned that I didn’t have to sacrifice being a mother or wife to have a career. In addition to watching and learning from women in the news, my parents were, and continue to be, some of my biggest supporters. My mom taught me that you can be kind and firm at the same time, and my dad modeled hard work in his career. They helped me believe that I was capable of being successful in ANY job I wanted, no matter my gender. 

Name an instance where you have provided guidance/advice to a female on campus?

I strongly believe that the big moments in life are often created in normal day-to-day situations. 

When I reflect on the almost 10 years I’ve been at Midland, I hope I have provided guidance to the students I advised in the Student Success Center and the employees I’ve been blessed to lead in these day-to-day moments. A few memories I treasure most are talks during one-on-one meetings with my team members, celebrating personal milestones, learning new ‘hip’ phrases and trends, and working toward goals with others. 

What inspires you or motivates you?

Knowing that I can make a difference for others inspires me. As a mom, I know my kids are always watching (and I mean always!), so setting an example is important to me.  As a leader on campus, I am inspired to know that my work directly impacts the students we are serving. That is both a great responsibility and great reward. Simply put, the purpose and people behind my everyday tasks are my biggest motivators. 

As we celebrate Women’s History Month and the Women of Midland Campaign, I’d like to share my favorite quote from a very influential woman and one I have hanging in my office. 

“ I’ve learned that whenever I decide something with an open heart, I usually make the right decision. I’ve learned that even when I have pains, I don’t have to be one. I’ve learned that every day you should reach out and touch someone. People love a warm hug, or just a friendly pat on the back. I’ve learned that I still have a lot to learn. I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” – Maya Angelou

Addison Johnson at Midland UniversityAddison Johnson, Junior Biology + Agribusiness Major from Nenzel, Nebraska

What advice have you received from women in leadership positions that has remained with you today?

There are a lot of great education teachers at Midland. They’ve always told me to put my full effort into something I enjoy and if I don’t enjoy it and can’t give it my full effort, then maybe it’s time to find something new.

Are there women who impact your life on a daily basis?

The women in the Student Affairs office love and care for students every day. My mom has been there since Day 1. My mom is a strong woman of faith and has guided me along the way.

What inspires you or motivates you?

My faith. God has been the foundation of my life since Day 1. My ability to grow with other believers is the most encouraging and most important aspect of my life.

Midland University has many women in leadership positions. Does this serve as an inspiration to you?

Anyone in leadership positions, especially women, are influential. As a Midland student, seeing women walking across campus who are in leadership positions encourages me to do the same.

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