CU Independent Gives Thanks
CU Independent would like to thank one of our sponsors and CU alumna, Nonie.
Nonie said the best time of her life was spent here at CU and that the skills and training she got at the university have helped her with the rest of her life – which is why she gives back to CU by donating to the student newspaper and setting up scholarships for students.
“This is a way of showing how grateful I am for the training I got here,” Nonie said. “I give whatever I can a little at a time.”
When the journalism major studied at CU, most of her classes were in Old Main. Her women’s only dorm room was in the armory and had a 10 p.m. curfew. Nonie and the other girls that lived in the armory would often sneak out of one of the windows after the curfew.
“I didn’t have straight A’s while I was here,” Nonie laughs. “I was learning and having fun too.”
In the summer of 1950, Nonie joined WOTC, a Marine Corps program for women that was the first of its kind. She never served in active duty, but did go through Quantico training, was made a captain, and was in the women’s reserve for 16 years. She is still a member of the Women Marines Association.
Nonie, a public information officer, was the only female officer in a battalion of 500.
Nonie wrote for CU’s Silver and Gold and spent a winter break spent reporting for the Daily Camera After graduation, Nonie went on to write at different local newspapers and McCall’s Magazine for a short time. She has since moved on to other successful business ventures and lives in Tarzana, Calif.
Nonie said she believes in helping aspiring journalists at CU not only because of her experience at the school, but because she said she thinks journalists need to work hard to bring respect back into the business.
“When the world is a mess, the media gets blamed for everything,” Nonie said. “Journalists and Americans need to be respected again. It will be a challenge.”
Nonie said she is proud of the journalists CU produces and feels lucky to have a connection with the young people here.