Miss America Teresa Scanlan to talk Nov. 17

Miss America Teresa Scanlan
Miss America Teresa Scanlan

University Program Council presents the crowning achievement of its fall 2011 slate of events: Miss America, Teresa Scanlan. Scanlan will speak about her platform, “Eating Disorders: A Generation at Risk,” in the Nebraska Union’s Centennial Room at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 17.

Admission is free to UNL students with a valid NCard and is $5 for the public and university faculty and staff.

Teresa Scanlan was named the youngest Miss Nebraska in 2010, and on Jan. 15, 2011, she was crowned Nebraska’s first Miss America. Since being crowned, she has been touring the country raising awareness about her platform of eating disorders. Scanlan was inspired to advocate for this issue after a friend opened up to her about her own struggles with eating disorders and body image.

After being homeschooled for most of her life, Scanlan graduated from Scottsbluff High School in 2010. When her reign as Miss America comes to an end, she plans to attend college and law school and eventually hold an elected U.S. office.

UPC is the student organization that provides diverse, educational and entertaining programs and events to enhance the UNL community.

- Karen Freimund Wills