Terrie Manno, piano professor and coordinator of keyboard at MSUM, was recognized for her hard work during the YWCA’s Women of the Year Banquet last Monday.
Manno was nominated by longtime friend Nancy Beach for the Lifetime Achievement award.
Each year, the Lifetime Achievement award is presented to a woman who has demonstrated a long-term commitment to equality, to empowering women and girls and to eliminating racism. According to the organization’s website, the winner is someone who “exemplifies integrity and displays compassion for humanity.”
In Beach’s nomination letter, she wrote that Manno has demonstrated her empowering dedication to the community through her long professional career at MSUM and her volunteer work with the Kurdish and Somali women in Fargo-Moorhead.
“I did not expect to be nominated, and I certainly did not expect to win the award,” Manno said. “I am humbled and deeply honored to have been chosen.”
Beach added that Manno’s combination of professional and volunteer dedication is driven by her unique passion for life that inspires not only her students but people throughout the community.
Manno has taught piano at MSUM for 24 years, and her passion is still evident.
“I am enthusiastic about helping students achieve their full potential,” she said. “As I look back over my many years of teaching at MSUM, I can say without a doubt that the best part of this job is watching our students blossom as they develop their passion for music.”
Manno said that as an educator, she thrives in MSUM’s richly diverse education environment.
BY JASMINE MAKI
PHOTO BY BEN GUMERINGER