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 Woman shares story of survival ten years after attack


 Rodee Schneider


Ten years ago, Teri Jendusa-Nicolai of Racine County, Wis., was abducted by her ex-husband, beaten and left for dead in a freezing storage locker. A decade later, Jendusa-Nicolai will share her story of domestic abuse and survival as part of Northeast Wisconsin Technical College’s “Food for Thought” series, Thursday, March 6 from 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. in Lecture Hall SC132. The event is free and open to the public.

On Jan. 31, 2004, Jendusa-Nicolai traveled to her ex-husband’s home to pick up their two daughters. Instead, she was beaten with a baseball bat, bound with duct tape and stuffed into a garbage can with snow. Her ex-husband then drove her into northern Illinois, where he stowed the trashcan in a storage unit he owned. After spending nearly 26 hours in the freezing unit, investigators finally found her barely alive.

Today, Jendusa-Nicolai is an advocate for other victims of domestic abuse. She shares her experience, focusing on recognizing the early signs of an abusive relationship.

Promoting Healthy Relationships

Jendusa-Nicolai’s talk is presented by NWTC Student Involvement, in collaboration with NWTC Student Counseling services and the Golden House, a domestic abuse program and shelter in Green Bay. The event is part of a larger effort to promote healthy relationships on campus. Recent examples include a partnership with the “No More” campaign, which aims to raise awareness and urge action to end domestic violence and sexual assault. NWTC Student Counseling services have also sponsored recent events to help students recognize potential signs of abuse and provide emotional support for victims.

”We are really looking forward to hosting Teri Jendusa-Nicolai on campus to share her unfathomable story of strength and survival,” said NWTC Student Involvement Manager Megan Popkey.  “She is an amazing woman who will inspire anyone who takes the time to listen to her story.” 

During the presentation, a complimentary lunch will be available for NWTC students; NWTC staff and the general public are welcome to bring their own lunches or purchase food in the Commons.

For more information about this event, please contact NWTC Student Involvement at (920) 498-5483 or visit

About NWTC’s “Food for Thought” Series: Every semester, Northeast Wisconsin Technical College’s “Food for Thought” series brings interesting discussions, nationally recognized speakers, and compelling performances to NWTC’s Green Bay campus. The free series is open to entire community.