The 2001 recipients f the Mary Jane and William R. Nester Student Leadership Award were recently announced. The award was established in 1995 by former Chancellor Dr. William Nester and his wife Mary Jane. The award recognizes outstanding seniors who have excelled academically and have demonstrated exemplary leadership, service and character during their UNK career. Recipients will receive a university ring as a reminder of their alma mater playing a key role in their development. The recipients are as follows:
Emily Balcetis of Omaha is an honors student and will be receiving degrees in Psychology with a Music Minor and Music Performance. She has served as the president of both the Psychology Club and the Tau Beta Sigma music honorary. She ahs been a Fine Arts Ambassador and was a recipient of the Music Department Leadership Award. Emily has also served as a tutor for the Learning Center and Writing Center.
Tamy Burnett of Columbus is an Education major with endorsements in English and Speech. Her leadership roles include Mortar Board, Student Government, Sigma Tau Delta and Summer Orientation Staff. She is an honors program student and is currently student teaching in Norfolk. She plans to attend graduate school this fall.
Katey Foster of Lincoln is a Business Management Information major. She has served as the president of the Panhellenic Council and the director of scholarship for Alpha Phi Sorority. She has been a Chancellorís Ambassador, a Diplomat, a member of Student Government and a member of Student Activities Council.
Kristina Garnett of Plattsmouth is a Chemistry Comprehensive major. She is the president of the Chemistry club and has been a member of Christian Student Fellowship, Phi Eta Sigma, the UNK swim team, Stout Hall Council, Kappa Mu Epsilon and Student Activities Council.
Amber Gloystein of Kearney is an Organizational Communications major. She is an honors program student. She has been the coordinator of the Chancellorís Student Ambassadors, vice president of Alpha Omicron Pi Sorority, vice president of Student Alumni Foundation and president of Leadership Development Council. Amber has also been a member of the Orientation Staff and a Diplomat.
Randall Goldfish of Ord is a Biology Comprehensive major. His leadership roles include Mortar Board, Chi Alpha, Residence Hall Association and Chemistry Club. Randall plans to attend medical school.
Christopher Lyons of Omaha is an Industrial Distribution major. He has held executive positions in the Pi Kappa Alpha Fraternity. He has been the chairperson of the Society of Manufacturing Engineers, Industrial Distribution Organization, and the president of Order of Omega. This summer he will join the Distribution and Sales Program of the General Electric Company in Chicago.
Toni Meuret of Brunswick is an Elementary Education major. She has served as election commissioner of Student Government and vice president of the Leadership Development Council. She has also bee the vice president of academic development for Alpha Omicron Pi Sorority, vice president of the National Residence Hall Honorary and secretary of Intramural Council.
Scott Miller of Omaha has majors in Business Administration and Political Science. He is an honors program student and has served as a Diplomat and president of Mortar Board. He has held numerous positions in Pi Kappa Alpha Fraternity. He will graduate in December and has accepted a public accounting position with Lutz and Company in Omaha.
Sarah Roth of Bellevue is a Secondary Education major. She is an Omaha World-Herald Scholar, a recipient of the Peter Kiewit Distinguished Scholars Award and an honors student. She has served as president of Mortar Board, president of Student Alumni Foundation and has held many positions in Alpha Omicron Pi Sorority. Additionally, Sarah was a Chancellorís Ambassador and a member of Order of Omega and Rho Lamda.
Rebecca Schnack of Gretna is a Business Administration Comprehensive major. Her leadership positions include financial vice president of Gamma Phi Beta Sorority and treasurer of Order of Omega. She has been a member of Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Rho Lamda and Sigma Beta Delta Honor Society.
Clayton Thyne of Julesburg, Colorado has majors in Political Science and Spanish. He is an honors student and a 2000 Truman Scholar. Clayton has served as president of the Locke and Key Society and as historian for Alpha Mu Gamma.
Anya Trumber of Boelus is a Biology Comprehensive major. She has served as president of the Student Alumni Foundation, vice president of the Leadership Development Council, treasurer of Rho Lambda and education vice president of Alpha Omicron Pi Sorority. This fall she will be attending medical school at UNMC.