KEARNEY – Noah Limbach of Kearney and Tristan Larson of Doniphan will serve as the next student body president and vice president at the University of Nebraska at Kearney.
They were elected Thursday following a two-day vote and will take office March 30, succeeding current President Max Beal and Vice President Trey Janicek.
As student body president, Limbach will represent UNK as a student regent on the University of Nebraska Board of Regents and serve as the official student body representative to the administration and public. The president also has the power to approve or veto legislation passed by the Student Senate.
Limbach is a pre-physical therapy student studying exercise science with a health sciences minor. The UNK junior serves as president of the Exercise Science Club and vice president of recruitment for the Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity. He’s also a Chancellor’s Ambassador and Thompson Scholar, and a member of Volunteers Around the World, Greeks Advocating for the Mature Management of Alcohol and Order of Omega honor society.
Limbach was recognized as a homecoming king finalist in 2020, Thompson Scholars Learning Community Outstanding Student of the Year in 2019-20, Sigma Phi Epsilon Sound Body Member of the Year in 2020 and Sigma Phi Epsilon Member of the Semester in fall 2019.
In the community, he serves as a volunteer track coach at Kearney High School, Skills for Success mentor and TOPSoccer volunteer, along with his involvement in other organizations.
Larson is a sophomore majoring in exercise science with minors in health sciences and nutrition. She’s a member of the Alpha Phi sorority, UNK Honors Program and Circle K, and serves as a resident assistant.
Members of the executive cabinet, pending Student Senate approval, are:
Maria Garcia Quintana of Cienfuegos, Cuba – Chief of staff
Grace Tolstedt of Sioux City, Iowa – Secretary of student affairs
Tatum Vondra of Milford – Secretary of community relations
Ryan Woitalewicz of Wood River – Secretary of the treasury
In addition to the presidential election, 14 students were selected Thursday to serve on the UNK Student Senate. This organization is the legislature for the student body, with representatives elected from each of the three academic colleges at UNK. There are also freshman and deciding/pre-professional senators.
Student Senate has the power to pass legislation for the campus, approve new student organizations, appoint student representatives to the UNK Faculty Senate and other administrative committees and perform other duties concerning student issues.
Those elected to the Student Senate are:
College of Arts and Sciences
Adam Schultis of Diller
Olivia Koenig of Lakeville, Minnesota
Trenten Theis of Superior
Alexandra Danson of Waverly
Joseph Hiatt of Spencer
Avery White of Omaha
Brooke Hostler of Broomfield, Colorado
College of Business and Technology
Landon Seibert of Kearney
Carson Quackenbush of Broken Bow
Keenan Torres of Bellevue
College of Education
Aidan Weidner of Humphrey
Anthony Wood of Kearney
Olivia Ostdiek of Grand Island
Zoie Jacobsen of Elkhorn
DJ Hardwick of Benkelman will serve as chief justice of the Student Court.