Kristin Howard
308.865.8126 OR

The Gold Torch Society, a mentoring organization for UNK alumni and undergraduate women, recently selected new student members for 2002. Students were chosen for the program based upon submission of an application and a 500-word essay on the importance of mentoring in their lives. “We have an outstanding group of young women this year and we look forward to pairing them with alumni mentors for the annual meeting this fall,” said Kristin Howard, Gold Torch Society director.

The 25 new student members listed alphabetically and with hometown are:

Rebecca G. Abby, Kearney
Bridget Bergman, Omaha
Brenda Kay Borg, Newman Grove
Julie M. Bray, Rosalie
Heather R. Colling, Axtell
Amy N. Dix, Lincoln
Runa Dobashi, Japan
Kristeen Dostal, Omaha
Tamina Louise Eshleman, North Platte
Jessica Dawn Goebel, North Platte
Crystal Kahle, Dorchester
Loree Knispel, Ogallala
Mayuko Komatsu, Japan
Kristy Kumm, Beatrice
Michelle Kruse, Grand Island
Heather Mentgen, Beatrice
Jamin Mrkvicka, Rosemount, MN
Emily Ohm, Elkhorn
Brooke Peterson, Kearney
Hiromi Sasaki, Nagoya, Japan
Stacey Schnauber, Omaha
Stacy Ruth Smith, Scottsbluff
Miwa Suzuki, Shizuoka, Japan
Jody Trautman, Gering
Kelly Maureen Walter, Lincoln

Sponsored by the UNK Alumni Association, The Gold Torch Society gives alumnae the opportunity to return to campus and share a weekend of activities and special events with UNK undergraduates. This year’s meeting will be September 20-21 and will feature sessions on technology, home business, marketing, interviewing and more.

Student membership is one year and is by application only. Alumni are nominated for a three-year membership in the society. “The society’s alumni members are successful women from a variety of backgrounds including education, politics, medicine, athletics, business and journalism,” Howard said. “The best aspect of the program is that alumni and students have the opportunity to network and establish one-on-one personal relationships. The alumni really care about students and their futures.”