Glennis Nagel
Director, Media Communications, 308.865.8454

Dr. Joseph “Tip” McFadden will give the University of Nebraska at Kearney commencement address to 564 graduates at 10 a.m. ceremonies Friday, May 7, in the UNK Health and Sports Center.

Dr. McFadden, president of the University of St. Thomas in Houston, will speak on The Magnetism of Mediocrity. A nationally recognized educator and administrator who was dean of the Kearney State College/UNK School of Natural and Social Sciences and a professor of history from 1970-74, Dr. McFadden will be awarded an honorary doctorate, Doctor of Humane Letters. The award is in recognition of his accomplishments in, and contributions to, education and educational administration.

During his tenure at KSC/UNK, he introduced the Advanced Placement College Level Examination (CLEP) and established programs in environmental studies, computer science, criminal justice and allied health. He was also instrumental in securing funding for environmental studies; research projects on the Big blue River; establishing an innovative home for juvenile girls that, at that time, utilized campus facilities; and enhancing the allied health program.

As president of the University of St. Thomas, Houston, 1988-1997, the university experienced a record setting enrollment and endowment growth. Enrollment went from 1,800 to 2,500; endowment, $5 million to $35 million. The successful $35,000,000 capital campaign enabled the university to build The Chapel of St. Basil and a new science building. In January, he was named interim president at St. Thomas, a position he will hold until July.

UNK Chancellor Doug Kristensen will give the opening welcome, and Dr. L. Dennis Smith, president of the University of Nebraska, will extend greetings. Jim Rundstrom, executive director of the UNK Alumni Association, will present the Golden Anniversary Class.
Leah Skorupa of Columbus, a soprano, will sing the National Anthem. She will be accompanied on piano by Angela Leising of Arapahoe. Both are graduating seniors. Special music will be provided by the UNK Symphonic Band, directed by Dr. Gary Davis, and the Choraleers, directed by Dr. David Bauer.

For those unable to attend commencement, the ceremonies will be Webcast on the UNK Web site at: http://www.unk.edu/welcome/Am_I_Ready.html.

Graduates are listed below with students graduating with honors listed first. After the honors listings, Nebraska graduates are listed alphabetically by hometown, followed by out-of-state graduates, who are listed alphabetically by state. International students are then listed alphabetically by country.

NOTE: Abbreviations that appear in the listings, and what they represent, are as follows

BT – College of Business & Technology
ED – College of Education
FA – College of Fine Arts & Humanities
GR – Graduate College
NS – College of Natural & Social Sciences

Undergraduate Degrees:
BA – Bachelor of Arts
BAE – Bachelor of Arts in Education
BS – Bachelor of Science
BSE – Bachelor of Science in Education
BFA – Bachelor of Fine Arts
BGS – Bachelor of General Studies
Graduate Degrees:
EDS – Education Specialist
MA – Master of Arts
MAE – Master of Arts in Education
MS – Master of Science
MSE – Master of Science in Education
MBA – Master of Business Administration

NOTE: Subject abbreviations in listings include:

ADMIN, Administration; BIOL, Biology; BUS, Business; CHEM, Chemistry; COMM, Communication; COMP, Comprehensive; CONST, Construction; DEVEL, Development; DIST, Distribution; ECON, Economics; EDU, Education; ELEM, Elementary; EMPH, Emphasis; END, Endorsement; ENVIR, Environmental; GEO, Geography; INDUS, Industrial; INFO, Information; INTERP, Interpretation; MARK, Marketing; MATH, Mathematics; MGMT, Management; MOD, Moderate; PHYS, Physical; PROD, Production; SCI, Science; SECOND, Secondary; SCHL, School; SOC, Social; STU, Students; SP ED, Special Education; SYS, Systems; TECH, Technology; THEA, Theatre; TRANS, Translation; VOC, Vocational.


NOTE: Please check the list below for students from your community who are graduating with honors. The (H) behind students’ names indicates that they are members of the Honors Program; an (MB), Mortar Board; and (PKP), Phi Kappa Phi. SUMMA CUM LAUDE (3.90-4.00 grade point average) Kathryn Alt – Scribner (PKP)
Benjamin Anderson – Seward (H) (PKP)
Karen Baumann – Broken Bow (PKP)
Jada Bilau – Pierce (H) (MB) (PKP)
Nicholas Branting – North Platte (H)
Mary Burkhardt – Tilden
RaeAnn Burton – Maywood (MB) (PKP)
Matthew Dunn – Wallace
Aaron Estes – Kearney (MB) (PKP)
Melissa Fladseth – Grand Island (H)
Lucas Ford – Bertrand (PKP)
Emily Gearhart – Newman Grove (H)
Brandon Hauff – Kearney (H) (PKP)
Klinton Holscher – Ogallala (H) (MB) (PKP)
Donna Hanson – North Platte
Jason Houston – Minden (PKP)
Maribeth Jorgensen – Kearney (PKP)
Serena Lehn – Kearney
Nathan Murdoch – Kearney (H) (PKP)
Erica Oliver – Heartwell
Todd Paben – Kearney
Amber Perry – Kimball
Pamela Schoenrock – Ravenna
Lisa Schulte – Pleasanton
Alissa Seier – Pierce
Elizabeth Sohler – Laurel
Ann Stewart – Broken Bow
Leif Tobler – Harvard

Justin McDowell – Boone IA (H) MAGMA CUM LAUDE (3.80-3.89 grade point average)
Lyndsey Barbour – Scottsbluff
Matthew Culver – Kearney (PKP)
Cassondra Darveau – Alliance (H) (PKP)
Rachel Farlin – Minden
Jenna Fitzke – Harvard (H)
Andrea Hiatt – Butte (H) (PKP)
Elizabeth Hoehner – Kearney
Levi Jacobs – St Paul (H)
Sara Janda – Lawrence (PKP)
Nolan Jurgens – Lexington
Laura Kling – Taylor
Jack Kreman – Kearney (MB)
Leanne Martischang – Battle Creek
Amanda McCully – Cambridge
Lyndsay Miller – Sutton (PKP)
Riley Mollard – Amherst
Beth Nestor – Kearney (MB)
Alicia O’Connell – Omaha
Casey Parr – Roseland (PKP)
Sadie Rohde – Columbus
Rebecca Roe – North Platte
Jeremy Smith – Hastings (H)
Nicole Steffan – Lyons KS
Ryan Urbach – Cairo (H)
Rebecca Waind – Grand Island
Amy Willadsen – Plattsmouth (H) (MB) (PKP)

Laura Apt – Ft. Collins, CO
Allison Kruger – Paullina, IA
Allison Spicer – Hays, KS

CUM LAUDE (3.70-3.79 grade point average)
Nathan Bentley – Amherst (H)
Ashley Bergt – Norfolk (H) (PKP)
Heidi Braden – Lexington
Alicia Brosseau – North Platte
Quincy Cromer – Cairo
Eryn Halsey – Pierce (H)
Claire Jensen – Minden (H)
Nathan Jessen – Hubbard
Sara Jorgensen – Kearney
Brandi Koebel – LaVista (H)
Mitch Lambie – Hastings
Leslie Marsh – Kearney (PKP)
Jennifer Mertz-Hand – Sidney
Hilary Mullen – Maywood
Christopher Murrish – Kearney
Rachel Neujahr – Gothenburg
Rehannon Pekny – Clarkson
Kathryn Pruter – Stratton (H)
Kari Rider – Omaha
Chad Sheffield – Grand Island
Ryan Simanek – Morse Bluff
Leah Skorupa – Columbus
Lisa Walters – Kearney
Adam Wegner – Palmer
Beth Weides – Kearney
Allegra Woollen – Ord
Sarah Zeigler – Grant

Jamie Wakefield – Rohnert Park, CA
Jodi Carroll – Boone, IA
Clayton Schultz – Laramie, WY
Allison Horton – Powell, WY

Kumiko Morishita – Japan
Nivaraka Gukathasan – Sri Lanka (H)

HONORABLE MENTION (3.50-3.69 grade point average)
Kimberly Acklie – Clearwater
Rebecca Addy – Kearney
Julie Bray – Rosalie (MB)
Leslie Brehm – Talmage
Abby Brunt – Columbus
Kristen Butterfield – Columbus
Meghan Cain – Grand Island
Douglas Carroll – Omaha
Tina Chartraw – Ansley
Justin Chick – Grand Island
Russell Davis – Kearney (H)
Brandon Ernst – Kearney
Tami Freeland – Minden
Kristen Halpine – Grand Island
Tammy Hempstead – Anselmo
Sara Hill – Kearney
Megan Holt –Callaway
Andrew Horn – Kearney
Jamie Konecny – Kearney (H)
Ryan Krueger – Winside
Alisa Laux – Omaha
Nicholas Methe – Kearney
Jenette Meyer – Shelton
Courtney Mimick – Columbus
Brandi Mitchell – Gothenburg (H)
Mark Musil – Ord
Anthony Neels – Syracuse
Candice Nicholson – Hershey
Stephanie Paulsen – Funk
Brandy Persson – West Point
Kimberly Peters – Sutherland
Kelsey Peterson – Kearney
Jill Prochaska – David City
Tana Quincy – Newman Grove
Hilary Reichert – Kearney
Steven Retzlaff – Palmer
Abby Roland – Kearney (H)
Jacquelyn Sack – St Paul
Jeremy Sambol –Omaha (H)
Amanda Sanson –Blue Hill
Chelae Sowl – Kearney
Michelle Sukup – Verdigre
Nicholas Svehla – Omaha (H) (MB)
Lina Traslavina – Colombia (MB)
Amy Vore – Burwell
David Vrooman – Atkinson
Rebecca Wilhelmi – Grand Island
Amber Williams – Grand Island
Jeffrey Wright – Bartlett
Kenton Young – Mullen
Heather Zlomke – Grand Island

Jennifer Schneider – Arvada, CO
Christina Holzwarth – St Francis, KS
Anna Wiley – Chanhassen, MN
Emilee Gusso – Spearfish SD

Fadi Ali – Jordan

ADDITIONAL HONORS PROGRAM (H) STUDENTS: Christy Hinrichs, Ashley Larsen and Sara Ridpath
ADDITIONAL MORTAR BOARD (MB) MEMBERS: Jessica Goebel, Timothy Hanley and Lynn Rauner.