Jami Schaffnitt
coordinator of student activities at the Nebraskan Student Union, 308.865.8523

The eight finalists for 2004 Homecoming royalty at the University of Nebraska at Kearney have been announced. Homecoming King and Queen will be crowned at the Lip Sync competition at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 7, in the UNK Health and Sports Center.

The finalists, listed alphabetically by hometown in each category, include:
Queen Finalists

Katie Frost of Grand Island

Frost is the daughter of Larry and Vicky Frost. She represents Alpha Phi sorority, and she is currently the president of the Alpha Phi. Frost is a senior majoring in chemistry. A member of the 2003 and 2004 Summer Advising and Enrollment staff, she is currently involved in the Honors Program, Mortar Board, Diplomats and Chancellor’s Ambassadors.

Nancy Ibarra of Lexington

Nancy Ibarra is the daughter of Isreael Ibarra and the late Virginia Ibarra; her stepmother is Sofia Ibarra. She represents Mantor Hall, where she is in her second year as a resident adviser.  Ibarra is a junior majoring in business administration with a minor in Spanish. She is part of the leadership team for Campus Crusade for Christ and is a member of the Hispanic Student Association. She is also part of the national residence hall honor society, which recognizes the top one percent of students living on campus with outstanding leadership and service skills.  She is the multicultural representative for Student Government for the 2004-2005 school year.

Rachel Dinsdale of Lincoln

Dinsdale is the daughter of Pam McMaster and Randy Dinsdale.  She represents Centennial Towers East (CTE). Dinsdale, a junior, is a member of Gamma Phi Beta sorority, vice president of the Loper Programming and Activities Council, and a resident adviser in CTE.  She is also involved in the Leadership Development Council.

Brette Covington of North Platte

Covington is the daughter of Deanna and Gary Covington. Covington is a junior majoring in music theater.  She represents Alpha Omicron Pi and holds the office of new member educator and formal recruitment chair. Covington is also a member of Nebraskats, Choraleers, Collegium, Phi Eta Sigma and is the historian of Delta Omicron.  She is presently working as a student diplomat and was a member of the summer Student Advising and Enrollment team.

King Finalists

 Mike Sands of Hastings

Sands is the son of Robert and Susie Sands. A senior majoring in business finance, he represents the Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity.  He is an active member in Interfraternity Council and Order of Omega. Sands is a student senator for the College of Business and Technology. A Deans’ List student, he is in the Honors Program and Finance Club.

Clint Gormley of Omaha

Gormley is the son of Jeanne and Bud Gormley. He represents Centennial Towers West (CTW). A junior majoring in education, he is a resident adviser in CTW for the sixth floor.

Nick Lemek of Omaha

Lemek is the son of Mike and Beth Lemek. He represents the Mantor Hall Council. Lemek is a residence adviser in Mantor Hall, an Omaha World-Herald/Kearney Hub scholarship recipient and a member part of the Honors Program.
He is also a 2004 Cornhusker State Game Gold Medalist in boxing.

Tom Schlund of Ravenna

Schlund, the son of Steve and Becky Schlund, is a junior majoring in Business Management Information Systems.  He represents Randall Hall, where he is a resident adviser.  He is a senator for the College of Business and Technology.  He is in the Honors Program, the national residence hall honor society and the Randall Hall council.


Homecoming Queen Candidates:

Tara Einspahr is the daughter of Dennis and Helen Einspahr of Fremont. She represents Ludden Hall. Tara is a junior majoring in Social Work with a minor in Criminal Justice. She was on the Dean’s list for 2004 Spring Semester. Her involvement includes: Vice President of Ludden Hall, an active member of Student Social Work Organization, Residence Hall Association, University Lutheran, a leader of the UNK-Walking School Bus and she also volunteers her time at the Kearney S.A.F.E Center.

Beth Zackery is the daughter of Bob and Joyce Zackery of Holdrege. She is represents Chi Omega Sorority. Beth is a junior majoring in elementary education with an endorsement in special education and sign language. Beth’s honors and involvements include: Hall Council, Macurh, Residence Hall Association, YMCA coach and Chi Omega. She has held numerous offices in Chi Omega including social chair, recruitment chair and new member educator. Beth was also on this year’s Summer Advising and Enrollment staff, is the Panhellenic director of recruitment and is a member of the Nebraska Army National Guard.

Amanda Mollet, the daughter of Jan and Doug Mollet of North Platte, represents Randall Hall. A junior, Amanda is a resident assistant in Randall Hall, the vice president of the National Residence Hall Honor Society and serves on the  Honors Program Student Advisory Board. She is also on the executive board of Student Government, a member of Lambda Phi Eta communication honor society and Chi Omega social sorority. She also serves on the Midwest Affiliate of College and University Residence Halls Regional Board of Directors.

Jeannine Glesmann, daughter of Dean and Rietta Glesmann of Omaha, represents Martin Hall.  She is majoring in elementary education with an endorsement in English as a second language. She is a member of Student Envoys.

Jill Oates is the daughter of Jerry and Jan Oates of Omaha.  She represents Gamma Phi Beta social sorority. Jill is a senior majoring in organizational communication with a minor in advertising and sales.  She is a new member educator for Gamma Phi Beta.

Stephanie Queen of Omaha, is the daughter of Curt and Barb Queen. She represents the Stout Hall Council. Stephanie is a senior majoring in journalism and mass media. She is active in Christian Student Fellowship. She is a member of the Honors Program, Phi Eta Sigma and Choraleers. She has also been the music director of campus radio station, KLPR, for the past two years, writes for the Antelope newspaper and is a copy editor.

Trisha Borland is the daughter of Mary Elya from Papillion. Trisha represents Residence Hall Honor Society. A senior, she is a second year resident assistant in Martin Hall, the vice president of National Residence Hall Honor Society, vice president of Rho Alpha Sigma and vice president of Loper Programming and Activities Council. She is a Deans List student and the assistant director for Student Envoys.


Suzanne Bochmann is the daughter of Fred and JoAnn Bochmann of Red Oak, Iowa. A junior majoring in music business, she represents Centennial Towers West. She is active in RHA, Antelope Artillery, hall council and Resident Assistant Council. Throughout her college career, she has participated in Choraleers, Collegium, marching band, Jazz Rock Ensemble and pep band. Suzanne is also an intramural referee.

Danielle Phillips is the daughter of Tom and Donna Phillips of Hays, Kan. She represents Case Hall. Danielle is a Junior majoring in elementary education with an endorsement in special education. Her involvement includes: Elementary Education Club co-president, Student Leader Advisory Council for the College of Education, Phi Eta Sigma. A resident adviser, she has been on the Deans List for four semesters.

Kristina Jegel is the daughter of Joe and Ann Jegel of Topeka, Kan. Kristina represents Conrad Hall. A senior, she is president of Phi Eta Sigma, a three-year member of the UNK swim team, three-year Resident Adviser, UNK Diplomat and member of the Summer Advising and Enrollment Staff. Kristina has also been inducted to Sigma Beta Delta and  Dean’s List.


Marta Karlana Cea is the daughter of Jaime and Linda Cea of El Salvador. She represents Men’s Hall. A senior, Marta    studies business administration with an emphasis in management and marketing. Her involvement includes: Resident Adviser, member of Mortar Board, International Student Association and Latin American Student Association.
2004 Homecoming King Candidates:
Nicholas Lisec is the son of Frank and Toni Lisec of Beatrice.  He represents Conrad Hall and is a junior majoring in industrial distribution. Nicholas is vice president of the Industrial Distribution Organization. In addition, he is a UNK Diplomat and a Deans List student. He has attended national conferences to represent the industrial distribution program at UNK.
Josh Green is the son of Chuck and Cheryl Lieneman of Bellevue. Josh represents Ludden Hall. He is a junior majoring in K-12 physical education and health with a coaching endorsement. He is also an active participant in intramural sports.

Ben Goetz is the son of Mike and Gayle Goetz of Bennington. He represents Stout Hall Council. Ben is a junior majoring in business administration with an emphasis in marketing and a minor in Spanish. He is an active member of the Honors Program and has served as president and treasurer for Stout Hall. He has also served as secretary of the Honors Student Advisory Board and Sigma Beta Delta.

Erich Landen, the son of Bryce and Barb Landen of Chadron, is a junior majoring in exercise science. He represents Centennial Towers East. Erich has been a resident adviser in Centennial Towers East for four semesters and is involved in intramural sports.

Scott Gamblin is the son of Don and Cindy Gamblin of Chapman. Scott represents Martin Hall. He is a senior majoring in elementary education with an endorsement in English as a second language. He is active in Christian Student Fellowship and in Martin Hall activities.

John Ludwig is the son of Ron and Cheryl Ludwig of Grand Island. He represents Case Hall. John is an English creative writing major with a minor in journalism. He is the third floor resident adviser for Case Hall and is involved with Hall Council. He actively participates in activities with Christian Student Fellowship.

Jason Hoemann is the son of Bonnie Hoemann of Omaha.  He represents Delta Tau Delta. Jason is a senior physical education major. He has been a member of the Delta Tau Delta Fraternity for four years and is the new member educator programming chair for Interfraternity Council. He has participated in the Buddy Bowling and Adopt-A-School Program and is a member of the Tau Mu Sigma honor society.

Neil Hammond, the son of Roger and Paula Hammond of Red Cloud, represents Men’s Hall. Neil is a junior majoring in secondary math education with an endorsement in coaching. He is currently a resident assistant in Men’s Hall and serves as the programming chair of RA council. He has been the vice president of Mantor Hall and a representative for the Residence Hall Association. A Deans List student, Neil is a math tutor. He is involved in Fellowship of Christian Athletes and the Evangelical Free Church.

Nate Coldiren, the son of Pat and KC Coldiren of Seward, represents Sigma Tau Gamma. Nate is a senior majoring in criminal justice with a minor in history. He serves as the vice president of programs for Sigma Tau Gamma social fraternity.