Dr. Amber Messersmith
assistant professor of communication, 308.865.8966 or

The Mortar Board Honors Convocation recognized outstanding student leaders at the University of Nebraska at Kearney recently.

Among the awards presented were the Mortar Board Outstanding Freshman, Rosenlof and McKenzie Outstanding Sophomore, Student Senator of the Year, and the Mary J. and William R. Nester Collegiate Student Leadership.

Greg Nordhues of Kearney was named the 2012 Mortar Board Outstanding Freshman. Nordhues is a member of the Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity, UNK Traditions Council, Student Government, Nebraska Governor’s Youth Advisory Council, and the Loper Programming and Activities Council. To be considered for the award, freshmen must be full-time students, having completed a minimum 24 credit hours by May 4, with a cumulative GPA of 3.2 or above. Nordhues was also honored as the Student Senator of the Year by UNK Student Government.

Hannah Harmon of Dawson received the Rosenlof and McKenzie Outstanding Sophomore Award, which is presented by Mortar Board. Harmon is the president of the women’s group Sister to Sister, a member of the Black Student Association, Honors Program, Loper Legion and treasurer of the Sports Administration Majors Club. To be eligible for the Outstanding Sophomore Award, students must be full-time, having completed a minimum 48 credit hours by May 4, with a cumulative GPA of 3.2 or above.

The Mary J. and William R. Nester Collegiate Student Leadership Awards recognize senior students who have made significant contributions of leadership to the student and academic life of UNK. Applicants must have senior standing and minimum grade point average of 3.2. Recipients include: John Lawless of Aurora, Christopher Deans of Chadron, Jordan German of Imperial, Matthew Jensen of Kearney, McKenzie Wiese of Kearney, Paloma Mena-Werth of Kearney and Jordan Gonzales of Morrill.

Mortar Board is a national honor society that recognizes college seniors for superior achievement in scholarship, leadership and service.