Adam Ripp, Stefani Perez named UNK Greek Man, Woman of the year

KEARNEY – Adam Ripp and Stefani Perez are the University of Nebraska at Kearney’s Greek Man and Woman of the Year.

Ripp, a senior political science and Spanish major from Pleasanton, and Perez, a junior political science and Spanish translation major from Lexington, were announced as Man and Woman of the Year at Thursday night’s Greek Life Awards.

The Greek Man and Woman of the Year are chosen by faculty and staff judges after an application and interview process.

Personal profiles of the winners:

Adam Ripp
Adam Ripp

Chapter: Sigma Phi Epsilon
Major: Political Science and Spanish
GPA: 4.0

Offices held in fraternity: President, Muscular Dystrophy Association Chair, Ritual Study Coordinator, Merchandise Chair, Re-Founding President of GAMMA, Order of Omega Member, Interfraternity Council Delegate
Campus activities and honors: Chancellor’s Ambassador, Student Diplomat, Student Government, UNK Conduct Board, St. Jude Up ‘til Dawn, Undergraduate Research Fellowship, Mortar Board, Thompson Scholars Learning Community
Personal awards and honors: UNK Outstanding Organization Leader, UNK Outstanding Greek Leader, Sigma Phi Epsilon Fraternity Member of the Year, Honors Program, Deans List, Pi Sigma Alpha – Political Science Honorary, Alpha Mu Gamma – Foreign Language Honorary, Phi Eta Sigma – Freshman Honorary
Community Service: Kearney Area Children’s Museum, ARC of Buffalo County, The Big Event, Highway Cleanup, Skills of Success
QUOTE: “My greatest leadership opportunity has been serving as president last year, but I was also fortunate to have involved older members encourage me to apply for Student Diplomat, Chancellor’s Ambassador, St. Jude and other campus positions.
“They say the only things you truly regret are the things you don’t do. Now as my time at UNK comes to an end, I can honestly say I have no such regrets.”
“Entering college, I was extremely shy and introverted. Bit by bit, my involvement in SigEp has exposed me to a multitude of new professional, academic and social experiences.”

Stefani Perez
Stefani Perez

Chapter: Lambda Theta Nu
Major: Political Science and Spanish Translation/Interpretation
GPA: 3.9
Offices held in sorority: President, Co-Lambda Youth Leadership Conference Chair, Secretary, Academics Chair, Intake Committee, Vice President – Multicultural Greek Council
Campus activities and honors: Multicultural Greek Council, Nebraska Cultural Unity Conference, Undergraduate Research Fellows, Office of Multicultural Affairs Council, Summer Student Research Program, Mortar Board, Alpha Mu Gamma (Foreign Language), Pi Sigma Alpha (Political Science), Alpha Phi Sigma (Criminal Justice), Honors Program
Personal awards and honors: Deans List, Participant at 2015 Council on Undergraduate Research Posters on the Hill Conference, First Place 2015 Western Social Science Association Conference Research Poster Competition, Honorable Mention for Undergraduate Research Poster Presentation at Rural Futures Institute, Schroeder Political Science Scholarship, Recipient of Chancellor’s Scholarship, Davis-Chambers Scholarship, Kearney Bound Scholarship,
Community Service: Lambda Youth Leadership Conference, Adopt-a-highway, Literacy-Grams Week, Christmas Activities at Mount Carmel Home, Bingo at Mount Carmel Home, Kearney Community Partners Fine Arts Day, Operation Christmas Child, The Big Event, School Supply Drive
QUOTE: “Greek Life has taught me you are always wearing your letters. This means that everywhere I go, I will be associated with my Greek letters and with my organization. Because of this, I am always upholding my pillars by acting in the best manner possible. In turn, this gives my organization a positive image overall.
“I have also lived out Sisterhood by attempting to have a relationship with each active member of my chapter.  Because our current active membership sits at 14, it is easier for me to do this. I have lived out Community Service by offering new ideas for events we could partake in. Finally, I have lived out Academics by setting a high academic standard for myself and doing my best to achieve it.”


Source: Laura Matthies, 308.865.8398,
Writer: Todd Gottula, Director of Communications, 308.865.8454,