UNK Alumni Association recognizes five students with Outstanding Senior award

KEARNEY – The University of Nebraska at Kearney Alumni Association has selected five Outstanding Senior award recipients for 2021.

The honor recognizes seniors for excellence in scholarship and leadership, as well as involvement and dedication to UNK and the Kearney community. Students were selected by a panel of UNK alumni.

Trevor Daubert

Trevor Daubert of Omaha graduates in May with a comprehensive biology degree with a health sciences emphasis. He will attend medical school at the University of Nebraska Medical Center this fall.

Daubert served as a resident assistant, coordinator of the Chancellor’s Ambassadors and president of the Interfraternity Council. He was in the UNK Honors Program, Mortar Board honor society and Alpha Epsilon Delta health sciences honor society.

Daubert also was vice president of the Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity and a student senator representing the College of Arts and Sciences. He is an active volunteer for the Muscular Dystrophy Association and served as a medical outreach volunteer for Volunteers Around the World in Panama. Daubert has been employed at Kearney Regional Medical Center and UNK’s Nuxoll Laboratory.

Adrian Gomez Ramos

Adrian Gomez Ramos of Lexington graduates in May with a degree in public administration and a minor in public law. He will pursue a master’s degree in public administration at the University of Nebraska at Omaha this fall.

Gomez Ramos served as chief of staff for the UNK Student Government Executive Cabinet, president of the Honors Student Advisory Board and committee co-chair for the Nebraska Cultural Unity Conference. He was a member of the Kearney Bound Scholars program and an Academic Advising and Career Development peer adviser.

As an undergraduate research fellow, he presented his research at the Asian Undergraduate Research Symposium in Tokyo, Japan. He also completed the Princeton University Public Policy and International Affairs Program and an internship with Buffalo County Community Partners.

Lena Janssen

Lena Janssen of Westoverledingen, Germany, graduates in May with degrees in comprehensive physics and mathematics. She plans to pursue a master’s degree in physics.

Janssen was an undergraduate research fellow, research assistant, physics tutor, German modern language leader, Chancellor’s Ambassador and Loper Leader for the First Year Program. She was in the UNK Honors Program, Mortar Board honor society, Society of Physics Students, Order of Omega Greek honor society, National Residence Hall Honorary and Kappa Mu Epsilon math honor society.

Janssen was active in the Gamma Phi Beta sorority, UNK Math Club, International Student Association and Sigma Xi, The Scientific Research Honor Society.

Faith Kowalski

Faith Kowalski of Kearney graduates in May with a double major in sports management comprehensive and business administration. She plans to attend the University of Nebraska College of Law this fall.

Kowalski was an Omaha World-Herald/Kearney Hub scholar and a member and mentor in the UNK Honors Program. She participated in the Mortar Board honor society, Beta Gamma Sigma business honor society and Phi Eta Sigma freshman honor society.

Kowalski also served as president of the Sports Administration Majors Club and was a UNK Alumni Association Gold Torch Society mentee. She completed internships with the UNK Athletic Department and The Buckle.

Makenzie Petersen

Makenzie Petersen of O’Neill graduates in May with a degree in English education 7-12 and a minor in public law. She will pursue a master’s degree in English rhetoric at Carnegie Mellon University this fall.

Petersen served as president and senior adviser for the Phi Eta Sigma freshman honor society and president of the Secondary Educators Club. She participated in undergraduate research and was a resident assistant, O.N.E. Loper mentor and New Student Enrollment leader.

As the First Year Program student coordinator, Petersen directed Blue and Gold Welcome Week and the Loper 2 Loper Mentoring Program.