Nate Grimm, Jacque Platt named UNK Greek Man and Woman of the Year

KEARNEY – Nate Grimm of Fremont and Jacque Platt of Omaha are the University of Nebraska at Kearney’s Greek Man and Woman of the Year for 2021-22.

They were recognized Thursday during the annual Fraternity and Sorority Life awards banquet.

A member of the Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity, Grimm has served as the new member educator, philanthropy chair, event coordinator, health and safety officer, community service chair and president for his chapter. He also served as an executive member and delegate for the Interfraternity Council and as a leader for Greeks Advocating for Healthy Lifestyles.

Grimm is part of the UNK Honors Program, Mortar Board and Order of Omega honor societies and Chancellor’s Ambassadors, and he participated in undergraduate research and tutored students through the Learning Commons – all while maintaining a 4.0 GPA.

Off campus, he volunteered with TOPSoccer, Buddy Bowling, Habitat for Humanity and the Residential Assistance to Families in Transition program.

His nominator described him as a “supporter, motivator and friend who has an admirable level of maturity and dedication.”

“Seeing all of the work he does makes me question if he is truly human,” they wrote.

Grimm received UNK’s Outstanding Fraternity New Member award in 2019.

A member of the Alpha Xi Delta sorority, Platt has served as community service director, ritual director and marshal for her chapter and as Panhellenic Council president.

She’s part of the UNK Honors Program, Order of Omega honor society, Collegians for Integration and Accessibility and several other organizations. Platt also tutors students on campus.

Her nominator wrote: “I have benefited from having Jacque in the chapter because she is always able to lighten the mood in the room by making jokes and using her sense of humor to shine during challenging times. Having her in the chapter has made things more enjoyable and makes everyone feel more welcomed and loved.”

Showing tremendous passion and dedication, Platt not only pushes herself to be the best she can be, but she also motivates the entire Fraternity and Sorority Life community.

Other awards presented Thursday include:
Academic Excellence Award
Alpha Phi

Alumni Relations Award
Delta Tau Delta

Outstanding Community Awareness
Alpha Xi Delta

Outstanding Faculty Relations
Alpha Omicron Pi

Outstanding Risk Management
Alpha Phi

Outstanding Recruitment and Retention
Alpha Xi Delta

Outstanding Collaborative Program
Pi Kappa Alpha and Sigma Phi Epsilon – Kearney S.A.F.E. Center fundraiser

Leadership and Campus Engagement Award
Alpha Omicron Pi

Living the Ritual Award
Jacob Wayman, Sigma Phi Epsilon

Outstanding Fraternity New Member
Shawn Peterson, Pi Kappa Alpha

Outstanding Sorority New Member
Marissa Kuehn, Alpha Omicron Pi

Fraternity Adviser of the Year
Tony Trausch, Delta Tau Delta

Sorority Adviser of the Year
Lilia Jimenez, Lambda Theta Nu