College Notes: Record 246 Huskers Graduate from University Honors Program | Youth


LINCOLN — The University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s varsity honors program earned a record 246 seniors in early spring drills May 14 at Memorial Stadium.

To graduate from the honors program, students must maintain at least a 3.5 grade point average, complete a graduation project or research thesis, and complete other program requirements. This is the highest number of honors graduates in a single term in the program’s 36-year history.

The Grand Island students honored were: Lizbeth Chavez, Hixson-Lied College of Fine and Performing Arts; Brooks Douglass, College of Commerce; Katelyn Hill, College of Business; and Joana Reyes, College of Arts and Sciences and College of Education and Humanities.

The local students honored were: Emily Donnell of Aurora, College of Education and Human Sciences; Tressa Reiner of Burwell, College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources; and Hastings: and Emma Mays of Hastings. College of Arts and Sciences.

Additionally, Chavez is among 14 senior graduates who have won awards from UNL’s University Honors Program. Chavez, a scholar of art and photography history and criticism, won the Outstanding Honors Leadership Award and the Combs Honors Scholar Award.

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The Outstanding Leadership Award honors the graduate who has made the most significant and lasting impact on the University Honors program through leadership. This year, the prize was awarded to two students. Four students were recognized for outstanding leadership within one of the honors student organizations: Honorary Ambassadors, Honors Student Advisory Council, Peer Mentors, and Dr. Michael W. Combs Honorary Scholars.

Hastings College honors 22 music students

HASTINGS — To celebrate outstanding student work throughout the academic year, Hastings College honored 22 students as part of its annual Music Honors Convocation.

As part of the ceremony, the students received various awards and scholarships. Area students honored include: Alana DeBellis, a Hastings Junior, Nebraska Intercollegiate Honor Band; Grand Island freshman Samantha Gapp, Nebraska Intercollegiate Honor Band; Ben Howie, a Hastings Senior, Nebraska Intercollegiate Honor Band, Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia Outstanding Sinfonia, Hastings College Outstanding Performer, Hastings College Outstanding Senior in Music; Grand Island sophomore Wyatt Kohles, Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia Student Fellow; Carter Pursley, an Aurora junior, third place in the state in third year TBB Classical, regional NATS entrant; and Erick Rodriguez, a freshman from Grand Island, Nebraska Intercollegiate Honor Band.

Concordia University awards degrees to May 2022 graduates

SEWARD — On May 7, Concordia University in Nebraska awarded undergraduate and graduate degrees to more than 400 graduates. The class of 2022 was honored at the undergraduate and graduate commencement ceremonies.

Grand Island students graduating were: Madison Beran, Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Science in Education, and Lutheran Teacher’s Diploma; Gérard Dunning, Bachelor of Arts; Jadeyn Stutzman, Bachelor of Arts in Education and Lutheran Teaching Diploma; and Sarah Sugita, Bachelor of Arts in Education and Lutheran Teachers Diploma.

Students from the area graduating were: Thomas Young of Clarks, Bachelor of Arts in Education; Brynn Barnett of Doniphan, Master of Education; Rebecca Coon of Farwell, Master of Health Care Administration; Sydni Kroll of Gibbon, BSc; Trenton Bruntz, Bachelor of Music, and Hannah Mulligan, Bachelor of Arts in Education, both from Hastings; Abigail DeLoach of Kearney, Bachelor of Arts; Maggie Cleveland of Petersburg, BA or Arts; Taylor Zehendner, Bachelor of Arts in Education and Lutheran Teaching Diploma, and Keri Bauer, Bachelor of Science in Education, both from Pleasanton; Payton Stevens of Polk, BSc; Tannor Tobler from Ravenna, graduate in education sciences; Ashley Emswile, Bachelor of Arts in Education, Sydney Smith, Masters in Public Health, both from Shelby; Elisa Kurth, BA, and Miranda Rosenkranz, BA, both of Stromsburg; Gabrielle Luehr of Wood River, Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science; and Emily Niemeier de Worms, Bachelor of Fine Arts.

SNHU Announces Slates of Winter President and Dean

MANCHESTER, NH – Southern New Hampshire University has announced the students who have been named to the College President’s and Dean’s Rolls for the winter 2022 semester.

Local students on the President’s list are: Brennan Stebbing of Aurora; Ryann Perkins of Grand Island; and Jamie Thomas, Andy Quig, Keri Zimmerman, Brice Sell and Lyndsey Elley from Hastings.

Jennifer Quig of Hastings and Virginia Russell of Henderson were named to the Dean’s List.

Full-time undergraduate students who have achieved a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3,700 and above are named to the President’s list. Full-time undergraduate students who have achieved a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3,500 to 3,699 are named to the Dean’s List. Full-time status is achieved by obtaining 12 credits; undergraduate students must earn 12 credits in the fall or spring semester, and online students must earn 12 credits over two consecutive terms.

Southern New Hampshire University is a private, nonprofit institution that has educated traditional-age students and working adults for 89 years. Now serving more than 165,000 learners worldwide, SNHU offers approximately 200 accredited undergraduate, graduate, and certificate programs, available online and on its 300-acre campus in Manchester, NH.

Academic honors

Grand Island’s Sarah Sugita was recognized for outstanding academic achievement by Concordia University at its May 6 honors dinner in Seward. Each year, each academic department may award two or more awards, depending on the size of the department and the number of students enrolled in the program. Each department sets its own criteria for determining recipients, but the criteria must, at a minimum, take into account the student’s cumulative grade point average, level of service to the department, and level of service to Concordia. Sugita majored in Early Childhood Education at Concordia College of Arts and Sciences.

Aurora Computer Science student Selvin Caseres is one of eight University of Nebraska Kearney students recently inducted into the Gamma Omicron Chapter of Epsilon Pi Tau. Founded at The Ohio State University in 1929, Epsilon Pi Tau is the leading international honor society for technology. It recognizes the academic excellence of students in areas devoted to the study of technology and the preparation of practitioners for technological professions. With more than 90,000 inductees worldwide, Epsilon Pi Tau is the premier academic and professional honors group for technology programs in higher education, workforce development programs, and practicing professionals. The UNK Gamma Omicron Chapter has provided academic recognition to high achieving students since its inception in 1995.

Two local students were recently inducted into the Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society, the nation’s oldest and most selective collegiate honor society for all academic disciplines. Amy Trease from Kearney is a student at the University of Nebraska at Kearney, and Amber Clausen from Grand Island attends Fort Hays State University in Hays, Kan. Phi Kappa Phi was founded in 1897 under the leadership of undergraduate student Marcus L. Urann who had a desire to create a different kind of honor society: one that recognizes excellence in all academic disciplines.

The Office of the Registrar at Conception Seminary College, Conception, Missouri, announced the students named to the Dean’s List for the spring 2022 semester. Noah D. Huddleston and Samuel A. Odgen represent the Diocese of Grand Island. To be on the Dean’s List, a student must be enrolled as a full-time student and earn a GPA of 3.70 or higher on at least 12 credit hours per semester. Conception Seminary College is a four-year liberal arts seminary that prepares candidates for ministry in the Roman Catholic Church through human, spiritual, intellectual, and pastoral formation in the Benedictine tradition.


Aurora’s Carrie Brosman was named a Reeves Scholar when Hastings College hosted Bronco Scholars Day earlier this year. Reeve Scholars are selected after interviews and each earns a full, renewable scholarship. The scholarship is in honor of Dr. Thomas J. Reeves, the 12th president of Hastings College, who passed away earlier this year. Reeves Scholars can pursue any academic major.

Spencer Tessman of Hastings is one of seven University of Nebraska-Lincoln students to win Fulbright US Student Program awards for the 2022-23 academic year. Tessman majors in English and Spanish and will study in Germany. English teaching assistant internships support the teaching of English in the classroom and serve as cultural ambassadors for the United States. The Fulbright Program, the U.S. government’s flagship international educational exchange program, is supported by an annual Congressional appropriation to the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, as well as partner nations around the world. . Since 1946, the Fulbright Program has provided more than 400,000 participants from more than 160 countries with the opportunity to study, teach, and conduct research; to exchange ideas; and contribute to finding solutions to common international concerns. Fulbright recipients are selected through an open, merit-based competition that considers leadership potential, academic and/or professional achievement, and service record.


Kylie Dierks, a sophomore from Hastings, is one of two new student ambassadors named by the University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s Department of Animal Science for the 2022-23 academic year. Ambassadors will interact with future animal science students by visiting high schools and attending various college admissions events. In addition to attending and supporting events, each Ambassador will also be responsible for planning one recruitment activity per year. The Animal Science Student Ambassador Program, launched in 1999, selects two animal science majors as ambassadors to promote the animal science program each year. Students receive a $2,000 scholarship ($500 each semester) and serve for two years to support the department’s recruiting efforts.

Twenty-nine members of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Reserve Officers’ Training Corps received military commissions earlier this month. The area Army ROTC cadets who earned commissions were 2nd Lt. Margaret E. Parker from Cairo and 2nd Lt. Harley Dean Beckman from Marquette.


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