Mission of the 109th Class

We, the 109th class of the Innocents Society, composed of diverse backgrounds and passions, will rely on our collective self to empower the University of Nebraska – Lincoln and its community.  We assume this responsibility to build upon the principles of the Society’s past while looking with a keen eye to the future.


We recognize academics as an essential tool for expanding and refining the limits of life.  As Innocents, we aim to promote the educational experience at the University as a means for progressively revealing each individual’s passions and talents.  We aspire to build an atmosphere of discovery and intellectual curiosity that transcends classroom walls.


We believe that the acquisition of knowledge leading to personal growth is best utilized when invested in others.  Thus, we will hold leadership in the highest esteem. Understanding that successful leaders are found throughout many organizations, we will recognize the equally deserving contributions of others on campus.


We will use our role as Innocents as a vehicle for positive social change through selfless service.  Grounded by humility, we will serve with character that is consistent with the values that form the basis of the Society.


We commit to this mission as a group and to one another as individuals.  Together, we hope to continue this uniquely Nebraskan tradition to make an impact that lasts beyond our time at the University. We shall be guided by integrity, molded by accountability, and propelled by action.

Carl Post - President - Lincoln

Carl Post, son of Julie Poykko-Post of Lincoln and Greg and Sherla Post of Lincoln, is a biochemistry major, with the intent of attending medical school. Carl is Executive of Family Relations with the student-run non-profit the LisaMom Foundation, a member of the UNL Drumline, a UCARE member, and a member of the UNL Enactus Club. Carl will also be a research intern at the UNL Department of Virology or at UNMC this summer. Carl is a Regents Scholar, a member of the UNL Honors Program, and is on the College of Arts and Sciences Dean’s List.


Lindsay Connely - Vice President - Kearney

Lindsay Connely, daughter of Tom and Colleen Connely of Kearney, NE, is a speech pathology major with an education minor. Lindsay is the Vice President of Risk Management for Alpha Phi sorority and a Family Representative for Dance Marathon.  Lindsay is also a member of UNL National Student Speech-Language Hearing Association, Greek Ambassadors, Cather Circle Member, and Phi Sigma Pi National Honor Fraternity. Lindsay volunteers at Madonna Rehabilitation Hospital and is traveling to Africa this summer to work in an orphanage. Lindsay is employed by Volleyball Club Nebraska as a coach for 15-year-old athletes.


Sarah Cast - Secretary - Princeton, MO

Sarah Cast, daughter of Wayne and Lisa Cast of Princeton, Missouri, is an actuarial science major. Sarah is treasurer of Delta Gamma sorority, the recording secretary for ASUN, a co-chair of the College of Business Administration Student Advisory Board, and a member of the UNL Actuarial Science Club. Sarah is also an actuarial intern at Lincoln Benefit Life and will be interning at Allstate this summer in their property and casualty department. Sarah is a member of Beta Gamma Sigma Business Honor Society, a National Collegiate Scholar, and is on the College of Business Administration Dean’s List.


Adam Salistean - Treasurer - Lincoln

Adam Salistean, son of John and Kim Salistean of Lincoln, is an Economics and Finance double major. Adam is the Alumni Relations Executive of Beta Theta Pi fraternity, a Fundraising Executive for UNL Dance Marathon, and a member of the Nebraska Human Resources Institute.  Adam studied abroad last summer at Oxford University in England.  Adam is also an Intern at Smith-Hayes Financial Services, a member of the University’s premiere A Cappella group “The Bathtub Dogs”, and in the UNL Jazz Orchestra.  Adam is a member of the business honors fraternity Beta Gamma Sigma, and is on the College of Business Administration Dean’s List.


Patricia Malinowski - Sergeant at Arms - St. Louis, MO

Patricia Malinowski, daughter of Eric and Margie Malinowski of St. Louis, MO., is a biochemistry major. Patricia is president of Chi Omega sorority, president of Husker Choices, treasurer of Nebraska Students Against Modern-day Slavery, and a member of the UNL Pre-Pharmacy Club. Patricia is also involved in the UNL chapter of the American Red-Cross and is a volunteer at St. Elizabeth’s Regional Medical Center. Patricia is a member of the W.E.B Dubois National Honors Society and is on the College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources Dean’s List.


Colby Argo - Keeper of Traditions - Liberty

Colby Argo, son of Doug and Janet Argo of Liberty, Nebraska, is a pre-medicine student with majors in biological sciences and political science and a minor in biochemistry.  Colby is involved with the Navigators as a Bible study leader and member of the student leadership team, president of Honors Peer Mentoring, and a founding member of Biology Ambassadors and Mentors.  He is also a member of the College of Arts and Sciences Dean's Scholars Society and Scarlet Guard. A Regents Scholar on the College of Arts and Sciences Dean's List, Colby works in a plant pathology lab on campus and intends to take his second field course at Cedar Point Biological Station this summer.


Ellen Muehling - Philanthropy - Lincoln

Ellen Muehling, daughter of Brad and Linda Muehling of Lincoln, is an international business, global studies, psychology, and Latin American studies quadruple major.  Ellen serves as a board member for Campus NightLife, is a Cultural Ambassador, is involved with the UNL Navigators, and has studied abroad in Florence, Italy.  Ellen works as an Honors Program Student Advisor, an Honors Program Teaching Assistant, and a UNL Events Assistant.  Ellen is also a UNL Regents Scholar, is active in the UNL Honors Program, and is on the College of Business Administration and the College of Arts and Sciences Dean’s Lists.


Kate Kollars - Initiation - Sioux City, IA

Kate Kollars of Sioux City, Iowa, is the daughter of Brad and Mary Kay Kollars. She is an anthropology and biological sciences double major and studied abroad in Guatemala. Kate is the president of the Arts and Sciences Student Advisory Board  and secretary for The Big Event. She is also a member of Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority, the College of Arts and Sciences Dean's Scholars, and the Honors Program Student Advisory Board. Kate is a National Merit Scholar, participates in UNL's Honors Program, and is on the College of Arts and Sciences Dean's List.


Anders Olson - Homecoming - Tekamah

Anders Olson, son of Randy and Patty Olson of Tekamah, is an agribusiness major and agricultural leadership minor. Anders is president of Alpha Gamma Sigma fraternity and Child’s Project co-chair in the Nebraska Human Resources Institute. This past year, Anders was a New Student Enrollment Orientation Leader and served on the executive boards for Dance Marathon as the family relations co-chair and Huskers Against Hunger. Anders is also a member of the honors program and has served on the Nebraska FFA State Officer selection committee the past two years.


Janelle Rickstrew - Homecoming - Diller

Janelle Rickstrew, daughter of Ron and Shana Rickstrew of Diller, is an accounting, pre-law major. Janelle is a student leader with FOCUS, the Fellowship of Catholic University Students; a member of Phi Beta Lambda; a TeamMates Mentor; and a member of the Chi Omega sorority. Janelle is also a UNL Regents Scholar, a student in the Jeffrey S. Raikes School of Computer Science and Management, a member of the UNL Honors Program, and is on the College of Business Administration Dean's List.


Walter Bircher - Selections - Omaha

Walter Gottlieb Bircher, son of Mary and Craig Bircher of Omaha, NE, is a mechanical engineering major. Walter performs research under the supervision of Dr. Shane Farritor in the Advanced Robotics Technologies Laboratory. Walter recently published an original paper in the American Society of Mechanical Engineers Journal of Medical Devices. Walter is a three-time winner of the State Department's nationally competitive Critical Language Scholarship, funding intensive summer language programs. Walter studied abroad twice in Ankara and Bursa, Turkey. Walter is an honors student, member of the engineering student advisory board, member of Tau Beta Pi engineering honors society, and a UNL Regents Scholar. Last but not least, Walter is an avid aquarist and loves his fish tank.


Qianli Wang - Selections - Omaha

Qianli Wang, son of Xingqi Wang and Jinhui Zhao of Omaha, is a biological science major. Qianli is a member of the College of Arts and Sciences Student Advisory Board, Dean’s Scholars Society, UNL Honors Program, and TriBeta National Biological Honor Society. He has been conducting research on the Epstein-Barr virus with Dr. Zhang through UCARE and has worked as a summer research intern at UNMC. Qianli is also a Nebraska’s Top Scholar and on the College of Arts and Sciences Dean’s List.


Peter Bock - Historian - Omaha

Peter Bock, son of Andrew and Kathleen Bock of Omaha, is a management/entrepreneurship and marketing double major. Peter is the president of the University Program Council, manager of UNL Surplus Solutions, a member of the executive board for Enactus, and a counselor at the IncluCity Diversity Camp. Peter will be interning at the Meredith Corporation in New York City this summer. Peter is a UNL Regents Scholar, a member of the UNL Honors Program, and on the College of Business Administration Dean's List.