Jake Luther, President
Jake Luther, son of Greg and Peggy Luther of Omaha, Nebraska, is a Biological Sciences major and Biochemistry minor with the intention of attending Medical School following graduation. On campus, Jake is the genetics laboratory coordinator, a senior counselor in Nebraska Human Resources Institute, a member of Beta Theta Pi Fraternity, and has been involved in Dance Marathon the past two years. Currently, he is working as a technician in a physical therapy clinic. The summer after his sophomore year, he participated in the Summer Undergraduate Research Program (SURP) at the University of Nebraska Medical Center and his research is in the process of being published. Jake is a Regents Scholar and is a member of the College of Arts and Sciences Dean’s List.
Frae Binder, Vice President
Frae Binder, daughter of Mike and Jean Binder of Yankton, South Dakota, is an English major with minors in Political Science and Public Policy. On campus, Frae is President of Phi Mu Sorority, serves on the English Advisory Board and mentorship program, member of the Order of Omega, and volunteers with City Impact. Previous to this, she served on the Panhellenic Council as Vice President of Philanthropy, was a Red Letter Day’s Presenter, and worked as a New Student Enrollment Orientation Leader. Before entering her senior year, Frae spent the summer in England studying literature and economics at Oxford University. Currently, she is working as the undergraduate English and Film Studies Advising intern, allowing her to work with students and furthering her in her goal to work in Student Affairs post graduation.
Daniel Woodworth, Secretary
Daniel Woodworth, son of Steve and Diane Woodworth of Papillion, is a Finance major and Economics minor. Daniel is a member of the College of Business Honors Academy, Chief Financial Officer for Jacht Agency, and Chair of the Committee for Fees Allocation. Additionally, he is involved in the College of Business Student Advisory Board, the Treasurer for Students Consulting for Nonprofit Organizations, and was previously a member of the Freshmen Campus Leadership Associates. Daniel is involved in the Honors Program, a Regents Scholar, and is on the College of Business Administration Dean’s List.
Freshta Baher, Treasurer
Freshta Baher, daughter of Fahima and Fawad Nashir of Lincoln, is a Biological Systems Engineering major with minors in Biomedical Engineering and Biochemistry. Freshta is the President of Afghan Renascent Youth Association, Vice President of UNICEF Nebraska, and Secretary of the Biomedical Engineering Society. She is a part of Alpha Epsilon Delta Pre-Health Honor Society, is a member of the University Honors Program, is a Nebraska Achievement Scholar, EN Thompson International Scholar, and on the College of Engineering Dean’s list. She also volunteers at Bryan Health Hospital and serves as a Pre-Health Peer Mentor. Additionally, she conducts research under Dr. Angela Pannier in non-viral gene delivery and is a Student Support Services tutor. Last summer, she participated in the Summer Undergraduate Research Program at the University of Nebraska Medical Center during which she conducted clinical research in alcohol abuse.
Sydney Goldberg, Sergeant at Arms
St. Joseph, MO
Sydney Goldberg, daughter of Patricia Boice and Lawrence Goldberg of St. Joseph, MO, is a marketing major. Sydney is a student in the Jeffrey S. Raikes School of Computer Science and Management, where she has served as the Student Advisory Board president, a Raikes School mentor, and an ambassador. She is the chair of the Chancellor's Commission on the Status of Women - Student Council, a member of Chi Omega Fraternity, and a College of Business Administration ambassador. Sydney also serves on staff for Dance Marathon and the public relations chair for Computing for All, an organization dedicated to improving diversity in the technology field. Sydney has been awarded the Chancellor's Scholarship and was awarded the Outstanding Student Leadership Award.
Rachel Pettid, Keeper of Traditions
Rachel Pettid, daughter of Cathy and Mike Pettid of Omaha, is a double major in Hospitality, Restaurant, and Tourism Management with a business minor and Agricultural Education with a Leadership Option. Rachel is a member of Pi Beta Phi where she served as the Vice President of Communication, the Internal Vice President of Dance Marathon, a senior counselor and staff member in the Nebraska Human Resources Institute, and a Student Strengths Coach through the College of Business. In addition, Rachel is a member of the Nebraska Women's Leadership Network and Order of Omega Greek Honor Society. Rachel has also been a teaching assistant for ALEC 466: Leadership and Diversity and ALEC 102: Interpersonal Skills for Leadership. She is on the College of Education and Human Sciences and College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources Dean's List and is a University of Nebraska-Lincoln High Scholar.
Conner Kozisek, Philanthropy
Conner Kozisek, son of Mark and Joni Kozisek of Ainsworth, is a Political Science major with minors in Spanish, English, Communication Studies, and Leadership and Communication. Conner is the External Vice President for Dance Marathon, the Vice President for the Honors Program Peer Mentor Leaders, a Project Staff Advisor and Senior Counselor for the Nebraska Human Resources Institute, the Student Staff Communications Coordinator and Orientation Leader for New Student Enrollment, and a former ALEC 102 Teaching Assistant. He also served as a Legislative Page at the Nebraska Unicameral Legislature. Conner is a Regents Scholar, a Nebraska Top Scholar, a finalist for the Outstanding Student Leadership Award, and is on the College of Arts and Sciences Dean’s List.
Spencer Creal, Initiation
Spencer Creal, son of Jeff and Susan Creal of Lincoln, is an English major. Spencer is a senator for the College of Arts and Sciences and serves as a member of the Academic Committee. Additionally, Spencer serves as a senior counselor in the Nebraska Human Resources Institute, and is a founding member of Huskers for Social Democracy. He is also an active member of Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity, and has previously served as its Philanthropy Chair and Recruitment Chair. Spencer is a Regent Scholar, an Outstanding Leadership Award nominee, and is on the College of Arts and Sciences Deans List.
Jacob Quint, Homecoming
Jacob Quint, son of Michael and Judie Quint of Omaha Nebraska, is a Mechanical Engineering Major. Jacob is the Team Lead of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics’ Design/Build/Fly design team, a NASA Nebraska Space Fellow, President of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, promotes Engineering to youth through Engineering Ambassadors, and is deeply involved with Phi Delta Theta Fraternity. Additionally, he is an undergraduate researcher in Dr. Kevin Cole’s lab for infant heart valves and is a Department of Mechanical and Materials Engineering Tutor. He is a Regents Scholar, a Nebraska Top Scholar, involved in the Honors Program, a member of Tau Beta Pi Engineering Honor Society, a member of Pi Tau Sigma Engineering Honor Fraternity, and is on the College of Engineering Dean’s List.
Allison Vlach, Homecoming
Allison Vlach, daughter of Thomas and Colleen Vlach of Topeka, Kansas, is a Biochemistry major with the intent to attend medical school and become a physician. Allison works as a teaching assistant for physiology and biochemistry. She also conducts research in Dr. Melanie Simpson’s prostate cancer biology lab, serves as Philanthropy Chair of the university chapter of American Medical Student Association, and is an ambassador for the Biochemistry Department and the Undergraduate Research program. Additionally, she is a mentor for Heartland Big Brothers Big Sisters, volunteers with Hospice Community Care of Nebraska, and was a former Senator in Abel Residence Association and Residence Hall Association. She is an Arnold O. Beckman Scholar, George Beadle Scholar, and is on the College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources Dean’s List.
Kristina Zvolanek, Selections
Kristina Zvolanek, daughter of Jon and Marge Zvolanek of Lincoln, is a Biological Systems Engineering major with a minor in Biomedical Engineering. Kristina is an Agricultural Research Division Fellow for her research in the Biomedical Imaging and Biosignal Analysis laboratory. She serves as a mentor in the Nebraska Human Resources Institute and is a teaching assistant for ALEC 102. She is also a laboratory teaching assistant for the Chemistry department, a Peer Mentor Leader for the Honors Program, and an Outstanding Student Leadership Award finalist. Last summer, she participated in the Summer Undergraduate Research Program at the University of Nebraska Medical Center. Kristina is a Regents Scholar, Tau Beta Pi eligible, and is on the College of Engineering Dean’s List.
Brett Begley, Selections
Brett Begley, son of Brian and Pam Begley of Omaha, is a chemistry major who will attend medical school at the University of Nebraska College of Medicine upon graduation. Brett is a UNL Distinguished Life Sciences Scholar for his research in chemical biology, a recitation teaching assistant in the Department of Chemistry, and a co-author of the Chemistry 110 Workbook. He has also written the Organic Chemistry chapter of General Chemistry for the Digital Student, which is a comprehensive system designed to teach general chemistry at the undergraduate level. Additionally, he has volunteered with the Undergraduate Office of Admissions, the Freshman Campus Leadership Associates, Phi Delta Theta Fraternity, The Big Event, and Bryan Medical Center. Brett is the recipient of over fifteen scholarships and awards, is a finalist for the Outstanding Student Leadership Award, and is on the College of Arts and Sciences Dean’s List.
Rachel Samuelson, Historian
Rachel Samuelson, daughter of Steve and Celeste Samuelson of Fremont, is a Nutrition Science major on the Pre-Medicine track. Rachel is a cheerleader for the Nebraska Spirit Squad and is a member of Chi Omega. She is involved in GreekSide and the Holy Cows women’s bible study. Over the past summers, Rachel participated in research in a microbiology/genetics lab, studied at the National University of Ireland – Galway, and volunteered for Spoudazo (a music and drama ministry) as a mentor and bible study leader for high school participants. She has served with UNL Miracle Network Dance Marathon for two years as a Morale Captain and on Operations/Programming Staff, and she previously held a position as a teaching assistant intern for physiology labs. Rachel is a Regents Scholar and on the College of Education and Human Sciences Dean’s List.