Mission of the 113th Class
We, the Knights of the 113th Class of The Society of Innocents, shall uphold and promote the values of superior academic achievement, unparalleled leadership, and selfless service.
We shall commit ourselves to the pursuit of intellectual growth and lifelong learning. To best contribute to a global society, we shall encourage and engage in diverse educational experiences.
We shall embrace our individual perspectives to strengthen our collective leadership ability. We understand our responsibility to better our community without seeking personal recognition.
Above all else, we shall embody selfless service through humility, empathy, and authenticity. No matter the scope of the undertaking, we shall advance the goals of our peers, university, and community.
We, the Knights of the 113th Class of The Society of Innocents, shall pursue these ideals not as a means to an end, but as a lifelong endeavor.
Taylor Lofdahl, President
Taylor Lofdahl, daughter of Shannon and Matt Lofdahl of Omaha, Nebraska, is an Agricultural Education - Leadership major with a minor in Spanish. On campus, Taylor is the Chapter President of Alpha Omicron Pi Sorority, as well as a senior counselor for the Nebraska Human Resources Institute, an undergraduate assistant for the William H. Thompson Scholars Learning Community, and a student staff member for New Student Enrollment. She also participates on the Junior Board for Sammy's Superheroes, a foundation which strives to raise funds and awareness for childhood cancer research. Last year, Taylor worked as a Student Strengths Coach for the College of Business Strengths Institute and as a teaching assistant for ALEC 466. Taylor is an honors student, a Regents Scholar, a Thompson Scholar, on the College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources Dean's List, and is an Outstanding Student Leadership Award recipient.
Sam Brower, Vice President
Dakota Dunes, SD
Sam Brower, son of Amy and Dan Brower of Dakota Dunes, South Dakota, is an Economics and Political Science major with minors in Global Studies, Natural Resource and Environmental Economics, and Human Rights and Humanitarianism. Sam intends to attend law school following graduation. Sam serves as Chapter President of Beta Theta Pi fraternity and previously served as the organization's executive philanthropy chair. He has been involved with ASUN student government as a member of the Government Liaison, Technology Fee, and Curriculum committees. Additionally, Sam has held roles on the staff of Dance Marathon, the Big Event, and as a peer mentor for the Nebraska Legends Program. This past year, Sam worked on research for the Muscular Dystrophy Association. He is an Outstanding Student Leadership Award nominee and a member of the College of Arts and Sciences Dean's List.
Natasha Naseem, Secretary
Natasha Naseem, daughter of Ahsan Naseem and Rubab Husain of Lincoln, Nebraska, is an English major with minors in Global Studies, Human Rights and Humanitarian Affairs, and Political Science. Natasha is President of the UNICEF UNL Campus Initiative and has been deeply involved with the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Nebraska, where she has volunteered as a grant writer and event coordinator for the Lincoln office. She has published articles about the foundation's local efforts, as well as essays on gender issues, diversity in media, and Islamophobia. She has served as Treasurer for the Middle Eastern Student Union and volunteers as a speech coach for the Lincoln Southwest High School Forensics team. Additionally, she is a member of the UNL Define American Chapter, the South Asian Student Association, and the committee for the Asian Student Leadership Conference. Natasha is also involved in the Honors Program and aims to attend law school after graduation.
Olivia Beier, Treasurer
Olivia Beier, daughter of Scott Beier and Julie Gibson-Beier of Omaha, Nebraska, is an Accounting and Economics major with the intention of pursuing a Masters in Public Accountancy and attending law school after graduation. Olivia is a member of the College of Business Honors Academy, President of the Honors Program Student Advisory Board, Vice President of Public Relations for Panhellenic Council, Treasurer for Honors Ambassadors, Treasurer for the College of Business Student Ethics Board, Logistics Coordinator for the Big Event Executive Team and a member of Gamma Phi Beta Sorority. This past summer, Olivia studied Olympic sports marketing in Brazil and completed a tax internship with Kiewit. Additionally, she is a member of the Honors Program, Nebraska Women's Leadership Network, and Order of Omega Greek Honors Society. Olivia is on the College of Business Dean's List, a UCARE research assistant, a UNL High Scholar, a past Mortar Board notable, and an Outstanding Student Leadership Award recipient.
Marcella Mercer, Sergeant at Arms
Nebraska City, NE
Marcella Mercer, daughter of Mark Mercer and Christina Sim-Mercer of Nebraska City, Nebraska, is a Journalism major with minors in Global Studies and Spanish. On campus, Marcella has served as a Resident Assistant in Abel Hall and has worked as a reporter and assistant news editor for The Daily Nebraskan. She has written for the Lincoln Journal Star and the Omaha World-Herald and was featured in The Atlantic's article "More Than 100 Exceptional Works of Journalism." Additionally, she has received the Society of Professional Journalists Mark of Excellence Best in Show Award, a certificate of merit in the Hearst Journalism Award Program, and contributed to the first body of student work to win the Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Journalism grand prize. She is a senior counselor in the Nebraska Human Resources Institute, a Regents Scholar, a member of the Honors Program and the Nebraska Women's Leadership Network, and is on the College of Journalism and Mass Communications Dean's List.
Shelby Williby, Keeper of Traditions
Shelby Williby, daughter of Jason and Cole Williby of Valley, Nebraska, is a Chemical Engineering major and intends to go into pharmaceutical development after graduation. On campus, Shelby is the Head Coordinator and founder of the UNL Out of the Darkness Walk, the Panhellenic delegate for Alpha Delta Pi Sorority and is a member of the Order of Omega Greek Honors Society and Launch Leadership. Within the engineering department, she serves as the stopping mechanism lead of the Chem-E Car Competition, a member of the American Institute for Chemical Engineers, an Engineering Recruitment Department student worker, and as a past president for the Engineering Ambassador Network in Nebraska. In past summers, Shelby worked for the National Student Leadership Conference at Yale as a Team Advisor for gifted high school students interested in engineering. This summer, Shelby worked for Ingredion, Inc. as a Process Engineering intern and handled projects in corn processing. She is also a member of the Honors Program and is a Regents Scholar.
Erin Sheehan, Philanthropy
Erin Sheehan, daughter of Tammy and Kerry Sheehan of Omaha, Nebraska, is a History and Political Science major with minors in Communication Studies, Global Studies, and Women's and Gender Studies. Erin is a member of the UNL Speech Team where she serves as the Limited Preparation Events Captain and has earned numerous state and national speaking awards. Additionally, she has been involved with a variety of political causes within Lincoln, including an organizing internship with Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign, and currently holds a policy internship with Planned Parenthood of the Heartland. Erin is also an ASUN student government senator, Lincoln Literacy tutor, speech coach at Lincoln East High School, and a tutor with John Baylor Test Prep. She is a Chancellor's Scholar, an Outstanding Student Leadership Award nominee, and is on the College of Arts and Sciences Dean's List.
Tanner McKerlie, Initiation
Sugar Land, TX
Tanner McKerlie, son of Brian and Judy McKerlie of Sugar Land, Texas, is an Actuarial Science major with minors in Mathematics and Finance. On campus, Tanner is President of the University Program Council and New Member Educator of the Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity. Additionally, Tanner has served as the Co-Director of Freshman Campus Leadership Associates, Programming Chair for the UNL Out of the Darkness Walk, and Diversity/Education Chair for the University Program Council. This summer, he completed an actuarial internship with Aon Hewitt in their Retirement Consulting Division. Tanner is a Chancellor's Scholar, a member of the College of Business Honors Academy, and is on the College of Business Dean's List. After graduation, he will work in Actuarial Consulting with Aon Hewitt in Lincolnshire, Illinois.
Kayla Punt, Homecoming
Kayla Punt, daughter of Tom and Holly Punt of Omaha, Nebraska, is a Secondary Education major with an endorsement in English and a minor in Spanish. On campus, Kayla works for Career Services as a Peer Career Guide, is a senior editor of the Laurus Undergraduate Literary Magazine, and is an honors student. Additionally, Kayla is an assistant teacher in a Level 1 English Language Acquisition (ELA) course at Lincoln High School, judges for the Nebraska debate circuit, and designs stickers for Redbubble. Kayla has also spent a semester in Bilbao, Spain, where she studied Spanish language and culture and pioneered a curriculum for a low income after-school program. She has volunteered for local ELA programs, including Lincoln North Star High School and Lincoln Literacy Council and is on the College of Education and Human Sciences Dean's List. Kayla aims to teach in South America, attend graduate school, and teach in a Title I school after graduation.
Tiffany Truong, Homecoming
Tiffany Truong, daughter of Thu Truong and Bich Chau of Lincoln, Nebraska, is a Chemistry and Biochemistry major with minors in Mathematics and Biology. Tiffany is a UNL Distinguished Life Sciences Scholar and a UNL Institutional Development Award Program Networks of Biomedical Research Excellence Scholar. She has also received the Barry Goldwater Honorable Mention for her research under Dr. Cliff Stains. Tiffany is a laboratory teaching assistant in the Department of Chemistry and the co-author of two ACS Chemical Biology publications. She is President of Sigma Psi Zeta Sorority, the President of the American Medical Student Association, President of the Chemistry Club, Treasurer for the Honors Program Student Advisory Board, an Honors Program Peer Mentor, and is a member of the Order of Omega Greek Honors Society. Additionally, she volunteers at the People's City Mission Free Medical Clinic as a medical scribe and in the Bryan Health Hospital Emergency Department. Tiffany was a finalist for the Outstanding Student Leadership Award, is a Regents Scholar, and is on the College of Arts and Sciences Dean's List. After graduation, she will attend the University of Nebraska Medical Center College of Medicine.
Alan Davis, Selections
Alan Davis, son of Bill and Tammy Davis of Castle Rock, Colorado, is a Finance and Agribusiness major with minors in Accounting and Economics. On campus, Alan is a member of the College of Business Honors Academy, President of the College of Business Student Advisory Board, and the Treasurer of Beta Theta Pi. He is also a Group Leader and Internal Director for Big Red Investment Club and an Honors Ambassador. He is on the College of Business Dean's List and is a Regents Scholar. Additionally, Alan is a speech coach and judge for Millard North High School and a Board of Directors member and Ushering Chair for the Boy Scouts of America Cornhusker Council. He was also a member of Freshman Campus Leadership Associates.
Kurt Cronican, Selections
La Vista, NE
Kurt Cronican, son of Jim and Gina Cronican of La Vista, Nebraska, is an Economics and Finance major with a minor in Mathematics. Kurt intends to attend law and graduate school after graduation. He is a member of the Honors Program and has served as an Honors Program Peer Mentor. He has also worked in the economics department as an Intermediate Macroeconomics Peer Mentor. Additionally, he conducts economic research under Dr. Christopher Mann through UCARE to measure racial discrimination's impact on unemployment and was selected to present his research at the Nebraska State Capitol. Kurt has volunteered extensively with the Nebraska and Midwest Innocence Projects. On campus, he was an Associate Justice on ASUN Student Court and a member of the University Student Conduct and Appeals Board. Kurt also serves as the Treasurer for UNL Club Tennis. He is a Regents Scholar, UNL High Scholar, the recipient of various business scholarships, and is on the College of Business Dean's List.
Alec Williams, Historian
Alec Williams, son of Tammy and John Williams of Omaha, Nebraska, is a Biological Sciences and Economics major with minors in Mathematics and Chemistry. He is an ASUN senator for the College of Arts and Sciences and a member of the Environmental Sustainability Committee. Alec is also an Honors Program Peer Mentor Leader and is a member of the executive council for Pi Kappa Alpha, the Big Event Operations Staff, and the UNL Men's Ultimate Frisbee Club Team. Previously, he was part of the Freshman Campus Leadership Associates and an Honors Program Ambassador. Additionally, he has worked in various labs at the University of Nebraska Medical Center on projects concerning neuropharmacology and ophthalmological sciences. He is a Regents Scholar, an Edwards Foundation Scholarship Recipient, and is on the College of Arts and Sciences Dean's List.