Zach Norwood is a senior Mathematics major, and balances his time with the many activities he’s involved in. Always wanting to give back to the Honors Program and his fellow students, Zach applied for the Honors Program Student Advisory Board in December of his freshman year. Since then, he has been involved as a member and the current president, and is working on a program to educate students about the Thesis. Last fall, he coordinated with Dr. Damuth, Dr. Lyons, and Dr. Madhavan to give students a well-rounded view of what they could do with their Thesis projects, and he is looking to expand this program to make it a yearly event. As a student who does undergraduate research through our UCARE program, he works with his former algebra professor, Dr. Wiegand, on Diophantine monoids – solutions to systems of linear equations. Zach has also been involved in the Cornhusker Marching Band and Pepsi Service Scholars, and currently works with the Math Club and Pi Mu Epsilon.
Fun fact: Zach went on a trip to San Antonio for a convention with the National Collegiate Honors Council where he went to sessions and learned about other universities. It was a great experience, which gave him a lot of perspective on the Honors Program. It also gave him some great ideas that would relate to students in the Honors Program and in the general student body.
The first thing anyone notices when they meet Elizabeth Sutton is her warm, inviting personality and her ability to make you smile. It’s this genial personality, combined with true dedication and scholarly ability that have propelled Liz into leadership positions around campus and volunteer projects around the world. Liz is the Secretary for the College of Arts and Sciences Student Advisory Board, the President of Phi Eta Sigma, a member of Chi Omega sorority, a member of Husker Choices, and a volunteer at Madonna Rehabilitation Hospital, but her favorite activities have been volunteering abroad in the summer. For three years now (2007-2009), Liz has traveled to Belize with her family to work at an eye clinic where they provide free eye exams, glasses, drops, and surgeries for underprivileged people. This summer, she worked with her cousin at a similar eye clinic in Ghana, and also studied abroad in Greece with Dr. Hoff and Luis Peon-Casanova. “I have always sensed that UNL wants its students to have individual experiences; for instance, studying abroad through the University was a very simple process, through which I felt unwavering support. Specifically my college, while being the largest on campus, has shown great interest and support to my classmates and myself. I feel very connected to the University and I am so proud to be a student at UNL!”
Fun fact: Liz’s favorite part of year is the fourth week of classes. “That’s when people really start to branch out and talk about their interests or majors or studying together. Really, pay attention – you’ll see.”
Eric is a junior double majoring in Marketing and Vocal Performance. You might recognize him as one of the shirt-and-tie-wearing, a cappella-singing Bathtub Dogs, or as a red-polo-wearing New Student Enrollment Orientation Leader. One of his biggest passions, singing, has given him a lot of opportunities at UNL. With the Varsity Men’s Chorus, he sang at the National ACDA Convention in Oklahoma City in 2009, and he’s also performed with the University Singers and Big Red Singers. The Bathtub Dogs sang the National Anthem for the Omaha Royals and for the NCAA wrestling championships in the Qwest Center in Omaha, and they even opened a concert for Ben Folds over spring break in 2009. As a New Student Enrollment Orientation Leader, Eric brought his singing abilities to the stage in a few skits, and got to acclimate incoming freshmen to all UNL has to offer. “It was a lot of fun to represent the University to all the incoming freshmen, and their families. It was really cool to show the parents that UNL was fun and safe,” he reflects. What was one of his favorite memories from the summer of NSE? “I remember having one all-guy group, and it was raining so hard in the middle of the tour. We were standing inside Henzlik waiting to see what we should do, and we ended up running through the rain. Someone actually fell, but he was laughing about it so it was all good.”
Fun fact: Eric participated in several intramural sports with his floor freshman year, including broomball and basketball. His floor even won the flag football championship – go Piper 2!
What does Reanna Nicholsen have on her plate this year? She’s balancing her time among being the Chair for ASUN Student Government’s Academic Fees Advisory Committee, the Honors Program Student Advisory Board, the Peer Mentoring program, the Actuarial Science Club, and Chi Omega sorority, and she’s only a sophomore. Reanna got involved as a Peer Mentor because of how great her experience was with her mentor, Elizabeth Tracey. “It was kind of fun right away to meet kids in Neihardt and in the Honors Program in general. It was great to have a few weeks to have a mentor to answer any questions I had and to make the whole college adjustment more manageable.” Her favorite event with the Honors Program Student Advisory Board was the Last Lecture with Dr. Wynter, which offered a more personal discussion with an experienced professor on campus. So what was Reanna’s favorite activity in her first two years at UNL? “FCLA (Freshman Campus Leadership Associates, through ASUN), definitely. It was great getting to know everybody over the whole year. We built really strong relationships with people we might not have been friends with otherwise. I think it made me more of an open person.”
Fun fact: Reanna’s grandfather’s name is Harry Potter.
Allie is an active senior majoring in Advertising and International Studies. She has been in the Honors Program Student Advisory Board for several years now, working with the Communications Committee to advertise events like the Quiz Bowl and Last Lecture. Last year, Allie had an internship through the Global Innovation and Strategy Center with the United States Strategic Command. Her best experience with this prestigious internship was presenting her to-be-published report to the General of Strategic Command in Omaha. Currently, Allie is active with her sorority, Alpha Omicron Pi, and with the Black Masque Chapter of Mortar Board, the University’s only national senior honor society. Allie is the Historian for Mortar Board, lending her experience with photography and advertising to document the many events Mortar Board participates in. Looking to the future, Allie has applied for a Fulbright Grant and will be applying to graduate schools. What was Allie’s favorite experience with the Honors Program? “I loved Neihardt – it was always a second home, and I’m still always over here. I still recognize people all the time that where on my floor or in the Program, which is so great because there are more people in the Program than you’d think.”
Fun fact: Allie was born overseas in London, and hasn’t missed a single UNL Homecoming game since she was six years old. In her free time, she likes to travel – to nine other countries.
Lane is a junior studying Political Science. Lane’s niche at UNL is his involvement experience: he is highly involved in ASUN Student Government as a Senator, the Chair of the Government Liaison Committee, and a member of the Big Event Operations Staff, and has also served on the Appointments Board. As a freshman, Lane’s peer elected him to be the Associate of the Year for FCLA (Freshman Campus Leadership Associates). Lane has also been involved in the Nebraska Association of Student Councils and the Nebraska Human Resources Institute, fostering leadership skills in younger students. Lane has also served UNL as a New Student Enrollment Orientation Leader and an Honors Program Peer Mentor. Highly interested in public policy, Lane was selected to attend the Harvard Kennedy School Public Policy and Leadership Conference – one of few students from the Midwest. Lane takes risks in involvement, risks that have paid off so far: he says he can definitely see a future career in leadership development or another social avenue as a result of his extracurricular experiences at UNL. And beyond all this, Lane has made some of his best friends exploring his interests in extracurricular areas.
Fun fact: Lane’s mantra has always been to set your goals high because, as Michelangelo once said, “The greater danger for most of us lies not in setting our aim too high and falling short; but in setting our aim too low, and achieving our mark.”