Alex is a senior majoring in Actuarial Science and Finance with minors in Economics and Mathematics. He is the Vice President of the College of Business Student Advisory Board, Treasurer of his Greek organization, and Internal Director of the Big Red Investment Club. Alex was recently selected as a member of UNL’s Innocents Society and is excited for the group’s work during his senior year. In his first three years of college, Alex has been awarded a Koch Industries Discovery Scholarship, the Wallace Robertson Memorial and Keaton Klein Memorial Scholarships, and the Nebraska Actuaries Club Scholarship. He has interned at Five Points Bank as a credit analyst, worked a summer at Transamerica in actuarial analysis, and will spend the coming summer studying abroad at Oxford. The Honors Program has had a huge impact on his first three years at UNL. He was thankful to be guided in his first eight weeks of college through the Peer Mentor program and has enjoyed being an active member of the tight knit Honors community through his work on the student advisory board. In his final year, Alex is looking forward to the Honors Thesis giving him a taste of academic research to help him decide his future career path, either entering the work force or pursuing a PhD in Finance.
Shelby is a junior double majoring in Advertising/Public Relations and Psychology. One of her best experiences at UNL so far has been being involved in Camp Kesem, a national organization that raises money to put on a week-long summer camp for children who have a parent fighting cancer. Shelby became involved with this organization as a freshman, the first year UNL organized the camp. She is now a member of the executive team as an Outreach Coordinator, working to recruit campers from local schools and hospitals and acting as a liaison between families and Camp Kesem. Her experience has taught her about communication, organization, teamwork, and problem solving. Through contracting psychology classes for Honors credit, Shelby has built relationships with professors and become more involved with her studies through additional research, working in a lab, or discussing current events. Shelby has also met many of her best friends through the Honors Program Peer Mentors, Honors Ambassadors, her 189H seminar, and time living in Neihardt.
Greg graduated from UNL in 1996 with a degree in Mechanical Engineering. He now works for Sierra Nevada Corporation in Louisville, CO as Manager of Programs for the Advanced Development Group within Space Exploration Systems. His responsibilities include technical and programmatic coordination for new development systems with a primary focus for alternate missions of the Dream Chaser vehicle. Greg has worked with a variety of government and commercial spacecraft engineering systems over the past seventeen years. He was part of the team that designed and developed spacecraft structures and system configurations for NSAS Stardust, Mars Odyssey. While at UNL, Greg was a member of a fraternity and played in the Cornhusker Marching Band. He held an Engineering Co-Op at Allison Engine Company (now Rolls Royce Engine) in Indianapolis, IN. He was a member of the 1996 E-Week winners and presented at the National American Society of Mechanical Engineers. Greg enjoyed being surrounded by other students in the Honors Program that cared about their grades and futures. He benefited from studying with other Honors Students in Neihardt and found everyone had something to offer the group.
Kaley Cook graduated in 2014 with a degree in Global Studies and minors in English, Political Science, and Film Studies. She received a Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship in the Czech Republic. Kaley studied abroad at the Sorbonne in Paris, France and participated in the Honors Program Conversation Partners course. She was a member of the Pepsi Service Scholars, wrote for the Daily Nebraskan, and held leadership positions for the UNL Cultural Ambassadors. After her year abroad, Kaley plans to attend law school or continue her thesis research in graduate school. Kaley found the Honors Program faculty and staff to be extremely accessible and able to provide her with personalized attention. Through contracting classes, taking seminars, and writing her thesis, she was able to find concentrations in her interests and synthesize everything she learned. Kaley’s piece of advice to current students is to apply for everything – there is no reason not to and the outcomes can be life changing.