Peer Mentors

Ambassador

Justice Forte

Justice Forte

Learning Community Ambassador

Learn more about Justice

Justice is the President and co-founder of the Women’s Hockey Club at Nebraska. She is also an undergraduate researcher in the Center for Brain, Biology and Behavior’s Political Attitudes and Cognition Lab.

Major:
Political Science and Communication Studies
Home Town
Hackettstown, NJ
Advice to incoming students:
Involvement leads to more opportunities, so get involved on campus as early as possible!
Fun Fact:
Justice has four pet birds back home in New Jersey.

Mentors

Jasmine Hanson

Jasmine Hanson

Mentor for Pre-Vet: The Path to Veterinary Success

Learn more about Jasmine

Jasmine is also involved in the Honors Program, the secretary of the Pre-Vet Club, and has worked for the United States Department of Agriculture.

Major:
Veterinary Science
Home Town
Ames, NE
Advice to incoming students:
It’s okay to come in sure that you’re going into one field and then completely change your mind. Start studying for exams far in advance – even retyping notes after class can help!
Rachel Olig

Rachel Olig

Mentor for Business Leaders: Start Your Future Today

Learn more about Rachel

Rachel is also a member of the Delta Sigma Pi, a co-ed professional fraternity for business students, as well as a Strengths Coach for the College of Business.

Major:
Business Administration
Home Town
Omaha, NE
Advice to incoming students:
Say yes to all new opportunities!
Fun Fact:
Rachel has a twin who also attends Nebraska.
Melanie Harvey

Melanie Harvey

Mentor for Business Around the World: Global Perspectives

Learn more about Melanie

Melanie services the College of Business as a Strengths Coach and is also a member of Delta Sigma Pi, a co-ed professional business fraternity.

Major:
Management
Home Town
Omaha, NE
Advice to incoming students:
Get involved as much as you can!
Fun Fact:
She’s also the only member of her family that has blue eyes.
Alex Cumming

Alex Cumming

Mentor for Ag Futures: Entrepreneurship, Leadership, and Service

Learn more about Alex

Alex is an active member of the College of Agricultural Sciences & Natural Resources. She is involved in the Engler Agribusiness Entrepreneurship Program, the Agricultural Education Club, and is the Student Coordinator for State FFA.

Major:
Agricultural Education, minor in Entrepreneurship
Home Town
St. Edward, NE
Advice to incoming students:
Don’t be afraid to put yourself out there – be you!
Fun Fact:
Alex loves parliamentary procedure!
Emily Cumming

Emily Cumming

Mentor for Branch Out: Joint ROTC

Learn more about Emily

Emily is a member of the Army ROTC and the Forensic Science Club. She’s also involved in the National Society of Collegiate Scholars.

Major:
Forensic Science and Entomology, minor in Chemistry
Home Town
St. Edward, NE
Advice to incoming students:
If you have an opportunity to do something, take it. You never know where it will lead you!
Fun Fact:
Emily is a beekeeper in her spare time.
Claire Jordan

Claire Jordan

Mentor for Business Around the World: Global Perspectives

Learn more about Claire

Claire serves the College of Arts and Sciences as an Ambassador. She’s also a volunteer at the Women’s Center on campus and an Intercultural Aide for University Housing.

Major:
Political Science and Economics
Home Town
Coppell, TX
Advice to incoming students:
Don’t be afraid to ask for help or advice! I was the only student from my high school to go to Nebraska and talking to new people, putting myself out there, and getting involved really helped me adjust!
Fun Fact:
Claire LOVES animals and has two cats and also volunteers as a local cat shelter in Lincoln.
Ben Chu

Ben Chu

Mentor for the Melvin W. Jones Scholars

Learn more about Ben

Ben is the president of the Nebraska Rifle Club, as well as a member of the Red Cross Club and involved in Navigators. He also works for the Red Cross during the academic year.

Major:
Psychology, minors in Sociology and National Security Studies
Home Town
Los Angeles, CA
Advice to incoming students:
Be open to new experiences!
Fun Fact:
Ben is afraid of heights, but used to work around heights on a regular basis.
Jessie Champagne

Jessie Champagne

Mentor for Biological Sciences: Research on the Cutting Edge

Learn more about Jessie

Jessie is very involved on campus as a member of the Pre-Vet Club, the Microbiology Club, and an employee at the ice rink. She also is the vice president and co-founder of the Women’s Hockey Club on campus!

Major:
Veterinary Medicine and Microbiology, minors in French and Biochemistry
Home Town
Valley, NE
Advice to incoming students:
Stay positive and enjoy your time in college.
Fun Fact:
Jessie is Canadian and her first language is French.
Jessica Price

Jessica Price

Mentor for Discover the Healthy Human: Nutrition and Health Sciences

Learn more about Jessica

Jessica is a member of the Pre-Dental Club and Gamma Phi Beta sorority. She’s also a mentor for the Nebraska Legends Program and studied abroad during her first year of college in Greece and Italy.

Major:
Nutrition and Health Science (Pre-Dental), minors in Psychology, Business Leadership and Communications
Home Town
Alden, MN
Advice to incoming students:
Make a four year plan! Even if you’re not sure what you want to do, you can always go back and change it.
Kristin Arens

Kristin Arens

Mentor for Engineering to Change the World

Learn more about Kristin

Kristin is the president of American Institute of Chemical Engineers chapter at Nebraska as well as a scholar in the William H. Thompson Scholars Learning Community. She’s also involved at the Newman Center.

Major:
Chemical Engineering
Home Town
Pierce, NE
Advice to incoming students:
Introduce yourself to everyone you sit by in your classes!
Fun Fact:
Kristin has a deformed left thumb from sucking it too much as a child.
Austin Eidem

Austin Eidem

Mentor for Engineering Human Performance

Learn more about Austin

Austin is involved in the American Institute of Chemical Engineers chapter at Nebraska and was also the co-chair for their annual Chem-E-Car Competition.

Major:
Chemical Engineering
Home Town
Papillion, NE
Advice to incoming students:
Have a good balance of work and play. Don’t work too hard and don’t play too much.
Fun Fact:
Austin can quote most of the movie “Mulan” from memory.
Alex McKinney

Alex McKinney

Mentor for Engineering Robotics

Learn more about Alex

Alex is involved in the American Institute of Chemical Engineers chapter at Nebraska and is involved in their annual Chem-E-Car Competition.

Major:
Chemical Engineering
Home Town
Columbus, NE
Advice to incoming students:
Find a study group and have fun!
Fun Fact:
Alex is missing a part of one of his ribs.
Ashlyn Salts

Ashlyn Salts

Mentor for Discover the Healthy Human: Nutrition and Health Sciences

Learn more about Ashlyn

Ashlyn is involved in Biochemistry Club and the Vice President of Phi Mu sorority. She is also a member of two honors fraternities, Alpha Lambda Delta and Phi Eta Sigma.

Major:
Biochemistry, minors in Math and Chemistry
Home Town
Fairfield, CT
Advice to incoming students:
Start joining clubs and getting involved on campus as soon as you can! You’ll meet some of the best people.
Fun Fact:
Ashlyn eats guacamole instead of cake on her birthday.
Skyler Dykes

Skyler Dykes

Mentor for Beyond the Practice Room: Developing Music Professionals

Learn more about Skyler

Skyler serves as the Hixson-Lied College of Fine and Performing Arts Senator for the Associate Students of the University of Nebraska (ASUN) as well as on the Student Advisory Board. She’s an intern at the Lied Center for the Performing Arts on campus as well as a member of the Honors Program.

Major:
Music, minors in French and Business
Home Town
Topeka, KS
Advice to incoming students:
Don’t be afraid to try something new. There are so many fun clubs to take part in on campus!
Fun Fact:
Skyler once went to a koala bear’s birthday party at the Kansas City Zoo!
Sylvia Eaves

Sylvia Eaves

Mentor for Media Smarts: Broadcasting, Journalism, and Sports Communication

Learn more about Sylvia

Sylvia is very involved in the College of Journalism and Mass Communications. She’s on the Student Advisory Board, a member of Advertising Club and the chapter of Public Relations Student Society of America, and an Ambassador for the college.

Major:
Advertising & Public Relations and Broadcasting, minors in Music Technology and Leadership
Home Town
Henderson, IL
Advice to incoming students:
Don’t be afraid of reaching out to your fellow classmates, upper classmen, or professors. It can help you make lifelong friends and connections!
Fun Fact:
Sylvia’s happy place is Target (especially if they have a Starbucks).
Katie Stauffer

Katie Stauffer

Mentor for the Transfer Learning Community

Learn more about Katie

Katie is the treasurer for Tau Sigma National Honor Society, a national honor society for transfer students. She is also attending Western Nebraska Community College to earn her business degree so she can someday open a preschool.

Major:
Elementary and Early Childhood Education
Home Town
Gering, NE
Advice to incoming students:
Get involved on campus! Going to events and meeting new people will help you transition into college and you’ll meet great people.
Allie Johnson

Allie Johnson

Mentor for Exploring Nursing

Learn more about Allie

Allie is an active member of Chi Omega Sorority and the Honors Program. She also participates in intramural sports, Cultural Ambassadors, and the Navigators on campus.

Major:
Pre-Nursing
Home Town
Chadron, NE
Advice to incoming students:
Get outside of your residence hall room or comfort zone as much as possible – especially first semester! This is when you’ll set the foundation for great friendships and learn the most about yourself. Have fun!
Fun Fact:
Allie has a four-page long bucket list and one of her goals is to check something off the list each year on her birthday. Last year she sky dived and this year she ran her first half marathon!
I Coleman

I Coleman

Mentor for Programming and Building the Future: Computer Science & Computer Engineering

Learn more about I

I is a student in the Jeffrey S. Raikes Computer Science and Management School as well as involved in Hillel, the Jewish Student Association on campus.

Major:
Computer Science, minors in Business and Math
Home Town
Lenexa, KS
Advice to incoming students:
There is a very dangerous idea which you probably learned in high school that says liking things isn’t cool. Unlearn that as soon as possible. Surround yourself with people who are passionate, regardless of what they are passionate about.
Fun Fact:
I is a semi-professional voice actor in their spare time.
Will Dendinger

Will Dendinger

Mentor for Responsible Design: Architecture, Interior Design, and Landscape Architecture

Learn more about Will

Will is a member of Delta Upsilon Fraternity and the chapter of the American Institute of Architecture Students at Nebraska.

Major:
Architecture, minor in Product Design
Home Town
Papillion, NE
Advice to incoming students:
Learn to manage your time. Don’t waste time staring at your phone, go out and do something fun!
Fun Fact:
Will lived in a remote mountain village without power or running water in the Dominican Republic for two weeks during a mission trip.
Mikayla Rosenthal

Mikayla Rosenthal

Mentor for Engineering to Change the World

Learn more about Mikayla

Mikayla is a member of Pi Alpha Chi Sorority and the American Institute of Chemical Engineers chapter at Nebraska. She also serves the College of Engineering as an Ambassador and volunteers with Big Brothers and Big Sisters.

Major:
Chemical Engineering
Home Town
La Vista, NE
Advice to incoming students:
Find a balance between your classwork and extra-curriculars. Both are extremely important to your college education.
Fun Fact:
Mikayla’s family loves Nebraska Football so much they named their dog Curlee Suh after former player Ndamukong Suh!
Emma Rutherford

Emma Rutherford

Mentor for Exploring Medicine

Learn more about Emma

Emma is involved in many campus activities at Nebraska, such as Dance Marathon and the Big Event, a campus-wide volunteering event. She is also a member of Chi Omega Sorority and a TeamMates mentor.

Major:
Microbiology,minors in Biochemistry and Math
Home Town
Shawnee, KS
Advice to incoming students:
Try everything! It’s so fun to get to know people involved all over campus, and there’s a club out there for everyone.
Fun Fact:
Emma loves taking water aerobics with some of the older community members at the recreation center. She says they’re the best!
Jake Schulman

Jake Schulman

Mentor for Programming and Building the Future: Computer Science & Computer Engineering

Learn more about Jake

Jake is involved in Big Red Ski and is an officer in the Snowboard Club on campus. He also works at the Lied Center for the Performing Arts at Nebraska.

Major:
Computer Science, minors in Math and History
Home Town
Shanghai, China
Advice to incoming students:
Get organized, get involved, and ask lots of questions. Everyone wants to help you!
Fun Fact:
Jake was born in Shanghai, China!
Sydney Lacher

Sydney Lacher

Mentor for Business Leaders: Start Your Future Today

Learn more about Sydney

Syndey is a member of Delta Sigma Pi, a professional business fraternity on campus. She is also member of the Clifton Builders Program as well as a Strengths Coach for the College of Business.

Major:
Business Administration and Political Science
Home Town
White Bear Lake, MN
Advice to incoming students:
Find friends that are going to encourage you to do your best!
Fun Fact:
Sydney has traveled to all 50 states!
Haley Nelson

Haley Nelson

Mentor for Exploring Medicine

Learn more about Haley

Haley is a member of the Cornhusker Marching Band in the Color Guard.

Major:
Microbiology, minor in Business
Home Town
Springdale, AR
Advice to incoming students:
Don’t be afraid to push yourself out of your comfort zone and get involved on campus!
Fun Fact:
Haley is a lifelong Girl Scout and has even met the CEO of the Girl Scouts organization.
Daniel Johnson

Daniel Johnson

Mentor for EcoLeaders: Environmental Sustainability in Action

Learn more about Daniel

Daniel is the Educational Outreach Chair for the American Institute of Chemical Engineers chapter at Nebraska. He is also on the College of Engineering Student Advisory Board and serves as the Public Relations Chair.

Major:
Chemical Engineering
Home Town
Omaha, NE
Advice to incoming students:
Don’t tie your self-worth to your GPA. Take lots of study breaks, talk to as many people as possible, and have fun!
Fun Fact:
Daniel loves traveling, so he takes as many trips as he can afford. While on a trip to Arkansas last spring, he was kicked out of a campground for not having a horse.
Riley Naughton

Riley Naughton

Mentor for University Exploration

Learn more about Riley

Riley is an active student on campus as a member of the National Residence Hall Honorary (NRHH) and the Spirit Squad. She is a also an Ambassador for the College of Education and Human Sciences as well as a participant in undergraduate research through UCARE, the Undergraduate Creative Activities and Research Experience at Nebraska.

Major:
Textile and Apparel Design, minor in Theater Arts
Home Town
Des Moines, IA
Advice to incoming students:
Don’t be afraid to go out and try new things, especially your first semester in college. You never know what fun or interesting thing you may find.
Fun Fact:
Riley’s favorite animals are sharks.
Brooke Morris

Brooke Morris

Mentor for Pre-Law Opportunities: Preparing for your J.D. and Beyond

Learn more about Brooke

Brooke is a mentor for the Nebraska College Predatory Academy and involved in Pre-Law Club. She also plays intramural sports on campus.

Major:
Psychology, minor in English
Home Town
Centennial, CO
Advice to incoming students:
Get involved and put yourself out there! College is what you make it and at this university, you can be anything and do anything!
Fun Fact:
Brooke loves the beach and has swam with dolphins two times.
Emily Amen

Emily Amen

Mentor for Psyched Up! Analyzing Psychology

Learn more about Emily

Emily is an active member of the Delta Delta Delta Sorority, Cru, Psi Chi, and the Order of Omega. She is also a teaching assistant for PSYC 181, an Ambassador for the College of Arts and Sciences, and a research assistant in the Child Maltreatment Lab on campus.

Major:
Psychology, minor in Child, Youth, and Family Studies
Home Town
Plainfield, IL
Advice to incoming students:
Get involved your first year. It will be a busy time but when you’re a senior you will appreciate your involvement and the opportunities it gave, as well as the friends you made.
Fun Fact:
Emily recently became engaged to be married!
JLogan Volk

Logan Volk

Mentor for University Exploration

Learn more about Logan

Logan is an undergraduate researcher in the Family Development Research Lab on campus. He is also involved in Spectrum and is an LGBT Peer Mentor.

Major:
Psychology and Women and Gender Studies
Home Town
West Fargo, ND
Advice to incoming students:
Get involved with different opportunities, but make sure you don’t overload yourself.
Fun Fact:
Logan is an avid knitter.