Ambassador

Teresa Gramer

Teresa Gramer

Learning Communities Ambassador

Learn more about Teresa

Teresa Gramer is Sophomore Electrical Engineering major with a minor in Physics and Mathematics. Teresa is also involved as an Engineering Diplomat where she loves to teach people about the exciting things engineering students can learn and work on within engineering.

Major:
Electrical Engineering
Favorite place on campus:
I love Memorial Stadium. Cheering on the Huskers with 90,000 other fans is the best way to spend a weekend in the fall.
Advice to incoming students:
Don’t be afraid to join a new club or take an interesting class even if you don’t know anyone else that’s doing it. It is a great way to meet new people and maybe gain a new hobby or career interest.
Fun Fact:
I love to be active and play sports. On campus, I enjoy rock climbing, playing intramural basketball and going on runs. I am always looking to get a group together to go out and have fun with a game of volleyball, basketball or baseball.

2019 Peer Mentors

William Gaura

William Gaura

Mentor for Branch Out: ROTC

Learn more about William

William Gaura is a Sophomore Finance major and Aerospace Studies minor. William’s favorite class has been History of Rock and Roll, where they got to listen to a lot of music.

Major:
Finance
Favorite place on campus:
College of Business or the Digital Learning Commons. I like the C.O.B because it’s modern and has a lot of resources for my major. I like the DLC because it is relaxed and smells like Dunkin’ Donuts!
Fun fact:
I live in a small town north of Pittsburgh, PA
Lucy Collins

Lucy Collins

Mentor for Beyond the Practice Room

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Lucy is a sophomore Violin Performance major. She will be studying at the Brevard Music Center Institute in Brevard, NC this summer!

Major:
Violin Performance
Favorite place on campus:
The hammocks outside the union, it’s a great place for a nap!
What is your proudest moment at UNL so far?
My proudest moment at UNL so far is putting on a recital with my chamber ensemble, the Atelier Piano Quartet.
Fun fact:
I also play the Ukulele!
Jennifer Rolfe

Jennifer Rolfe

Mentor for Biological Sciences

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Jenny is a sophomore Biological Science major Humanities in Medicine, History, Psychology, and Biochemistry minor. During the summer, she will be going back home to Texas and work as a veterinary technician, volunteer at local hospitals, and prepare for medical school.

Major:
Biological Science
Favorite place on campus:
My favorite place on campus is the Barrack’s. It is a great place to study, especially during test week. It is always conveniently located near Dunkin Donuts!
Fun fact:
By the time I graduated High School I had three different medical licenses.
Matea Spyhalski

Matea Spyhalski

Mentor for Business Leaders

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Matea is a sophomore Marketing major Psychology and Womens and Genders Studies minor.

Major:
Marketing
Favorite place on campus:
My favorite place on campus is either the college of business atrium or outside by Richards hall and brace laboratories.
Fun fact:
I don’t like watching movies because I can always predict the ending. And Disney movies all make me cry so I don’t watch them anymore.
Sam Crandall

Sam Crandall

Mentor for Business Leaders

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Samantha is a junior Accounting major. Sam is part of the Student Ethics Board on campus. This summer Sam will be traveling to Colorado with her friends to visit her parents and do some camping. She will also be catching up on her reading and the Netflix shows she hasn’t watched.

Major:
Accounting and Finance
Favorite place on campus:
My favorite place on campus is the Adele Learning Commons and the library.
Fun fact:
I really enjoy rap and rock music. This last semester I took the History of Rock class and it helped me find even more rock music that I enjoy, so I’m open to any new band recommendations and I love talking about the music I listen to.
Rachel Olig

Rachel Olig

Mentor for Business Opportunities

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Rachel is a junior Marketing major and Management and Sociology minor who loves to travel and studied in Italy through the study abroad program. She is a Student Strengths Coach on campus and is a member of the business fraternity, Delta Sigma Pi.

Major:
Marketing
Favorite place on campus:
My favorite place on campus would either be Memorial Stadium to watch the football team play or in the Clifton Strengths Institute in the College of Business. In the CSI, I am able to connect with other business students as well as get some studying done in a quiet room.
Fun fact:
I have a twin sister who is 44 minutes younger than me.
Gunnar Millot

Gunnar Millot

Mentor for Business Opportunities

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Gunnar is a sophomore Marketing & Management major who is also a member of Alpha Tau Omega, Delta Sigma Pi, the Iron N club, the UNL Men’s club soccer team, and is a Clifton Strengths Coach.

Major:
Marketing & Management
Favorite place on campus:
Despite my countless wonderful memories at Husker Heroes, my favorite place on campus is the lobby of any building late at night where my food gets delivered. A Pickelman’s pepperoni pizza is $12.41 and is always a good decision to make at 2:30AM.
Fun fact:
I’m originally from Rhinelander, WI but I’ll still cheer for the Huskers every day of the week.
Jimmy Erickson

Jimmy Erickson

Mentor for Computing for Good

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Jimmy is a sophomore Computer Science major Mathematics, Statistics, Informatics and Leadership minor who is a member of UNL Initialize. Jimmy loves strategy games, both video and board games. This summer Jimmy will be going to Glacier National Park with his family.

Major:
Computer Science
Favorite place on campus:
Avery Hall, the TAs have helped me fix so many problems I just couldn’t figure out, I’ve had a lot of breakthroughs in the SRC.
Fun fact:
I have a Golden Doodle named Buxton. If anyone wants to see a picture of her, just ask!
August Purczinsky

August Purczinsky

Mentor for Computing for Your Future

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August is a junior Computer Science major with a minor in math. August is also involved with the Running club here at Nebraska where he’s had the chance to meet and run with new people.

Major:
Computer Science
Coolest thing you will do this summer:
I studied abroad in Germany at the Humboldt Institute for 6 weeks in Berlin. I got to experience the vibrant culture of Berlin through its theater scene, learn the German language, and meet many people from all around the world. I also got to drastically improve my German by being able to constantly practice it with other students and native speakers.
Favorite place on campus:
Vine Fields, I love being able to go outside and play sports with my friends after classes. It is a way to keep me active and also works as a stress reliever for when I've had a rough week, or just need a break from school for a while. Sports have always been a part of my life so being able to continue playing them has been a good way for me to pass the time at UNL.
Cordell Rhoads

Cordell Rhoads

Mentor for Computing your Future

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Cordell is a sophomore Software Engineering major who is part of the CSE Student Advisory Board and Cornhacks Executive Team. This summer Cordell will spend his time working, however he loves to go camping and spending time outdoors, so he will probably have a pretty rad tan line.

Major:
Software Engineering
Favorite place on campus:
My favorite place on campus is the greenspace/fountain outside the union. It is always fun to hang out around there when the weather is nice; there are always different people doing different things.
Fun fact:
Husker football is a larger priority in my life than it should be.
Alexis Goodenberger

Alexis Goodenberger

Mentor for Discover the Classroom

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Alexis is a sophomore Elementary Education major who is also part of Christian Student Fellowship. During the summer, the coolest thing she will do is go on a few road trips! She plans to go to visit Omaha and Colorado with her family and her friend from college. She is also hoping to go to south Dakota.

Major:
Elementary Education
Favorite place on campus:
Hands down my favorite place would have to be the Union! It’s a great place to see your friends, or even get free things like t-shirts or pop-sockets. Plus, when it’s warm enough outside, they have hammocks for the students to lay in, which is relaxing.
Fun fact:
When my mother was pregnant with me, she went to Hawaii, so indirectly I have been to Hawaii. Two, I met Rebecca Black (the girl who sings “Friday”) my sophomore year of high school.
Eric Hanzel

Eric Hanzel

Mentor for Discover the Healthy Human

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Eric is a junior Community Health and Wellness major with a Spanish and Psychology minor. He is an active member of the Pre-Physicians assistants club here on campus. Eric’s favorite experience has been hosting his own blood drive on campus with the Red Cross.

Major:
Community Health and Wellness
Favorite place on campus:
My favorite place on campus is Adele Learning Commons because it provides a quiet study space with many useful items like whiteboards, printers, and comfy chairs! Also, it has my favorite coffee shop which is Dunkin Donuts where half of my student debt probably comes from.
Fun fact:
I can eat 10 Taco Bell Bean Burritos in one sitting.
Grace O’Keeffe

Grace O’Keeffe

Mentor for EcoLeaders

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Grace is a sophomore Environmental Studies and English major. Grace is involved with Sustain UNL at the Women Center. Through Sustain UNL she was able to go to a climate conference in Kearney, which was awesome. It’s always great to be able to apply what you’re learning in the classroom to real world situations.

Major:
Environmental Studies and English
Favorite place on campus:
My favorite place to study is on the top level of the business building. I don’t have any business classes, but I like to go there because there’s an awesome view of the city of Lincoln. It’s also great because it’s so quiet up there.
Fun fact:
I really enjoy rock climbing at the Outdoor Adventure Center. I usually go once or twice a week with my friends and would love to climb with anyone who’s interested in getting into it!
Grace Igel

Grace Igel

Mentor for Engineering to Change the World

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Grace is a junior Business Administration major and Math minor. Grace’s favorite experience has been with Big Red Integrity, previously known as the Character Council, because every Friday they give out high fives in hand costumes to promote positivity.

Major:
Business Administration
Favorite place on campus:
My favorite place on campus is Cather because even when it’s cold outside, you can sit at the tables inside and get some nice sun!
Fun fact:
I like to be active when I can be, but I also like to watch a lot of movies. I also like to play golf and bake a lot.
Emily Rosenthal

Emily Rosenthal

Mentor for Engineering to Change the World

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Emily is a sophomore Biological Systems Engineering major with an emphasis in biomedical engineering. Emily is an Engineering Ambassador who gets to visit schools and teach middle school students about engineering. Emily loves working with kids and getting to see their expressions when they show them something cool and when they get to be hands-on experience to create on their own. She is also a member of the Biomedical Engineering Society.

Major:
Biological Systems Engineering with an emphasis in Biomedical Engineering
Favorite place on campus:
My favorite part of campus is the Union. There is always so much going on, you can always find something to do or just chill outside and enjoy the weather. Plus, the restaurants are top notch.
Fun fact:
I have been to 4 countries: Ireland, Scotland, Wales, and England.
Will Brovold

Will Brovold

Mentor for Engineering Human Performance

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Will is a senior Mechanical Engineering major. In addition to research and mentoring, Will enjoys playing intramural sports with his engineering friends. He’s had an awesome experience getting to grow his friends outside of the classroom as well as releasing his competitive nature.

Major:
Mechanical Engineering
Favorite place on campus:
My favorite place is either at the Devaney Center or Memorial Stadium watching the Huskers dominate with a packed out stadium!
Fun fact:
I’m left handed but I learned to play all sports right handed.
Hunter Rausch

Hunter Rausch

Mentor for Engineering Human Performance

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Hunter is a senior Mechanical Engineering major with physics and aerospace studies minors. Hunter is involved in the UNL Aerospace club; designing a combustion chamber for a rocket and seeing it come together over the course of a semester was really cool to be part of.

Major:
Mechanical Engineering
Favorite place on campus:
Military and Naval science building, I’m currently an Air Force ROTC cadet, there are always other cadets hanging out there and fun activities going on. Great place to de-stress and study.
Fun fact:
I want to be an astronaut.
Victoria Nelson

Victoria Nelson

Mentor for Engineering Robotics

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Victoria is a sophomore Mechanical Engineering major Theater and Robotics minor. Victoria is in the Theme Park Design Club, the UNL Robotics Club (ASABE), and the Running Club. her favorite experience was in the Theme Park Design Club. At one of the meetings they all competed to make the best paper rollercoaster that would hold a marble.

Major:
Mechanical Engineering
Favorite place on campus:
My favorite place on campus is probably the Union Plaza. I really like sitting outside by the fountain in between classes. The Union is also really pretty when all the trees are blooming in the spring.
Fun fact:
I play the violin, guitar, and piano.
Haley Nelson

Haley Nelson

Mentor for Exploring Health and Medicine

Learn more about Haley

Haley is a senior Microbiology major with minors in Biochemistry and Business. In addition to her work with LCs, Haley is currently the Vice President of the Microbiology club! her favorite experiences are definitely hearing from professional microbiologists on campus and learning how microbiology is used in everyday life like making cheese, beer, etc. by taking tours at various businesses in Lincoln!

Major:
Microbiology
Favorite place on campus:
My favorite place on campus is the Union because you can do so many things there! I can grab coffee and lunch while I’m studying, grab some Husker gear, or just hang out with my friends! Plus, when it’s nice outside, they have hammocks right outside the Union and it’s a great way to relax.
Fun fact:
I am on the UNL flag line! This will be my 4th year on the flag line and my 8th year of spinning. Spinning during pregame and halftime is so much fun and it’s even cooler to see 90,000+ people in Memorial stadium cheering on the Huskers!
Maggie Hutson

Maggie Hutson

Mentor for Exploring Health and Medicine

Learn more about Maggie

Maggie is a senior Biology and Psychology major with minors in Spanish and Biochemistry. She is an Honors Program Ambassador and a member of the NuMeds. She’s also actively involved in research labs on campus.

Major:
Biology & Psychology
Favorite place on campus:
I enjoy studying in the Collaboration room with my friends. I like being around people when I study, and it’s usually pretty loud in there.
Fun Fact:
The top three themes of my Facebook and Instagram feeds are dogs, cooking, and bad memes.
Hilary Vondra

Hilary Vondra

Mentor for Exploring Nursing

Learn more about Hilary

Hilary is a junior Pre-Nursing major. Hillary is involved in Young Life college, college republicans, red cross club. In her first year, she went on a day trip with the women in young life college, and they had a lake day. It was at the begging of the year and it was an uplifting kickoff to start of the year, and it was great to meet new people!

Major:
Nursing
Favorite place on campus:
My favorite place on campus are these two benches right next to the green space. There are trees next to the benches that in the spring produce the prettiest pink flowers! It’s the perfect place to take a break and the flowers send a positive, motivating vibe in the spring!
Fun fact:
I am the biggest dog mom you will ever meet. I have a 2-year-old toy golden doodle named Kinley. I throw her a birthday party every year, and this year I even made a dog Easter egg hunt for her.
Andrea Poole

Andrea Poole

Mentor for Global Experience

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Andrea is a senior Global Studies major minoring in Political Science and Women’s & Gender Studies. This summer, Andrea is returning to the U.S.! She will just have completed her semester abroad in Peru and come back home for the summer. She plans to do all sorts of stuff like eat American food, drive her car again, visit local landmarks, and more!

Major:
Global Studies
Favorite place on campus:
Outdoors! I love biking on campus, viewing all of the artwork and chilling in the hammocks. The beginning and the end of the school year is always the best because I've waited all summer or winter to be able to finally be outside and when I finally get to, it's so much fun!
Fun fact:
My favorite color is pink!
Tim Verghese

Tim Verghese

Mentor for Media Smarts

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Tim is a sophomore Sports Media & Communication major with minors in Business and Psychology. Tim is a contributor for Nebraska247 (247sports/CBS Sports). His favorite experience was covering the 2019 Spring Game. He interviewed recruits and took game pictures and will continue to do that through the 2019 season.

Major:
Sports Media & Communication
Coolest thing you will do this summer:
This summer I will be visiting 35+ high school's football practices, interviewing coaches and players on my travels. Being able to help players get their name out there and potentially land life-changing scholarships is a blessing in itself. Getting paid to cover the sport I love is just an added bonus.
Fun fact:
I skipped Kindergarten and won’t turn 19 until midway through my sophomore year. I was a 17-year old freshman until November. It’s was a blessing and a curse growing up but now it’s just a cool piece of information to share.
Schyler Cruse

Schyler Cruse

Mentor for Media Smarts

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Schyler is a sophomore Advertising and Public Relations, and Youth and Family Studies double major with an International Studies minor. This summer, Schyler is going to staff a summer camp in Warm Lake, Idaho. Being from Nebraska, Schyler loves any chance she gets to be in the mountains and is super excited for all the adventures this summer will bring!

Major:
Advertising and Public Relations
Proudest moment at UNL:
Continuing to stay on the Dean’s List. Academics have always been really important to me, and I love the opportunities I have at UNL.
Fun fact:
I am a fourth generation UNL student! My parents met working at the Daily Nebraskan and are both CoJMC alumni. GBR!
Joelle Sanger

Joelle Sanger

Mentor for Melvin Jones Scholars

Learn more about Joelle

Joelle is a sophomore Biological Sciences Major. Learning Communities and OASIS are her two favorite involvements. Her favorite OASIS moment was going to the Drag Show with her friends.

Major:
Biological Sciences
Proudest moment at UNL so far:
Participating in Safe Quarters with my Leadership class! My group wandered around a neighborhood collecting donations and petting dogs for an afternoon to raise money for the Friendship Home.
Fun fact:
I literally cannot say the word Dakota right no matter how hard I try it comes out sounding weird.
Jamie Jensen

Jamie Jensen

Mentor for Pre-Law

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Jamie is a sophomore Economics major. Jamie is very excited to start her new job at Lucky Brand this summer. She has worked retail before and misses it so much. She loves meeting so many new people and helping them to feel confident through the clothes they wear. She’s also, very excited for the employee discount.

Major:
Economics
Favorite place on campus:
My favorite place is husker hoagies. I eat lunch there every day because the food is so good. The weekends are my least favorite part of the week because husker hoagies is closed.
Fun fact:
I am an orange belt in Martial Arts.
Francine Watkins

Francine Watkins

Mentor for Pre-Vet

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Francine is a junior Veterinary Science major with a minor in Fisheries & Wildlife Studies. She’s also involved in the Pre-Veterinary club on campus!

Major:
Veterinary Science
Proudest moment at UNL so far:
My proudest moment at UNL so far was having a letter to the editor that I wrote for an English class published in the Omaha World Herald. This was the first time that my words had ever been in a newspaper, and I really felt empowered by using my voice in order to impact my community. This really strengthened my knowledge of how I can use my voice and make an impact.
Fun fact:
A fun fact about me is that I am a Pinterest nerd at heart and I am an avid crafter (when I have the time). I love to make things with my hands and use my imagination to create some really cool things.
Emily Madsen

Emily Madsen

Mentor for the Psyched Up!

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Emily is a senior Psychology major with minors in History and Sociology, Women and Gender Studies, and Human Rights and Humanitarian Affairs. Emily also works in two research labs on campus one focused on illusions and the other on the effects of alcohol and social perceptions.

Major:
Psychology
Proudest moment at UNL so far:
Being elected President for Psi Chi
Favorite learning community experience:
My favorite experience was our trip to Boys Town. It was so interesting to learn about the history of Boys Town and it has made me want to be a behavioral tech there. After our visit, I applied and got hired!
Paige Schettler

Paige Schettler

Mentor for Responsible Design

Learn more about Paige

Paige is a sophomore Interior Design major minoring in French and is the Division I representative for the College of Architecture. This summer I will be traveling to the Lake of the Ozarks for the first time with a friend I met through the Learning Community.

Major:
Interior Design
Proudest moment at UNL so far:
My proudest moment at UNL so far was when I was elected to represent the Division I pre-professional programs on the College of Architecture Student Advisory Board.
Fun fact:
One of my favorite past times is running. I used to run competitively but now I mostly run for fun. Each summer I set a mileage goal for myself and last summer I ran a total of two hundred miles.
Autumn Pifer

Autumn Pifer

Mentor for University Exploration

Learn more about Autumn

Autumn is a junior Nursing student at UNMC who is also involved with University Ambassadors and Greek Life.

Major:
Nursing
Coolest thing you will do this summer:
The coolest thing I will do this summer is go to my friend’s wedding in Seattle, WA.
Advice to incoming students:
My advice to incoming students is to not be afraid to try new things in college and make some mistakes on the way, because that is exactly the same boat that everyone else is in and no one is going to look at you differently because of it.
Sophie Genova

Sophie Genova

Mentor for Second-Year Edge

Learn more about Sophie

Sophia is a junior Human Development & Family Science major with minors in Education & Sociology. She also works with our Huskers Helping Huskers Food Pantry on campus, which helps students deal with issues of food insecurity on campus.

Major:
Human Development & Family Science
Proudest moment at UNL so far:
My proudest moment so far would be getting a peer mentor position with the Learning Communities and with First Husker. I am very passionate about both and am proud that I did not give up on either and continuously worked hard to be successful.
Fun fact:
This is really embarrassing, but I can quote almost the entirety of the first Shrek movie, it bothered my family so much that at one point I wasn’t allowed to watch it anymore.