May 2017 Graduate Profiles

New talent for Nebraska and beyond

It’s a simple thing – sticking pins on a map.

But the result – after hundreds of soon-to-be-graduates of the University of Nebraska–Lincoln pinpointed their future destinations on a poster board U.S. map at the Nebraska Alumni Association Gradfest – is a powerful illustration of the university’s impact in delivering an educated workforce to Nebraska and the nation. Even with only a sampling of the more than 3,100 graduates represented on the map, it’s clear the Nebraska workforce just received a significant talent boost following the May 5/6 commencement exercises.

Red and white pushpins on a U.S. map indicate where Nebraska graduates will attend graduate school or start careers after graduation. The largest concentration of pins is in Nebraska.

Here are profiles of just a few May 2017 graduates who came to the university from hometowns as close as Beaver Crossing, Nebraska, and as far away as Leo, Indiana, and are now taking the next step to advance their careers right here in Nebraska.

Emily Eberspacher

Emily Eberspacher

Hometown:
Beaver Crossing, Nebraska
College:
College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources
Major:
Hospitality, Restaurant, & Tourism Management
Minors:
Animal Science and Agribusiness Entrepreneurship
Involvements while on campus:
Rodeo Club, Block & Bridle, Engler Agribusiness Entrepreneurship Program
Plans:
I plan to continue to develop, market and manage my own business, Triple E Equine, LLC. Additionally, I plan to stay active competing with my horses and working within the agriculture and livestock industries.
I am most looking forward to being able to pursue all of my opportunities after graduation.
The BEST thing about being a Husker is being involved with the Engler Agribusiness Entrepreneurship Program.
Ashleigh N. Gildon

Ashleigh N. Gildon

Hometown:
Omaha, Nebraska
College:
College of Architecture
Major:
Landscape Architecture
Involvements while on campus:
Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., Afrikan People’s Union, Student Activist Organization, American Society of Landscape Architects – Student Chapter
Plans:
Taking two years off to go work in construction management in Omaha and then applying for graduate schools to focus on Community and Regional Planning.
I am most looking forward to exploring myself as an adult after graduation. I need to break down the current mental image that I have of myself, and begin gaining a more mature perspective of who I am.
The BEST thing about being a Husker has been being able to seek out and obtain an education from a place that I know and love. I’ve grown up in Nebraska, and I relish being able to achieve a milestone, such as earning a degree, in the place that I call home.
Nate Husak

Nate Husak

Hometown:
Montour, Iowa
College:
University of Nebraska College of Law
Degree:
Juris Doctor (J.D.)
Involvements while on campus:
Chairman or the Nebraska Moot Court Board; National Trial Team Member; National Moot Court Team Member; First Year Problem Writer; Allen Moot Court Competition; Grether Moot Court Competition
Plans:
I will be joining Bruner Frank L.L.C. in Kearney, NE as an Associate Attorney.
I am most looking forward to traveling after graduation.
The BEST thing about being a Husker is forever being part of a proud and distinguished group of people.
Isabel Salas

Isabel Salas

Hometown:
Lexington, Nebraska
College:
College of Arts & Sciences
Majors:
Political Science, Women’s and Gender Studies, and Global Studies
Minor:
Human Rights & Humanitarian Affairs
Involvements while on campus:
Cornhusker Marching Band (Clarinet), Nebraska Women's Leadership Network, Pi Sigma Alpha Political Science Honor Fraternity
Plans:
After graduation, I have an awesome opportunity to continue working with the non-profit that I currently intern at, the Nebraska Civic Engagement Table. After a year or two I plan on going to law school and study immigration or human rights law.
After graduation, I am most looking forward to getting a chance to focus on making a difference in my community, traveling, and, of course, getting more time to hang out with my cats.
The best thing about being a Husker is that I got the complete college experience – from exploring the status of women in politics around the world through my mega-major to standing on the field in Memorial Stadium and playing Hail Varsity at every home game.
Dillon Thoman

Dillon Thoman

Hometown:
Leo, Indiana
College:
College of Business
Major:
Finance
Plans:
Moving to Omaha for a full-time position with Union Pacific in the Corporate Audit department.
I am most looking forward to applying what I have learned at NEBRASKA in the real world to make an impact after graduation.
The best thing about being a Husker is knowing I’ll always be a part of the state of Nebraska and distinguished alumni across the globe.

Here are profiles of just a few of this year’s graduates putting their Nebraska degrees to work across the U.S. and beyond.

Bethany Barone

Bethany Barone

Hometown:
Omaha, Nebraska
College:
College of Education & Human Sciences
Major:
Family Science
Minor:
Education
Involvements while on campus:
President of CEHS Honor Society, Phi Upsilon Omicron, College of Education and Human Science ambassadors
Plans:
After graduation I plan on working at The Boys and Girls Club in Omaha for the summer as the SMART GIRLS leader. Then in September I will be moving to Morocco as a Peace Corps Volunteer working with youth as a Youth Asset Builder.
I am most looking forward to living in Morocco and experience a once in a life time opportunity after graduation.
The BEST thing about being a Husker is the supportive community!
Taylor Bolam

Taylor Bolam

Hometown:
Omaha, Nebraska
College:
College of Business
Major:
Economics
Minors:
German and Russian
Involvements while on campus:
President, Vice President: Team Big Red Challenge, Farmhouse Fraternity – member, Russian Club, Campus Recreation – Fitness Supervisor, Student Support Services – Astronomy, Russian tutor, First Year Experience & Explore Center – Student Assistant, Great Plains National Security Education Community – member & research team participant, Big Red Investment Club – analyst, College of Business Administration – ambassador, Department of Economics – Research Assistant, Crew Club – team member (Freshman year)
Plans:
I will be somewhere in Russia teaching English to Russian university students for one academic year while running the university’s English Club and working on an individual extracurricular project. After my Fulbright grant period I intend to apply to become a Public Affairs Foreign Service Officer with the State Department or attend a top graduate school for International Affairs.
I am most looking forward to exploring new cultures after graduation!
The BEST thing about being a Husker is the faculty. I have had so many helpful professors and mentors in my time at the University of Nebraska, particularly in the Russian department and the Fellowships office. Without their help my grades and scholarship applications would have been much different!
Heitor Castro

Heitor Castro

Hometown:
Fortaleza, Brazil
College:
College of Arts & Sciences
Major:
Computer Science
Involvements while on campus:
Generation Google Scholar, Jeffrey S. Raikes School of Computer Science & Management, University Honors Program, Kauffman Residential Association
Plans:
Software Engineer at Microsoft
I am most looking forward to keep finding new software and entrepreneurship challenges after graduation.
The BEST thing about being a Husker is the excitement about innovation.
Mary (Maggie) Dawson

Mary (Maggie) Dawson

Hometown:
Lincoln, Nebraska
College:
College of Education & Human Sciences
Majors:
Nutrition and Dietetics
Involvements while on campus:
Model United Nations, Thomas Aquinas Newman Center, Honors Program
Plans:
Immediately following graduation, I’ll be returning to Mozambique where I’ll spend the summer. In August, I will move to Baltimore, Maryland, to take part in a 10-month Dietetic Internship at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center. After successfully completing the internship, I hope to stay on at Hopkins and complete my Master’s of Public Health with an emphasis in Humanitarian Assistance. My plan is to pursue a career in the area of international development and global nutrition, working for an organization like USAID or CDC.
I am most looking forward to relaxing in Mozambique and not thinking about finals after graduation.
The BEST thing about being a Husker is the amazing faculty and staff at Nebraska, particularly CEHS. They really do care about their students and want to improve your learning outcomes. My experience here at Nebraska has been so much better because of the teachers I’ve had and the opportunities outside of the classroom they’ve been able to give me. I am so thankful for their constant patience and guidance. Without them, I wouldn’t be the graduating senior I am today.
Kaitlyn Rosploch

Kaitlyn Rosploch

Hometown:
Lake Villa, Illinois
College:
College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources
Majors:
Forensic Science and Biochemistry
Involvements while on campus:
Marching Band, Color Guard, Forensic Science Club, Forensic Science Ambassador, and Chemistry Education Research
Plans:
Research and development chemist at The Estée Lauder Companies
I am most looking forward to visiting my cousins in Germany after graduation.
The BEST thing about being a Husker is the people at the university are overly friendly and caring about each person’s success after graduation.

For even more featured 2017 graduates, visit the “Go Big Grad” photo album on Facebook at www.facebook.com/UNLincoln