Alumni Success

Alumni Success

Criminology and Criminal Justice graduates hold or have held numerous high level positions including judges, chief prosecutors, attorneys, police chiefs, investigators, federal agents, directors of federal and state probation, directors of security/loss prevention and university professors. Featured are some of the most recent recipients of the College of Public Affairs and Community Service Alumni Award for Excellence in Public Service.

2015 Alumni Award Winner


David E. Goering
is the recipient of the 2015 College of Public Affairs and Community Service Alumni Award for Excellence in Public Service.  He graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice in 1981 and is currently Supervising United States Probation Officer with U.S. Probation in Lincoln, Nebraska.

2014 Alumni Award Winner

 

Tara Scholz Stingley was the recipient of the 2014 College of Public Affairs and Community Service Alumni Award for Excellence in Public Service. She graduated with the Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice (summa cum laude) in 2002 and in 2005 from the University of Nebraska, College of Law (with high distinction). Following law school, she completed a two-year judicial clerkship with the Honorable William Jay Riley, U.S. Circuit Chief Judge for the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals. Currently, Stingley is a partner with the law firm Cline Williams Wright Johnson & Oldfather, LLP, where she specializes in employment law and commercial litigation. As a partner of Cline Williams, she serves as Chair of the firm’s Labor and Employment Section, Vice-Chair of Recruiting, as a Client Relations Committee member, and as a Diversity Committee member. She also assists in coordinating the firm's Women's Initiative Program, which is dedicated to mentoring female attorneys and fostering strong relationships with female clients and community leaders.

 2013 Alumni Award Winner

 

Stephen W. Rowoldt was the recipient of a 2013 College of Public Affairs and Community Service Alumni Award for Excellence in Public Service.  Currently, Steve is the Deputy Probation Administrator for the Nebraska Supreme Court Office of Probation Administration where he has served since 2007. He has a long distinguished career in Probation that spans from 1974 to the present. Steve received his Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice in 1974 from the University of Nebraska Omaha (Lincoln campus). He received certification in Management from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 2002.

Steve has also served on numerous community boards and committees including Mothers Against Drunk Drivers, Lincoln Council on Alcoholism and Drugs, Lancaster County Substance Abuse Action Team, Family Violence Council, and, most recently, the Justice Behavioral Health Committee where he has served as co- chair since 2006.

2012 Alumni Award Winner

 

Michael Butera was the recipient of the 2012 College of Public Affairs and Community Service Alumni Award for Excellence in Public Service.   He received his Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminal Justice at UNL and his Master of Science Degree in Criminal Justice from UNO.  Mr. Butera is a 25 year veteran of the Omaha Police Department, where he was the Commander of the Criminal Investigations Bureau at the time of his retirement in 2007. His wide range of experience included assignments in the Uniform Patrol Bureau, Administrative Services Bureau, Burglary Unit, Homicide Unit, Sex Assault Unit, Special Investigations Unit, Intelligence Unit, and in the Narcotics and Gang Units.  He brings a wealth of experience to the classroom and has taught for the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice since 1989 on both the UNL and UNO campuses.

2011 Alumni Award Winner

 

Honorable John A. Colborn was the recipient of a 2011 College of Public Affairs and Community Service Alumni Award for Excellence in Public Service.  Judge Colborn is currently employed as the district court judge for the Third Judicial District in Lancaster County.  He has also worked as the chief deputy Lancaster County attorney from 1991-2000 and deputy Lancaster County attorney from 1979-1991.  He graduated from the University of Nebraska at Omaha (Lincoln campus) with a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice in 1976.  He also graduated in 1978 with a J.D. degree from the University of Nebraska, College of Law.  Judge Colborn has served on many professional organizations and committees including the Nebraska Judicial Branch Education Advisory Committee, Nebraska District Court Judges Education Committee chair, Nebraska Judicial Ethics Committee chair, Nebraska Supreme Court Technology Committee and current chair of the E-filing Subcomittee, Nebraska Supreme Court Committee on Criminal Practice and Procedure, House of Delegates – Nebraska Bar Association, Nebraska County Attorneys Association president, Robert Van Pelt American Inns of Court president, board of directors and executive committee of Legal Services of Southeast Nebraska, as well as a current member of the Inns of Court executive committee.

 

 2010 Alumni Award Winner

Scott Sasse was the recipient of the 2010 College of Public Affairs and Community Service Alumni Award for Excellence in Public Service.  He graduated from UNL in 1987 with a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice degree and a Master of Science in Criminal Justice degree from UNO in 1991. From there he completed his Ph.D. in Sociology from UNL in 1996. After teaching at universities such as Charleston Southern University, Bemidji State and the University of Nebraska at Kearney, Scott settled at Dana College in Blair, Nebraska as an associate professor and chair of the department. Dr. Sasse has published in the areas of international policing and on the predation patterns of sex offenders and has published a book on criminal justice in America and England with UNO’s Dr. Bill Wakefield. He has also conducted numerous evaluations of juvenile, probation, community based corrections and sex offender programs as well as evaluated several drug courts. He has been involved in UNO’s London Study Abroad program since 1986 as a student to today as a professor taking students through the program.

 

Previous Alumni Award Winners

 

Susan R. Tast, graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice in 1983 and received her Juris Doctorate from the UNL College of Law in 1986.  She is former Deputy Public Defender for the Lancaster County Public Defender’s Office and is currently teaching criminal courts and law courses for the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice.

 

Michelle Schindler, graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice in 1989 and is currently the Director of the Lancaster County Juvenile Detention Center.

 

Scott A. Carlson, graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice in 1992 and is currently the Statewide Coordinator for the Problem-Solving Courts for the Nebraska Supreme Court Administrative Office.  Prior to his current position, he acted as Coordinator for the Lancaster County Juvenile Drug Courts.

 

Honorable Terri S. Harder, graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice in 1981 and her Juris Doctorate from the University of Nebraska, College of Law in 1985.  She is currently District Court Judge with the 10th Judicial District in Nebraska and was previously in private law practice.

 

Thomas K. Casady, graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice in 1976 and received his Master of Arts in Political Science.  He is currently Public Safety Director and former Police Chief for the City of Lincoln and previously served as the Sheriff of Lancaster County.

 

 

Allen L. Curtis, graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice in 1974 and was former Lincoln Police Chief and Director of the Nebraska Crime Commission.