December 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 roughly 1,500 graduates represented on the map, it’s clear the Nebraska workforce just received a significant talent boost following the December 15/16 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 December 2017 graduates who came to the university from hometowns as close as Lincoln and as far away as Khobar, Saudi Arabia, and are now taking the next step to advance their careers right here in Nebraska.

Farah Bu Ali

Farah Bu Ali

Hometown:
Khobar, Saudi Arabia
College:
College of Engineering
Major:
Civil Engineering
Involvements while on campus:
During the summer I worked with the college of engineering as a Student Specialist with New Student Enrollment and as a Peer Coach with Engineering Readiness Academy. I learned many skills from those two jobs that makes me a better person and a better engineer, and most importantly it was so much fun!
Plans:
I will stay in Lincoln. I plan to become a professional engineer, pursue my Ph.D. in civil engineering and become a university professor.
I am most looking forward to work and go to graduate school after graduation.
The best thing about being a Husker is that I have a place, across the globe, I can call home.
Jacob T. Tewes

Jacob T. Tewes

Hometown:
Lincoln, Nebraska
College :
University of Nebraska College of Law
Degree :
J.D. '15, LL.M. (Space, Cyber, and Telecommunications Law) December '17
Involvements while on campus:
Community Legal Education Project Student Innocence Project, 2015 Manfred Lachs Space Law International Moot Court Competition, 2014 Allen Moot Court Competition, 2013 Grether Moot Court Competition
Plans :
Joining the IP and IT practice group at Kutak Rock in Omaha.
I am most looking forward to raising my family in Omaha after graduation.
The BEST thing about being a Husker is the community. It isn't just a brand, or a team to cheer, or even a place to learn. It's a family.
Hannah Demma

Hannah Demma

Hometown:
Lincoln, Nebraska
College :
Hixson-Lied College of Fine and Performing Arts
Major :
Fine Art, with an emphasis on Printmaking and Drawing
Involvements while on campus:
Student Ambassador, Trip-Leader for Outdoor Adventures, UCARE recipient, Tau Sigma Honor Society
Plans :
Continue Trip-Leading, Coordinator for Art at Cedar Point Biological Station, and opening a small gallery in downtown Lincoln with my friend and fellow graduate, Shalbey Workman
I am most looking forward to reading books that are not assigned after graduation.
The best thing about being a Husker was being a part of the art department. I am really proud to say that Nebraska has high quality art education.
Joshua Boardman

Joshua Boardman

Hometown :
Ravenna, Nebraska
College:
College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources
Majors :
Agronomy
Involvements while on campus :
Agronomy club, Susan Thompson Buffett Scholarship community, AgEcon/Agbusiness Club
Plans :
I have a full-time job with Aurora Cooperative in south-central Nebraska.
I am most looking forward to starting my career and gaining more experience in Agronomy after graduation.
The BEST thing about being a Husker is that you can walk around with a sense of pride, knowing that you are graduating from one of the most prestigious agricultural schools in the country.
Sara Mantz

Sara Mantz

Hometown :
Omaha, Nebraska
College :
College of Arts and Sciences
Majors :
Biological Sciences and Spanish
Involvements while on campus :
Phi Mu, Undergraduate Creative Activities and Research Experience (UCARE), Order of Omega, Huskers Helping Huskers Pantry+
Plans :
I will be staying in Lincoln to work and to continue researching in Dr. Amanda Ramer-Tait's lab during my gap year. I intend to start medical school in the fall of 2019.
I am most looking forward to having more time to focus on myself, my friends, and my family after graduation.
The BEST thing about being a Husker is the community. We have such a friendly, diverse group of people at the university and in Nebraska in general. It is an environment that encourages inclusiveness, acceptance, and support of one another and I’m glad to have been a part of it.

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

Allison Fehnel

Allison Fehnel

Hometown:
Leawood, Kansas
College :
College of Business
Major :
Actuarial Science
Involvements while on campus:
Nebraska Business Honors Academy, Delta Sigma Pi, Actuarial Science Club,Toastmasters
Plans:
I have accepted a full-time Actuarial Analyst position with Aetna Health Insurance. I will be working in the Overland Park, Kansas office.
I am most looking forward to starting my new position after graduation. I am excited to be able to travel and take on new adventures.
The BEST thing about being a Husker is the community. The College of Business has been a welcoming experience working with diverse individuals (both students and professors) all 'Starting Something'.
Bailey Schulz

Bailey Schulz

Hometown :
Adel, Iowa
College :
College of Journalism and Mass Communications
Major:
Journalism and Advertising & Public Relations
Involvements while on campus :
Daily Nebraskan, Nebraska Women's Leadership Network, Juan Franco's List
Plans :
I'll be a winter intern at Bloomberg News in New York starting in January.
I am most looking forward to moving to a big city and expanding my journalism skills after graduation.
The BEST thing about being a Husker is the sense of community. I made so many great connections at Nebraska, both from fellow students and professors.
Jorge P. Venegas

Jorge P. Venegas

Hometown :
Quevedo, Ecuador
College :
College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources
Major :
Plant Breeding and Genetics
Involvements while on campus:
Organizing Committee Vice-Chair, Nebraska Plant Breeding Symposium, Mentoring and Orientation Leader and Departmental Seminar Representative, Graduate Student Association Search Committee Member, Vice-chancellor for the Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources, Gamma Sigma Delta Member, The Honor Society of Agriculture, Nebraska chapter
Plans :
I will start working as a research scientist for DuPont Pioneer in Johnston, Iowa.
The BEST thing about being a Husker is the brotherhood environment I have experienced when I met other Husker alumni at national conferences.
Marina Powers

Marina Powers

Hometown :
Mitchell, South Dakota
College:
College of Education & Human Sciences
Majors :
Secondary English Education and Global Studies
Involvements while on campus:
Undergraduate Creative Activities and Research Experience, Global Friends of Japan, Housing Intercultural Aides, Housing Multicultural Awareness and Diversity Committee
Plans :
I will be a full-time English teacher at Kobe College High School in Kobe, Hyogo Prefecture, Japan
I am most looking forward to hanging out with my dog, Yuki, after graduation.
The BEST thing about being a Husker is making connections from across the globe.
Zantel D. Nichols, Ph.D

Zantel D. Nichols, Ph.D

Hometown:
Omaha, Nebraska
College :
College of Arts and Sciences
Major :
Organizational Communication
Involvements while on campus:
Monthly colloquiums, Graduate Student Alliance
Plans :
I work as a Visiting Assistant Professor at Texas Southern University in Houston.
I am most looking forward to working as a tenured-track faculty and working with nonprofit organizations after graduation.
The BEST thing about being a Husker is being part of a community that works to help you to achieve your goals and the tailgates before the football games.

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