May 2019 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 1,600 graduates represented on the map, it’s clear the Nebraska workforce just received a significant talent boost following the May 3/4 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 2019 graduates who came to the university from hometowns as close as Lincoln and as far away as both coasts, and are now taking the next step to advance their careers right here in Nebraska.

Joseph Brugger portrait

Joseph Brugger

Hometown
Albion, Nebraska
College
College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources
Major
Applied Science with minors in Engler Entrepreneur, Agronomy, Ag Economics, Agribusiness
Involvements while on campus

Engler Entrepreneurship Program, Cornhusker Marching Band Drumline, Big Red Express, AGRI485 Capstone Team, William H. Thompson Learning Community

Plans
I will be working on my business Upstream Farms, full time in my hometown of Albion, Nebraska. We sell retail beef from our cattle herd that is feed with grain grown on our farm. We also grow hops for breweries, and distill our own bourbon from corn raised on our farm.
After graduation, I am looking forward to focusing on less things and committing more time to my business. I cannot wait to continue to form new relationships, build my company, and continue to grow my passion for the agriculture industry. I am also looking forward to giving back to this institution. I am very passionate about educating the next generation of agriculturists and hope opportunities to give back in this capacity present themselves through the University of Nebraska.
The best thing about being a Husker is the community. Whether you are an alumni or a current student, the Husker community stretches far and wide. We take so much pride in every industry and because of this, we are loud, proud and will not be ignored. I am proud to have come from a University, more specifically CASNR, that invests into its community and sees me as a person, not just a student.
Noemi Arias Saldana portrait

Noemi Arias Saldana

Hometown
Crete, Nebraska
College
College of Education & Human Sciences
Major
Elementary and Special Education
Involvements while on campus
Lambda Theta Nu Sorority Inc., Mexican American Student Association, Teachers of Color, OASIS
Plans
I accepted a position at Liberty Elementary School in Omaha, NE as a Special Education Teacher. I will get the opportunity to teach some groups in Spanish. I will be moving to Omaha, NE in the summer since I will be working summer school at Liberty.
After graduation, I am most looking forward to having my own classroom and being able to take a well-deserved vacation after having classes for 5 years.
The best thing about being a Husker is is the football atmosphere on Saturdays.
Raghav Kidambi portrait

Raghav Kidambi

Hometown
Chennai, India
College
College of Business
Major
Management with a minor in Psychology
Involvements while on campus
Student Alumni Association Board of Directors, CoB Student Ethics Board, VP of the Society for HR Management (Lincoln Chapter)
Plans
I'm currently looking for a multi-faceted position at a company with an AWESOME culture. I'd love to live in Nebraska - either in Lincoln or Omaha.
After graduation, I am most looking forward to spending time with my parents and sister - who I haven't seen in almost two years.
The best thing about being a Husker is I could scream "GO BIG RED" at any airport and find at least one person screaming back at me!
Kelsey Arends portrait

Kelsey Arends

Hometown
Lincoln, Nebraska
College
College of Law
Majors
Law
Involvements while on campus

Women's Law Caucus - Treasurer, Moot Court Board - Candidate Member Coordinator, Client Counseling Competition Team - Regional Champion, Entrepreneurship Clinic - Senior Certified Student Attorney

Plans
After graduation, I will work full-time for the Health, Education and Law Project (HELP) at Legal Aid of Nebraska in Lincoln. In this role, I will work with patients at hospitals to address any civil legal issue connected to their health. I am excited to work for this program because of the innovative approach it takes to providing legal services and addressing the social determinants of health. Through the project, I will help address a wide range of legal issues including housing, family, employment, public benefits, probate and guardianship.
After graduation, I am most looking forward to relaxing, then taking the bar exam.
The best thing about being a Husker is pride in my education.
Tamayo Zhou portrait

Tamayo Zhou

Hometown
Tianjin, China
College
College of Business
Major
Finance (Banking & Risk Management) with minors in Global Leadership and Mathematics
Involvements while on campus
ASUN Student Government: Senate of College of Business, Co-chair of Committee for Diversity and Inclusion, International Business Club, Resident Assistant at Schramm, International Welcome Team Member at New Student Enrollment, Union Board: Selected Member
Plans
After graduation, I plan to go on a three week trip with my family. I am so excited to spend more time with my family finally. After the trip, I plan to start my career in Lincoln, and I may move to the west coast for further job search after this summer.
After graduation, I am most looking forward to spending more time with my family and traveling more.
The best thing about being a Husker is sharing the Husker pride with at least 85,458 people!

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

Araceli Ramirez portrait

Araceli Ramirez

Hometown
El Dorado, Arkansas
College
Hixson-Lied College of Fine & Performing Arts
Major
Theatre: Design/Technical Production
Involvements while on campus
Johnny Carson School of Theatre and Film mainstage productions, Theatrix productions, Nebraska, Repertory Theatre Productions, Glenn Korff School of Music Productions, Kimball Recital Hall events
Plans
Audio/Visual Department at Santa Fe Opera in Santa Fe, New Mexico followed by a potential Sound Apprenticeship at Steppenwolf Theatre Company in Chicago, Illinois.
After graduation, I am most looking forward to starting my professional career.
The best thing about being a Husker is the beautiful campus.
Nam Nguyen portrait

Nam Nguyen

Hometown
Grand Island, Nebraska
College
College of Arts & Sciences
Major
Biochemistry with minors in Mathematics, Psychology and Chemistry
Involvements while on campus
UCARE, Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society, Vietnamese Student Association, Tutor at TRIO program, Teaching Assistant in the Chemistry Department
Plans
I will be living in San Francisco to continue my research in ophthalmology. I plan to attend medical school later in the future.
After graduation, I am most looking forward to continue pursuing my passion in research and medicine.
The best thing about being a Husker is I can watch a Husker football game with the best fans in the world.
Emily Wagner portrait

Emily Wagner

Hometown
Sioux Falls, South Dakota
College
College of Engineering
Major
Electrical Engineering with minors in Computer Science and Business Management
Involvements while on campus
Jeffrey S. Raikes School of Computer Science and Management, Engineering Student Advisory Board, Kaufman Residents’ Association, Omicron Delta Kappa National Honor Society
Plans
After graduation I will be moving to Seattle, WA to begin my career as a technology consulting analyst with Accenture.
After graduation, I am most looking forward to traveling to Japan for two weeks, being in my best friend's wedding, and spending my newfound free time relaxing and picking back up old hobbies.
The best thing about being a Husker is being a part of such an exceptional community, full of some of the most supportive, intelligent, loving, and hilarious people I've ever met. The wide array of friendships and memories I've made as a Husker have positively shaped who I am in every way.
Jewel Rodgers portrait

Jewel Rodgers

Hometown
Omaha, Nebraska
College
College of Business
Majors
Management with a concentration in Entrepreneurship & Innovation, minors in Community & Regional Planning and a certificate in Civic Engagement
Involvements while on campus
Spoken Word Poetry / UNL Slam Team, Community Organizer / South of Downtown CDO, Panelist and Facilitator / THINK. conversation series + local affairs, Public Speaker / TEDx + local ceremonies, Volunteer / F Street Community Center + collaborative projects
Plans
Next, I will be attaining a Masters of Real Estate Development in the city of New York!
After graduation, I am most looking forward to becoming the woman I have been growing into.
The best thing about being a Husker is continuing the Rodgers legacy in a different light!
Joshua Everitt portrait

Joshua Everitt

Hometown
Tuscon, Arizona
College
College of Public Affairs and Community Service
Major
Criminology & Criminal Justice with minors in English, Psychology, Child, Youth, & Family Studies
Involvements while on campus
I was heavily involved in the Lincoln community through volunteering as a mentor with Husker Connect by spending time each week with elementary school children who faced challenges at home and were left without positive role models. I also worked with Husker Athletics and visited patients at Madonna Hospital on a regular basis. Another way I was involved on campus was with leading weekly bible studies at St. Thomas Aquinas Newman Center.
Plans
After graduation, I will move back to my hometown in Tucson, Arizona, and take a gap year to work and gain employment experience before attending law school to obtain a J.D. in Criminal Law while simultaneously earning a M.S. in Psychology.
After graduation, I am most looking forward to attending law school to continue my education and begin my professional career.
The best thing about being a Husker is the unrivaled love and support from the entire community, incredible amount of school spirit, and the invaluable sense of belonging to a community that embraces the values of diversity. There truly is no place like Nebraska.

For even more featured 2019 graduates, visit the “Go Big Grad” photo album on Facebook at www.facebook.com/UNLincoln