2017-2018 Initiate Class

Eastin Allgood

Eastin Allgood, son of Sam Allgood and Kathy Farrell, is an Economics major with minors in Mathematics and Psychology from Lincoln, NE. Eastin serves as the President of the 2017-18 circle class of ODK. He is a member of the Nebraska Business Honors Academy and Pi Kappa Alpha. Eastin currently volunteers for several organizations across campus, including Launch Leadership, Dance Marathon, and Nebraska Human Resources Institute. He also holds several jobs on campus working in the New Student Enrollment office as well as through the Office of Admissions as a Campus Host. Eastin also works as an intern for the American Outlaws, the unofficial supporters group for the US national soccer teams. This past year, Eastin was named one of seven finalists for the Outstanding Student Leadership Award on campus. After graduation, he is contemplating a continuation onto graduate school for a masters in economics or entering the private sector in an analyst role.

Anna Arndt

Anna Arndt, daughter of Rod and Michele Arndt is a Nutrition, Exercise, and Health Sciences major from Lincoln, NE. She is a member of the Husker Scarlets Dance Team and a member of Delta Gamma fraternity. She has earned Academic Highest Honors on the Dance Team and was selected for the Spirit Squad Alumni Scholarship this last spring. She is David’s Distinguished Scholar and has made the Dean’s list four times. She hopes to attend Occupational therapy school next fall.

Janae Aune

Janae Aune is a Political Science and Economics double major with minors in Arabic, National Security, and Human Rights & Humanitarian Affairs from Fairfax, Iowa. She currently serves as President of Dance Marathon and the Intelligence Community Scholar program, and a chief of staff for ASUN. This past summer Janae studied abroad in Morocco after studying Arabic for three years. In her free time Janae enjoys reading a cliff-hanging book, spending time outside, and being with friends and family. Janae is most passionate about people going after their goals and aspirations no matter the chance of failure. She strongly believes that if you let the fear of failing keep you from going after something, you will always wonder what you accomplish. Janae plans to attend law school after graduating from UNL and hopes to study either tax law or human trafficking law.

Camden Bilyeu

Camden Bilyeu, son of Scott and Denise Hazelrigg and Aaron Bilyeu, is a Chemistry and Economics major from Omaha, Nebraska. He is currently the President of the UNL Club Tennis Team, Vice President of the Honors Program Student Advisory Board, a member of The Big Event Executive Team and an Honors Program Peer Mentor Leader. Camden is also a UCARE researcher in Dr. Cliff Stains’ lab in the Department of Chemistry, studying protein aggregation in Alzheimer’s disease. He studied abroad in the UNL at Oxford program two summers ago, and has been on the Dean’s List and is a David Distinguished Scholar. Upon graduation, Camden plans to go to law school to pursue a career in patent law.

Taylor Boesiger

Taylor Boesiger is the daughter of Brian and Steph Boesiger of Lincoln. She is majoring in Elementary Education with minors in psychology and leadership. She is a member of Chi Omega sorority, where she currently serves as president. She is also a member of NHRI, a Teammate mentor, and was a three year member of the Husker Spirit Squad.

MacKenzie Campbell

MacKenzie Campbell, daughter of Scott and Wendy Campbell, is an Advertising and Public Relations major from Sacramento, CA. She is a senior is Chi Omega sorority where she has served as the marketing chair. She is involved in the Sport Business Association, Navigators Campus Ministry, and CityLight. MacKenzie volunteers at City Impact in their reading program which helps children read at or above their grade level. MacKenzie has worked at the Husker Athletic Department as a marketing intern and currently works at Hudl as a marketing intern. After graduation, MacKenzie hopes to work professional sports team running their community relations department.

Angelica Carlini

Angelica Carlini, daughter of Ulysses and Diane Carlini, is a Marketing and Management major from Grand Island, NE. She is a senior resident assistant on East Campus, Clifton strengths coach, social chair for Pi Alpha Chi sorority, secretary for the Campus Recreation Advisory Council, and spent this past summer as an NSE Orientation Leader. Angelica has studied abroad in France and Spain and was selected as the Wendy Buettow Scholarship recipient, Outstanding Student Leadership Award semifinalist, Franco's List recipient, and speaker for the College of Business ribbon cutting ceremony. Angelica has volunteered as a Big Sister through Big Brothers Big Sisters since her freshman year and is also a member of the Board of Directors as the only college student on the board. Angelica hopes to attend graduate school for higher education and student affairs and work in higher education administration in the future.

Caleb Dostal

Caleb Dostal, son of Shane and Shelly Dostal, is a Finance and Accounting double major from Malcolm, NE. Caleb is a Regents Scholar, a member of the College of Business Honors Academy, and a member of the University Honors Program. He serves as the Treasurer for Farmhouse Fraternity and is also involved in the Big Red Investment Club and Sports Business Association on campus. Caleb had the opportunity to study abroad at Oxford University during the summer of 2016. He has held several internship positions at various accounting and finance firms in Lincoln and Omaha. In the future, Caleb hopes to work in the finance industry, specifically in investment banking or asset management, where he hopes to take on a leadership position in a firm.

Rachel Eaton

Rachel Eaton, daughter of Shari & Joseph Eaton, is a Speech-Language Pathology major with minors in Spanish and Education from Eagan, MN. She is currently the Director of Campus Activities for Chi Omega sorority, a key member of the Nebraska Speech-Language-Hearing Association (NSSLHA), an undergraduate researcher for the Infant Communication Lab, and the Mentorship chair for CEHS Ambassadors. Rachel has been on the College of Education and Human Sciences Dean's list every semester and was selected as a recipient for both the Emily & Gladys Benthnack Scholarship and the Leo and Joanne Thietje Excellence Scholarship. Rachel also enjoys giving back to the community by volunteering for the Developmental Play program and People's City Mission, and by organizing the Big Event, a day of service in the Lincoln community, for her sorority in the fall of 2017. After graduation, Rachel hopes to obtain a Master's Degree in Speech-Language Pathology.

Marie Foley

 Marie Foley, daughter of Mike and Susan Foley of Lincoln, Nebraska, is a Secondary Education major, with an endorsement in Mathematics. She is FOCUS Student Leader, has been placed on the College of Education and Human Sciences Dean’s List, and is a Student Member of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics. Marie has a passion for serving the marginal populations of our society, and has worked in homeless ministry in Philadelphia, PA, with school children seeking vaccines and medical attention in Luzon Island, Philippines, and spent her past summer serving the dying and destitute in Calcutta, India. She is a member of the Newman Center, where she has served as the Secretary and Vice President on the Executive Board. Finally, she has been award the Rosa Peterson Scholarship, Kenneth Randall Scholarship, J.A. Woolam Student Scholarship, and is a UNL Regents Scholar.

Francisco Garcia

Francisco, known as Cisco in ODK, is majoring in civil engineering. He is son of Francisco Javier and Irma Garcia of Omaha, NE. Francisco serves as the President of the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers. The group's mission is to empower the Hispanic community to realize its fullest potential and to impact the world through STEM awareness, access, support and development. Francisco is also involved on campus as a resident assistant at Kauffman Residence Hall, is a member of the University Honors Program, and is a member of Chi Epsilon Civil Engineering Honors Society.

Amanda Golden

Amanda Golden, daughter of Robert and Lisa Golden, is a Psychology major with minors in Humanities in Medicine, Biochemistry, and Child, Youth, and Family Studies from Cody, Wyoming. Amanda currently serves as President of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln's MEDLIFE chapter, an organization that works to provide medicine, education, and development for those in need in third world countries. She is also a Staff Advisor for NHRI, the Dancer Relations Director for University of Nebraska Dance Marathon, a member of Gamma Phi Beta and an Honors Program Peer Mentor Leader. Additionally, Amanda is the Secretary for the Greek honor society, Order of Omega. She also holds works for the University Health Center and University Honors Program. After graduation, Amanda hopes to attend medical school and become a pediatrician in a rural area.

Trenten Hansen

Trenten Hansen, son of Randy and Brenda Hansen, is a Psychology major with minors in Child, Youth, and Family studies and Mathematics from Fremont, NE. He currently serves as Secretary of his ODK class, works as a Desk Assistant at the University Suites, and co-leads the youth group at F Street Neighborhood Church. He also works with Husker Spirit Squad, is a member of Reformed University Fellowship, a member of the National Society of Collegiate Scholars, and has been a member of Big Red Express Band in the past. One of his accomplishments is being a member of the Dean's List every semester except one of his semesters, and also maintaining a 4.0 GPA in his major classes. He is passionate about supporting Husker Athletics, hence why he works with the Husker Spirit Squad. The past two summers he has interned with the Immerse program at F Street Neighborhood Church. This program hosts middle school and high school youth groups on a week long mission trip in the Lincoln and Omaha area. He finds his passion in the church, and hopes to be a youth pastor after he graduates

Zoe Hatfield

Zoe Hatfield, the daughter of Aaron Hatfield and Amy Cohee, of Omaha, Nebraska is a Political Science and Global Studies double major, with minors in Asian Studies and Chinese. She currently serves as the ODK 2017 circle class Vice President, sisterhood chair of Chi Omega sorority, and legislative chair for UNL Young Democrats. Zoe has enjoyed an active undergraduate career, including internships in the state legislature and Nebraska Appleseed. She won the 2016 Critical Language Scholarship to study Mandarin Chinese in Taiwan. She hopes to marry her passion for social justice and international relations through a career in law and/or policy. Next year she hopes of gain experience abroad in East Asia and prepare for law school.

Emma Himes

Emma Himes, daughter of Timothy and Amy Himes, is a Spanish, English, and Global Studies major from Omaha, NE. She is currently a UCARE undergraduate researcher at the Willa Cather Archive, Legislative Page at the Nebraska Unicameral, a volunteer english teacher for the nonprofit Lincoln Literacy, and a member of Chi Omega sorority where she has served on the recruitment team. Emma has studied abroad three times. She studied for eight weeks in Soria, Spain, a semester in Buenos Aires Argentina, and won a place on the U.K. Fulbright Summer Institute in Bristol, England. Emma was awarded an award through the English Department for best capstone Essay and chosen as a semi-finalist for the outstanding leadership award for her work as an ambassador for the U.S. Department of State's SUSI Exchange program hosting students from Subsaharan Africa and as an ambassador for Argentine students participating in a Fulbright Institute. Emma has devoted her time to academics, gaining academic honors including Dean's List, Honors Convocation, and Top Scholar every semester. Emma will graduate in May with three majors and four minors hoping to work abroad in Spain as an English instructor and eventually enter into a graduate program of Information Science.

Josie Jensen

Josie Jensen, daughter of Jim Jensen and Cathy Sides, is an Economics major with a double minor in Math and Sociology from Omaha, NE. She is currently a Philanthropy Chair for the Lincoln chapter of Omicron Delta Kappa. Her other involvements include being a Senator for the Association of Students of the University of Nebraska (ASUN) and chairing ASUN's Campus Life and Safety Committee. Josie studied abroad in Italy last June, is a Regents Scholarship recipient, a member of Franco's List, has been on the Dean's List, and was awarded the 2015-16 ASUN Senator of the Year Scholarship. Josie works as a barista at Starbucks in her free time. As a freshman, Josie helped two other students begin a nonprofit, Put A Sock In It, that repurposes lost socks to give to the homeless. Giving back to others is her passion because she recognizes that she would not be where she is without the support of family, teachers, and friends. Her favorite part when volunteering with Put A Sock In It and other organizations is watching someone who is in a rough place in life leaving with a smile. In the future, Josie hopes to become an attorney so she can continue to stand up for people in need in the legal field.

Tristan Kretsch

Tristan Kretsch, son of Kim and Kevin Kretsch, is a criminal justice and criminology major from Superior, CO. He is the president of Greek Ambassadors, active member of Delta Tau Delta fraternity, and a mediator for the Nebraska Attorney General's Office. Tristan studied abroad in London and Scotland last may and has been on the UNL dean's list throughout undergraduate. In his free time, Tristan volunteers delivering food backpacks at low income elementary schools and is on a variety of intramural teams. Tristan hopes to go to law school next fall with a focus in constitutional law.

Emma Kwapnioski

Emma Kwapnioski, daughter of Tim and Kim Kwapnioski, is a Speech-Language Pathology major with minors in Education and Child, Youth, and Family Studies from Norfolk, NE. She is currently the Alumnae Relations Chair of Alpha Omicron Pi sorority, a research assistant in the Infant Communication Lab, and the campus visit chair for the College of Education and Human Sciences Ambassadors. This past summer, Emma was an Orientation Leader for New Student Enrollment. She also works in the Ticketing and Development office at the athletic department as the Premium Seating and Engagement Coordinator Assistant and Suite Host Manager. Emma has been a part of the College of Education and Human Sciences Dean's List every semester of college, as well as Phi Eta Sigma and Alpha Lambda Delta Honor Societies. She served as the Vice Present for Phi Eta Sigma. After graduation, Emma plans on attending graduate school.

Garrett Miles

Garrett Miles, son of Gary Miles and Carol Nelson, is a Marketing major from Hartford, SD. He is currently the President of Phi Delta Theta, a Sales and Marketing Associate at Nonprofit Hub, and the Head of Marketing and Treasurer of Civitas Nonprofit Consulting. Garrett studied abroad in Paris, Barcelona, Amsterdam, and London during the second half of last summer. In his free time Garrett is the Student Board Member of the Lincoln Medical Education Partnership, engages in long distance running, and explores the great outdoors as often as he is able. Garrett hopes to one be a leader within a medical technology corporation and his local community.

Laura Munn

Laura Munn, daughter of Suzanne Bartels Munn and the late Myron Munn of Beatrice, is a Speech-Language Pathology Major with a minor in Education. She is a David’s Distinguished Scholar, a member of Alpha Lamda Delta and Phi Eta Sigma honor societies, and on the Dean’s List for the college of Education and Human Sciences. She is a member of the UNL Student Council for Exceptional Children, and serves as Treasurer for the UNL chapter of the National Student Speech-Language and Hearing Association. She enjoys spending time volunteering with her sorority, Gamma Phi Beta, as well as community organizations such as People’s City Mission and Lincoln City Impact as a tutor for the impact reading center. Laura currently works as an undergraduate researcher in the Neuroimaging for Language, Literacy and Learning (NL3) Laboratory, studying executive function in children at-risk for developmental dyslexia (DD) using functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI). Laura hopes to continue her education and obtain her Master’s Degree in Speech-Language Pathology, and go on to work in a hospital setting as a Speech-Language Pathologist. 

Sarah Porath

Sarah Porath, daughter of Paul and Dorothy Porath, is a Civil Engineering major from Lincoln, Nebraska. During her freshman year of college, two other friends and her started a non-profit organization called Put A Sock In It. Together they collected mismatched socks, washed them, and distributed them to homeless shelters. Within two years, they had collected over 15,000 socks from over fifteen different states that were put to use rather than being thrown away. In addition, she has held positions as the president of Engineering Diplomats and Engineers without Borders- Freshman Service Committee, the Vice-president of Community Service for her sorority, Kappa Delta, and a member of the Green Fund Selections Committee. In her spare time, she enjoys hiking with her friends or traveling with her family. She hopes to obtain her Masters of Business Administration after college, and become a project manager at an engineering firm.

Jacob Pfeifer

Jacob Pfeifer, son of Ron and Jannelle Pfeifer, is a Biochemistry major with Chemistry minor from Holdrege, NE. He is currently treasurer of Delta Tau Delta Fraternity, and an Anatomy Teaching Assistant. Jacob volunteer's weekly at St. Elizabeth's hospital in the Burn Unit, and it involved with MEDlife and the Newman center on campus. Through these clubs he has traveled and worked with underprivileged communities, something he is very passionate about. Jacob hopes to be a physician in the future, and provide medical care to people in underserved areas.

Camille Sippel

Camille Sippel, daughter of Marc & Franne Sippel, is an economics major, with minors in political science and conflict resolution, from Groton, SD. She is currently the Vice President of ASUN student government, is part of the front desk staff at the Jackie Gaughan Multicultural Center, is a member of Gamma Phi Beta sorority, and is ODK's Vice President of Recruitment. Camille is also very involved in the nonprofit community and is a Teammate, has served on the Friendship Home's Board of Directors, and has led an all-Greek service alternative spring break trip. In her free time, Camille loves to read and cook; she even posts her recipes on a food blog! Following graduation, Camille hopes to attend law school.

Jacy Spencer

Jacy Spencer, daughter of Dale Spencer and Terrill Spencer, is studying Agricultural Economics with minors in Animal Science, Nebraska Beef Industry Scholars, and Entrepreneurship. She is actively engaged in the Engler Entrepreneurship Program and is a past-exec team member, is currently on the CASNR Advisory Board, a member of the Nebraska Beef Industry Scholars Program, and is a past member of the Nebraska Agricultural Youth Council. Jacy grew up on her family’s cattle ranch in Brewster, NE where she developed her passion for the beef industry. Following graduation, she will be conducting a brief internship with the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, Washington, D.C., and exploring opportunities to engage in agricultural policy.

Laura Springer

Laura Springer is an Honors Program student studying History, Communication Studies, and Political Science. She is President of the Student Alumni Association, Order of Omega Honor Society, and UNL Softball Club. She is the Historian & Alumnae Relations chair for Kappa Delta Sorority, the Merchandise Chair for Omicron Delta Kappa Senior Honor Society, a TeamMates mentor, and a member of Pi Sigma Alpha Political Honor Society, Phi Alpha Theta Historical Honor Society, Phi Eta Sigma Honor Society, and Alpha Lamda Delta Honor Society. Most recently, she was elected as the 2017 UNL Homecoming Queen . Laura is the Alumni Relations Intern at the Nebraska Alumni Association, where she enjoys helping put on events and meeting new people. She also owns a small business, Laura Elizabeth Photography, and hopes to open her own studio someday because she loves capturing special moments in people's lives so that they can cherish their memories forever. Laura is the daughter of Daniel and Susan Springer of Grand Island, Nebraska.

Tiara Tingle

Tiara Tingle, daughter of David Tingle and Lisa Mesner, is a Finance Major with Minors in German, Public Policy, and Mathematics from Brandon, South Dakota. Tiara has studied previously in Hong Kong, and is spending the fall semester studying in Berlin, Germany. During the school year, she spends her time actively involved in investment club and managing her real estate company. She has interned in New York City and Washington, D.C. in prior summers, with the most recent summer spent interning at investment bank Goldman Sachs in New York City. In her free time, she enjoys playing tennis and learning to code.