The 2013 – 2014 Chancellor's Ambassadors
Back Row (left to right): Rick Poppe, Peijie Li, Rachel Schnoor, Jordan Rehnstrom, Madison Doughty, Michael Christen, Adam Kahle, Jonathan Hess, Halsey Lutt, Blake Brouillette, Britt Jensen. Front Row (left to right): Shelby Zimmerman, Morgan Kristensen, Barbie Varon, Chancellor Douglas A. Kristensen, Haley Allen, Kaitlyn Smejdir, Whitney Nelson.
Image courtesy of Baer Photography.
One of the most selective and oldest groups at the University, the Chancellor’s Ambassadors is an honor organization comprised of exemplary undergraduates from the student body at the University of Nebraska – Kearney.
Selected to serve through a competitive application process, these students act as the official hosts for events held by the Office of the Chancellor and the University of Nebraska Board of Regents. From assisting with high-profile campus visits to attending distinguished University events, members of the Chancellor’s Ambassadors help foster relationships with all members, friends, alumni, and special guests of the University of Nebraska – Kearney family.
In addition, Ambassadors are frequently asked to share their student experience at the University of Nebraska – Kearney. The Chancellor’s Ambassadors assume their responsibilities at a mandatory retreat where they study the history of the University, discuss etiquette, and tour campus facilities. Ambassadors must be able to serve for the entire academic year. They are expected to attend meetings and be readily available to host University events planned by the Office of the Chancellor. Generally, Ambassadors serve during either their junior or senior year.
Ambassador interviews are held during the spring semester for the following year. Selection of Ambassadors is based on availability and willingness to serve, knowledge of the University, leadership, campus involvement, academic background, poise, and interpersonal and communication skills. The Ambassador Selection Board will consider the overall membership of the group to obtain the best representation of the student body.
Serving as an Ambassador is an opportunity and a privilege. Students will polish their leadership skills, increase self-confidence, and learn to better serve others. You will also learn more about the University as you interact with other Ambassadors, members of the faculty and administration, and state and national leaders who visit our campus.
Apply to be a 2014-2015 Chancellor's Ambassador by clicking on the link below or by requesting an application at the Welcome Desk, located on the first floor of the Nebraskan Student Union.
All applications must be submitted to the Office of Student Life before Friday, March 14, 2014 at 5:00 p.m. The Office of Student Life is located on the first floor of the Nebraskan Student Union and is open Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. If you have inquiries about the application, please feel free to contact us via phone at (308) 865-8523 or visit our office.
|Michael T. Christen, Ambassador Coordinator
Michael is a senior Mathematics major from Anselmo, Nebraska. He is a member of Chancellor’s Leadership Class, Phi Eta Sigma, the Kappa Mu Epsilon Math Honor Society, and the Honors Program. He is also involved in Student Government, Intramurals, Loper Legion, and Loper Liaisons.
Michael enjoys playing and watching sports, running and being outdoors, and working with animals. As Ambassador Coordinator, Michael directs the operations and membership of the Chancellor's Student Ambassadors.
|Haley E. Allen
Haley is a junior Music Education major from Omaha, Nebraska. Currently, Haley is involved in the Gamma Phi Beta sorority, the Honors Program, RA Council, Loper Liaisons, the National Association of Music Educators, the Student Education Association of Nebraska, and various music ensembles.
She has been awarded the Chancellor's Scholarship, the Gold Award in Girl Scouts and the Dean's List of Academic excellence. Her interests and hobbies include Gamma Phi Beta philanthropies, traveling, being outside, and being with family and friends.
|Blake M. Brouillette
Blake is a junior from Hastings, Nebraska, majoring in Biology Health Sciences. Currently, he is involved in the Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity, Biology Health Sciences Club, the Honors Program, UNK Track and Field team, Residence Hall Honorary, and the Newman Center.
He has been awarded Sigma Phi Epsilon New Member of the Year, the Omaha World-Herald/Kearney Hub Scholarship, and is consistently on the Dean's List of Academic Excellence. He enjoys biking, frisbee, attending Loper athletic events, and playing the saxophone and piano.
|Madison A. Doughty
Madison is a junior majoring in Business Administration with a minor in Spanish from North Platte, Nebraska. He is the recipient of the Nebraska Board of Regents Scholarship and the Dean's List of Academic Excellence.
Madison is involved in the Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity, Student Diplomats, the Honors Program, Intramurals, ARC of Buffalo County - Buddy Bowling, and Loper Liaisons. He enjoys intramurals and his other interests include watching movies and socializing with his SigEp brothers, playing piano, and being with his family.
|Jonathan Y. Hess
Jonathan, a junior Psychology major, is from Imperial, Nebraska. He is a 2012 Man of Merit recipient and has been awarded the Dean's List of Academic Excellence and the Multicultural Community Service Scholarship.
Jonathan holds positions in the Asian American Student Association, Nebraska Cultural Unity Conference, and the Phi Gamma Delta fraternity. He enjoys fishing, reading,getting to know foreign exchange students, and being involved with his fraternity.
|Britt L. Jensen
Britt is a junior Philosophy major from Fremont, Nebraska. He is a member of the UNK Track and Field team, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Kearney Health Opportunities Program in Medicine, Phi Gamma Delta fraternity, and the Student Athlete Advisory Committee.
His awards and honors include UNK Cross Country Athletic Letter, the Nebraska Board of Regents Scholarship, and admission into the Honors Program. Britt is the son of Scott and Joy Jensen and enjoys running, reading, and spending time with friends.
|Adam C. Kahle
Adam is an senior Exercise Science major from Dorchester, Nebraska. He is active in Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Phi Eta Sigma, Habitat for Humanity, and the Health Science Club.
He also participates in the Honors Student Advisory Board, is on the Human Performance Lab Committee, and is the Vice President of the Free-Running Association of Kearney. Adam was selected for apprentice research in the Chemistry department and student research in the Exercise Science department for the summer of 2012.
|Morgan C. H. Kristensen
A junior from Minden, Nebraska, Morgan is pursuing a degree in Political Science with a minor in Public Health. She is active in Student Diplomats, the Alpha Phi sorority, and Intramurals.
Previously, Morgan was involved in the UNK Women's Golf team, Loper Women's Walk, and the Loper Grid Iron Club Fundraiser. Her awards and honors include Alpha Phi's highest roommate GPA and receiving medals at two gold tournaments. She enjoys golfing, traveling, and meeting new people.
Peijie P. Li
Additionally, Peijie has participated in intramurals, Habitat for Humanity, and The Big Event. He is a member of the Dean's List of Academic Excellence and is an international ambassador for the University.
|Halsey L. Lutt
Halsey is a senior Business Administration major with an emphasis in Accounting from Wakefield, Nebraska. She is active in the Honors Program, Loper Liaisons, Intramurals, and the Friends Program.
She has been involved in The Big Event and Relay for Life, and is on the Dean’s List of Academic Excellence for the College of Business and Technology. In her free time, Halsey enjoys running, reading, and traveling. She also enjoys baking, journalism, solving crossword puzzles, and playing Scrabble.
|Whitney J. Nelson
A senior from Hastings, Nebraska, Whitney is pursuing a degree in Biology Health Sciences. She is actively involved in Mortar Board Senior Honor Society, Residence Life, the Alpha Omicron Pi sorority, Health Sciences Club, Student Government, Panhellenic Council, and Order of Omega.
In addition, she is the recipient of the Nebraska Board of Regents Scholarship, Community Advisor of the Year Award, the Dean's List of Academic Excellence, and was elected UNK Homecoming Queen in 2012.
|Richard (Rick) L. Poppe
Rick, a senior Biology major, is from North Platte, Nebraska.= He is involved in the UNK Cross Country team, UNK Indoor and Outdoor Track team, and is a member of Student Government.
Rick is also a member of the Health Science Club, and the Host of UNK's BlueTube channel on YouTube. Rick has been a volunteer for NEBRASKAland Days, been on the Chancellor’s List of Academic Excellence, and the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference All-Academic Honor Roll. He enjoys running, hunting, sports, and choir.
|Jordan D. Rehnstrom
A senior, Jordan is a Finance major from Hartington, Nebraska. He was a member of Enactus (formerly SIFE), a New Student Enrollment leader in 2012, and a part of the Student Government for two years.
Jordan has participated in The Big Event and is currently a member of Beta Gamma Sigma, an international honor society for business students.
Rachel A. Schnoor
She was a member of the Gamma Phi Beta sorority and has held numerous leadership positions. Rachel has volunteered for The Big Event, organized and is involved with Central Elementary’s Homework Club, Buddy Bowling, and The ARC of Buffalo County. She enjoys singing, running and reading.
|Kaitlyn E. Smejdir
Kaitlyn is a junior majoring in Recreation, Park, and Tourism Management with an emphasis in Travel and Tourism. She hails from Lincoln, Nebraska.
Her campus involvement includes Panhellenic Council, the Alpha Omicron Pi sorority, Peer Health Education Club, the Honors Program, Blue and Gold Brigade, Travel and Tourism Club, and the Counseling and Healthcare Advisory Board. Kaitlyn is a recipient of the Nebraska Board of Regents Scholarship and the Panhellenic Shirley Walker Scholarship. Her interests include reading, cooking, and doing yoga.
|Barbara (Barbie) C. Varon
Barbie is a senior Social Work major from Papillion, Nebraska. Currently, she holds positions in Loper Liaisons and Blue and Gold Brigade. Barbie is also a member of the Alpha Omicron Pi sorority, Phi Alpha Social Work Honorary, Student Diplomats, New Student Enrollment, and the Gold Torch Society.
A former President of the Panhellenic Council, she was awarded the Student Alumni Foundation Senior Scholarship and Panhellenic's Sena Lang Memorial Scholarship. In her free time, Barbie enjoys discovering new music, reading, and running.
|Shelby R. Zimmerman
A senior Exercise Science major from Beatrice, Nebraska, Shelby is currently a member of the Honors Program, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Health Sciences Club, and is on the UNK Women's Basketball Team.
She was an Undergraduate Research Fellow for two years, conducting research on the nutritional choices of UNK students. Shelby was recently accepted by the University of Nebraska Medical Center into the Public Health Early Admission Student Track - a program that allows students to pursue a Public Health masters program upon graduating UNK.