Peer Mentor Staff

For questions about TSLC peer mentors, contact Scotty Seeba at seebash@unk.edu or (308) 865-8364.

Ashlynn Marx

Class Standing: Junior

Major: Health Science

Hometown: Hoskins, NE

What makes UNK a great choice for students? I knew it was a great choice for me, because of the size of the campus. I love that it’s not too big I can get all the way across campus in less than 10 minutes and I will run into about a dozen familiar faces along the way. UNK’s campus isn’t so small that we are limited though. I think that we get the opportunities of a large university but still have that small, safe campus feel. So I think it is a great choice for students who want those opportunities as well as feel like more than just a number in a class.

What have you enjoyed the most in being a student at UNK? Getting to be involved in so many different volunteer opportunities within the community while also getting to meet others who also have a passion for giving back to the community.

Interests/Hobbies/Involvement at UNK/In Community:
I have Interests in the following:Photography, softball, and traveling.  Hobbies: Crafting, decorating, hand lettering and calligraphy, Reading, Exercise, and volunteer work.  Involvement at UNK: St. Jude up ‘til Dawn Executive Board, Phi Eta Sigma Honors Society, Alpha Xi Delta Sorority, Trio, Health Science Club, and Loper Leaders.

Bodhi Jelinek

Class Standing: Sophomore

Major: Chemistry with a Health Science emphasis (Pre-Medical)

Hometown: Kearney, NE

What makes UNK a great choice for students? UNK is a great choice because the staff is incomparable and the campus feels like home.

What have you enjoyed the most in being a student at UNK? I have enjoyed the tight knit community of campus and being able to walk to class in just a few minutes.

Interests/Hobbies/Involvement at UNK/In Community: I am involved in Chemistry Club, Health Science Club, Thompson Learning Community, and the Honors Program.

Brooke Lee

Class Standing: Sophomore

Major: Elementary Education with a minor in Early Childhood

Hometown: Grand Island, NE

What makes UNK a great choice for students? UNK is a great choice because it is a smaller community but has a lot to offer in many different areas.

What have you enjoyed the most in being a student at UNK? I have enjoyed the close community of the Thompson Scholars, being welcomed in many different organizations, and always having someone to go to for help.

Interests/Hobbies/Involvement at UNK/In Community: I am a member of Loper Programming and Activity Council, Programming Officer for Thompson Scholars United, and in flag corp for the Pride of the Plains Marching Band. I love staying busy one way or another. During my free time I love to hang out with friends and family. I am always down for a road trip!

Chase Harrison

Class Standing: Sophomore

Major: Communications

Hometown: Atkinson, NE

What makes UNK a great choice for students? UNK is great because it has a small town feel with big city options.

What have you enjoyed the most in being a student at UNK? Being a part of a close-knit community like I was back home has been amazing.

Interests/Hobbies/Involvement at UNK/In Community: I love sports, music, dancing, and going for drives.   I have been involved with the Thompson Scholars Learning Community, and am interested in the Lopers Programming and Activities Council (LPAC).

Edgar Vargas

Class Standing: Sophomore

Major: Construction Management

Hometown: Lexington, NE

What makes UNK a great choice for students? You get to know your classmates well at UNK.

What have you enjoyed the most in being a student at UNK? That everyone is always happy around campus when you see them.

Interests/Hobbies/Involvement at UNK/In Community: I love to play video games when I have free time.  In addition, I’m also involved in Hispanic Student Association (HSA) and Sigma Lambda Beta Fraternity

Josh Lindenberger

Class Standing: Sophomore

Major: Biopsychology

Hometown: North Platte, NE

What makes UNK a great choice for students? The community and faculty are wonderful here. It is the ideal size with a lot of opportunities.  It is also great because it is small enough and you are not just a number.

What have you enjoyed the most in being a student at UNK? The connections I’ve made have been extremely enjoyable.

Interests/Hobbies/Involvement at UNK/In Community: I am passionate about music, but also love my major of Biology/Psychology and research.

Keaton Kleespies

Name: Keaton Kleespies

Class Standing: Sophomore

Major: Social Science Education

Hometown: Tecumseh, NE

What makes UNK a great choice for students? It’s large enough that there are plenty of things to do, but it’s small enough that people actually care about your well-being.

What have you enjoyed the most in being a student at UNK? The thing that I have enjoyed the most about being a student at UNK is all of the opportunities that are given to you.

Interests/Hobbies/Involvement at UNK/In Community: I have many interests and hobbies, but I love to be outside doing just about anything. On the other hand, I like staying inside and playing cards or video games with friends. In addition to the TSLC at UNK, I am involved in the Honors Program, intramurals, and have participated in the Men’s Project.

Latjor Wal

Class Standing: Sophomore

Major: Wildlife Biology

Hometown: Omaha, NE

What makes UNK a great choice for students? UNK is great because it is a smaller campus that allows for student and instructors to interact more with each other.

What have you enjoyed the most in being a student at UNK? The new friends I have made here have been great.

Interests/Hobbies/Involvement at UNK/In Community: I am involved with The Wildlife Society, undergraduate research, and the Thompson Scholars Learning Community.

Marissa Asche

Class Standing: Sophomore

Major: Early Childhood Education

Hometown: Hebron, NE

What makes UNK a great choice for students? Personally, I came from a small town so I chose UNK because it was big enough to provide myself with lots of opportunities, but still small enough to not be overwhelming and to remind me of home.

What have you enjoyed the most in being a student at UNK? I love how involved I have been able to get whether it's on campus or in the community. I was actively involved in high school and I love that I have been able to continue to stay active. I also love that professors truly care about you here and want to help you in every way possible so that you can succeed. UNK is such a welcoming environment and it truly helped to make my high school to college transition super easy.

Interests/Hobbies/Involvement at UNK/In Community: At UNK I am involved with the Thompson Scholars Learning Community, Alpha Xi Delta, Phi Eta Sigma Honors Society, Lopers Programming and Activities Council, UNK Leads and the Hispanic Students Association. In my free time, I like to spend time with my two Chiweenies and go camping and boating at the lake.

Paola Pinedo

Class Standing: Sophomore

Major: Business

Hometown: Lexington, NE

What makes UNK a great choice for students? UNK is a small friendly environment that provides students with so many opportunities and help all throughout your college experience!

What have you enjoyed the most in being a student at UNK? What I have enjoyed the most about being a UNK student it the diversity of different students you get to interact with on a daily bases.

Interests/Hobbies/Involvement at UNK/In Community:
I am involved in the Thompson Scholars Learning Community, and like to attend the many UNK events.