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Office of Student Life

Applauding Excellence

Applauding ExcellenceApplauding Excellence is a signature program, facilitated by the Office of Student Life and the Division of Student Affairs, which recognizes the exemplary work of successful student organizations, student leaders, programs, and advisors. The event also honors student employees who have been strong contributors to the University of Nebraska – Kearney.

Each spring, the Applauding Excellence Selection Committee receives and reviews nominations for the ten different awards presented at the Applauding Excellence ceremony. Nomination forms and descriptions for the 14 award categories can be viewed and submitted via OrgSync.

The Applauding Excellence ceremony recognizes the meritorious efforts of the University’s talented student leaders and student organizations. Award recipients received a trophy and plaque. Click the tabs below to view this year’s winning recipients!

Members of the 2015 Applauding Excellence selection committee are

  • Dr. Douglas Biggs, Associate Dean, College of Natural & Social Sciences and Professor, Department of History
  • Tom Knott, Academic Advisor, Academic and Career Services
  • Dr. Matthew Mims, Associate Professor, Counseling and School Psychology Department
  • Brad Green, Assistant Director for Recruitment, Office of Undergraduate Recruitment & Admissions
  • Rebecca Ondrovic, Business Manager, Office of Residence Life
  • Josh Pierce, Kearney Bound Coordinator, Academic Success Office
  • Sarah Matchett, Graduate Hall Director, Office of Residence Life
  • Jael Roschewski, Assistant Director, Campus Visit Programs, Office of Undergraduate Recruitment & Admissions
  • Janel Walton, Senior Advisor, Mentor Program Coordinator, Academic Success Office
  • Outstanding Collaborative Program - UNK Mortar Board

    Outstanding Collaborative Program - UNK Mortar Board

  • Outstanding Community Service Program - Sigma Phi Epsilon

    Outstanding Community Service Program - Sigma Phi Epsilon

  • Outstanding Diversity Program - Social Justice League

    Outstanding Diversity Program - Social Justice League

  • Outstanding Emerging Leader - Nick White with Sigma Phi Epsilon

    Outstanding Emerging Leader - Nick White with Sigma Phi Epsilon

  • Outstanding Leadership Legacy - Brooke Poppe with UNK Spirit Squad

    Outstanding Leadership Legacy - Brooke Poppe with UNK Spirit Squad

  • Outstanding New Student Organization - Alpha Xi Delta

    Outstanding New Student Organization - Alpha Xi Delta

  • Outstanding Student Organization - Sigma Phi Epsilon

    Outstanding Student Organization - Sigma Phi Epsilon

  • Outstanding Student Organization Advisor - Dr. Amber Messersmith, Mortar Board

    Outstanding Student Organization Advisor - Dr. Amber Messersmith, Mortar Board

  • Outstanding Student Organization Leader - Michael Christen, Mortar Board

    Outstanding Student Organization Leader - Michael Christen, Mortar Board

  • Outstanding Unsung Hero - Blake Brouillette, Sigma Phi Epsilon

    Outstanding Unsung Hero - Blake Brouillette, Sigma Phi Epsilon

  • Student Employee - Outstanding Campus Service - Josh Vannurden

    Student Employee - Outstanding Campus Service - Josh Vannurden

  • Student Employee - Rookie of the Year - Meghan Forsgren

    Student Employee - Rookie of the Year - Meghan Forsgren

  • Student Employee of the Year - Erin Nelson

    Student Employee of the Year - Erin Nelson

  • Staff Member of the Year - Jennifer Harvey, Director of Thompson Scholars Program

    Staff Member of the Year - Jennifer Harvey, Director of Thompson Scholars Program

  • Faculty Member of the Year - Dr. Krista Fritson, Professor - Psychology Department

    Faculty Member of the Year - Dr. Krista Fritson, Professor - Psychology Department