Friday, November 21, 2014

Second Department of the Month Recognized

On Friday, November 21st, Mortar Board members Katie Liberty and Tessa Mannlein delivered donuts to the second Department of the Month winner, the Office of Facilities Management and Planning.  The monthly award was given to the Facilities department for their continued service to provide high quality living, learning, and working environments across campus. Their work truly keeps UNK safe and looking beautiful. 

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Xi Phi Chapter Receives Recognition at Final Football Game

Several of the Mortar Board alumni were able to join current Mortar Board members for the recognition ceremony during half-time at the last football game of the season on November 15th.

UNK's Xi Phi Chapter of Mortar Board was honored during half-time at the final football game of the season.  During the ceremony, Mortar Board was recognized for the awards they recieved at the national conference in August (see earlier post). 

In addition to the half-time recognition, past and present Mortar Board members were invited to a special pre-game lunch hosted by Chancellor Kristensen and the President of the University of Nebraska system, Dr. James Linder. 

Friday, November 14, 2014

Thanking our Veterans and Active Service Members

Veteran's Day was celebrated on Tuesday, November 11th.  Mortar Board members celebrated the national holiday by hosting letter writing stations where students could write short notes thanking veterans and active service members for their sacrifice and dedication to our country.

Two booths were set up, one in the Student Union, and another in the Health and Sports Center, and staffed by Mortar Board members from 10:00am to 2:00pm.  Each booth was able to collect thank you cards from many different students throughout the event.

Members Morgan Kristensen and Jon Hess display some of the creative thank you cards that were created as part of the Veteran's Day event.

Professors and Mentors Honored at Faculty Appreciation Dinner

Mortar Board members hosted their annual Faculty Appreciation Dinner on Wednesday, November 5th at the UNK Alumni House.  Each member invited a professor or faculty mentor who has helped form them into the leader they are today.

Mortar Board member Kelsi Post is pictured with her faculty mentor,
Dr. Amanda Glass,  an assistant professor in the Chemistry department.

The evening started with a welcome by Brette Ensz, the Junior Advisor for Mortar Board, and then moved into the dinner hour.  Afterwards, President Maggie Jackson provided an overview of the events Mortar Board has planned for the 2014-2015 school year, as well as some of the national recognitions Mortar Board has received over the past few months.

Historian Jessica Albin then provided a brief history of Mortar Board, as well as some of the updates recently made to the Xi Phi Chapter's blog.

The hi-light of the evening was when each Mortar Board member was able to introduce their faculty guest and detail how much their mentor has meant to them throughout their years in college.

Mortar Board member Jon Hess introduces his faculty mentor,
Dr. Krista Forrest,  a professor in the Psychology department.

Senior Advisor Dr. Amber Messersmith made the closing remarks for the evening, further thanking all of the faculty members for their dedication to their students. 

The Mortar Board members and their faculty honorees were as follows:

Memebers                Guests

Haley Gunnink        Heather Wolf
Kelsie Post              Amanda Glass
Billie Kunzman       Chris Jochum
Katee Rocheford     Amy Nebesniak
Britt Jensen             Brady Bonsall
Carly Wollman        Tom Knott
Jon Hess                  Krista Forrest
Tessa Mannlein       Jan Morre
Katie Liberty           Miechelle McKelvey
Sarah Maginnis       Jennifer Harvey
John Gibbs              Brad Green
Heidi Hostert          Todd Bartee
Rachel Wemhoff     Paul Twigg
Kelly Messbarger    Janet Steele
Lindsey Eubanks     Lix Stout
Bethany Lueck        Chris Exstrom
Matt Lenagh            Rod Flanigan
Maggie Jackson       Joseph Carlson
Morgan Kristensen  Peter Longo
Jessica Albin            Jake Jacobsen
Rachel Nozicka        Denys Van Renen
Summer Liu             Jason Combs
Cole Manhart           Beth Wiersma
Megan Brown          Patys Bruner
Chesandy Eberle      Theresa Wadkins
Connor Schulte        Amber Messersmith
Dan Carlson             Chuanyao Zheng

Saturday, November 1, 2014

Mortar Board Honors First Department of the Month

On Friday, October 31st, Mortar Board members Katie Liberty and Tessa Mannlein delivered donuts to the first Department of the Month winner, the College of Education.  The monthly award was given to the COE for their outstanding service to their students and their contribution to developing teachers and other service professionals.  Members of the COE were surprised at the award and were very grateful for being recognized. 

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Mortar Board Kicks off True Blue Game Days

The Xi Phi Chapter kicked off their year long True Blue Game Days Campaign on Tuesday, September 16th at the Volleyball Game against Fort Hays State University.  True Blue Game Days was created to help foster school spirit and promote student attendence at home sporting events.  Throughout the day, Mortar Board members passed out flyers to students wearing "loper blue" or other UNK appearal.  At the game, students could turn in the flyers at the Mortar Board booth for a chance to win raffle prizes donated from community businnesses.  Mortar Board will team up with other campus organizations to sponsor six more True Blue Game Days throughout the school year.

Mortar Board members Rachel Nozicka, John Gibbs, and Kelsie Post help staff one of the booths at the first True Blue Game Day event. 

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Meet the New Members!

Margaret Jackson (Red Cloud, NE)
Major: Criminal Justice and Political Science
Involvement:  Resident Assistant, Phi Eta Sigma National Honor Society, and Locke and Key Society.

Matthew Lenagh (Omaha, NE)
Vice President
Major: Industrial Distribution
Minor: Marketing and Management
Involvement: Wrestling Team, Thompson Scholars, and Fellowship of Christian Athletes.

Rachel Nozicka (Ravenna, NE)
Major: English, emphasis in Writing,  and Philosophy
Involvement: Sigma Tau Delta English Honor Society, Honor's Program, and Undergraduate Research Fellows.

Lindsey Eubanks (Cambridge, NE)
Major: Exercise Science
Minor: Public Health and Pre-Dentistry
Involvement: Health Science Club, Undergraduate Research Fellows, Phi Eta Sigma Honor Society, and American Student Dental Association.

Billie Kunzman (Alliance, NE)
Director of Communications
Major: Business Administration, emphasis in Marketing
Minor: Spanish
Involvement: Alpha Omicron Pi Sorority, Order of Omega, and Student Senate.  

Jessica Albin (Lincoln, NE)
Major: English, emphasis in Writing
Minor: Professional Communication
Involvement: Honor's Program Mentor, Undergraduate Research, Antelope Newspaper Editor, Phi Eta Sigma National Honor Society, and National Residence Hall Honorary.

Morgan Kristensen (Minden, NE)
Membership Selection Chair
Major: Political Science
Minor: Public Health
Involvement: Alpha Phi Sorority, Chancellor's Ambassador, and Student Diplomat.

Britt Jensen (Fremont, NE)
Alumni Chair
Major: 7-12 Biology Education
Minor: Chemistry
Involvement: Track and Cross Country Teams, Chancellor's Ambassador, and Phi Gamma Delta Fraternity.

Megan Brown (Scottsbluff, NE)
Major: Elementary Education
Involvement: Honor's Program, Psychology Club, Student Education Association of NE, and Elementary Educators Club.

Daniel Carlson (Grand Island, NE)
Major: Music and Organizational Communication
Involvement: Phi Gamma Delta Fraternity, Pride of the Plains Marching Band, and Thompson Scholar Peer Mentor.

Chesany Eberle (Seward, NE)
Major: Psychhology
Minor: Biology
Involvement: Alpha Phi Sorority, LPAC, Special Olympics Volunteer, and ARC of Buffalo County.

Haley Gunnink (Crookston, NE)
Major: Early Childhood, emphasis in Communication Disorders
Involvement: Panhellenic Council, Gamma Phi Beta Sorority, Order of Omega, Phi Eta Sigma National Honor Society, and Cornerstone.

Jonathan Hess (Imperial, NE)
Major: Psychology, emphasis in Marketing and Management
Involvement: Chancellor's Ambassador, Phi Gamma Delta Fraternity, Order of Omega, and Asian American Student Association.

Heidi Hostert (O'Neill, NE)
Major: Exercise Science
Minor: Public Health, Marketing, and Management
Involvement: Alpha Phi Sorority, Honor's Program Mentor, and Undergraduate Research Fellows.

Kaitlyn Liberty (Omaha, NE)
Major: Communication Disroders
Involvement: Alpha Phi Sorority, Honor's Program, Phi Eta Sigma National Honor Society, and National Student Speech Language Hearing Association.

Summer Liu (Qingdao, China)
Major: Physical Science and Geography Education
Minor: Music
Involvement: Student Education Association of Nebraska, International Student Association, and Resident Assistant.

Bethany Lueck (Arcadia, NE)
Major: Chemistry, emphasis in Biochemistry
Involvement: Sigma Xi, Friends of Socrates, Chemistry Tutor, and Student Summer Research Program.

Cole Manhart (Highlands Ranch, CO)
Major: Criminal Justice
Involvement: Criminal Justice Honor Society, Football Team, and Student Athlete Advisory Committee.

Tessa Mannlein (Kearney, NE)
Major: Communication Disorders
Involvement: Alpha Phi Sorority, Kearney Student Speech Language and Hearing Association, Order of Omega, and Gold Torch Society.

Kelly Messbarger (Kearney, NE)
Major: Biology and Pre-Pharmacy
Minor: Health Science
Involvement: Cross Country and Track Teams, Health Science Club, Honor's Program, and Phi Eta Sigma National Honor Society.

Kelsie Post (Beatrice, NE)
Major: Pre-Pharmacy
Involvement: Gamma Phi Beta Sorority, Cornerstone, and Order of Omega.

Connor Schulte (Kearney, NE)
Major: Organizational and Relational Communication
Minor: Advertising and Public Relations
Involvement: Gamma Phi Beta Sorority, Panhellenic Council, Student Body President, and Nebraska State Student Association.

Katee Rocheford (Howells, NE)
Major: Elementary and Special Education
Involvement: Phi Eta Sigma National Honor Society, Student Diplomat, St. Jude Up Till Dawn, and Martin Hall President.

Rachel Wemhoff (Columbus, NE)
Major: Biology
Minor: Women's Studies
Involvement: Alpha Omicron Pi Sorority, Health Science Club, Phi Eta Sigma National Honor Society, and the Honor's Program.

Carly Wollman (Omaha, NE)
Major: Communication Disorders
Involvement: Alpha Phi Sorority, Student Senator for Student Government, Order of Omega, and Gold Torch Society.

John Gibbs (Lincoln, NE)
Major: Sports Administration, emphasis in Coaching
Involvement: New Student Enrollment Team, Newman Center Council, and Thompson Scholar Mentor.

Sarah Maginnis (Odell, NE)
Major: Mild-Moderate K-12
Minor: Language Arts 7-12
Involvement: Phi Eta Sigma National Honor Society, Alpha Xi Delta Sorority, and Student Diplomat.