Monday, April 28, 2014

Mortar Board Receives University Awards

On Thursday, Apr. 25, the Office of Student Life and Division of Student Affairs hosted the 3rd annual Applauding Excellence event. Mortar Board and those affiliated with the group proudly took home multiple awards!

First, the group was honored with Outstanding Collaborative Program for its True Blue Game Days campaign.

Members of Mortar Board on hand to accept the Outstanding Collaborative Program Award, many of whom were nominated and received other awards during the program as well (l-r): Jordan Bloesser, Karlee Nuttelman, Amanda Swenson, Nicole Connor, Michael Christen, Chaney Black, Adam Kahle, Blair Youngs, and chapter advisor Amber Messersmith

Second, Chapter President Michael Christen was honored as Outstanding Organization Leader. This marks the second time (in the three years of this event's existence) that this award has gone to a Mortar Board member! All leaders in nearly 200 UNK student organizations are eligible to be nominated for this award.

Michael (left) accepts his award from Dean of Student Affairs, Dr. Joseph Oravecz (right)

Finally, the chapter's senior advisor, Dr. Amber Messersmith was humbled to win the Outstanding Student Organization Advisor award, for which the chapter surprised her with their nomination. 

More information about the other award winners may be found at the following link:

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Initiation 2014

The Xi Phi Chapter held its initation ceremony on Friday, Apr. 11 at the Museum of Nebraska Art. This formal event is always bittersweet, as we say goodbye to the outgoing class as well as welcome the new group.

Thanks to all of the family members, friends, and members of the UNK community who joined us to celebrate Mortar Board!

A great looking group of new and outgoing Mortar Boarders!

We wish the 2013-2014 group all the best as they graduate and begin the next chapter of their lives. Thanks for all of your hard work this year!

The torch has been passed to this capable and accomplished 2014-2015 group (plus a few individuals are not pictured). We have 27 terrific students who exemplify scholarship, leadership and service entering the group.
Check back next school year to see how they continue serving the UNK and Kearney communities!

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Congratulations to the newest members of Mortar Board Senior Honor Society, 2014-15

New Member Xiaojun Liu with Michael Christensen and Michael Bohn
Jessica Albin
Megan Brown
Daniel Carlson
Chesany Eberle
Lindsey Eubanks
John Gibbs
Haley Gunnink
Jonathan Hess
Heidi Hostert
Margaret Jackson
Britt Jensen
Morgan Kristensen 
Billie Kunzman
Matthew Lenagh
 Kaitlyn Liberty
Xiaojun Liu
Bethany Lueck
Sarah Maginnis
Cole Manhart
Tessa Mannlein
Kelly Messbarger
Rachel Nozicka
Kelsie Post
Connor Schulte
Katee Rocheford
Carly Wollman
Kenneth Trantham, Ph.D.
Mortar Board supporter, Dr. Trantham, received a surprise tapping
from members Mary Ann Pelc and Adam Kahle

Monday, February 24, 2014

Outstanding Freshman & Outstanding Sophomore Scholarship

Mortar Board, the Senior Honor Society at UNK, is awarding one Outstanding Freshman scholarship and one Outstanding Sophomore scholarship, each of which will be applied to the Fall 2014 semester.  Winners will be selected on the basis of their proven leadership, scholarship, and service.  In order to apply for the freshman scholarship, you must have completed 24 credit hours by May 9, 2014 and sophomores must have 48 credits done by May 9, 2014.  Finally the last requirement is that your cumulative GPA must be at or higher than a 3.3. 

You are able to pick an application up at the Student Union Welcome Desk or from any Mortar Board member.  It due on Friday, March 14th to the Mortar Board on-campus mailbox.   If you have any questions, please contact:  Mortar Board Member MaryAnn Pelc at or Mortar Board Advisor Dr. Amber Messersmith at

Good luck to all who apply!
Freshman Application:
Sophomore Application:

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Last Lecture Series

Mortar Board members were honored to present UNK's past Athletic Director Jon McBride as the Last Lecturer of 2014.

Jon McBride initially stated that the Last Lecture was an intimidating speech; yet, he delivered advice, humor, and inspiration flawlessly to the audience. Jon discussed some common traits of leadership that he lived and learned from his colleagues and experiences throughout his life. Common sense, honesty, communication, a sense of humor, confidence, a positive attitude, creativity, intuition, the ability to inspire, and humility are all qualities of great leaders according to Jon McBride. Additionally, Jon expressed his sense of humor with a variety of Dilbert comic strips like this one about leadership:

A special thanks to the Last Lecture Committee
(Nicole Connor, Kara Stevens, Chaney Black)

Afterwards refreshments were served

Friday, February 14, 2014

Freshman-Sophomore Recognition

Congratulations to all the outstanding and promising Freshmen and Sophomores who were recognized at the annual Mortar Board Reception. The evening started out with introductions, then the audience had the privilege to listen to words of wisdom from Coach Chaney. Following, awards were distributed and students had the chance to network with the University's faculty and staff as well as Mortar Board members within various the Colleges. This incredible opportunity for students to network will promote continued success during their time at UNK.

Amanda Ullman (committee head); Michael Christensen (Mortar Board President);
Dr. Amber Messersmith (Mortar Board advisor)

Coach Chaney (UNK's head Women's Basketball coach)
Words of Wisdom:
When you get, give
When you learn, teach
Each one, teach one

Marrissa Nutter (freshman) & Adam Kahle (Mortar Board member)

Monday, February 10, 2014

Last Lecture Publicity

Mortar Board Members Chaney Black and Jordan Bloesser along with Dr. Trantham (2012 Last Lecturer) and Mortar Board's advisor Dr. Messersmith headed to NTV Studio to promote the Last Lecture event on Good Morning Nebraska.
What: Last Lecture
Who: Jon McBride; former UNK Athletics Director
When: Wednesday February 12, 2014
Where: Copeland Hall, Room 142
Open to the whole UNK campus as well as the Public. This is a free event. Expect to hear an inspiring and uplifting message!