Class Notes - April 2012

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  • Christina Fraser is a video editing intern at Ervin and Smith in Omaha.


  • Minela Jukovic is a content advocate with iAcquire in Phoenix. iAcquire is a global leader in digital brand strategy and marketing.
  • Samantha (Berke) Morris is a digital advertising coordinator at Clear Channel Radio in Omaha.
  • Max Olson is a staff writer with the ESPN HornsNation at ESPN in Austin, Texas.
  • Mel Severin is an advertising graphic artist at the Lincoln Journal Star.
  • Burton Speakman is a business reporter at the Vindicator Printing Company in Youngstown, Ohio.
  • Jamie Svoboda is a help desk associate in Lincoln’s Kenexa office.
  • Andrea Vasquez is an intern with WNET.ORG is the greater New York City area.


  • Christina DeVries is a US Peace Corps volunteer in Namibia.
  • Stephanie Scharf is front-end developer with Nelnet and interactive graphic designer with ThinkDoBeCreate.


  • Andy Boyle is a newsroom Web developer at the Boston Globe. Boyle built a people-locator app for the Tuscaloosa News in the aftermath of the 2011 Tuscaloosa tornados. The Tuscaloosa News won a Pulitzer Prize in 2012 for its coverage and Boyle was cited as part of the team for the Pulitzer Prize for Breaking News.
  • Marc Chedel, a Juris Doctor candidate at Creighton University’s School of Law, is the LexisNexis student representative.


  • Sarah Andrews is an account executive with For Rent Media Solutions in the greater Chicago area. She earned an MBA with an emphasis in marketing from UNL in 2010.
  • Josh Gregg is a copywriter with Firespring, a marketing, design and software development company with offices in Lincoln and Omaha.
  • Lindsay (Smith) O’Brien is a proofreader and account coordinator with the Swanson Russell Associates’ Omaha office.


  • Josh Hunt is a school counseling intern and an assistant girls soccer coach with the Peoria (Illinois) Notre Dame school system.


  • Kristin Ewing is a public relations coordinator for the Oklahoma Bankers Association in Oklahoma City.


  • Erin Burcham Taylor is an employee communications specialist with Caterpillar Financial in Nashville, Tenn. She contributes a monthly column to “Her Nashville,” a women’s magazine.


  • Todd Walkenhorst joined CBSHome Real Estate of Omaha as a sales associate.


  • Mike Lewis is the editor of


  • Joeth Zucco is a senior project editor with the University of Nebraska Press.


  • Linda Robinson Rutz (undergrad ’71) has retired as president of Union Agency Inc. and has taken the position of director of business development, also with Union Agency Inc.


  • Jeff Barnes gave a talk at The Knight Museum and Sandhills Center on April 20. His presentation was titled “Custer in Nebraska: The Royal Buffalo Hunt of 1872.” Barnes is a former newspaper reporter and editor. He writes freelance and resides in Omaha.


  • Bob Anderson is the owner and founder of Red Willow Films, a company that produces weekly educational program hosted by teens and young adults. He  filmed two episodes in Nebraska with UNL senior Anna Ripa who was the reporter for the stories.

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Alumni Profiles

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  • Sarah Monke, ’05, and Benjamin Bradley, April 21, 2012.

  • Benjamin Stech, ’07, and Crystal Oberg, May 26, 2012.

  • Michaela Wiederspan , ’10, and David O’Neill, July 7, 2012.