Class Notes - March 2012


  • Paige Juhnke is an education coordinator at Postural Restoration Institute in Lincoln.
  • Aaron Krienert has joined The Beacon-Observer in Elm Creek, Neb., as a sports reporter.
  • Emily Latka is working as an associate producer for The Talk on CBS. She lives in Studio City, Calif.
  • Lacey Mason has joined (103.5 FM) as the digital overnight editor in Washington, D.C.
  • Sara Nelson is working as an account coordinator at OBI Creative in Omaha, Neb.
  • Emily Sears is a marketing intern at the Nebraska State Education Association in Lincoln.
  • Sarah Smith joined the Nebraska Alumni Association staff as assistant director of communications. She will produce videos and write for print and electronic publications.
  • Laura Sweet has joined the Civic Center of Greater Des Moines as the vice president and chief operating officer.
  • Teonne Wright is a graphic communication arts and design adjunct faculty at Metropolitan Community College in Omaha.


  • Sarah Burnham has joined State Farm Insurance as an auto claim representative in Lincoln.
  • Nicole (Manske) Noren has joined Kiewit as an external affairs communication specialist in Omaha, Neb.
  • Andrew O’Neill is an associate account manager for search marketing at Yahoo! in Lincoln.
  • Alina Selyukh is working as a correspondent at Thomson Reuters in Washington, D.C.
  • Katie Steiner has joined Austin Community College in Austin, Texas, as a public relations associate.
  • Tyler Thomas has been promoted to associate interactive manager at Swanson Russell Associates in Lincoln.


  • Brian Blackwell is the marketing director at the Louisiana Baptist Message newspaper in Alexandria, La.
  • Michele Kaiserman is an associate executive at Mechanical Contractors Association of Omaha.


  • Troy Bell is an account supervisor at Translation LLC in New York, N.Y.


  • Cassie Helming has joined the Palmer Group as an accounting specialist in Des Moines, Iowa.
  • Drew Philippi is the new owner of Landscape Curbing of Lincoln.
  • Alyssa Schukar was recognized by the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission in March for her help with covering the February capture of Canadian bighorn sheep and their release in Nebraska.


  • Ryan Gager is working as a summer camp instructor sat Colorado Tennis Management in Denver, Colo.


  • Van Jensen is the director of publications at Georgia Tech Alumni Association in Atlanta, Ga.
  • Jennifer Schultz is the marketing director and project manager at TELCOR in Lincoln.
  • Patrick Smith is working at the Omaha World-Herald as a digital journalist in Omaha.


  • Melanie Sidwell is working as the alumni relations and communications coordinator at Leeds School of Business at the University of Colorado Boulder in the Denver area.


  • Gina Dvorak is the multimedia editor for The San Bernardino County Sun in San Bernardino, Calif.
  • Christian Bryer Zoucha is the director of client relations at Kenexa in Lincoln.


  • Eric Martin participated in a panel at South by Southwest, a music, film and interactive festival in Austin, Texas. He is an interactive media specialist at Native American Public Telecommunications (NAPT) in Lincoln.


  • Melissa (Dunne) Namala is working as a graphic designer for Boys Town in Omaha, Neb.


  • Kelley Peterson has earned a national marketing certification from the American Marketing Association. She is the creative director for Wineman Communications Group in Lincoln.


  • Anne Leonard is the managing editor at HIS in the Houston, Texas area. She is promoting a memoir to literary agents and is hoping to find a publisher.

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  • Logan Meier, ’09, and Emily Bucci, April 28, 2012.


  • George Miller, ’48, Plattsmouth, Neb., March 11, 2012.