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Since 1906, the Alumni Association has worked to promote communication and interaction among alumni, students, faculty, administrators and friends of the University of Nebraska at Kearney.

Serving more than 36,000 active alumni, the Association publishes a newspaper, UNK Today; works to develop alumni chapters across the nation; organizes reunion and Homecoming activities; sponsors Student Alumni Foundation; and coordinates the Distinguished Alumni Award, Distinguished Alumni Service Award, and Athletic Hall of Fame.

      UNK Alumni Brette Ensz Headshot
Pete Kotsiopulos
  Lucas Dart  

Michelle Widger

  Brette Ensz
Vice President
Director of Development

 Associate Director Alumni/
Campaign Director
  Assistant Director in
Charge of Communications
   Assistant Director in Charge of Engagement
PKotsiopulos@nufoundation.org    LDart@nufoundation.org   michelle.widger@unkalumni.org   BEnsz@unkalumni.org

Pete Kotsiopulos joined the alumni staff in 2011. Kotsiopulos was the mayor of Kearney from 1994-2003, served on the Kearney City Council and owned and operated a Kearney-based regional business for 36 years. As vice president for university affairs, he worked with higher education partners, civic and community leaders, government officials and business and industry to develop partnerships to improve job creation and economic development.


Lucas Dart joined the alumni staff in 2008.  Dart, who earned a degree in finance in 1997, had served as director of development at the University of Nebraska Foundations' office in Kearney since 2002.  Dart has been active in the Kearney Sertoma Club, Leadership Kearney, Kearney Public Schools and Kearney Area Chamber of Commerce.


Michelle joined the alumni staff in 2004. She had been graphics communication coordinator in charge of UNK Publications and Copy Center. Widger is active in her church, Leadership Kearney and Leadership UNK.  She graduated from UNK with a bachelor's degree in journalism and advertising in 1990 and serves as part-time lecturer at times in the Communications Department at UNK.


Brette joined the alumni staff in 2012. Previously she worked as an Admissions Counselor at UNK where she traveled to southern Nebraska and Northern Kansas. Ensz is active in Leadership Kearney and Kearney Community Theater where she has performed in many plays.  She studied Music and Performing Arts at UNK and earned her Bachelors in 2006.

UNK Alumni Association Jim Rundstrom picture   Jim Rundstrom
Director Emeritus
Jim joined the UNK staff in 1968.  He served as the first chair of the Journalism Department from 1970 to 1989.  Jim became the first full-time executive director of  the UNK Alumni Association in 1989 and served until his retirement in 2008.  He continues to assist with UNK Today, Athletic Hall of Fame and Distinguished Alumni Awards.
      Toni Meyers
Administrative Assistant
 Toni joined the alumni in 2009.  She previously worked at the Nebraska Student Union as an assistant in the Director's Office at UNK.  She graduated from UNK with a bachelor's degree of science in business administration in 1993.

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