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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 Association Jim Rundstrom picture      
Jim Rundstrom
  Lucas Dart  

Michelle Widger

  Toni Meyers
Director Emeritus
Vice President of Alumni Relations & Development   Assistant Director in
Charge of Communications
  Administrative Assistant
jim.rundstrom@unkalumni.org   lucas.dart@unkalumni.org   michelle.widger@unkalumni.org   toni.meyers@unkalumni.org

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.


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.


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.

Tricia Danburg
Assistant Director of Alumni Engagement            

Tricia joined the alumni staff in 2015. She earned her agri-business degree in 1994 and has 20 years of marketing and project coordination experience. Danburg is active in the Axtell community and school, is a member of the UNK Gold Torch Society, a Leadership Kearney alumnus and former UNK Greek advisor.

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