The UNK Alumni Association has awarded the Outstanding Senior Award to deserving seniors since 1982. Applications are available each spring for students who will graduate by December of that year. An alumni committee will choose up to five outstanding seniors to be recognized in April.
Students who will graduate by December of the calendar year, maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 overall, demonstrate leadership qualities, exude service to UNK and the community and is involved in a variety of student and community life can be considered for the award.
The University of Nebraska at Kearney Alumni Association recognizes five students with Outstanding Senior awards. The award honors UNK seniors for excellence in scholarship and leadership, as well as involvement and dedication to the university and Kearney community. Recipients were selected by a panel of UNK alumni.
Trevor Daubert, son of Michael and Heather Daubert of Omaha. Trevor graduates in May with a comprehensive biology degree with a health sciences emphasis. Trevor will attend medical school at the University of Nebraska Medical Center this fall.
During his time at UNK, Trevor served as the coordinator of the Chancellor’s Ambassadors and was Interfraternity Council President. He was on the Dean’s List, in the Honors Program, Mortar Board Honor Society, and Alpha Epsilon Delta Health Sciences Honor Society. Trevor was a resident assistant, served his fraternity, Sigma Phi Epsilon, as a vice president, and was also the College of Arts & Sciences Student Senator for Student Government. Trevor is an active volunteer for the Muscular Dystrophy Association and served as a medical outreach volunteer for Volunteers Around the World in Panama. Trevor has been employed at Kearney Regional Medical Center and UNK’s Nuxoll Laboratory.
Adrian Gomez Ramos, son of Faustino Gomez and Maria Ramos of Lexington. Adrian will graduate in May with a degree in public administration with a minor in public law. Adrian plans to pursue a master’s in public administration at the University of Nebraska Omaha this fall.
While at UNK, Adrian served as chief of staff for the Student Government Executive Cabinet, was president of the Honors Student Advisory Board, and committee co-chair for the Nebraska Cultural Unity Conference. He was a member of the Kearney Bound Scholars program, and an Academic Advising and Career Development Peer Advisor. Adrian was an undergraduate research fellow and presented his research at the Asian Undergraduate Research Symposium in Tokyo, Japan. He also completed the Princeton University Public Policy and International Affairs Program and completed an internship with the Buffalo County Community Partners.
Lena Janssen, daughter of Marita and Dieter Janssen of Westoverledingen, Germany. Lena will graduate in May with a comprehensive physics degree, along with a degree in mathematics. Lena plans to pursue a master’s in physics after graduation.
While at UNK, Lena was an undergraduate research fellow and research assistant. She was also a physics tutor, a German modern language leader, a Chancellor’s Ambassador and a Loper Leader for the First Year Program. Lena was on the Dean’s List, in the Honors Program, Mortar Board Honor Society, Society of Physics Students, Order of Omega, National Residence Hall Honorary, and Kappa Mu Epsilon. She was active in Gamma Phi Beta, the Math Club, International Student Association and Sigma Xi.
Faith Kowalski, daughter of Autumn Kowalski and the late Patrick Kowalski of Kearney. Faith will graduate in May with a double major in sports management comprehensive and business administration. Faith plans to attend the University of Nebraska–Lincoln College of Law this fall.
During Faith’s time at UNK, she was an Omaha World Herald/Kearney Hub scholar and a member and mentor in the Honors Program. Additionally, she participated in Mortar Board, Beta Gamma Sigma Honor Society, Phi Eta Sigma Honor Society, and was on the Dean’s List. Faith has also served as the president of the Sports Administration Majors Club and was a UNK Alumni Association Gold Torch Society mentee. Faith completed internships with the University of Nebraska at Kearney Athletic Department and The Buckle, Inc.
Makenzie Petersen, daughter of Tricia Petersen and Mike Shields of O’Neill. Makenzie will graduate in May with a degree in English education 7-12 with a minor in public law. Makenzie will be pursuing a master’s degree in English rhetoric at Carnegie Mellon University this fall.
While at UNK, Makenzie served as president and senior advisor for the Phi Eta Sigma Honor Society and as president of the Secondary Educators Club. She participated in undergraduate research, was a resident assistant, ONELoper mentor, and a New Student Enrollment Leader. Makenzie was the First Year Program Student Coordinator, directing Blue and Gold Welcome Week and the Loper 2 Loper Mentoring Program.