217 will receive UNK diplomas on Friday at the start of the summer | Local News
KEARNEY — The University of Nebraska at Kearney will host its summer start at 10 a.m. Friday at the Health and Sports Center on campus.
Chancellor Doug Kristensen will award degrees to 217 graduate and undergraduate students at the ceremony, with former UNK Library Dean Janet Stoeger Wilke delivering the keynote address.
A Centura Public Schools graduate and first-generation student, Wilke earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Chadron State College, followed by a master’s degree in library and information science from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She worked at Doane College in Crete and Wichita State University before joining Kearney State College in 1988 as a reference librarian.
Wilke held a variety of positions during her 34-year career at UNK, including Curriculum Librarian, Associate Dean, and Acting Dean of the Calvin T. Ryan Library from 2003-04 and 2006- 07. She was appointed dean of the library in March 2007 and continued in that position until her retirement on June 30.
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Among her many accomplishments, Wilke has partnered with the Division of Student Affairs to develop the Learning Commons inside the library, expanded access to online resources for UNK students and faculty, launched the Digital Repository, which provides global access to scholarly and creative work produced at UNK. , and supported the growth of university archives and special collections. She also played a key role in the development of the Open Educational Resources initiative, which promotes the use of free and reduced-cost learning materials at UNK.
Wilke received the Distinguished Service Award from the Nebraska Library Association in 2013.
The student speaker is Taylor Bunde from Hastings, who graduated summa cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in business, marketing and information technology.
A Dean’s List regular, Bunde has been involved with Circle K International, the Secondary Educators’ Club, Future Business Leaders of America-Phi Beta Lambda, Junior Achievement, UNK’s Center for Economic Education, and the Phi Eta Sigma Honor Society. . She completed teaching students at Gibbon Public Schools and was a paraprofessional for the Kearney Community Learning Center from August 2020 to May 2022.
NU Board Chairman Bob Phares and University of Nebraska Medical Center Chancellor Jeffrey Gold will also address the graduates. The national anthem will be performed by UNK vocal music teacher Sharon O’Connell Campbell, head of the music, theater and dance department.
Those unable to attend in person can watch the ceremony live on the UNK website. A recording can also be viewed later on the website.
Launch attendees are encouraged to park in the lots west of the Health and Sports Center. Visitors with a disability permit can park east of the Health and Sports Center. Those transporting a person with a disability will be able to drop off the person on the east side of the complex but will need to move their vehicle to another lot.
Visitors in wheelchairs can sit in the corner seating sections on the ground floor of the Health and Sports Center or use the elevator in the northeast corner of the building to sit in the section designated on the arena floor.
Kearney area graduates are listed below.
Alma — Michael Bell, Elaine Blum
Arapahoe — Brennan Koller
Axtell — Sophie Mellema
Cozad – Mary Donahue, Cristian Prado Frias, Jennifer Walls
Elwood — Sheridan Banzhaf
Holdrege — Ashton Kirwan
Kearney: Mackenzie Burnham, Claire Choplin, Shantel Daake, Allyson Ferguson, Dalton Gleason, Elizabeth Haarberg, Tricia Kreutzer, Drew Morrow, Matthew Oliphant, Nadia Pinon, Derek Rusher, Jessica Vanderburg, Zackary Wayman, Jonathan Wentz, Seth Wieduwilt, Hunter Willis, Alexander Woodside
Lexington — Abril Caldera Pinela, Amy Pepplitsch, Aida Quintana, Brenda Sanabria
Wolf City — Camille Badura
Pleasanton – Nathan Lightle
Ravenna: Connor Beranek, Joshua Deines, Samantha Wetzel