Student Advisory Board

Student Advisory Board

The Undergraduate and Graduate Student Advisory Boards meet monthly with the Dean during the academic year. In addition to serving as liaisons between the Dean and the student body, they also vet the Hixson-Lied student grants.

If you are interested in serving on one of the boards, please contact Sara Fedderson for the Undergraduate Board or Associate Dean Christopher Marks for the Graduate Board.

Undergraduate Board   |   Graduate Board

Undergraduate Board Members

Department of Art and Art History
Megan Rook

Megan Rook


Greetings! My name is Megan Rook and I'm a Lincoln, Nebraska, native. I'm a senior at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln earning my Bachelors of Fine Arts emphasizing in graphic design and photography. My minimalist, handcraft, narrative, and vibrant color style has earned me recognition in galleries in Lincoln and organization involvement at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. I'm currently a member of UNL's Photo club and AIGA UNL student group. I am also an ambassador for the Hixson-Lied College of Fine and Performing Arts for the second year in a row. When I'm not in the studio, I am either helping my parents at their performing arts theatre, riding horses, or watching funny internet videos.Thanks to UNL's School of Art, Art History & Design, I have become a confident, creative, and hardworking individual. I'm proud to call myself a Husker.

Carlos Velasco

Carlos Velasco


Hey everyone, my name is Carlos Velasco, I'm a junior art major with a Graphic Design emphasis. I'm also minoring in both French and Film Studies, my two other favorite things in the world. I went to high school at Shelby-Rising City, a very small town, and am actually originally from Aguascalientes, Mexico. I was always passionate about design and knew it was what I wanted to do and coming to UNL was the best decision I could have made for that dream. This school has given me a lot of great opportunities working very closely with both faculty and staff and constantly collaborating with other students to succeed in what I want to do in life. Apart from in the classroom, I'm involved in a wide variety of on-campus organizations, research and freelance opportunities and in my free time I like drinking Pumpkin Spice Latte's, exploring and traveling to random places, watching Sofia Coppola movies, celebrating the wonder that is online shopping and getting my friends to help me on random photoshoots. If you every have questions about the college please let me know and I'd be happy to talk with you!

Johnny Carson School of Theatre and Film
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Emmalee Allen


Hello everybody! My name is Emmalee Allen and I am a Freshman Theatre Performance Major here at UNL in the Johnny Carson School of Theatre and Film. I recently graduated from Anderson High School in Cincinnati, Ohio. There I also attended a two year program, Cincinnati Actors Studio and Academy, where I learned about the Carson School and fell in love. I have enjoyed being a student here for the past two months and I am very excited to be on the Undergraduate Student Advisory Board. I really enjoy parks, coffee, traveling and learning about theatre. If you have any questions please feel free to ask me!

Jorden Charley-Whatley


Glenn Korff School of Music
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Skyler Dykes


Hello! My name is Skyler Dykes, and I am from Topeka, KS. I am a freshman pursuing a major in vocal performance in the Glenn Korff School of Music, as well as a minor in religious studies. Currently, I sing in University Chorale. In my free time, I enjoy serving as a volunteer usher at the Lied Center and perusing the Metropolitan Opera "on demand" catalog.

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John Wayne Duke


Hello everyone, I’m John Wayne Duke! I’m a freshman from North Richland Hills, Texas. Right now I am a Bachelor of Arts double major in Music and Mathematics. I’m a percussionist performing in the percussion ensemble and the front ensemble for the marching band. I moved to Lincoln, because my high school was part of a consortium to get Dr. Dave Hall to create a new piece for the several high schools and visited my school to watch us play it and several other ensembles. After meeting him I changed my college plan from majoring in Mathematics at the University of Texas in Austin to also majoring music here at UNL. So far I am very pleased and would like to help the school become as wonderful as a school can be!



Undergraduate Board   |   Graduate Board

Graduate Board Members

Department of Art and Art History
Rebecca Salem

Rebecca Salem


Rebecca Salem is working towards her Master of Arts in Art History and Anthropology with an emphasis on the art and architecture of the ancient Mediterranean. Originally from Chicago, she attended Loyola University Chicago where she received a Bachelors of Science in Anthropology, a Bachelors of Arts in History and minor degrees in Art History and Asian Studies. Following her undergraduate degrees, she obtained a Masters of Arts from University College London in Managing Archaeological Sites. She has worked with the Centre for Applied Archaeology in London, Global Heritage Fund UK, Historic England (formerly English Heritage) and UNESCO Bangkok, where she assisted with the publication Asia Conserved Volume II. Rebecca has conducted archaeological field work at the Roman city of Clunia in Spain, at Billingsgate Roman Bath & House in London, with the British School at Rome in the town of Segni and Pompeii, Italy, and, most recently, on the Mazi Archaeological Project in Greece.

Emily Reason


Johnny Carson School of Theatre and Film
Chadwick Taylor

Chadwick Taylor


Chadwick Taylor is pursuing his Masters of Fine Arts in Directing for Film and Theatre in the Johnny Carson School of Theatre and Film. Taylor received his Bachelors of Science degree from Southern Utah University in Cedar City, Utah, where he studied acting, film, and broadcasting with an emphasis in directing. Taylor has worked for the Utah Shakespeare Festival, Tuacahn Center for the Arts, The Egyptian Theatre, The SCERA Theatre, and The Hale Centre Theatre. In the summer of 2013 Taylor lived in New York City and had the honor of working with Jeff Whiting and The Open Jar Institute. Before coming to The University of Nebraska–Lincoln he taught junior high and high school drama. As a teacher he garnish numerous awards in directing and led his students to two State Championships. Taylor is a proponent for the arts and knows that students’ academic careers thrive with the arts in their lives.
Brendan Green-Walsh

Brendan Greene-Walsh


Brendan Greene-Walsh is pursuing his Masters of Fine Arts in Technical Design in the Johnny Carson School of Theatre and Film. He received his B.A. from Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska. In addition to his position on the Dean's Graduate Student Advisory Board he also serves on both the Safety and Curriculum committees in the JCSTF. Brendan is the Technical Director for the Nebraska Shakespeare Festival, the largest outdoor theatre festival in the state.

Haley Williams

Haley Williams


Hello! I’m Haley Williams and I’m currently pursuing my Masters of Fine Arts in Costume Design at the Johnny Carson School of Theatre and Film. I was born and raised in Lincoln, Ne., and received my Bachelors of Education and Human Science degree from UNL where I studied Textiles and Fashion Design but I has always wanted to go into costume design where I can create a character through clothing, reflecting their personalities and innermost feelings to the audience—while giving it an artistic flare! I recently designed costumes for 2015 productions of Facing East, Mary’s Wedding, Blythe Spirit and Places! and 2016 production of Hamlet.

Glenn Korff School of Music
Jennifer Reeves

Jennifer Reeves


Jennifer Reeves is currently a graduate teaching assistant at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln and is pursuing a DMA in Clarinet Performance. She is an active participant in the University Symphony Orchestra, Philharmonia Orchestra, Wind Ensemble and Graduate Chamber Music program. She achieved a Master’s degree in music from UNL in May 2014. Prior to moving to Lincoln, Reeves attended the University of Tennessee at Martin where she won the First Annual Friends of Music Concerto Competition in 2009. She was a substitute clarinetist for the Jackson Symphony Orchestra in Tennessee and the Paducah Symphony in Kentucky. In the summer of 2012, the Four Stikx Clarinet Quartet (co-founded in 2010 at UTM) was invited to present recitals at Mahidol University and Silpakorn University in Thailand (as a member of the quartet and as a soloist). In addition to her primary teachers, Diane Barger (UNL) and Amy Simmons (UTM), Reeves worked with several renowned clarinet artists at the 2011 Aria International Summer Academy (Deborah Chodacki, Kenneth Grant, Mark Nuccio and Nathan Williams) and the 2009 Belgian Clarinet Academy (Tamara Cuypers, Robert Spring and Eddy Vanoosthuyse). Reeves plans to pursue a career as a university clarinet professor and world-wide performer.

Tamara Riker