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.

Undergraduate Board   |   Graduate Board

Undergraduate Board Members

Department of Art and Art History
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Anthony Marx


Hey there, my name is Anthony Marx. I am a junior studio art major. I am also interested in the new product design minor through architecture and am finishing up a math minor, which is apparently strange for an artist. I hail from Omaha, but am really excited to get to know Lincoln and the opportunities it has to offer. I didn’t take any art courses in high school but was involved in a community art organization throughout my studies. I have worked with and for internationally known artist Therman Statom in Omaha, which led to a collaborative art installation in the Omaha Children’s Hospital. I’m excited to take some real art classes now that I am at UNL, and explore all the opportunities this school has to offer.
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Jordan Scribner


Hello, my name is Jordan Scribner, and I’m a third year major in fine arts specializing in drawing, painting, and graphic design. I was born and raised here in Lincoln, Nebraska, where I have participated heavily in community art, music, and theatre. Beyond the arts, I enjoy biking, hiking, playing videogames, and full-contact origami! I’m incredibly glad to have this opportunity to represent our school and help out the great people in this college.

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Phalin Strong


I'm a senior pursuing my BFA with a focus in sculpture. I enjoy the variable definition of sculpture, and how I am and may be able to apply it in several areas and interests. Throughout my college career I have also participated in dance and performance, radio, non-profit work, teaching, and creative community involvement. Outside of my studio and community work, I am interested in sustainability, camping, walking around, good food making and eating, travel, and gardening. I'm very open to questions, concerns, and general conversation.
Johnny Carson School of Theatre and Film
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Megan Fleming


Hello all, my name is Megan Fleming and I am a senior in the Johnny Carson School of Theater and Film pursuing a B.F.A. in Film & New Media. I was raised in Lawrence, Kansas (Rock Chalk) and decided to come to the University of Nebraska-Lincoln to study film. I have had a blast learning and developing my skills further here. The programs, the equipment, the classes, and most importantly the people are absolutely incredible. I worked as a Production Assistant on the Carson Series Film "Digs" this summer and had the time of my life while learning from seasoned professionals. I am currently working as Assistant Director on a senior thesis project and I am also helping out with other thesis and advanced project films as well. UNL is a unique, fun, community-centered environment that anyone and everyone is sure to love!
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Emma Gruhl


Emma Gruhl is a junior Theatre Directing and Management and Theatre Performance double major in the Johnny Carson School of Theatre & Film. She is also pursuing minors in both French and Spanish. Emma has lived in Lincoln, Nebraska her entire life. She hopes to act and direct professionally in the future. In her free time, Emma loves to read Shakespeare plays. She is a co-coordinator of the UNL Shakespeare Club on campus. Emma is thrilled to have the opportunity of joining the Advisory Board this year!
Glenn Korff School of Music
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Hattie Bestul


Hello, my name is Hattie Bestul, and I am from Middleton, Wisconsin. I am a clarinetist pursuing a music performance major in the Glenn Korff School of Music as well as a minor in business. I am currently playing in the Symphony Orchestra. Most recently I have been focused on studies in teaching artistry and on launching my new initiative to welcome audiences to student recitals, Music for Everyone.
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Lisabeth Wissink


Hi, my name is Lisabeth Wissink. A native of Lincoln, Nebraska, I am a junior Music Education major in the Glenn Korff School of Music. I currently am working on my senior thesis and am a member of University Singers. Besides music, I enjoy books, hot chocolate, and rainy days. I am incredibly excited to represent the amazing group of people in the Glenn Korff School of Music! Please feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns!


Undergraduate Board   |   Graduate Board

Graduate Board Members

Department of Art and Art History
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TJ Edwards


TJ Edwards graduated from Tennessee Technological University, where he received his BFA in ceramics with honors in 2008. As a graduating senior he was a recipient of the Windgate Fellowship. He used this award to travel to China as an artist in residence at the Sanbao International Ceramic Art Institute in Jingdezhen in 2009. In 2008 he was granted employment in Vanderbilt University's art department as the Shop Technician for sculpture and ceramics. During 2008, the Tennessee Arts Commission purchased one of his works for their permanent collection. In 2010 he was awarded the Baden-Wurttemburg Stipend for Vocationally Qualified People, and was able to spend two months in an internship with a German ceramicist. He is currently in his first year of the MFA program for ceramics at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.
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Shadé Ayorinde


Shadé is pursuing an MA in Art History with an emphasis in Modern and Contemporary art and a specialization in African American Studies. She is also the Hixson-Lied Fellow to the Sheldon Museum of Art where she works with the Education Department and as a liaison between the museum and the Department of Art and Art History. She is originally from Lincoln and is a graduate of UNL, where she received a Bachelor of Science in International Business.
Johnny Carson School of Theatre and Film
Matt Rightmire

Matt Rightmire


Matt is pursuing his MFA in Stage Design with an emphasis in Technical Direction at the Johnny Carson School of Theatre and Film. He has served on several other committees including candidate searches, educational programming, and marketing during his time working for the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, the Chippewa Valley Theatre Guild, and the Eau Claire Regional Arts Center. He is honored to serve on the Advisory Board for the Dean's Office and hopes that his experience and influence will help the Hixson-Lied College grow in its mission to serve his fellow students.
Michaela Stein

Michaela Stein


Michaela Lynne Stein is pursuing her Masters of Fine Arts in Scenic Design in the Johnny Carson School of Theatre and Film. Stein received her Bachelors of Fine Arts degree from Stephens College in Columbia, Mo., where she studied Technical Theatre with an emphasis in Scenic Design. She has worked for the Merry-Go-Round Playhouse, Okoboji Summer Theatre, Southwest Shakespeare Company, Theatreworks (Peoria, Ariz.), Stageworks and the Phoenix Metropolitain Opera.

In the last three years she was the scenic paint charge and resident Theatre for Young Audiences scenic designer for the Arizona Broadway Theatre. Her previous scenic designs include "Anastasia," "Steel Magnolias," "Grease" and "The Celebration of Christmas" at Phoenix First Assembly of God. Stein will serve as the Scenic Charge Artist for the JCSTF and will be designing "Candide" this year. In addition to painting and scenic design, she also is a freelance electrician, seamstress, scenic carpenter and foodie.
Glenn Korff School of Music
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Steven Kaup


Steven Kaup is a second year doctoral student in pursuit of a Doctorate of Musical Arts degree in composition. He received his Masters of Music degree in music theory at the University of Nebraska, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in music at Nebraska Wesleyan University. He is currently teaching written theory and aural skills courses as a Graduate Teaching Assistant. As a graduating senior at Nebraska Wesleyan University, he was the recipient of the 2009 Presser Music Scholarship Award. While there, he also performed the role of Stanly Kowalski in the Midwest premier of Andre Previn’s opera, "A Streetcar Named Desire." He is presently the composer and pianist for the Star City Kochavim, a klezmer band based in Lincoln. In addition, he continues to compose for choral, small chamber, and wind ensembles, and solo instruments. Steven’s research interests are in cognitive music as it relates to music pedagogy methods. He also teaches private lessons and tutors for music theory and musicianship skills.
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Talea Bloch


Talea CMS Bloch is earning her Doctorate of Musical Arts degree in vocal performance at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. She holds a B.A. from Nebraska Wesleyan University in Music, Theater, and History Education. After teaching social studies at Millard Central Middle School, Bloch returned to Lincoln to complete her M.M. in vocal performance from UNL. As a graduate teaching assistant, she teaches Applied Voice and a variety of other courses including Vocal Pedagogy, Italian and English Diction, German Diction, and Graduate Diction. As a performer, Bloch has many credits to her name. Her most recent roles include Alexandra in "O Pioneers!," Countess in "Le Nozze di Figaro," Margaret in "Light in the Piazza," Mother in "Amahl and the Night Visitors," Rosalinda in "Die Fledermaus," Katisha in "The Mikado," and Ruth in "Pirates of Penzance." Bloch has been a member of Opera Omaha's Chorus for 6 seasons, performing in over 12 productions. In addition to teaching at UNL, she runs a small private voice studio for high school and college students, volunteers for City Impact as an interest mentor, teaches at her church, and serves on the Friends of Opera Board.