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 Charles O'Connor for the Graduate Board.

Undergraduate Board   |   Graduate Board

Undergraduate Board Members

Department of Art and Art History
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Karissa Johnson


Hello everybody! I am Karissa Johnson - an Art History major here at UNL. I graduated high school from Raymond Central and found my passion for art history at the University of Nebraska - Lincoln. In my free time I love travelling, playing my guitars, watching scary movies (please feel free to discuss The Walking Dead or American Horror Story with me), Husker football, attending rock concerts, and taking photographs for my own personal enjoyment. If you have any questions/comments/concerns, please feel free to approach me at any time - I promise that I don't bite!
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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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Christina Ensign


Hello! My name is Christina Ensign, and I am a junior music theory and clarinet performance double major at the Glenn Korff School of Music. While I was growing up, my dad was in the Army, so we moved around a lot. I graduated high school in Leavenworth, Kansas, although my family now lives in Circle Pines, Minnesota. Coming to UNL was one of the best decisions I have ever made. I could not be more proud to call Lincoln, Nebraska, my home. I am currently a member of the Wind Ensemble, a clarinet/horn/piano trio, and a jazz combo. I am also beginning work on my senior music theory thesis, which I plan to complete by the end of the Fall 2015 semester. I am an ambassador for the Hixson-Lied College of Fine and Performing Arts and a Westbrook Building Monitor. Besides that, I like reading, tennis, sushi and my dog, Toby!
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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
Jacqueline Spackman

Jacqueline Spackman


Jacqueline Spackman is pursuing her Master of Arts in Art History. She received her B.A. from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 2009 in Art History and Religious Studies. Jacqueline is from Lincoln Nebraska and has interned at the Sheldon Museum of Art and has worked as a gallery assistant at Kiechel Fine Art in Lincoln. Jacqueline is currently in the second year of her masters program. Her focus is in Northern Renaissance art, particularly the art of the German Reformation.
Shalya Marsh

Shalya Marsh


Shalya Marsh received her Bachelor’s of Fine Arts in Ceramics from the State University of New York at New Paltz in 1999. During the time between undergraduate school and graduate school, she exhibited her artwork, taught in the community, participated in residencies and worked in the nonprofit sector. Currently Marsh is a graduate student in ceramics in the Department of Art and Art History. Her work has been exhibited at the Baltimore Clayworks (Baltimore, MD), the Maryland Institute College of Art (Baltimore, MD), the Gallery at Penn Tech (Williamsport, PA), the Lancaster Museum of Art (Lancaster, PA), the Rouse Company Foundation Gallery (Columbia, MD), Moore College of Art (Philadelphia, PA), the Delaware Center for Contemporary Arts (Wilmington, DE), the San Angelo Museum of Art (San Angelo, TX), the Phillips Museum of Art (Lancaster, PA), and the Center for Emerging Visual Artists (Philadelphia, PA). In addition to a rich exhibition record, Marsh has augmented her studio practice through participation in workshops and residencies, including the Young Artist in Residence at Millersville University, a Kiln God Residency at Watershed Center for the Ceramic Arts, and the Lormina Salter Fellowship at the Baltimore Clayworks.
Johnny Carson School of Theatre and Film

Greg Rishoi


Greg Rishoi is pursuing his Master of Fine Arts in stage design.
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.
Glenn Korff School of Music
Christina Biddle

Christina Biddle


Christina Biddle is a second year Masters in Music Candidate with an emphasis in musicology at the Glenn Korff School of Music. She is currently working on her thesis regarding the portrayal of adolescent characters in modern Broadway musicals. Prior to moving to Nebraska, Christina lived in Arizona where she received her Bachelors of Arts in Music with a minor in History from Northern Arizona University. She hopes to be a life long learner and continue her studies through the concept of public musicology by working in music museums and eventually being a collegiate professor. Inspiring others, whether musicians or not, to learn about and love music as much as she does is Christina's goal in life. When Christina isn't buried in books at the library, she enjoys spending time with her friends and pets, making and eating good food, reading and traveling.
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.