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
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Derek Benoist


Howdy, My name is Derek Benoist. I am a Senior BFA student with an emphasis in sculpture. I'm from a small town in Western Nebraska called Bridgeport. I am the President of UNL Art League and also run the Medici Gallery in Richards Hall. I was fortunate enough to get an opportunity to spend the Summer in New York City to paint a three story mural in Brooklyn. UNL has given me every opportunity I have needed in order to succeed and I hope you will have the same experience!

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Alexis Hagstrom


Hey there! My name is Alexis Hagstrom, and I come from small town Ord, Nebraska. I am a freshman pursuing my undergraduate degree dual majoring in art and psychology. With this degree, I plan to focus on art therapy in graduate school. I am involved in a myriad of activities on campus including the UNL Honors Program, Alpha Xi Delta Rho Chapter, and various clubs and organizations on campus. You can find me sipping unhealthy amounts of coffee while scrambling to finish my projects on time, cheering on the Huskers, or playing with my team on the softball field. I strive to make known the benefits of the arts, and all the creative insight the college has to offer. I am the eleventh on my mother’s side of the family to attend Nebraska, and I am proud to call Nebraska my home.

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Tiah Northway


Hello, my name is Tiah Northway. I am a native Lincolnite working towards a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Graphic Design. I am a member of the AIGA as well as an active sister of Sigma Psi Zeta Sorority, Inc. When not on campus, I am keeping track of my son and his antics as well as merely enjoying any good company with a good meal. I am excited to be a part of the HLCFPA Student Advisory Board to provide the best opportunities to my peers that I feel have been provided to myself.

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!

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Emily Blythe


Greetings and salutations! My name is Emily Blythe and I am a Freshman Performance Arts Major here at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln. I'm from down south in Austin,Texas, where I discovered my passion for acting as well as my love for spontaneous outdoor adventures and street tacos. Deciding to move almost a thousand miles away from home was scary to say the least. However, the acceptance, support, and friendship I have already encountered here through the Hixson-Lied College and the Johnny Carson School has made my transition absolutely delightful! I hope to bring some of my own Austinite background to our college and campus in an effort to amplify the artistic culture here in Lincoln. In my free time you can usually find me listening to Frank Ocean or in the basement of Temple catching up on some Z's. If you have any questions feel free to ask me and I will answer them to the best of my ability. And if you ever see me around campus, don't be a stranger and say hi!

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Jorden Charley-Whatley


Hey there! I'm Jorden Charley-Whatley, and I'm a Senior Theatre Performance and Directing /Management student at the Johnny Carson School of Theatre and Film. In addition to serving on the Undergraduate Student Advisory, I'm the President of Nebraska Masquers, a member of Lazzi Improv Troupe, and a council member of the student-run theatre company, Theatrix. In my free time, I'm probably cooking, building something, or planning my next project.

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Mackenzie Grell


Hello! My name is Mackenzie Grell and I'm a sophomore majoring in Film and New Media in the Johnny Carson School of Theater and Film. I'm most interested in producing and production management in film. On top of film, I'm also majoring in Spanish. Next fall, I'll travel and study in Spain for a semester! Along with this, I am the student liaison for the curriculum committee in the JCSTF. My hometown is Omaha, NE. I'm so excited to represent my colleagues on these boards!

Glenn Korff School of Music
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Brittany Bell


Hello! My name is Brittany Bell, and I am a junior music education major with an emphasis in voice. I graduated from McKinney Boyd High School in McKinney, Texas. In my time at UNL, I have been involved in University Singers, Vocal Jazz Ensemble, UNL Opera, and Boots & Cats Female Acapella. I also work as an ambassador to the Hixson-Lied College as well as an IT Specialist for the College of Business Administration, so you can find me all over campus! In my free time I enjoy traveling with friends, cooking, and listening to amazing music. I look forward to serving you all!

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Skyler Dykes


Hello, everyone! My name is Skyler, and I am proud “Husker-Jayhawk” from Topeka, Kansas. Currently, I am in my second year of studies in the Glenn Korff School of Music, where I am earning a Bachelor of Arts in Music with an emphasis in vocal music and research. I am also minoring in business, as I hope to one day pursue a career in arts administration. During my time at UNL, I have been involved in the UNL Honors Program, University Singers, UNL Opera, and Sigma Alpha Iota (an international music fraternity for women). I also work as a peer mentor for the “Beyond the Practice Room” learning community and at the Lied Center for Performing Arts as an Event Coordination Intern. In my free time, I’m typically listening to NPR podcasts, spending all of my money at Teavana, or planning my future one Excel sheet at a time. I absolutely love our college and would be more than happy to answer any questions that come to mind!

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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!

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Skylar Nickles


Hello, all! My name is Skylar Nickles and I am currently a freshman pursuing a degree in Music Education with an emphasis in vocal music. I was born and raised here in Lincoln, Nebraska, and I graduated from Lincoln Northeast. I am so proud to officially be a Husker! I am currently in University Chorale, and in my free time I like to sing, read, and try to figure out how to play the piano. I look forward to helping make our college the best it 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.

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Erik White


Erik White is pursuing his Master of Fine Arts degree in painting from the School of Art, Art History, & Design. He received his B.S. in art practices with emphasis in printmaking and painting from Portland State University in 2013. He grew up in Salt Lake City, Utah. Erik is currently painting still lifes made from abstract forms that were gesturally made and manipulated. He is concerned with creating interesting compositions with color and form; to do so, he uses different phone apps to build up a dynamic image before and during the process of painting. It is this dichotomy between the material world and the electronic that his paintings are currently investigating.

Johnny Carson School of Theatre and Film
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

Bridget Hill


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Tamara Tanner


Tamara Tanner is currently pursuing her DMA in flute performance and is a graduate teaching assistant at UNL. She teaches a course for music education undergraduate students, performs in the UNL Symphony Orchestra, and maintains a small private flute studio. She is also an adjunct flute professor at Doane University. Tanner received her BME in K-12 instrumental and general music from Indiana State University and her MM in flute performance from UNL. She hopes to work in arts administration or teach flute at the college level.