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

School of Art, Art History & Design

Christie Asuoha


Bio coming soon.

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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.

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Izoebelle Schneider


My name is Izoebelle Schneider, but most people know me as Zoe. I am from the tiny town of Hay Springs, Nebraska, in the far northwest corner of the state. I am a senior here at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln, and I am working towards my BFA with my emphasis being in photography. I previously attended Western Nebraska Community College in Scottsbluff, Nebraska, where I earned my Associates of Art. I am very active here on campus, I love to go to all of the events that are held here and of course I rarely miss a Husker football game. I am also in the UNL Fine Art Photo Club. When I’m not on campus, you can find me at home playing with my kittens, out somewhere in nature with my friends, or back home playing with my niece and nephew. I am beyond excited to be included on this board. I think I can bring a different view and opinions into our conversations that I think is important to have.

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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Alex Andersen


Hello! My name is Alex Andersen, and I’m in my 3rd year as a theatre design and technology major at the Johnny Carson School of Theatre and Film emphasizing in lighting design. Before coming to Nebraska, I transferred from Southeast Community College in Lincoln and hope to use that experience to bring different perspectives on issues and ideas to light. On campus I’m involved in the UNL Railroad Club and have worked with the student-run theatre company, Theatrix, multiple times. Outside of that I’m a photographer and love to ride the many bike trails in and around the Lincoln area. I’m excited to represent my classmates and friends. If you see me, feel free to say hi!.

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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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Malin Hayden


Hey all! My name is Malin Hayden, and I am a freshman directing and management emphasis within the Johnny Carson School of Theatre and Film community. I recently graduated from Greenbrier High School in Evans, Georgia. My family is military, allowing me to have more than one home. I have been blessed with the ability to be apart of 14 shows both in tech and acting. Being a new student to UNL this year, I hope to bring optimism and a sense of community to the Hixson-Lied College. When I am not in the theatre, people can find me drawing, doing photography or belting show tunes. I am very ecstatic for the upcoming year!

Glenn Korff School of Music
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Cooper Creal


Hello! My name is Cooper Creal, and I am a sophomore from Lincoln. I am currently pursuing my Bachelor of Music degree in vocal performance in the Glenn Korff School of Music. On campus I have been involved in Pitch, Please! a cappella, The University Program Council, Varsity Men's Chorus, University Singers and UNL Opera. Outside of the university, I actively volunteer with a non-profit organization called Launch Leadership, and I also work at The Mill Coffee and Tea. In my free time, I like to drink coffee (good thing I work at a coffee shop!), try out new vegetarian and vegan recipes and obsess over the British Royal Family. I am so excited to represent my colleagues and friends through this great opportunity in the Hixson-Lied College.

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Skyler Dykes


Skyler Dykes is a junior in the Hixson-Lied College of Fine and Performing Arts, majoring in music and minoring in business and French. A proud “Husker-Hawk,” Skyler was born and raised in Topeka, Kansas. Within the Glenn Korff School of Music, Skyler is involved in All-Collegiate Choir, Sigma Alpha Iota (International Women’s Music Fraternity) and UNL Opera. In addition, she serves as an Ambassador and as the college’s ASUN Senator. On campus, Skyler works at the Lied Center for Performing Arts as a Volunteer Coordination Intern and for UNL Learning Communities as a Peer Mentor. Skyler also enjoys volunteering in the community for Lincoln Literacy, where she teaches a weekly English class to English Language Learners. Upon graduation, Skyler hopes to pursue a dual degree Juris Doctorate and Masters in Arts Administration. Feel free to contact Skyler with any Hixson-Lied questions or concerns you would like addressed at SAB meetings!

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Abby Kurth


Hello, all! My name is Abby Kurth, and I am from Bettendorf, Iowa. I’m currently a junior in the Glenn Korff School of Music, pursuing a Bachelor of Arts in Music with an emphasis in vocal performance and a minor in theatre. Here at Nebraska, I have been involved with the Cornhusker Marching Band, University Singers, Vocal Jazz, UNL Opera, German Club and Horn Ensemble. I also work at the Lied Center for Performing Arts as an Event Coordination Intern and am a member of the Lied Center Student Advisory Board. In my free time you’ll find me cooking, making Spotify playlists, playing board games or watching movies at the Ross and Grand Theatres ($5 Thursdays are a must!). I love our college and am so thankful for the opportunities it gives our students. I’m quite excited to serve on the Student Advisory Board!

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Madeline Reddel


Madeline Reddel is a freshman from Omaha, Nebraska. She is pursuing a music education degree with a focus in voice. Here at Nebraska, Madeline is involved in the all-collegiate show choir Big Red Singers, Women’s Choir, and Classic’s Club. Outside of college she is involved in a blues/jazz band called “The Redwoods” that will play in the International Blues Challenge in February 2018. In her free time she enjoys singing jazz, watching classic movies, playing music with friends, and seeing live music (especially blues!) She is excited to be a member on the Student Advisory Board, and wants to incorporate more music and art into the greater UNL community.

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An Tran


Hello, everyone! My name is An, and I’m a junior from Lincoln, Nebraska. I am pursuing a Bachelor of Arts in violin performance and a Bachelor of Arts in mathematics. Here at Nebraska, I play in the Symphony Orchestra, Philharmonia, and chamber music ensemble. I also play in Lincoln’s Symphony Orchestra and in the Amore String Quartet. Outside of the Glenn Korff School of Music, I am involved with Nebraska’s Vietnamese Student Association. In my free time, I love watching cute videos of dogs, listening to podcasts and spending time with my friends and family. I have really enjoyed my time at Nebraska so far, and I’m very excited to start serving on the Student Advisory Board!



Undergraduate Board   |   Graduate Board

Graduate Board Members

School of Art, Art History & Design
Chris Askew

Christopher Askew


Christopher Askew is a first year M.A. student in the School of Art, Art History, and Design, focusing on the history of Greek and Roman art and archaeology. A native of Suffolk, Virginia, he attended the University of Virginia where he received his Bachelors of Arts in both History and Art History with a Religious Studies minor. Afterward, he attended the College of William & Mary’s Post-Baccalaureate in Classical Languages for two years to learn both Ancient Greek and Latin. In the past Christopher has worked as a museum intern at Fralin Museum of Art and conducted archaeological fieldwork in Greece with the Athenian Agora Excavations. His academic interests include Ancient Greek vase-painting, iconographic studies, clothing and adornment studies, ancient social history, and the archaeology of ancient religion.

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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
Adam Jezl-Sikorski

Adam R. Jezl-Sikorski


Adam R. Jezl-Sikorski is an M.F.A. candidate in the Johnny Carson School of Theatre and Film for stage design with an emphasis in lighting design. Fresh from Lewis University, he recently received his Bachelor of Arts in theatre this past May (2017). While an undergraduate, his designs have been recognized by the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival on multiple occasions while placing as a KCACTF Region III semi-finalist for his work in 2015. Jezl-Sikorski is an Eagle Scout and a recipient of a Hixson-Lied Fellowship.

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, Nebraska, and received my Bachelors of Education and Human Science degree from Nebraska, 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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Shiana Montanari


Shiana Montanari is currently pursuing her DMA in clarinet performance at UNL. She performs regularly in the University Symphony Orchestra, Philharmonia Orchestra, Wind Ensemble, and Graduate Chamber Music program, and she maintains a small private clarinet studio. Montanari earned her BA in clarinet performance from Fort Lewis College in 2011 and her MM in clarinet performance from the Univeristy of Nebraska-Lincoln in 2015. She hopes to teach clarinet and other instrumental music courses at the college level upon the completion of her doctoral studies.