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.

If you are interested in serving on the Undergraduate Student Advisory Board, please fill out this Questionnaire and return it to Sara Fedderson.

Undergraduate Board   |   Graduate Board

Undergraduate Board Members

School of Art, Art History & Design

Daniela Chavez
Daniela Chavez

Daniela Chavez is a sophomore from Grand Island, Nebraska. She is pursuing a double major in Art and Art History. Although still unsure of her emphasis, she is considering drawing, ceramics or printmaking. With this she plans to attend graduate school to earn an M.A. in Art History and work as a museum curator in the future. She is very passionate about raising awareness of the arts in the public and this is why she is a member of the Sheldon Museum Student Advisory Board. She is also involved in the University of Nebraska–Lincoln Honors Program and is an American Reads Tutor. In her free time, Daniela enjoys going on walks, discovering new music and eating ice cream. She is hoping to contribute to the Student Advisory Board by embracing the diversity and unique talents and skills of each student in the college.

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Nina Cayou

Nina is a junior art major in the School of Art, Art History & Design.

Eden Gose
Eden Gose

Hello all! I am Eden Gose, born and raised right here in Husker Nation! Being a Nebraska native, I was raised to make people feel welcome, and I have learned that kindness can go a long way. I am currently in my third year at Nebraska pursuing a degree in graphic design. Along with graphic design, I enjoy printmaking and photography. Art has always been my first love but, when I am not busy with the arts, you can find me in the kitchen cooking or baking anything I can get my hands on. Out of the kitchen, I love to support local bands and other artists in the community. I have been a part of the undergraduate and juried art exhibitions throughout Richards Hall and the Eisentrager-Howard Gallery. I am a member of the AIGA student group and Alpha Lambda Delta and Phi Eta Sigma National Honor Society. Currently, I am a Digital Media Intern with the UNL Athletic Department to create print designs. I’m honored to be a part of the Undergraduate Student Advisory Board, and my hope is to reach out to others and offer an ear to listen to the needs of students and put forward what I can to make more students feel like they are making a difference at UNL.

Maggie Nava
Maggie Nava

Maggie Nava was born and raised in Omaha, Nebraska. She graduated from Omaha South High Performing Arts school. She is now a sophomore at Nebraska pursing a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree with a photography focus. Maggie has always been involved in the arts; as a child she took up ceramics for about seven years. She is enthusiastic to continue her art and bring light to others who are considering this line of career.

Johnny Carson School of Theatre and Film

Malin Hayden
Malin Hayden

Hey all! My name is Malin Hayden, and I am a sophomore Directing and Management/Performance option within the Johnny Carson School of Theatre and Film community. I have 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 a part of 20 shows both in tech and acting. Returning to the board 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!

Sarah Pagano
Sarah Pagano

Hey there! My name is Sarah Pagano, and I’m from Cranbury, New Jersey! A fun fact about me is I play ice hockey. I’m a freshman majoring in emerging media arts. I came to Nebraska with the dream of being a director and screenwriter, and while I still love filmmaking, I feel I can make a more impactful difference in other emerging media fields. Nebraska is definitely the place to be for that. GO BIG RED!

Hang Yuan
Hang Yuan

Hey there! My name is Hang Yuan, but most people know me as Voyage. I am a Junior pursuing my undergraduate degree dual majoring in Film Studies and Theatre – Film & New Media Production. I've always been a lover of movies, of cartoon animation and of pretty much everything that exists in the world of film. I really interested in exploring the possibility of combining new technology and art together. If you have any questions, feel free to ask me and I will answer them to the best of my ability.

Michael Zavodny
Michael Zavodny

Hi! My name is Michael Zavodny, and I’m from the tiny town of Malcolm, Nebraska. I’m a sophomore theatre performance (acting) major at the Johnny Carson School of Theatre and Film. I’m very active in the theatre community here on campus. In addition to performing in several shows with the Nebraska Repertory Theatre, I’ve also performed in films for Cinema 16, and I’m involved in Masquers. I also serve as the undergraduate student representative for the Recruitment and Outreach Committee at the Carson School. I was thrilled to spend last summer as an apprentice with the Commonwealth Shakespeare Company of Boston, providing support for the mainstage shows, and performing in supplemental shows around the greater Boston area. I’m excited to represent my classmates on the SAB during these exciting times at the Carson School and the HLCFPA!

Glenn Korff School of Music

Allyson Ackerberg
Allyson Ackerberg

Ally Akerberg is a freshman dance and psychology major from Crystal Lake, Illinois. She plans to work toward becoming a dance teacher and choreographer or work in expressive arts therapy. One day, she also wants to work at Walt Disney World as a cast member and performer. Besides being a part of the dance program, Ally sings with The Red Keys acapella group, is a proud member of Delta Gamma, and loves drinking coffee and spending time with friends and family. She also spends most summers with "Encore Music Academy" as a choreographer and camp counselor for junior high and high school musical productions. She is excited to be a part of the Student Advisory Board and wants to encourage her peers in the Hixson-Lied College of Fine and Performing Arts to let her know if they have anything they want to have discussed at the meetings throughout the year! Go Big Red!

Cooper Creal
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.

Scott Overfield
Scott Overfield

Hello! My name is Scott Overfield and I am a freshman from Kansas City, Missouri. I am currently pursuing a degree in music education at the Glenn Korff School of Music. Alongside the Hixson-Lied Student Advisory Board, I am also a part of the Glenn Korff School of Music Student Advisory Board, Percussion Ensemble, Symphonic Band, and Nebraska Steel, and I am a desk assistant in the Harper, Schramm, Smith, Village Resident complexes. Off-campus you can find me working at Michaels Crafts, visiting art studios, or buying copious amounts of Kool-Aid Jammers (Berry Blue ONLY). I am excited to be a part of this board and look forward to the future of the HLCFPA.

Jonah Payne
Jonah Payne

Jonah Payne is a sophomore percussionist in the Glenn Korff School of Music, pursuing a degree in music education. He was born and raised here in Lincoln. Jonah has participated in a variety of music ensembles at Nebraska such as the Percussion Ensemble, the Cornhusker Marching Band, the Big Band, the Symphonic Band, the Varsity Men's Chorus and Big Red Express. Outside of the university, he spent this past summer participating in the Spirit of Atlanta Drum and Bugle Corps as a vibraphonist. Besides music, Jonah is part of the UNL Honors Program and serves on the executive board of Students Together Against Cancer (STAC). In his free time, he loves to play steel drums, jam with other musicians, listen to music and explore nature! He is looking forward to his time on the Student Advisory Board and wants his fellow students in the HLCFPA to reach out to him with any concerns they would like to be addressed at the Student Advisory Board meetings!

Madeline Reddel
Madeline Reddel, ASUN Rep

Madeline Reddel is a Sophomore Music Education major from Omaha, Nebraska. She has been a member of University Singers, Vocal Jazz, Woman’s Chorale and Big Red Singers. This summer she volunteered as a vocal mentor for the educational program “BluesEd,” a counselor for “Omaha Children’s Choir,” as well as a volunteer for Lincoln’s annual “Jazz in June” events. Madeline continues to seek opportunities performing jazz and blues by participating as a vocalist in local jazz bands, and was selected to represent the Blues Society of Omaha at the 2018 International Blues Challenge Youth Showcase in Memphis, Tennessee. Outside of music, she is a member of Kappa Delta Pi chapter and was her pledge class representative for Fall Slate Elections. This is her second year on the Hixson-Lied Student Advisory Board serving this term as "Academic Distinctions and Awards" committee chair. She is excited to grow as an artist through the board and promote the arts to the Lincoln Community!


Undergraduate Board   |   Graduate Board

Graduate Board Members

School of Art, Art History & Design

Hanna Demma
Hannah Demma

Hannah Demma is an avid outdoorswoman, outdoor educator and lifelong Nebraskan. She received her Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 2017, with an emphasis on printmaking and drawing and is currently pursuing her Masters in Fine Arts. Her mixed-media approach to art speaks to aspects of science and nature both familiar and strange, and mines the environment for inspiration, examining the intersection of the imaginative and the biological, of the creative and the empirical. Her process stirs the imagination and sparks excitement for exploration and adventure. Since graduation, Hannah received the Kimmel Foundation Emerging Artist Award and a Mayor’s Art Award in 2018. She completed an artist residency at the Kimmel Harding Nelson Center in Nebraska City, and served as a visiting artist at Maxey Elementary School. Hannah’s passion for art education has taken her to Lincoln, Montana, where she spent a month leading the education programing for an outdoor sculpture park, Blackfoot Pathways Sculpture in the Wild. Hannah has served as coordinator for the Cedar Point Biological Station art program and Art Adventure camp, as well as worked as lead art instructor for the Arts are Basic summer camp at Culler Middle School. In addition to teaching, Hannah has maintained a busy studio practice and exhibition schedule and looks forward to expanding her studio practice to include new mediums and collaborations within the college and the community at large.

Terry Ratlaff
Terry Ratzlaff

Terry Ratzlaff is a first-year, Master of Fine Arts candidate in the School of Art, Art History, & Design with an emphasis in photography. Since receiving his Bachelor of Arts degree in 2007 from the Art Institute of Colorado, Terry has worked mainly as a freelance editorial photographer in Denver, Colorado. He has received commissions from Vanity Fair Magazine, Bloomberg Businessweek, The New York Times and The Financial Times. He was recently named Flash Forward 2018 Top 100 emerging photographers. He is incredibly excited to be living and learning in Lincoln for years to come!

Johnny Carson School of Theatre and Film

Emma Hoffbauer
Emma Hoffbauer

Emma Hoffbauer is an MFA Scenic Design candidate in the Johnny Carson School of Theatre and Film. She attended the University of North Georgia and was part of the Gainesville Theatre Alliance where she received her BFA in Theatre Design and Technology with a focus in Scenic Design in December of 2017. Emma worked as a scenic artist at several professional theatres around the Atlanta area, and took her scenic design work to SETC for which she received an Honorable Mention in the design competition. She is a recipient of the Hixson-Lied Graduate Fellowship, and is very excited for the opportunity to serve on the advisory board and help make the Hixson-Lied College a positive experience for all students.

Grace Trudeau
Grace Trudeau

Grace Trudeau is a Master of Fine Arts candidate in the Johnny Carson School of Theatre and Film for scenic design. She received her Bachelor of Arts in theatre from the University of Kentucky in May 2017. During her undergraduate career, she was involved in multiple productions as scenic charge artist and assistant designer. Grace spent a year post graduation working as a scenic charge artist at the Ocala Civic Theatre in Ocala, Florida. Her favorite shows are “Dear Evan Hansen,” “Nine,” and “Angels in America.” She is a recipient of a Hixson-Lied Fellowship and Chancellor Fellowship.

Glenn Korff School of Music

Rebecca Nederhiser
Rebecca Nederhiser

Rebecca Nederhiser is a conductor, oboist and music educator. Currently serving as the Associate Conductor to the Nebraska Symphony Orchestra, her past positions have included Associate Conductor to the Central Washington Symphony Orchestra (CWSO) and Apprentice Conductor to the Wenatchee Valley Symphony Orchestra (WCSO). Known for her collaborative spirit, Nederhiser has created unique orchestral experiences for performers and audiences alike. In 2017-2018, she partnered with the Central Washington Dance Academy and Central Washington Dance Ensemble, conducting performances of The Nutcracker and Pulcinella Suite. In 2019, she led performances of Arnold Schönberg's Pierrot Lunaire, leading to formation of the chamber ensemble the Lincoln Chamber Society. As an oboist, Nederhiser has performed with the Wenatchee Valley Symphony, the Idaho- Washington Symphony, the Mid-Columbia Symphony, and the Hood River Sinfonietta. In 2010, Nederhiser was a finalist for the national Coeur d’Alene Concerto Competition and in 2014 was a featured soloist for the Sinfonietta Orchestra. As an ensemble member, she has performed in Carnegie Hall, Benaroya Hall, and the Kennedy Center for the Arts. At Hood River Middle School, Nederhiser directed the band, choral, and musical theater programs for six years. Nederhiser recently completed her MA in Orchestral Conducting from Central Washington University. She is currently pursuing a DMA in orchestral conducting.

Catherine Sharp
Catherine Sharp

Catherine Sharp is a first year Doctor of Musical Arts Teaching Assistant at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln studying trumpet performance with Dr. Darryl White. She earned her Bachelor of Music degree in trumpet performance in 2016 from Southeast Missouri State University and her Master of Music degree in trumpet performance in 2018 from Western Illinois University. Catherine was actively involved in several ensembles including wind symphony, jazz band, orchestra, student chamber groups, and marching band during her undergraduate and graduate careers. Catherine has also competed in several state and regional MTNA (Music Teachers National Association) competitions including the Missouri Young Artist Competition and the Regional Young Artist Competition, receiving second and third place during three years of her undergraduate career. Catherine has been trained in several musical genres and styles. As a graduate assistant at WIU she played 2nd trumpet in the LaMoine Faculty Brass Quintet and played second trumpet in the Quincy Symphony Orchestra. In 2017, she was a winner of the WIU Concerto and Aria Competition and won third place at MTNA, held at Central Michigan University in MT. Pleasant, Michigan. Currently, Catherine teaches music classes at UNL as part of her Teaching Assistant duties and participates with the orchestra/wind ensemble and trumpet studio. Catherine enjoys teaching private trumpet and piano lessons to students of all ages in the Lincoln area. She performs regularly around the Lincoln community for churches, orchestras, chamber groups, and other social events. In the future, Catherine hopes to continue to perform professionally as she earns her DMA with the end goal of teaching trumpet at the collegiate level.