Student Advisory Board

The Undergraduate and Graduate Student Advisory Boards meet monthly during the academic year. In addition to serving as liaisons between the Dean’s Office and the student body, they also review 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 for Student Affairs Jacqueline Mattingly 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. *Please note: It’s recommended that you download the PDF form first before filling it out.

Undergraduate Board   |   Graduate Board

Undergraduate Board Members

School of Art, Art History & Design

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Nina Cayou

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

Daniella Chavez
Daniella Chavez, ASUN Rep

Daniela Chavez is a fourth-year student from Grand Island Nebraska. She is working towards a Bachelor of Fine Arts with an emphasis in photography, a Bachelor of Arts in art history and criticism, and a minor in human rights and humanitarian affairs. Daniela is very passionate about raising the public’s awareness of the arts and being involved in the UNL community. She is a member of the Sheldon Museum Student Advisory Board; a member and student worker in the Honors Program, and president of its most recent RSO specializing in students of color; she is also an ASUN Senator for the Hixson Lied-College of Fine and Performing Arts; and a part-time photographer for UNL Communications. In her free time, Daniela enjoys nature adventures, discovering new music, and trying new food. 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, and listening to the student body’s voices and concerns.

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.

Michelle Nguyen
Michelle Nguyen

Hi! I'm Michelle Nguyen, and I'm currently a sophomore graphic design major. I've been a lover of art for basically all my life; I grew up drawing, sewing, designing, acting, and even practicing martial arts. Before I knew it, I became fascinated with graphic design throughout high school, and I've been interested in working with publications these days. I'm excited to contribute to the Student Advisory Board and represent UNL's art students!

Johnny Carson School of Theatre and Film

Anna Braxton
Anna Braxton

Hello! My name is Anna Braxton. I am a theatre (performance option) major here at the Johnny Carson School and am currently working on pursuing a leadership and communication minor. I was born in California to two military parents. We moved to Bellevue eight years ago to be at Offutt Air Force Base, and I graduated from Bellevue West this past spring. I have always loved the arts. I was very active in our theatrical and choir community at Bellevue West. I had the honor of performing in the school’s varsity choir as a section leader and the varsity show choir as a dance captain. I have also been blessed to gain wonderful artistic experiences by performing with a variety of ensembles throughout Omaha and Lincoln in venues including the Rose Theatre, Holland Center, Lied Center, and the Orpheum as a national finalist for the Nebraska High School Theatre Awards. Just a little bit about me: I am a movie fanatic! I enjoy reading and painting in my free time. I have always loved traveling, and my favorite place I have ever visited was Zion National Park. It was stunning! This program is like nothing I have ever seen before, and I am honored for the chance to grow as an artist and perfect my craft here over these next four years. Please don’t hesitate to reach out with any questions or concerns you may have, and I will do my best to ensure that they are answered and acknowledged. Looking forward to getting to know you all!

Brannon Evans
Brannon Evans

Brannon Evans is a sophomore from Omaha, Nebraska. She is pursuing a major in theatre (performance option) with minors in musical theatre and African American studies. She is very passionate about theatre education and this is why she is the state officer/alumni advisor for the Nebraska chapter of the International Thespian Society. She is also involved in the Carson School’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee as the vice president, the University of Nebraska–Lincoln Honors Program and is a Hixson-Lied college ambassador. In her free time, Brannon enjoys going on walks, listening to music and working out (when she wakes up early enough!) She is very excited to serve on the Student Advisory Board by sharing her passion and love for the arts and her diverse student body.

Hannah Mason
Hannah Mason

Hannah Mason is a second-year theatre (performance option) major in the Johnny Carson School of Theatre and Film. She is originally from San Antonio, Texas, and moved across the country to be a part of this program. Hannah has been involved in shows with the Nebraska Repertory Theatre, performed in films for Cinema 16, and has been a part of Masquers. Hannah also has experience in stage management, teaching, directing, and choreographing for local community theatres in the Lincoln and San Antonio areas. After receiving her undergraduate degree, she plans on furthering her education in theatre for young audiences so that she can help inspire the future generations of actors. In her free time, Hannah can be found at her local movie theatre or coffee shop, as she is an avid film and coffee enthusiast. She is excited to represent her fellow classmates on the Student Advisory Board during these exciting times at the HLCFPA!

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!

Glenn Korff School of Music

Allyson Akerberg
Allyson Akerberg

Ally Akerberg is a sophomore dance and psychology major from Crystal Lake, Illinois. She is involved in Delta Gamma sorority, UNL dance group Orchesis, Take Note acapella group and works at the Outdoor Adventure Center. Ally hopes to pursue a master's degree in student affairs so she can work as an academic advisor as well as have a dance teaching/choreography job. She also plans to work at Walt Disney World in Florida following completion of her undergraduate degree. In her free time, you can find Ally drinking coffee, spending time with friends and family, or watching lots of Disney movies. Ally is excited to grow as an artist and a human by serving her peers on the HLCFPA Undergrad Advisory Board.

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Hayden Fuelberth

Hayden is a sophomore music education major in the Glenn Korff School of Music.

Katherine Schmit
Katherine Schmit

Katherine Schmit is a sophomore music education major from Lincoln, Nebraska. She has been a member of the Wind Ensemble, Symphony Orchestra, Jazz Orchestra, All-Collegiate Choir, and Cornhusker Marching Band. Katherine currently serves as a rank leader for the Cornhusker Marching Band's trumpet section and as vice president for UNL's chapter of Kappa Kappa Psi. In addition, she is a member of the Teacher Scholars Academy and is an ambassador for the Hixson-Lied College of Fine and Performing Arts. In her free time, she enjoys giving private lessons, baking, and practicing trumpet with friends. She looks forward to serving on the Student Advisory Board!


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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.

Sarah Jentsch
Sarah Jentsch

Sarah Jentsch is a 2nd year Master of Fine Arts candidate in the School of Art, Art History & Design with an emphasis in painting and printmaking. A native Texan, Sarah received her Bachelor of Fine Arts from Stephen F. Austin State University in 2018. Sarah’s mixed media approach centers around her love of animals and mythology, and both feature heavily in her work. She has experience working as a visiting teacher and gallery assistant during her undergraduate career, and in 2018 had the opportunity to attend an artist residency in Hofsós, Iceland, at the Baer Art Center. She is looking forward to continuing her studio practice here in Lincoln and is excited to see what challenges the next years bring.

Johnny Carson School of Theatre and Film

Emma Hoffbauer
Emma Hoffbauer

Emma Hoffbauer is a third-year MFA scenic design candidate in the Johnny Carson School of Theatre and Film, looking forward to graduation in Spring 2021. 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.

During her time in the Johnny Carson School, Emma received the Romulo Soldevilla Award for Outstanding Achievement in Design, and she is currently working on her thesis scenic design for the Nebraska Repertory Theatre's production of Dracula: Mina’s Quest. Emma is a recipient of the Hixson-Lied Graduate Fellowship and is very excited for the opportunity to serve on the advisory board for another year and help to make the Hixson-Lied College a positive experience for all students!

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Camille Lerner

Camille Lerner is a second-year Master of Fine Arts candidate in design/technical production in the Johnny Carson School of Theatre and Film.

Glenn Korff School of Music

Daniel Ikpeama
Daniel Ikpeama

Daniel Ikpeama is a vocalist, conductor, drummer and private music instructor in Lincoln. After completing his bachelor’s in degree in vocal performance at Union College in Lincoln, Daniel earned his MM in choral conducting at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln where he has now begun his DMA degree in vocal performance with an additional focus in jazz & contemporary music production.

Currently the worship director at St. Andrew’s Lutheran Church in Lincoln, Daniel also worked as director for UNL’s show choir, the Big Red Singers. Featured as a tenor soloist in many operas, oratorios, musicals, and concerts, Daniel regularly performs in and around Lincoln. Some of his recent performances include the role of Eumaeus in Monteverdi’s The Return of Ulysses, Sheriff in Tyler White’s The Gambler’s Son, and lead tenor in Union College’s performance of The Seven Last Words of Christ by Theodore Dubois. Daniel also worked with the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Company as both vocal soloist and conductor in collaboration with music director Nick Hallett for the company’s production What Problem?

In starting his YouTube channel, The One Dan Band, Daniel is creating an educational platform to provide free video performances and instructional videos on music to everyone so that they can learn freedom in music and be inspired to use creativity to make music their own.

Rebecca Nederhiser
Rebecca Nederhiser

Rebecca Nederhiser is a passionate conductor, oboist and music educator. Currently the Associate Conductor to the University of Nebraska–Lincoln Symphony Orchestra (UNL) and Co-Conductor of the UNL Campus Orchestra, Nederhiser has also served as Associate Conductor of 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 Schoenberg's Pierrot Lunaire, leading to the formation of the ensemble, the Trace Chamber Society. Their upcoming season will include performing with the UNL Opera on an arrangement of Janáček's The Cunning Little Vixen. The ensemble will also embark on a performance of Copland's Appalachian Spring Suite for 13 Instruments later this season. She will graduate with her DMA in orchestral conducting this upcoming spring (2021).