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.

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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.

Daniela Chavez
Daniela Chavez

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

Sarah Jentsch
Sarah Jentsch

Sarah Jentsch is a 3rd year Master of Fine Arts candidate in the School of Art, Art History & Design with an emphasis in painting and printmaking. Sarah received her Bachelor of Fine Arts from Stephen F. Austin State University in her home state of Texas in 2018. Sarah’s intricate drawings and paintings use animals allegorically to explore her experiences and often include women, dogs, fire, owls, knives and tears thrown into surreal compositions. She has experience working as a visiting teacher and gallery asisstant during her undergraduate career, and in 2018 had the opportunity to attend an artist residency in Hofsós, Iceland, at the Baer Art Center. During her time at UNL, she has taught as an instructor of record in drawing and printmaking and plans to continue her teaching career post-graduation.

Hanna Demma
Penny Molesso

Penny Molesso is a second-year MFA student in the School of Art, Art History & Design. They received their BFA from the University of Arkansas in 2020. Their work uses video and textile-based sculpture to create speculative realities, and discuss the intersection of their transness and disability.

Johnny Carson School of Theatre and Film

Emma Hoffbauer
Francisco Hermosillo

Francisco Hermosillo, III is a lighting designer from Los Angeles, California, who is currently a second year Master of Fine Arts candidate in the Johnny Carson School of Theatre and Film, studying under Michelle Harvey. Prior to his studies in Lincoln, he received a BA in music composition from California Lutheran University, and also studied under Michael Schelle.

Hermosillo has enjoyed an active freelance career as an electrician in regional theatre and universities across the country, such as Rubicon Theatre Company, Barrington Stage Company, and the University of California, Los Angeles.

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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

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Emily Chapman

Emily Chapman is a first-year Ph.D. in Music Education student with a focus in Choral Education. She earned her bachelor’s degrees in both Music Education and Vocal Performance from UNL and to this day remains the only student to have completed both of these degrees here. After receiving her bachelor’s degrees, she attended Baylor University for her master’s degree in Vocal Performance, where she focused on Early Music. For the last 10 years, Emily has been teaching music in Arizona, first in a K-8 charter school and then transitioned to teaching choir in a public middle school. While in Arizona, she was also granted the opportunity to chair the Arizona Elementary/Junior High All-State Choral Festival for two years.

As a student and a teacher, Emily loves to stay busy, whether participating in ensembles from Big Red Singers to University Singers and the UNL Operas to Marching Band, mostly during her undergrad degree. When teaching, she worked to instill a love and appreciation of music into the hearts of any willing student. Emily is thrilled to get the opportunity to work with undergraduate students here at UNL as they prepare themselves for the real world. She is also delighted to have the chance to represent the Glenn Korff School of Music on our graduate advisory board.

Daniel Ikpeama
Daniel Ikpeama

Daniel Ikpeama is a vocalist, conductor, drummer, videographer, 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 in Lincoln where he is currently pursuing a DMA degree in vocal performance.

Daniel has recently worked as the worship director at St. Andrew’s Lutheran Church in Lincoln, and 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 Harashta in Leoš Janáček's The Cunning Little Vixen, 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?

Daniel also has a YouTube channel where you can find more of his music content including music videos, writing sessions, and the Music Currency Podcast.