Achievements | Honors, appointments, publications for Nov. 11

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Achievements | Honors, appointments, publications for Nov. 11

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Craig Chandler | University Communication

Recent achievements among the university community were earned by Tim Aulner, Rebekah Stiles, Marcia Dority Baker, Brian Harbourne, Alice Kang, Ashleigh Kawaoka, Alana Ross, Fernanda Krupek, Yi Xuen Tay, Jessica Fargen Walsh, Sebastian Vladimir, the Center on Children, Families and the Law and the university.


  • Tim Aulner, Shannon Lotti and Rebekah Stiles, graduate students in the Glenn Korff School of Music, won state Music Teachers National Association competitions in brass, woodwinds and piano (respectively) in October. Aulner, a master’s student in horn performance, is studying with Alan Mattingly, professor of horn, and won the state round of the Brass Division. Stiles, a master’s student in piano performance, is studying with Paul Barnes, Marguerite Scribante Professor of Piano, and won the Steinway and Songs Young Artist Piano Competition. Lotti, a second-year master’s student in flute performance, is studying with John Bailey, Larson Professor of Flute, and won the Nebraska Young Artist Woodwinds competition. They advance to the West Central division competition, which is online. Division winners then proceed to the national competition finals, which take place during the MTNA National Conference in Minneapolis in March.

  • Marcia Dority Baker, assistant director for academic technologies with Information Technology Services, received the 2021 Community Leadership Award from Educause, a nonprofit dedicated to advancing higher education through the use of information technology. The award recognizes Educause members for their roles as community leaders and active volunteers in professional service to the broader higher education information technology community. Marcia was awarded for “showing extraordinary leadership in community-building, mentorship, and encouragement of others in the profession; for advancing professional development opportunities for women, young professionals, and others within the IT community; for cultivating workplace environments of inclusiveness, collaboration, and collective success.”

  • Brian Harbourne, Willa Cather Professor in the Department of Mathematics, was named a fellow of the American Mathematical Society for contributions to algebraic geometry and commutative algebra, and for mathematical exposition. Society fellows have made outstanding contributions to the creation, exposition, advancement, communication, and utilization of mathematics. Read more here.

  • Ashleigh Kawaoka, a junior advertising and public relations and graphic design major, won the 2021 Bailey Lauerman Design Diversity in Nebraska Challenge on Nov. 5. She won a $1,000 scholarship and will have her design installed as a mural on the third floor of Andersen Hall and as a motion design across the building’s digital screens.

  • Fernanda Krupek, doctoral student studying cropping systems and soil health management in the Department of Agronomy and Horticulture, earned a 2021 Heuermann Plant Science Fellowship. The award recognizes doctoral program students for excellence in plant science research and for potential for accomplishments in the field. Her research centers on the Soil Health Initiative. On-farm research experiments are testing the use of cover crops, diversified crop rotations and other practices known to support both agricultural production and environmental improvements.

  • Yi Xuen Tay, graduate student in educational administration and assistant global programs manager with the Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources, received the Global Student Leadership Award from Diversity Abroad. The organization, which supports the academic success and career readiness of students from underrepresented backgrounds, presented the award to Tay at its Global Inclusion conference in late October.

  • The Center on Children, Families, and the Law received a 2021 Quality Program Award for its Child Protection and Safety training program. The honor was awarded Oct. 5 by the National Staff Development and Training Association during the 2021 Annual Education Conference. The association is a national organization focused on improving outcomes for people by supporting state and local health and human services agencies nationwide.

  • Animation Career Review has rated the University of Nebraska–Lincoln at No. 25 among public institutions on its 2021 list of Virtual/Augmented Reality College Rankings. The list accounts for academic reputation, admission selectivity and the value of an institution’s offerings relative to its tuition. See the list and read more here.


  • Jessica Fargen Walsh, assistant professor of journalism, has been chosen to participate in the Faculty Success Program of the National Center for Faculty Development and Diversity. Taking place in spring 2022, the 12-week online program teaches tenure-track and tenured faculty the skills to increase research and writing productivity while maintaining a healthy work-life balance. Read more here.


This column is a regular feature of Nebraska Today. Faculty, staff and students can submit achievements to be considered for this column via email to For more information, call 402-472-8515.

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