Achievements | Honors, awards, publications for Dec. 8

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Achievements | Honors, awards, publications for Dec. 8

Holly Hatton-Bowers
Holly Hatton-Bowers

Recent accomplishments by the campus community were earned by Shaye Arriola, Madhav Bhatta, Richard Bischoff, Thomas Butts, Nicolas Cafaro la Menza, Parminder Chahal, Michaela Cunningham, Nikita Gambhir, Holly Hatton-Bowers, Elnazsadat Hosseiniaghdam, Yunlong Jin, Manbir Kaur Rakkar, Md Rashaduzzaman, Brianna Rideneour and Salvador Ramirez. Camp Kesem and Resilient Women, both recognized student organizations, were also honored.


  • Richard Bischoff, professor and department chair of child, youth and family studies, and Paul Springer, interim associate dean for academic affairs in the College of Education and Human Sciences, presented research on unconventional mental health care strategies to reach underserved populations at the Second Global Mental Health Conference, Oct. 5-7 at the University of Jordan in Amman. During the conference, Bischoff and Springer presented on the importance of engaging people in rural and underserved communities to address mental health disparities through a model they developed. Their model emphasizes a collaborative care approach, working closely with local providers to improve community interactions, mental health literacy, referrals, and the acceptability of mental health treatment through innovative strategies in unconventional settings. Easily transferable to other country settings and adaptable to local needs, the model offers a possible option for mental health service needs in Jordan. Learn more about this initiative.

Brianna Ridenour

  • Holly Hatton-Bowers, assistant professor and early childhood extension specialist in child, youth and family studies, was recognized with the Innovative New Employee from Nebraska Extension. The award was presented at the Extension Fall Conference and recognizes her contributions to professional development programming for early childhood education teachers. Hatton-Bowers joined CEHS in 2016. Her primary areas of interest and scholarly activity include creating and implementing programs designed to enhance the quality of early childhood development and early care and education and to use strategies that cultivate resilience, compassion and kindness among caregivers and families. Learn more about this award.


  • Shayne Arriola, senior marketing major, has been awarded Pi Kappa Alpha International Fraternity’s November 2017 Pike of the Month. The recipients of this award demonstrate the True Pike ideals, working to improve themselves and having a positive impact on their chapters, campuses and communities. Arriola was nominated for demonstrating superior leadership. He is very active on and off campus. Learn more about this award.

  • Michaela Cunningham, agronomy major, was awarded a 2017 Western Seed Association scholarship at the WSA Banquet Nov. 9 in Kansas City. The scholarships are awarded based on scholarship and an interest in the seed industry. Cunningham is a member of the Agronomy Club, Range Club, Engler Entrepreneurship Program and Campus Crusade for Christ Bible Study. Learn more about this scholarship.

  • Yunlong Jin, a doctoral student physics professor David Sellmyer’s research group, recently won the Best Poster Award at the 62nd International Conference on Magnetism and Magnetic Materials Nov. 6-10 in Pittsburgh. Jin’s poster presented his research on Perpendicular Anisotropy and Electron Transport of Expitaxial Co2TiSi Films. Learn more about the presentation.

  • Md Rashaduzzaman, textiles, merchandising and fashion design graduate student, received the 2017 International Textile and Apparel Association Marjorie Joseph Fellowship: Outstanding Beginning Doctoral Student Award Nov. 18 at the International Textile and Apparel Association annual conference in St. Petersburg, Florida. The award includes a $1,000 stipend and is named in honor of Joseph, former professor at California State University Northridge, author of numerous textile science articles and books, and the first editor of the Clothing and Textiles Research Journal.

  • Brianna Ridenour, senior management major, received the NASPA IV-W Undergraduate Rising Star Award at the regional conference held Nov. 7-9 in Lincoln. The Undergraduate Rising Star Award annually recognizes one undergraduate student in each state of the 10-state region who is involved in campus activities, demonstrates campus leadership, works on campus in student affairs and has intentions of pursuing an advanced degree in a related field.

  • Eight agronomy and horticulture graduate students were honored with fellowships and awards by the Agricultural Research Division and the College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources at the Distinguished Fellowships and Awards Luncheon Nov. 6. Those honored include Madhav Bhatta, Thomas Butts, Nicolas Cafaro la Menza, Parminder Chahal, Nikita Gambhir, Elnazsadat Hosseiniaghdam, Manbir Kaur Rakkar and Salvador Ramirez. Learn more about the fellowships and awards.


  • Camp Kesem and Resilient Women, both recognized student organizations, each received $1,000 toward proposed projects through the Center for Civic Engagement’s “Give Back. Big.” program. Resilient Women plans to host the Resilient Women of Color Conference in March 2018. The conference aims to help high school women of color develop skills to reach their full potential. Camp Kesem will put the funds toward the 2018 summer camp season where student organizers expect to serve 110 children affected by a parent’s cancer. The camp helps children build a peer support network that understands their unique needs, builds confidence and strengthens their communication skills.

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

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