Achievements | Honors, awards, publications for June 17

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Achievements | Honors, awards, publications for June 17

Recent accomplishments earned by members of the University of Nebraska–Lincoln community include awards collected by faculty members Yijia Lin and J. Ron Nelson. Also honored were students from business administration, fine and performing arts, engineering, and agricultural sciences and natural resources.


Yijia Lin, associate professor of finance, won the Early Career Scholarly Achievement Award from the American Risk and Insurance Association. The award recognizes distinguished achievement of a risk management and insurance scholar within 10 years of receiving a doctorate. Lin’s publications in top-10 tier journals were among the accomplishments that led to the award. For more information, click here.

J. Ron Nelson, professor of special education and communication disorders, has been named the Larry and Sharon Roos Family Professor of Special Education. During his 25-year career in special education, Nelson has focused on designing interventions to help children experiencing learning difficulties. He has published 130 peer-reviewed articles, 20 book chapters and 10 books. Read more about the College of Education and Human Sciences award here.


Alexandra Snodgrass, a junior economics major, will represent Nebraska in the first collegiate class of the National Student Congress. Organized by the Henry Clay Center for Statesmanship, the weeklong program includes presentations by national policy makers and a chance for students to practice policy debates and learn about the center’s namesake. Snodgrass, who also is earning a certificate of gerontology from the University of Nebraska at Omaha, will join her 49 peers for the congress at the University of Kentucky, June 19-25. For more information, click here.

Lorie Garnett and James Hajek, both students in UNL’s Master of Arts in Business with a specialization in intercollegiate athletics administration program, received post graduate scholarships from the College Sports Information Directors of America. Garnett received the $7,500 Langston Rogers Postgraduate Scholarship, given annually to a rising minority or female student working in athletic communications/sports information interested in pursing a career in intercollegiate athletics communication. Hajek received the $7,500 Wylie Smith Postgraduate Scholarship, given to a graduate in a media relations/sports information office who expressed an interst in collegiate athletics communications. This is the first since 1997 that two students from the same institution earned the scholarships in the same year. For more information, click here.

Jaclyn Nelson, a horticulture major, was one of three students nationwide to earn a 2016 Mosmiller Internship from the American Floral Endowment. The program allows interns to train at leading retail, wholesale or allied trade operations for up to 16 weeks, gaining on-the-job work experience. Interns are paid by the employer during training and, upon successful completion of the program, receive a $2,000 cash scholarship. For more information, click here.

The Glenn Korff School of Music has five students and alumni who received six national semi-finalist positions in the National Association of Teachers of Singing Student Auditions and Young Artist Competitions. The finals will be held in Chicago from July 7-10. National semi-finalists have completed six independent rounds of competition to be named one of the top 14 singers in the nation in their age/gender category. The semi-finalists are: Sam Mitchell in Category VI: Lower College Music Theater Men; Sebastian Sorensen is in two categories: Category X: Upper College Music Theater Men and Category XII: Upper College Men; Krista Lawrence in Category XIII: Advanced College Women (Graduate Women); Kayla Wilkens in the National Musical Theatre Competition (Young Professionals) and Emily Roach is a semi-finalist in the NATS Artist Awards. For more information, click here.

A team of UNL undergraduate engineering students participated in NASA’s Micro-g NExT program at Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas, in early June. The UNL team designed, built and tested a boom to connect the Orion space vehicle with an asteroid retrieval vehicle. For more information, click here.

This column is a regular Friday feature of UNL 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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