36 UNL students inducted into Phi Beta Kappa

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36 UNL students inducted into Phi Beta Kappa

Thirty-six University of Nebraska-Lincoln students were initiated into membership in Phi Beta Kappa on April 28.

Phi Beta Kappa is the nation’s oldest academic honor society, recognizing and encouraging a commitment to excellence in the liberal arts and sciences.

The following is a list of the students who were inducted, including their academic major(s) and their parents’ and spouses’ names. All were in the May 7 graduating class.


  • Alliance: Sean Stewart, English, film studies, and classics and religious studies, son of Bradley and Marlene Stewart of Alliance.

  • Arlington: Madeline Volk, biological sciences, daughter of Clark and Leslie Volk of Bennington.

  • Chadron: Geoffrey Ledbetter, communication studies, son of George and Elizabeth Ledbetter of Chadron.

  • Columbus: Olivia Sonderman, global studies, daughter of John and Mary Sonderman of Columbus.

  • Elkhorn: Brock Thompson, economics, son of Scot and Leann Thompson of Elkhorn.

  • Gretna: Jordan O’Neal, physics and mathematics, son of Lee and Lisa O’Neal of Gretna.

  • Kearney: Ann Holen, English, daughter of Bryan Holen of Kearney and Patricia Hay-Holen of Omaha.

  • Lincoln: Jordan Brooks, psychology, daughter of Jim Brooks, and Kathy Rauscher of Lincoln; Chelsea Cox, sociology and Spanish, daughter of Quentin and Michelle Cox of Lincoln; Andrew DuPont, sociology, son of Johnny and Tracy DuPont of Lincoln; Jeremy Payne, biochemistry, son of Jeffrey Payne and Jodie Stein of Omaha; Kevin Rock, computer science, son of LeRoy and Becky Rock of Lincoln; John Rockenbach, political science and English, son of Richard and Linda Rockenbach of Lincoln; Landon Sadler, English and political science, son of Kenneth and Tonya Sadler of Fort Walton Beach, Florida.

  • Minden: Derek Ehlers, anthropology, son of Douglas Ehlers of Minden and Sandra Wendell of Axtell, husband of Julie Ehlers.

  • Omaha: Aaron Calderon, mathematics, son of Cicero Calderon of Omaha and Rhonda Wright; Anna Eckstrom, psychology, daughter of Greg and Karen Eckstrom of Omaha; Annie Himes, Russian, global studies and history, daughter of Tim and Amy Himes of Omaha; Kianna Moore, political science and French, daughter of Gary and Iris Moore of Omaha, wife of Brian Barmettler; Brett Newkirk, computer science, son of Lonnie and Debbie Newkirk of Omaha; Peter Oster, global studies, political science, history and Russian, son of David and Sandra Oster of Omaha; Nathan Provost-Kousgaard, political science, son of Le Provost of Omaha; Grace Solem-Pfeifer, global studies, Latin American studies, Spanish and classical languages, daughter of Douglas Pfeifer and Kathleen Solem of Omaha; Sarah Wagelie, political science, daughter of Rick and Teresa Wagelie of Omaha.

  • Ord: Melani Hagge, history and classical languages, daughter of Mark and Dahn Hagge of Ord.

  • Papillion: Trevor Jorgensen, political science, son of Michael and Traci Jorgensen of Papillion.

  • Plattsmouth: Samantha Greenfield, English, daughter of Scott and Hope Greenfield of Plattsmouth.

  • St. Paul: Jessica Shultis, psychology, daughter of Wayne and Lauri Shultis of Dannebrog.

  • York: Elizabeth Fillman, political science and sociology, daughter of Steven and Karen Fillman of York.


  • Victorville, California: Laura Ulibarri, biochemistry, daughter of John and Donna Ulibarri of Victorville.

  • Colorado Springs, Colorado: Alexandra Blue, psychology, daughter of Paul and Jennifer Blue of U.S. Air Force Academy, Colorado.

  • Marietta, Georgia: Regan Jones, communication studies, daughter of Eric and Debra Jones of Marietta.

  • Palatine, Illinois: Ryan Erdmann, computer science and mathematics, son of Steven and Deborah Erdmann of Palatine.

  • Lenexa, Kansas: Lauren Scanlan, psychology and political science, daughter of John and Gail Scanlan of Lenexa.

  • Stans, Switzerland: Brian Barmettler, history and political science, son of Robert Barmettler of Nidwalden, Switzerland, and Claudia Oberholzer of Graubunden, Switzerland, husband of Kianna Moore.

Editor’s note: This list does not include all Phi Beta Kappa inductees as one student did not release biographical information.

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