35 UNL students inducted into Phi Beta Kappa

Released on 05/31/2013, at 2:00 AM
Office of University Communications
University of Nebraska–Lincoln
Lincoln, Neb., May 31st, 2013 —

            Thirty-five University of Nebraska-Lincoln students were initiated into membership in Phi Beta Kappa this spring.

            Phi Beta Kappa is the nation's oldest academic honor society, recognizing and encouraging a commitment to excellence in the liberal arts and sciences. 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 4 graduating class.


            Alliance: Michael G. Stewart, biochemistry, microbiology and chemistry, son of Terry and Judy Stewart.

            Aurora: Audrey Fox, communication studies, daughter of Larry Jr. and Paige Fox.

            Elkhorn: Samantha Pilmaier, biological sciences, daughter of Timothy and Joni Pilmaier.

            Grand Island: Kara Elizabeth Brostrom, psychology, daughter of Kevin and Beverly Brostrom.

            Greenwood: Ellen Sundermeier, English, daughter of Jon and Mary Sundermeier.

            Hebron: Caleb Arthur Fangmeier, physics and computer science, son of David and Debra Fangmeier.

            Lincoln: Melanie Fichthorn, global studies, daughter of Charles and Diane Fichthorn; Lindsay Leikam, biochemistry, daughter of Mark and Diane Leikam; Alicia Meyer, English, medieval and Renaissance studies, daughter of Kent Meyer of Highlands Ranch, Colo., and M.K. Garrett of Lincoln; Christie Morton, political science and international studies, daughter of Rochelle Morton; Stephanie Spar, global studies, daughter of Greg and Tina Spar.

            Omaha: Bridget Agnew, psychology and sociology, daughter of Jerome and Pandora Agnew; Garrett Allen, philosophy, son of Keith and Paula Allen; Madeline Kay Chester, English; Timothy Lundy, English and classical languages, son of Steve and Eileen Lundy; Evan Nash, mathematics, son of Robert and Mary Nash; Stephen Szalewski, chemical and biomolecular engineering, and physics, son of John and Tina Szalewski; Catherine Tran, women's and gender studies, daughter of Paul Tran and Christine Nguyen.

            Osceola: Seth Peterson, communication studies, son of Tom and Suzanne Peterson.

            Wahoo: Mary Burke, mathematics, daughter of Patrick and Angela Burke.


            Blue Springs, Mo.: Cynthia Mylin Downs, political science, daughter of Joseph and Mary Topi, spouse of Tyler Downs.

            Council Bluffs, Iowa: Abigail M. Schweitzer, biological sciences, daughter of David and Cathy Schweitzer.

            Fairport, N.Y.: Tess Ellen Gosda, international studies and Spanish, daughter of Curt and De Ann Gosda of Ballston Lake, N.Y.

            Mission Hills, Kan.: Owen James Gray, classics and religious studies, and political science, son of James and Peggy Gray, spouse of Grace Gillaspie Gray.

            Rockton, Ill.: Sheila McKay, communication studies, daughter of James McKay of Lincoln, Neb.

            Sioux Falls, S.D.: Broderick T. Allen, biological sciences, son of Gary Allen and Rita Allen; Jordan Broekhuis, music, son of Arlyn and Bev Broekhuis.

            Spencer, Iowa: Jordan Bates, English, son of Dan and Connie Bates.

            Wichita Falls, Texas: Natalie Flack, classics and religious studies, daughter of David and Allyson Flack.

            Worcester, Mass.: Rachel Sullivan, sociology, daughter of Timothy and Jean Sullivan.

Writer: Tom Simons, University Communications