Concordia University, Nebraska Honors Outstanding Academic Achievement

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Departments choose graduating seniors to recognize for this award.

Concordia University, Nebraska, recognized graduating seniors with outstanding academic achievements at an Academic Honors Reception on Friday, May 10.

Every year, each academic department may give two or more awards, depending on the size of the department and number of students. Each department establishes its own criteria for award recipients, but the criteria must consider the student’s grade point average, level of service to the department and level of service to Concordia University.

Concordia’s College of Arts and Sciences, represented by Dr. Brent Royuk, dean of the college, will recognize the following students:

Hayley Koeritz, Northrop, Minn.

Paul Fortmeyer, St. Joseph, Mo.
Phil Friedrich, Seward, Neb.
Megan Heiser, Lynch, Neb.
Amanda Kisker, Lincoln, Neb.

English, Modern Foreign Language, Communication and Theater Arts
Elizabeth Kelly, Palmer, Ala.
Takota Theim, Crete, Neb.
Alicia Wosepka, Ackley, Iowa

Health and Human Performance
Nicole Mapes, Greeley, Colo.
Ashley Willoughby, Fairfield, Iowa

Math and Computer Science
Kathleen Bergt, Fairmont, Minn.
Daniel Klinge, State Center, Iowa

Sarah Mahnken, Schleswig, Iowa
Stephanie Mueller, Wheaton, Ill.

Mikaela Barz, San Antonio, Texas
Christopher Podlich, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia

Natural Science
Derek Neihardt, Lincoln, Neb.
Michael Tewes, Lincoln, Neb.
Heidi Wilkinson, Bloomington, Ind.

Social Science
Preston Sunderman, Norfolk, Neb.

The College of Education, represented by Dr. Ronald Bork, dean of the college, will recognize the following students:

Early Childhood Education
Janis Thiemann, Jacksonville, Fla.

Elementary Education
Alexa Marquardt, Bel Air, Md.

Middle Level Education
Sarah Sprague, St. Louis, Mo.

Secondary Education
Preston Sunderman, Norfolk, Neb.

Special Education
Samuel Fishburn, Haven, Kan.

The College of Graduate Studies and Adult Education, represented by Dr. Thad Warren, dean of the college, will recognize Diann Moore of Omaha, Neb., in the degree completion program.

Concordia University, Nebraska, founded in 1894, is a fully accredited, coeducational university located in Seward, Neb. that currently serves over 2,100 students. Concordia offers more than 50 professional and liberal arts programs in an excellent academic and Christ-centered community that equips men and women for lives of learning, service and leadership in the church and world. For more information, visit


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