UNK Student Life

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From orientation to commencement, UNK’s outstanding faculty and staff members, modern facilities and engaging programs are committed to supporting and challenging students through a variety of new experiences they may encounter at the University of Nebraska at Kearney. An extensive range of programs and services are designed to enhance connections between classroom learning and out-of-the-classroom opportunities. UNK also strives to promote the development of leadership skills and intellectual abilities, the identification and exploration of personal interests and the preparation of students for roles as future professionals and community leaders.

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UNK Academic and Student Affairs Fund

This fund supports Academic Affairs at UNK. Academic Affairs works closely with students and faculty to develop the outstanding curriculum that is part of every program at UNK.


UNK Student Affairs Fund

Your contribution will be utilized to help fund student leadership scholarships, student programming initiatives, leadership development programming for all student organizations, dynamic university speakers and all other student life initiatives at UNK.


UNK Staff Senate Fund

This fund supports the Staff Senate, a group that fosters communication between faculty and students. Organized in July 1995, members work as advisers to the chancellor, administration and other groups while focusing on performance and communication.


Lucas Dart

Vice President of Alumni Relations and UNK Development

Lucas joined the foundation in 2002 and left to become the UNK alumni director in 2008. He returned to the foundation as campaign director and associate director of the UNK Alumni Association in 2010. Currently, he is vice president of alumni relations and development for UNK. Lucas is a Kearney native and has a Bachelor of Science degree in finance from the University of Nebraska at Kearney. He enjoys fostering alumni and friends' connections with UNK and each other and helping donors achieve their philanthropic dreams and goals.

Scott Jochum

UNK College of Education and College of Business & Technology

Scott joined the University of Nebraska Foundation in 2018 after 17 years of teaching and mentoring students at the University of Nebraska at Kearney. He holds a bachelor’s degree in industrial technology education and a master’s degree in education, both from UNK.

Rich Brodersen

UNK Athletics, Library, Honors Program and Frank House

Rich earned a Bachelor of Science degree with a journalism major from the University of Nebraska at Kearney. A McCook native, he joined the foundation in 2016 after more than 20 years of professional experience working on UNK’s campus as a member of the athletics department and announcer for Loper games. Rich’s fundraising efforts are focused on UNK athletics and the Library, the Honors Program and the Frank House.

Kristin Howard

Special Programs - UNK

Kristin ’00 has more than 17 years of alumni and foundation experience at UNK. As the director of special programs, Howard leads a variety of giving programs and events for alumni, parents and students. Her previous experience includes working as annual campaign director and development director for the NU Foundation in Kearney, assistant director of the UNK Alumni Association and as a copy editor at the Kearney Hub.

Darla Heggem

College of Arts and Sciences

Darla joined the foundation in 2015, after raising her daughter in western Nebraska. She has a Bachelor of Science degree in biology from Creighton University and a master’s degree in Organizational Development from Peru State College. Believing in the power of education and philanthropy, she enjoys connecting thoughtful friends of the university with opportunities to powerfully influence lives and communities.

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When you make a gift to the University of Nebraska Foundation you can trust that it will be used in the way in which it was intended. That’s a promise we’ve kept with our donors since our organization was founded in 1936.