Governor Pete Ricketts Appoints NSCS Student Trustees

LINCOLN - Governor Pete Ricketts has appointed Chadron State College student Dawson Brunswick of McCook, Nebraska; Peru State College student Camarie Stratman of Hartington, Nebraska, and Wayne State College student Ria Pedersen of Hartington, Nebraska, to serve as student representatives on the Nebraska State College System Board of Trustees. The students will serve during the 2018-2019 academic year.

Dawson Brunswick

Brunswick, a sophomore at Chadron State College, is earning a degree in education with a field endorsement in business, marketing, and information technology education.  He is the current president of Phi Beta Lambda and vice president of the Student Senate.  He also serves as an IT assistant for a firm in Chadron and a network/system administrator for a firm in McCook.  He has served as a student board member on the McCook Public School Board of Education.  In his application, Brunswick stated, “receiving the Board of Trustees scholarship gave him the opportunity to attend college and in the process presented many opportunities he would not have [had] without the scholarship.  In return, it is time for him to serve and pay it forward.”

Dawson is the son of James and Tiffany Brunswick of McCook, Nebraska.

Camarie Stratman

Stratman, a junior at Peru State College, is majoring in psychology with a minor in human resources. She is currently serving as a student worker in the Human Resource office. She has previously tutored children in an after-school program for Nebraska Wesleyan. She stated in her application that “a student trustee has a unique opportunity to allow the voices from students on campus to be heard.” She further stated that “she would like to be the element that motivates student involvement on campus.”

Stratman is the daughter of Corey and Melissa Stratman of Hartington, Nebraska.

Ria Pedersen

Pedersen, a junior at Wayne State College, is majoring in speech communication and organizational leadership and public relations with a minor in business administration. She has served as the student senate secretary, Wildcat PR vice president, and a navigator. Pedersen serves both her college campus and the community of Wayne through her volunteer work with Haven House and being a Wildcat Academy of Leadership and Knowledge mentor. As a student trustee, she understands that she needs to be “passionate about her institution, knowledgeable about the institution’s strengths and weaknesses, and willing and able to put forth the effort to advocate for positive change.”

Pedersen is the daughter of Richard and Rita Pedersen of Hartington, Nebraska.

The Nebraska State College System serves nearly 9,000 students through three geographically diverse institutions. Combined, the three Colleges offer more than 200 degree, certificate and pre-professional programs that are accessible on the campuses, via the Internet and in several locations throughout the state. With more than 250 credentialed faculty members and 50,000 successful graduates, the Nebraska State College System provides significant human and intellectual capital that contributes to the current and future strength of the State of Nebraska.

"I am a first-generation student, and it was a really hard decision for me to attend college or not. Then, I found Peru State College. With the scholarships and affordable living expenses here, Peru made the decision a lot less difficult."

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Carlene Riley

Peru State College