Graduate Assistants


Catherine "Catie" Long (LGBTQA Resource Center): 2012-2013 Franco's List Award Winner. Catie served at the Graduate Assistant in the LGBTQA Resource Center during the 2012-2013 academic year.

Melissa Will (Gender Programs):

Conference: National Multicultural Conference and Summit, January 17-18th in Houston, Texas

Presentation: Poster presentation titled: It's all relative: Gender identity development in Native women: A qualitative study

Description: The poster presentation was during a social hour which allowed attendees to wander around, interact with others present, and investigate the various research being conducted by students through a multicultural framework. Researchers stood with their posters answering any questions and explaining the significance of their particular research. 

Some of the main emerging themes identified were:

  • Nontraditional family structures, family relationships, female friendships, spirituality, stereotypes and media messages, gender expectations, journey of self-discovery, and trauma appear to be central themes contributing to gender identity development and identity salience.
  • The gender identity development process appears to develop throughout the lifespan along with cultural identity.
  • Gender identity development in Native women is a complex and dynamic process.
  • Themes will likely be developed further with additional participants and may change.

Bio: Melissa Will is a Field Placement Counselor at the Women's Center while completing her Master's in Counseling Psychology. She is an LGBTQ Ally, offers individual and couples counseling, and co-leads the Eating Disorder Recovery Support Group (an informational group that highlights available resources and addresses particular concerns in relation to recovery). Her primary interests revolve around multiculturalism and various aspects of personal identity.

Undergraduate Students

Nancy Le (Information Strategies) Nancy is one of our graphic designers who has accepted a design internship with the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl beginning this August.

Courtney Casper (Student Organizations): 2013 Outstanding Student Leadership Award Finalist.


Courtney Casper (Student Organizations): 2012-2013 Franco's List Award Winner.


Christian Habib (University Program Council): 2012-2013 Franco's List Award Winner.


Annie Pigaga (LGBTQA Resource Center): 2012-2013 Franco's List Award Winner.


Angela Wickard (Student Organizations):
 The William N. Wasson Student Leadership and Academic Award 2013

Tim Kinoshita (University Program Council): The William N. Wasson Student Leadership and Academic Award 2013

The William N. Wasson Student Leadership and Academic Award is presented annually by the National Intramural-Recreational Sports Association (NIRSA) to twenty-four undergraduate and twelve graduate students nationwide each year. Named for NIRSA’s founder Dr. William N. Wasson, the award recognizes outstanding undergraduate and graduate students who are active participants, employees or volunteers in collegiate recreational sports departments. Criteria for the award includes self improvement through leadership, academic success, activities, volunteerism, and promoting inclusion.



Pat Tetreault (LGBTQA Resource Center): The Fulfilling the Dream Award 2013

The Fulfilling the Dream Awards are presented to individuals or groups who have contributed to the UNL community or the wider Lincoln community by their exemplary action in promoting the goals and vision of Dr. King.

"Through her work as the Director of the LGBTQA Resource Center, Pat as demonstrated that every person is worthy of respect and must be treated with dignity.  She carries the banner of social justice each and every day as she develops programs and services to meet the needs of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and straight ally students on campus."  

Pat Tetreault has devoted 20 years of service to students, staff and faculty at UNL, first as the sexual education program coordinator at the University Health Center. While at the University Health Center, she wrote a proposal that resulted in the creation of an assistant director position for GLBT programs and services in the Office of Student Affairs, and in 2007 became the second person to occupy that position.

She has become the primary resource on campus to provide guidance and expertise when groups or departments seek to build stronger connections with the LGBTQA community on campus and throughout Lincoln. "She possesses the loving, caring, and nurturing compassion needed to connect with the LGBTQA community as an underrepresented population, serving as their advocate and bringing their issues to the forefront."

Chancellor Perlman presented Pat with the Fulfilling the Dream Award at the MLK Week Chancellor's Program on Tuesday, January 22, 2013 at 5:00 pm in the Nebraska Union Auditorium.

Pat recently had an article published in the July, 2013 issue of Journal of Homosexuality titled Perceptions of Campus Climate by Sexual Minorities.


Reshell Ray (Campus NightLife, East Campus Programs) Awarded NACA Patsy Morley Award

On March 2, 2013, Reshell Ray, Associate Director of Student Involvement and Assistant Manager of the Nebraska East Union, was awarded the 2013 Patsy Morley Outstanding Programmer Awardat the National Association for Campus Activities (NACA®) National Convention in Nashville, TN. Ray was presented a plaque by colleague and nominator Karen Freimund Wills, UPC Program Coordinator.

The Patsy Morley Outstanding Programmer Award was established to honor that individual who best exemplifies outstanding achievement in the field of campus activities advisement. This annual award honors the late Patsy Morley, a former chair of the NACA Board of Directors, who died in 1981.

“I do what I do because of the students”, is a phrase often uttered by Ray in her day-to-day interactions with student staff and fellow colleagues. Through her efforts to strengthen community for students living on and off campus by initiating new and innovative programs, participation has more than doubled since she agreed to serve as the Assistant Director for East Campus Programs and Services. Now an Associate Director of Student Involvement at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Ray’s exceptional dedication to students, volunteers, faculty/staff and community members, in an effort to produce well-attended events, as well as events that contribute academically and socially to the college experience, has earned her national recognition and praise.