Clubs & Organizations

Volunteering in student organizations and resource centers can be a formative and rewarding part of a student's experience. Professors often report that participation in them helps students develop and hone leadership skills. Employers often like to see that a student has been involved in his or her field outside the requirements of course work.

The student organizations and resource centers listed at right are affiliated with the School of Natural Resources. The faculty contact person is listed under the name of the group. A complete listing of all UNL student organizations can be found on the UNL Student Involvement Web Site.

Sustain UNL

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Neil Tabor, President
Sara Cooper, Advisor

This student organization, formerly the ERC, functions to provide opportunities for students to promote awareness and action in regards to matters of sustainability, in and around the UNL campus. Through the motto of Reuse Rethink Recycle the club encourages participation by anyone with interest in making lasting change. Each year Sustain UNL takes part in activities and competitions while partnering with other organizations and companies to further our message of acting to create progress in the field of sustainability.

Range Management Club

Walter Schacht (402-472-0205)
John Guretzky (402-472-1516)

This club exists to foster advancement in the science and art of range ecosystem management; to stimulate discussion and understanding of scientific and practical range and pasture problems; to provide a medium for exchange of ideas and facts among club members and range scientists; to attend annual meetings of the Nebraska and International Society for Range Management where students participate in student activities, including the Undergraduate Range Management Exam, Range Plant Identification Contest, Undergraduate Public Speaking Contest, and the Undergraduate Student Paper Session.

Soil and Water Resources Club

Mark Kuzila (402-472-7537)

This group provides educational and leadership opportunities and training outside of the conventional classroom; stimulates interest in soil and water resources among UNL students; fosters a spirit of cooperation and mutual assistance among students and faculty in order to advance the science and art of good land and water use; promotes a more conducive relationship between the school and the local community; and establishes relationships with other such student chapters.

Soil Judging Team

Mark Kuzila (402-472-7537)

Students on this team tie together theory taught in the classroom with the reality in the field through competition. Teams dig pits and trenches to closely examine the soil profile, judging texture, structure, color and hydrology. They also look for signs indicating the soil's origin and recent care of the soil and describe the landscape setting. Teams whose evaluations come closest to those of the contest officials score the highest. Regional competition precedes the national contest, to which the top three teams from each region are invited.

Wildlife Club

Larkin Powell (402-472-6825) and Dennis Ferraro (402-472-8248) 

This group provides guidance and further knowledge about specific wildlife; promotes and stimulates interest in wildlife; provides for the cultural and social development of members; provides opportunities to develop leadership; furthers cooperation with organizations concerned with wildlife; and acquaints interested students and faculty members with the wildlife field.

Geography Student Organization

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Becky Buller (402-472-2865)

The GSO/GTU club is composed of active undergraduate and graduate students in geography and related fields. Various group activities are held every semester in addition to promoting geography in the UNL and greater Lincoln community.

UNL Student Subunit of the American Fisheries Society

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Jason DeBoer, President
Mark Pegg, Advisor

This organization is for undergraduate and graduate students interested in the fisheries profession.  The purpose of the AFS Subunit is to promote professional development in the field of fishery and aquatic resource science, encourage exchange of regional fisheries and other technical information, and address issues that affect Nebraska's aquatic resources.  Annual activities include co-hosting the Midwest Fisheries Student Colloquium with the Iowa State University Student Subunit, hosting a fishing tournament for members of the subunit and Nebraska Chapter AFS, and assisting the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission fishery biologists with management activities at Bowling Lake in Lincoln.  For more information, contact Jason DeBoer at fish_hedd@yahoo.com.

Students Today Leaders Forever

Sara Cooper (402-472-8823) or Katherine Grimmette

Students Today Leaders Forever (STLF) is an organization founded by students for students. Having been started in 2003 by four college students at the University of Minnesota Twin Cities, STLF has grown and expanded to not only universities around the United States but also to high schools and middle schools. This coming school year, we are joining in on this nationwide movement to engage students to make a difference among all communities. STLF will give UNL students the opportunity and independence to organize and facilitate different service projects throughout the school year. Near the end of the year, students will be given the option of joining in on the Pay It Forward Tour (PIF). "The Pay It Forward Tour is a dynamic, multi-day program focused on service, education, and reflection, during which groups of students travel the country and volunteer in a new city each day."