Alumni and Friends Advisory Board

The Advisory Board serves as well-informed advocates for the School with relevant constituencies in the University of Nebraska and the State. They work to enhance and broaden the School's reputation, help to educate, inform, and inspire our undergraduate and graduate students on career decision-making and the value of our programs, and help to find potential donors. Read about the board's founding in this history by Bruce Rippeteau

Endowed Excellence Fund

The Advisory Board created the UNL Anthropology Endowed Excellence Fund aiming to give our students and faculty opportunities to pursue research and engage in scholarly exchange for generations to come. Read about the UNL Anthropology Endowed Excellence Fund established by the AFAB

Board News

April 2020

Peter Zandbergen was honored as the 2020 speaker for the John and Tammy Allen Lecture Series. Peter graduated with a BA in anthropology in 1974 and is currently the Executive Vice President of Union Bank and Trust.

  • David Gradwohl analyzing Harlan County Reservoir collections
  • T. Gray and C. Lumbeck working at an archaeological site
  • Student working in Benton Hall with collections in 1974
  • Student in the field working on NSHS Mitigation Project in 1981
  • students discussing primitive technology in 1996
  • students working at the 2008 summer field school
  • 2016 Alumni and Friends advisory board

Various alumni and AFAB members throughout the decades.

2019-2020 Board Members


Chairman: Jim Kohler (BA), Class of 1969; Lincoln, NE; Change Management Consultant (retired).

Vice-Chair: Nolan Johnson (MA); Class of 2006; Lincoln, NE; Archeologist, History Nebraska.

Secretary/Treasurer: Susan Traub (MA), Class of 1969; Spring Hill, KS; Owner and Director of Business Development, Traub Design Associates, Inc. a museum exhibit design and fabrication firm.

Ex-Officio Members

Dr. Sophia Perdikaris, Director of the School of Integrative Studies, UNL

Joye Fehringer, Lincoln, NE; Development Officer, NU Foundation

Dr. Raymond Hames, Professor of Anthropology, UNL and Faculty Representative

Dr. LuAnn Wandsnider, former Chair of the Department of Anthropology, UNL, and current Chair of the Past Chairs Advisory Committee

At-Large Members

Bruce Rippeteau (PhD), Class of 1968 (BA); Lincoln, NE/Cape Vincent, NY; Professory, SUNY; first State Archaeologist, Colorado; Director, SC Institute of Archaeology and Anthropology, University of South Carolina (retired)

Peter Zandbergen, Omaha, NE; Class of 1974 (BA); Graduate School of Banking, University of Colorado; Executive Vice President, Union Bank & Trust

Kelli Bacon, Lincoln, NE; Class of 2003 (BA), 2010 (MA); Preservation Archivist, Nebraska State Historical Society

Dawn Bringelson, Lincoln, NE; Class of 1991 (BA), University of Washington (MA 1995, PhD 2004), Archeologist, Historic Preservation Partnerships, Midwest Archeological Center.

Thomas Riley (PhD), Fargo, ND; Professor Emeritus and Dean of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences, North Dakota State University (retired)

John E. Ehrenhard, Class of 1968 (BA), 1971 (MA); Crawfordville, FL; Archaeologist and Director, NPS Southeast Archeological Center (retired)

David Mayer Gradwohl (PhD); Class of 1955; Ames, Iowa; Professor Emeritus of Anthropology and Founding Director of the Iowa State University Archeology Laboratory

Art Wolf, Las Vegas, NV; Class of 1975 (BA), University of Arizona 1977 (MA); Museum Consultant; Founder and Principal of WOLF Consulting

Ralph Hartley, Lincoln, NE; Class of 1974 (BA), 1989 (PhD) Geography, Lincoln, NE; Adjunct Professor, Anthropology, University of Nebraska