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   from the issue of November 10, 2005

Masters Week draws four alumni back to campus


Four distinguished UNL alumni have returned to campus for Masters Week (Nov. 9-12), an annual event that connects students with successful Nebraska graduates.



This year's UNL Masters include Elizabeth "Libby" Swanson Jacobs, director of community relations with the Principal Financial Group in Des Moines and member of the Iowa Legislature; Marc LeBaron, chairman and CEO of Lincoln Plating; S. Suzanne Nielsen, professor and head of the Department of Food Science at Purdue University; and Janet (Kruse) Sellon, family physician at Lincoln Family Wellness and former student-athlete in volleyball.

The schedule of each master's activities while on campus is listed on the Nebraska Alumni Web site .

Jacobs was elected to the Iowa Legislature in 1994 and has served five terms. She graduated with a bachelor's degree in political science from UNL in 1978. While at UNL, she participated in Delta Gamma sorority, represented the College of Arts and Sciences in ASUN student government, and was active in Young Republicans. Jacobs is active in community and public service roles and continues her association with UNL as an active member in the Cather Circle.

LeBaron graduated from the UNL College of Business Administration with a bachelor's degree in 1976. LeBaron was named president of Lincoln Plating when he was 28 years old and has developed a small local company into one that is the largest of its type in the nation and one of the largest in the world.

Nielsen is widely recognized as both an outstanding teacher and research scientist in the field of food science. A 1976 graduate of UNL, she is the editor of "Food Analysis," a popular textbook used by the majority of food science departments in the United States. Nielsen earned master's and doctoral degrees from the University of Minnesota in 1979 and 1982.

Sellon graduated from UNL with high distinction in 1992 and graduated from the University of Nebraska Medical Center in 1996. One of UNL's most distinguished student-athletes, she excelled on the volleyball court as well as in the classroom. A four-year starter, she was a three-time AVCA All-American, earning first-team honors in both 1989 and 1990. She led the Husker program to 116 victories, including 48 consecutive wins in conference play. In 2004, Sellon received the Nebraska volleyball's highest honor when her jersey was the program's fifth to be retired.

Masters Week was founded in 1964 by then-Chancellor Clifford Hardin. The program brings successful alumni into contact with students through class visitations, campus tours and meetings with clubs and organizations. More than 200 alumni have returned to campus as masters.

UNL faculty nominate alumni each winter for the following year's program. Masters are selected by a committee appointed by the chancellor. Masters Week is sponsored by the Office of the Chancellor and the Nebraska Alumni Association.



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