Erin Burnette is the Director of the Honors Academy and joined the Husker family in October 2012.
She received her B.A. in Psychology from Truman State University and continued on for her M.Ed. in Higher
Education and Student Affairs at the University of South Carolina. Erin has worked to develop and enhance
the experience of college students in the areas of leadership programs, student involvement, undergraduate
research, academic support and advising, and admissions and has also held positions with high school leadership
programs at Brown University and Yale University.
In her spare time, Erin is an active member of Launch Leadership, a youth leadership development non-profit in
the Lincoln area. She lives in Lincoln with her husband, David. Additionally, Erin is a huge foodie and loves to
travel and explore new restaurants and cuisines. Fun fact: Erin has visited over 150 college campuses!
Gallup Strengths: Activator | Strategic | Maximizer | Woo | Significance
Becka Neary-DeLaPorte is the Assistant Director for the Honors
Academy. She earned her B.A. in Journalism from Simpson College, her M.S. in
College Student Personnel Administration from Illinois State University and
earned her EdD in Adult and Higher Education Administration from the University
of South Dakota. Her doctoral research explored the motivating factors which
contributed to the recruitment and retention of faculty members serving as
student organization advisors. Prior to joining the University of Nebraska-Lincoln
team Becka has spent her professional career working in the division of Student
Affairs, helping promote student involvement, planning campus wide programming,
facilitating leadership development opportunities and providing oversight to
student organizations. Becka is excited for the transition into academic affairs
and working with the Honors Academy students.
Becka enjoys volunteering with her national sorority, swimming, traveling, and
spending time with her husband, two dogs, and one year old twin boys (Avery and
Elliot). Fun Fact: Becka worked on a Hawaiian cruise ship one summer while in college.
Gallup Strengths: Activator | Woo | Communication | Empathy | Harmony
Patrick Smith is the Graduate Assistant for the Honors Academy and is in his first year of the Student Affairs masters
program. Born in Vermont and raised in Connecticut, Patrick is a recent transplant to the Midwest. He received his Bachelor of Science in Natural
Resources from the University of Connecticut. During his time at UConn, Patrick served on the Dance Marathon executive team, as an Alternative Breaks
Director, a Resident Assistant, and as a New Student Orientation Leader. The combination of these experiences are what spurred his interest in pursuing
a graduate degree and career in student affairs.
In his free time Patrick enjoys outdoor activities including rock climbing, trail running and backpacking. Fun fact: Patrick spent three
weeks on safari in Kruger National Park, South Africa.
Gallup Strengths: Developer | Empathy | Context | Consistency | Relator