April 23, 2013

Student Impact Awards Recognize Faculty and Student Excellence

A College of Business Administration student, Mark Carney, received the President of the Year Award at the Student Impact Awards banquet April 9 in the Nebraska Union. Warren Luckner, David P. Hayes Memorial Chair in Actuarial Science, was honored as the Adviser of the Year. These awards honor leaders on campus including outstanding University of Nebraska–Lincoln Recognized Student Organization (RSO) officers, members and advisers.
 
Carney is the president of the Scarlet Guard, the largest student organization at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln. Professor Luckner is adviser of the UNL Actuarial Science Club, which is one of the 21 recognized student organizations designed for CBA students.
 
Mark Carney

Mark Carney receives award

Carney, a senior economics major from Castle Rock, Colo., was nominated for the award byScarlet Guard’s adviser Jenny Green and treasurer Ben Wilson.
 
“It felt awesome to win this award. It’s a group I love, and it was great to receive recognition,” Carney said.
 
During his term as president, Scarlet Guard has hosted 30 events throughout the year. Since the organization is operated in partnership with the Nebraska Alumni Association, it offers students unique networking opportunities with alumni.
 
“Scarlet Guard is a group every student has a reason to join,” Carney said. “We have fun social events like dodgeball in Memorial Stadium, free giveaways and alumni networking.”
 
Luckner, who has been teaching at UNL for almost 20 years, was honored for his service as adviser to the Actuarial Science Club. The Actuarial Science Club provides students with a better understanding of the actuarial profession and careers while fostering close relationships among students in the common pursuit of an actuarial career.
 
He was nominated for this award, which honors advisers with over three years of advising experience, by Sara Benning, Actuarial Science Club President and a junior actuarial science major from Brookfield, Wis.
 
“Warren is an excellent role model,” said Benning. “His dedication, attitude, ethical principles and service to the actuarial profession through volunteer positions at the Society of Actuaries and other committeesare qualities we try to emulate in our own lives.”
 
Benning stated students benefit from Luckner’s commitment to building relationships with them as well as the “connections, knowledge and enthusiasm that he brings.”
 
“Because he knows club members so well, when a company says, ‘I’m looking for students who…’ he knows exactly whose name to give,” Benning said. “His willingness to go the extra mile is what makes him an outstanding advisor, teacher and director.”