Bruner Club

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Lawrence Bruner, First Entomology Department Head


The Bruner Club, named after Lawrence Bruner - the first department chairman - is a social and academic club for entomology graduate students. The club has seven student officers and two faculty advisers. Officers are elected each April to serve a one-year term and faculty advisers serve a two-year term. The Bruner Club aims to support and serve entomology graduate students and the Nebraska community in multiple ways. The club has formed various committees such as outreach, fundraising, information, education, social, and welcome to perform all the activities competently. This also allows students to showcase their interests and skills in the department.

The club provides community outreach through presentations at the Lincoln Children's Zoo, Pioneers Park Nature Center, K-12 schools, and others to teach the public about the ecological importance of arthropods and promote interest in both entomology and UNL. Social gatherings such as the departmental summer barbecue, international potluck, holiday parties, and collecting trips are sponsored annually by the club and serve to promote camaraderie and strengthen bonds among graduate students and all department members.

The Bruner Club sponsors seminars and workshops for professional development and fostering of mental health and emotional well-being of students. These activities are self-funded through fundraising via honey, t-shirt, and craft sales.

The Bruner Club also organizes professional development events in collaboration with other departmental graduate student associations.

Club members are active in professional organizations such as the Entomological Society of America, where they present papers or symposia and regularly participate in the Linnaean Games, an insect quiz bowl competition at regional and national entomology meetings. The Bruner Club is also responsible for the selection and presentation of the Distinguished Alumni Award every two years and seminar invitation presented to an exemplary Nebraska Entomology alumnus/alumna, along with coordinating the Alumni Dinner - a dinner held every four years when alumni from across the country return to UNL to reconnect and celebrate our departmental accomplishments.


2021-22 Bruner Club Officers

President - Courtney Brummel
Vice-President - Heena Puri
Secretary - Rogan Tokach
Treasurer - Andrea Rilakovic
Graduate Student Association (GSA) Representative - Jeff Cluever (Heena Puri - alternate)
Seminar Committee Student Representative - Mia Luong
Student Representative to the Faculty - Gabriela Inveninato Carmona

Entomology News at Nebraska

Breaking Entomological News...

  • Entomology Department Graduation flyerJoin the Entomology Department as we hold a virtual Graduation Celebration on Friday, May 7, 11 a.m. (central) via Zoom (  Congratulations to our graduates: Ph.D. - Sajjan Grover and Jordy Reinders; M.S. - Jenna Chappell, Samantha Daniel, Kathlyne Rog, Josh Shoemaker, Chris Tankersley, and Timothy Wucherer; B.S. in Insect Science - James Schacht and Courtney Wallner. 

  • Kait ChapmanKate Chapman, extension educator and Entomology alumna, was interviewed by Channel 10/11 about tick season in Nebraska. The peak season for ticks in Nebraska is May and June, according to Chapman. See her video interview on the 10/11 website.

  • Lt. Col. Mary C. Yelnicker presents an Award for Civilian Achievement to Dr. Kristen Lewis, MS in Entomology student Congratulations to Dr. Kristin Lewis, one of our online MS in Entomology students, on her retirement from Civil Service on March 27!  In this picture, she is being presented an Award for Civilian Achievement by Lt. Col. Mary C. Yelnicker (left). Lewis served as a Training Development Element Chief, 381st Training Support Squadron, 82nd Training Group, 82nd Training Wing, Vandenberg Air Force Base, CA, from April 24, 2014-March 27, 2021. Her nominator wrote that Lewis's "efforts ensured continuation of the Basic Instructor Course during Coronavirus pandemic restrictions, meeting Community College of the Air Force accreditation requirements for 53 instructors and zero mission impacts to training. The distinctive accomplishments of Dr. Lewis reflect credit upon herself and the United States Air Force."

  • Dr. Jody GreenDr. Joe LouisCongratulations to Dr. Joe Louis on being promoted to full Professor and to Dr. Jody Green on being promoted to Associate Extension Educator! They were among 109 faculty members at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln who were promoted this year.

  • Jordan ReindersPh.D. candidate Jordy Reinders was featured in the IANR Student Spotlight recently. Jordy will be graduating in May 2021 with a degree in Entomology. Reinders is advised by Dr. Lance Meinke

  • Courtney WallnerInsect Science student Courtney Wallner was featured in a Nebraska Today article about becoming a veterinarian for bees.  Wallner is graduating in May and plans to attend vet school at Tufts University, Medford, MA. Great work Courtney!