Goodrich Scholarship Program alumni information
Meet a Mav
As a student in Columbus, Nebraska, Roger Garcia had already found his career calling. "I fell in love with psychology my junior year in high school," he says.
After checking out other universities in the area, he chose UNO. Though Roger says he really didn't know anybody back then, he quickly got involved in campus life and joined a Latino fraternity. "That helped a tremendous amount. It exposed me a lot more to my culture and to new people."
Now a junior, he's earning a degree in psychology and in Latino studies and a minor in Spanish. Roger belongs to a long list of organizations, including the student orientation program where he helps incoming freshmen learn the ropes. He's also a UNO Matador, part of a group of students who serve as volunteer campus tour guides.
In Spring 2007, his passion for getting involved was recognized across campus, when he received the UNO Interfraternity Council's Most Active Member award. Taking a leadership role is just part of who he is, he says. "I've definitely learned a lot of leadership skills and how to motivate people to do good things. Being involved at UNO has given me that opportunity."
After graduation, Roger plans to work as a school psychologist in a Latino community. And he wants to contribute to and serve his community as much as possible. He credits his Goodrich scholarship with helping him get where he is today. The Goodrich program provides financial assistance and a specialized curriculum for UNO students from a variety of backgrounds.
"I'd encourage other people to definitely consider UNO," Roger says. "Whether it's the programs, organizations or a diverse community, there's everything people could want here."
Kimberly Gallion-Exum's UNO bachelor's and Yale University's MSN degree have prepared her for her current position
After clarifying her education and career goals, Kimberly Gallion-Exum returned to UNO in 2002 as a Goodrich scholar. She had started a pre-nursing program several years before, but hadn’t finished her degree. She left the university, married and moved to the Washington, D.C. area. Distance and time provided the perspective and sense of purpose she needed. She graduated in May 2006 with a bachelor’s degree in English and in 2009 she graduated from Yale University School of Nursing with MSN degree. "It didn't take long before I realized that I did need a college education to fulfill my goals in life," she said. Women in her family had been midwives and Gallion-Exum had "shadowed" certified nurse midwives while exploring career options. She knew that’s what she wanted to become. With her funding through the Goodrich program still available, she shifted gears and began working toward an English degree. Why major in English? "Everyone knows English majors go on to do everything and anything!" she says. "Every graduate student is expected to produce some kind of scholarship, and that task is much easier if you have some level of comfort with writing. Also, I fully intend to continue on to the doctoral program and, obviously, writing is a fundamental skill to research." Gallion-Exum attributes much of her achievement to the support she had in the Goodrich program. "Their level of dedication to us, the students, is phenomenal. I always felt like the faculty and staff really wanted me to succeed--not only in the program, but after graduation, too." Ms. Gallion-Exum is now a Clinical Research Nurse Coordinator with CARE-ID in Annadale, Virginia.
Bobby Loud (1987/1994) currently the Coordinator of the Nebraska Corrections Education Connection for Metro Community College.
Kristina (Dale) Phillips (1994/1999) earned her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Bowling Green State University, Dec. 2005.
Troy Romero (1994/1999) earned his Ph.D. in Industrial/Organizational Psychology in 2009 from the University of Nebraska - Lincoln.
Miguel Gutierrez (1994/1999), now of Los Angeles, recently performed his musical show, El Mariachi, at the South Omaha Arts Institute, in Omaha, with the support of the Nebraska Arts council. Miguel sings and plays guitar in this presentation on the history and life of one of Mexico's most beloved folk art forms--Mariachi, and will be accompanied by Mariachi Luna y Sol. In addition to his UNO bachelor's, Miguel recently completed his masters in Chicano/Latino Studies at UCLA.
Nancy Forbes (1994/1999) and Frances Osugi (2001/2006) had a Fine Arts book featured in an exhibit of handmade books from across the world and spanning several centuries in conjunction with Joslyn Art Museum and St. Cecelia's Cathedral.
Marcos Mora (1996/1999), founder and director of the South Omaha Arts Institute, aka Casa de la Cultura, which promotes arts for Latino youth in this facility that features Latino culture, dance, music, and sports, especially boxing. Marcos, also a talented guitarist, is the founder/director of one of Nebraska's largest and most unique ensembles Mariachi Luna y Sol (mentioned above).
Crystal Rhoades is Assistant Executive Director, Neighborhood Center, Omaha, Nebraska; elected to the Metro Community College Board of Governors, Omaha, Nebraska.
Cynthia Robinson (1991/1995) earned her PH.D. in 2005 from the University of Nebraska - Lincoln.
Jason Hansen (2000/2003) has recently become the youngest Vice President at American National Bank in Omaha.
Efforts are underway by certain Goodrich alumni (such as Ashira Jones, Judy Monarrez Diaz-Kelsey, Lucy Garza, Mary Zeleny, Jason Hansen, Bobby Loud, and Harriette Washington) to form a Goodrich alumni group.