Contributing Writer Jessica DansonJessica Danson, “Lecture of a Lightning Rod” 

Jessica is a junior religion major, a Harry and Reba Huge scholar and student body president. While at NWU, she has studied in Mexico, Estonia and Germany. She’ll return to Estonia this summer to intern at the U.S. State Department Embassy in Tallinn. Despite the rigor of her studies, she is a believer in boxed-set seasons of TV shows like “Gossip Girl” and online episodes of “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart”. She bakes a mean cupcake, loves old maps and roots for Germany in the World Cup (with apologies to the U.S. national team).


Contributing Illustrator Jesse LefkowitzJesse Lefkowitz, Illustrator,
“All In”

Jesse was born and raised in the hills of rural Virginia. He put aside dreams of becoming a cowboy/frontiersman in 2001 to attend the Rhode Island School of Design. He works as a gun-for-hire in the illustration business and has taken that long, dusty trail out West to Berkeley, Calif. His work has appeared in several publications including Rolling Stone and Runner’s World.


Contributing Illustrator Local HeroLocal Hero, Illustrator,
“The Winter That Was," "Sabbaticals and the Secret to Success"

Xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxciate professor in the Department of Music where she’s taught since 1999. She teaches private voice, “Singers’ Diction,” “Vocal Literature,” “Vocal Pedagogy,” and “Voice Skills for the Actor.” Last summer, she taught for the NWU study abroad program in Florence, Italy, and presented a poster titled “Grit and Grazioso: The Songs of Vincent Persichetti” at the International Congress of Voice Teachers in Paris. Jana spent her sabbatical this fall studying acoustical analysis software for singers, and will implement that technology during the 2010 school year.


Contributing Writer Neil KozlowiczNeil Kozlowicz,
“Prairie Wolves in Print”

Neil wields an MFA in creative writing from the University of Minnesota. You may have seen his poems in Nimrod International Journal of Poetry and Prose, Sierra Nevada College Review, Northwest Review, Iodine Poetry JournalOregon East, Epicenter, Diner, or Concrete Wolf or his book reviews in Rain Taxi Review of Books. He lives with his lovely wife and beautiful daughter in the land of cheese, Milwaukee, Wis.


Contributing Writer Hannah SelendicHannah Selendic,
“Social Teamworking"

Hannah is web content manager in the university’s Marketing and Communications Office. She was born in Zagreb, Croatia, went to elementary school in Kuwait City, Kuwait, and came to Lincoln in 1995. An avid fan and student of social media, she holds a master’s degree in marketing, communication studies, and advertising from the University of Nebraska - Lincoln.


Contributing Illustrator Michael SlackMichael Slack, Illustrator,
“Tumor Wars"

Michael Slack's illustrations have been featured in books, magazines, posters, games, and many different size screens. His next picture book "Monkey Truck" will be published in winter 2011.

Michael lives in Lafayette, California.

You can see more of his work at or on his blog at


Eric Wendt

Melanie Falk
Art Director

Peggy Hain
Director of Marketing

Kara Peters (’96)
Marketing and Production Manager

Hannah Selendic
Web Content Manager,
Archways online edition

Jacquelyn Rezac
Donor Relations Research Manager,
Class Notes Editor

Alex Linden (’03)
Sports Information Director

Archways Advisory Committee
Natalie Cummings, Mary Hawk,
Patty Karthauser (’75), Judy Muyskens,
Sara Olson (’95), Tim Thietje,
Nancy Wehrbein (’75)