Who We Are

Derek McConnell Conference Services Manager

McConnell

402-472-7133
dmcconnell2@unl.edu

Derek McConnell Conference Services Manager

Born and raised in Nebraska, Derek is a proud alumnus of UNL with a Management degree and MBA. Derek enjoys having the opportunity to showcase all the city and campus have to offer, especially to those who have never had the opportunity to experience “Nebraska Nice.” Derek first joined the Conference Services team in 2004 where he worked as a student employee for three years. Then, in 2007, he started a six year stint as a Conference Hall Director with the department. In the winter of 2017 Derek rejoined the team in his current position.

Contact him if: You have an event booked in University Suites, Knoll, Eastside Suites, or Massengale; or you would like to talk about music, Lincoln entertainment, or anything Huskers!!

Alan Frizzell Jr. Conference Services Manager

Frizzell

402-472-8939
afrizzell2@unl.edu

Alan Frizzell Jr. Conference Services Manager

Born in Massachusetts, Alan came to UNL after completing his undergraduate degree at the University of Alaska Fairbanks. Alan loves working with college students to provide an exceptional experience for summer guests at UNL. After six summers as a Conference Hall Director and achieving a Master of Education from UNL, he joined the Conference Services team full time in 2014.

Contact him if: You have an event booked in the Harper, Schramm, or Smith halls; or you want to discuss Boston sports, food, or the joy of traveling.

Kristine Olson Conference Services Manager

Olson

402-472-8681
kolson4@unl.edu

Kristine Olson Sr. Conference Services Manager

A rural Nebraska native and 2004 graduate of UNL, Kristine’s favorite thing about her job is helping others to experience campus in the summer months. She began work in Conference Services as a student in 2002, and took a professional position in the organization in 2007.

Contact her if: You have an event booked in Neihardt or Kauffman; or you want to talk about your favorite book, or share her love of cardigan sweaters.

Tony Rathgeber Assistant Director of Conference Services

Rathgeber

402-472-5063
trathgeber@unl.edu

Tony Rathgeber Assistant Director of Conference Services

As a life-long Nebraskan and graduate of UNL, Tony proudly dons his school colors. He started working for Conference Services in 2001 and loves working in the hospitality industry within the higher education environment. Tony has been an active member of the Association of Collegiate Conference and Event Directors-International by serving as a Regional Director, participating in specialized taskforces, and presenting at international conferences.

Contact him if: You have an event booked in Abel or Sandoz; or you want to spend a few hours discussing your love/hate relationship with old houses.