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PI GAMMA MU MOURNS LOSS OF DR. LORREE BYKERK

Bykerk Dr. Lorree Bykerk, who served as Pi Gamma Mu chapter faculty sponsor of the Nebraska Epsilon Chapter at the University of Nebraska – Omaha from 1997 to 2008, died on November 30 at the age of 69 after a nine-year battle with lung cancer.  Bykerk taught political science at UNO for 32 years.  During her career at UNO she served as the first female chair of the political science department and played a leadership role in the creation of UNO's Women's and Gender Studies program.  Cecil Bykerk, her husband of 47 years, said, "She was always mentally doing research.  She was always collecting articles and such things.  But her greatest love was teaching students."  Cecil Bykerk is also a lifetime member of Pi Gamma Mu, inducted at the University of Denver in 1965.

Bykerk was known in her community and state as a political expert who journalists often turned to when they needed help understanding state and national political news.  As a faculty member and department chair, she was known for encouraging her colleagues to attend academic seminars and to seek grants and fellowships to further their knowledge and to advance the department.  She was also known for her kindness and generosity, said Randall Adkins, current chair of the political science department at UNO.  Bykerk and her husband frequently opened their home for department gatherings creating a sense of collegiality and friendship among her colleagues.  She continued to teach for several years following her diagnosis before retiring in 2013. 

Pi Gamma Mu's Board of Trustees inducted Bykerk into its Hall of Fame in 2014.  The Hall of Fame was created in 2004, 80 years after the society's founding, to formally recognize some of Pi Gamma Mu's leading volunteers, who truly poured their heart and soul into the organization.  Bykerk epitomized this elite group of dedicated volunteers. 

Donations honoring Bykerk can be made to the University of Nebraska Foundation.  Over $6,000 has been donated in honor of Bykerk to date.  Bykerk is survived by her husband, Cecil, and two daughters: Andrea Christopherson of Eden Prairie, Minnesota, and Jean Gutheil-Bykerk of Valley, Nebraska. 

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