#IamPeruState: Marisa Pribnow

#IamPeruState: Marisa Pribnow

4:00 p.m., July 7, 2017
Jason R. Hogue, Director of Communications, Peru State College, jhogue@peru.edu, 402-872-2429


Peru, Nebraska- The #IamPeruState team sat down with Marisa Pribnow, a golfer and member of Student Senate at Peru State, to listen to her accomplishments throughout her college career. Pribnow is a senior at Peru State, studying for her Secondary English Education Major with an endorsement in coaching. She is from Lincoln, Nebraska and graduated high school from Pius X.

While searching for colleges, Pribnow began losing hope of finding a college that would work for her. Peru State was one of the last places she visited.

Pribnow says, “I was kind of getting down in the dumps because I hadn’t found [a college] yet. I visited Peru, and it just felt like home. All the faculty and staff on campus are so welcoming. Of course, the affordability is just outstanding. And I’ve been able to do everything I’m interested in.”

Marisa Pribnow

“Do Everything”

On campus, Pribnow is the Recording Secretary on the Executive Board of the Student Senate. For four years, Pribnow has been a part of the Student Athletic Advisory Council and has acted as their Communications Director for the past two years. Pribnow writes for the Peru State Times, she’s served as a Student Ambassador as a Resident Advisor in Morgan Hall.

Pribnow is also known for her accomplishments on the women’s golf team. Currently, she holds the 18-hold record with a 74, which is two points over par. She has also won the same tournament back-to-back. The women’s golf team had one of the lowest team scores this year too.

“An Incredible Honor”

Last year, along with hundreds of other student athletes from colleges around the country, Pribnow was nominated for the Wooden Cup. Named after basketball coach John Wooden, the Wooden Cup recognizes collegiate student athletes who display excellent character on and off the field and have been successful academically and athletically. Colleges choose one student from the school’s entire population for the award.

Three out of the 24 finalist athletes came from small colleges, including Marisa Pribnow. She felt incredibly honored to be Peru State’s one nomination and to be included in an award where student athletes from division one colleges were honored as well.

“To be recognized for who you are as a person and as a student athlete is just an incredible honor. I am one hundred percent humbled that I was chosen, and to think that Peru State nominated me for that—so I can wear that name on my back and represent them so well,” Pribnow says.


Future Plans

Since she will be done taking classes in May, Pribnow will student teach in the fall. In January, after her December graduation, Pribnow plans to take a paraprofessional job at a public school. Then Pribnow wants to begin working next fall in a Nebraska school system, particularly LPS or OPS, to teach high school English.

As a kid, Pribnow dreamed of playing professional golf, but she knows that isn’t always possible. She hopes to golf throughout her life by joining lady leagues and coaching high school golf.


Ashley Peiman, Anna Naber and Katelyn Billups contributed to this release.