Honors Program Alumni

Since the program’s inception in 1986,
over 3000 alumni have graduated from Nebraska Honors.

Our alumni network extends throughout the United States and into several countries around the world. Our alumni remain close friends and engage with one another through regional and national reunions. Additionally, Honors alumni interact with current Honors students in curricular and co-curricular activities.

Nebraska Honors Program Alumni is an official affiliate of the Nebraska Alumni Association. The group's mission is to connect Honors Program alumni with their alma mater and each other for the advancement of Nebraska Honors and the University of Nebraska.

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Honors Program Alumni Board

The Honors Program Alumni Board is comprised of 12-15 leaders who serve in an advisory capacity to the Honors Program. The board helps the Honors Program to communicate and connect with alums. For more information or to volunteer, please contact Katie Bodie Cervantes, Honors Program Alumni Coordinator.

Alumni Reunion 2013

Alumni Reunion 2013

Todd Apley

Todd Apley grew up in Hebron, a small southeastern Nebraska town, where he developed a passion for math and computer science. He attended the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and joined the Honors Program where he served as student board President and was a member of one of the first graduating classes. In 1993, Apley graduated with highest distinction in Computer Engineering from UNL and took a job as a software engineer at Microsoft in Redmond, Washington, where he worked on multiple development tools. Currently, he spends his time teaching math and computer science at a local high school and elementary school along with raising his two children.

Jessica (Cleveland) Brady

Jessica (Cleveland) Brady is a Multilateral Diplomacy Advisor within the Office of the U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator and Health Diplomacy at the U.S. Department of State. She began her career on Capitol Hill in the Office of U.S. Senator Ben Nelson. A 2011 graduate of the University Honors Program, she holds a B.A. from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in Political Science and International Studies and is currently pursuing a Master in Public Policy at George Washington University. While an undergrad, Jessica was the recipient of a U.S. Department of State Critical Language Scholarship to study Urdu. Jessica is originally from Grand Forks, N.D., and is an avid coffee drinker.

Tim Carmann

Tim Carmann, MS, is a business development engineer with DuPont, where he is responsible for technical sales, and the licensing and marketing of clean technologies to global customers. Prior to this role, Carmann served in operations and new technology commercialization roles with DuPont. He started his career in technology development at ExxonMobil. Carmann received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in chemical engineering from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and North Carolina State University, respectively. He is also currently pursuing a Master of Business Administration degree from Washington University in St. Louis. Carmann enjoys traveling, cooking, home brewing, taking improv comedy classes, and collecting art.

Katie Kidwell

Katie Kidwell, MA, is currently a Residence Director at Northeastern University in Boston, MA. She’s originally from Kansas City, Missouri and graduated from UNL and the Honors Program in 2011. In the Honors Program, she served as a Peer Mentor, 189H TA, and student worker in the main Honors Program Office. Her academic and professional experience in the Honors Program led to a career in student affairs. She went on to the University of Iowa to earn her Masters in Educational Policy & Leadership Studies with a focus in Higher Education & Student Affairs. Professionally, Kidwell is interested in the intersection of academic and student affairs, social justice activism, and developing her skills as a housing professional. She also enjoys pop culture consumption and critical analysis, literary non-fiction, college football, trying new recipes, and anything intellectually stimulating and/or highly entertaining.

Elaine Kub

Elaine Kub, MBA, is the author of "Mastering the Grain Markets: How Profits Are Really Made," which draws on her experiences as a futures broker, market analyst, grain merchandiser, and farmer. Before earning an engineering degree from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and a Masters of Business Administration from the University of California-San Diego, Kub grew up on a family farm in South Dakota, where she is still active in grain and livestock production.

Kristin McCann

Kristin McCann, PhD, is originally from Sioux Falls, South Dakota, and she currently works as an Assistant Director for the Master’s of Science in Higher Education Administration and Policy program at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois. Prior to this, McCann completed a Master’s degree in English at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, a PhD in Higher Education at Loyola University in Chicago, and a postdoctoral fellowship at Northwestern University's Feinberg School of Medicine. McCann's current research includes a focus on women faculty, career development in the health-sciences, and diverse learning environments for graduate students.

Melissa Monhollon

Melissa Monhollon served as a Nebraska Human Resources Institute (NHRI) staff advisor and senior counselor, Dance Marathon Family Representative, and member of the UNL Black Masque Chapter of Mortar Board while studying at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Upon graduation with a degree in Business Administration, Monhollon pursued a career in human resources management. In her spare time, Monhollon enjoys volunteering in her community and spending time with her husband, Ethan, family, and friends. Monhollon hopes that by serving on the Honors Program Alumni Board, she can give back to the program, professors, and students who challenged her to learn and grow in her college career.

Adam Morfeld

Adam Morfeld, JD, founded Nebraskans for Civic Reform in 2008 while an undergraduate at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. This organization works to protect voting rights, create more accessible elections, and strengthen K-12 civic education. His goal in founding this organization was to create a modern, informed and accountable democracy that all Nebraskans can be proud of. Since then, Nebraskans for Civic Reform has become the only public interest organization in Nebraska dedicated to creating uniquely Nebraskan civic education programs and conducting Nebraska-specific election administration policy research. The organization employs 30 full and part-time staff. In 2014, Morfeld was elected to serve as a state senator for the 46th Legislative District of the Nebraska Legislature.

Lucas Sabalka

Lucas Sabalka, PhD, graduated from the UNL Honors Program in 2002. His undergraduate degree is in Mathematics, Computer Science, and History, with minors in Physics and Psychology. He obtained his PhD in Mathematics from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2006. After working in research mathematics for 7 years, Sabalka returned to his home town of Lincoln and became an applied mathematician for Nebraska Global, where he works on 3-dimensional computer vision technology in the health care setting. His time in the Honors Program was memorable and formative, so he is happy to return to Neihardt and his alma mater.

Brett Stohs

Brett Stohs, JD, joined the Nebraska College of Law faculty in March 2012 to establish and direct a new in-house legal clinic that provides legal assistance to entrepreneurs and startup businesses. Prior to joining the faculty, Stohs worked in private practice for over six years, focusing primarily on mergers, acquisitions, and other corporate and transactional matters for domestic and foreign clients in a variety of industries. From 2005 to 2011, Stohs practiced with Sutherland Asbill & Brennan LLP in Washington, DC, and in 2011 he joined Rembolt Ludtke LLP in Lincoln. Stohs received his JD, cum laude, from Duke University School of Law, where he served as Executive Editor for the Duke Law & Technology Review. Stohs also received a Master of Public Policy from the Sanford Institute of Public Policy, and a BA in mathematics and political science, with honors, from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. He is a member of the Nebraska State Bar Association, the American Bar Association, and the Clinical Section of the Association of American Law Schools.

Jenna Vitosh

Jenna Vitosh, MA, is a 2008 graduate of the Honors Program. Jenna completed her thesis while researching the history of student space at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln as part of a UCARE grant. While at UNL, she enjoyed her time in the Honors Program as well as being a member of the Nebraska Women's Leadership Network (NWLN) and Mortar Board, a national senior honor society. She is currently still involved with both groups on campus, serving on the advisory council of NWLN and as advisor for Mortar Board. After completing degrees in Architecture and Engineering, she changed course and became a Financial Advisor. Vitosh lives in Lincoln with her husband, Jared, and their son, Andrew.

Greg Walklin

Greg Walklin, JD, is an attorney with the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services, where he is charged with reviewing, drafting, and negotiating contracts on behalf of all divisions of the agency. Previously, Walklin was an assistant attorney general in at the Nebraska Attorney General's Office. A graduate of UNL and the University of Nebraska College of Law, Walklin is a member of the Nebraska Bar Association, a trustee for the Lincoln Bar Association, a member of the Lincoln Literacy Board of Directors, and a Regional Chief for Beta Theta Pi. In his free time, Walklin has written fiction, nonfiction, and book reviews for a variety of publications, including The Millions, Palooka, Midwestern Gothic, Necessary Fiction, the American Bar Association Young Lawyers Newsletter, and the Lincoln Journal-Star, among others. Walklin lives in Lincoln, Nebraska with his wife, Tiffany (also a UNL Honors Program graduate) and their Yorkshire Terrier, Mocha.

Steven Wirth

Steven Wirth, DDS, practices as a dentist at Optimal Dental. He attended the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, where he was a member of FarmHouse Fraternity, graduating in 2004. He attended the University of Nebraska Medical Center College of Dentistry, graduating in 2008 with distinction. Wirth is a member of the American Dental Association, Nebraska Dental Association, and the Lincoln District Dental Association, for which he currently serves as President. Additionally, he serves as an advisor for his college fraternity and sits on the UNL Honors Program alumni executive board. When not working, Wirth enjoys running, golfing, and skiing. He is a sports nut and can usually be found at most Nebraska sporting events.

Joyce Yen

Joyce Yen, PhD, is the Program/Research Manager for the University of Washington ADVANCE Center for Institutional Change. Dr. Yen has been primary investigator or co-investigator on ten successful proposals that have brought over $4.5 million in funding to advance women faculty in science, engineering, and mathematics; to address faculty professional development more generally; and to diversify science and engineering and create a more inclusive climate in engineering. She was awarded the University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s 2004 Outstanding Young Alumni Award, the 2007 University of Washington’s College of Engineering Professional Staff Innovator Award, and the 2012 University of Washington’s David B. Thorud Leadership Award. Yen was previously an assistant professor in Industrial Engineering at the University of Washington, Seattle, researching decision-making and resource allocation under uncertainty (stochastic programming). She received her MS and PhD in Industrial and Operations Engineering from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. She received her BS in Mathematics from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, graduating from the Honors Program and with highest distinction.