Honors Alumni

Honors Alumni Award Winners

Lane Carr

Lane Carr

Class of 2012

Lane Carr was the 2019 winner of the College of Arts and Sciences Honors Alumni of the Year award. Lane Carr has served as Director of Accountability at the NebraskaDepartment of Education since May 2018, and has been with the agency since May 2017. In that role, Lane uses school accountability results to further improve Nebraska's schools and advance equity. As a former science teacher in Kentucky, Lane seeks to consider how policy decisions at the state level are implemented by teachers in local schools. Lane holds a Master’s in Public Policy from Vanderbilt University, and a Bachelor’s degree in political science and history from UNL. The research Lane conducted for his Honor's thesis on Nebraska state education policy continues to serve him to this day.

Sen. Adam Morfeld

Sen. Adam Morfeld

Class of 2009

Sen. Adam Morfeld was the 2018 winner of the College of Arts and Sciences Honors Alumni of the Year award. Adam Morfeld is a 5th generation Nebraskan born into a Marine Corps family representing the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Campus, Downtown Lincoln, and Northeast Lincoln in the Nebraska Unicameral Legislature. Adam graduated from the University of Nebraska - Lincoln and University of Nebraska College of Law in 2012. In 2008 while an undergraduate Morfeld founded and now serves as the executive director of Nebraskans for Civic Reform (NCR). Since then, NCR has grown to over 40 full and part time staff who run youth civic engagement and community leadership programs, civic health programs, and works to protect voting rights through non-partisan litigation, policy advocacy, election observation, and investigations.

Carson Vaughan

Carson Vaughan

Class of 2010

Carson Vaughan was awarded the 2019 College of Journalism Honors Alumni of the Year award. Carson Vaughan is a freelance journalist from central Nebraska with an emphasis on the Great Plains. His work has appeared in The New York Times, The New Yorker (online), The Atlantic, The Guardian, The Paris Review Daily, Outside, Pacific Standard, VICE, In These Times, and more. Most recently, he was awarded the 2018 John M. Collier Award for Forest History Journalism from the Forest History Society for his Weather Channel feature, “Uprooting FDR’s ‘Great Wall of Trees.’” He was also the recipient of a 2018 Individual Artist Fellowship from the Nebraska Arts Council. His first book, Zoo Nebraska: The Dismantling of an American Dream, was published via Little A in April 2019.

Where are they now?

Data collected from Honors graduation survey. Students are able to select more than one plan after graduation.



of Honors graduates pursue Graduate School



of Honors graduates pursue Law School



of Honors graduates pursue Healthcare Schooling (Medical School, Nursing, etc.)



of Honors graduates pursue a career in their field of study



of Honors graduates serve in the military or civic program (Teach for America, Americorps, etc.)

Engagement With Current Students

Honors Alumni Panel discussion

Honors Alumni Panels

The Honors Program Student Advisory Board (HPSAB) invites Honors alumni back to campus to share their experiences and advice with students on panels around topics such as Careers in the 21st Century, Life of a Grad Student, Failure Breeds Success, and Navigating Global Careers in an Uncertain World.

Astrid Munn

Honors Alumni Speakers

Eyewitness at the Mexican Border: Reflections by Attorney Astrid Munn, was an event hosted by the Honors Program Student Advisory Board which provided current students an opportunity to hear from an Honors Program alumna about her experiences as an attorney on the Mexican border.

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We want to see you! Join us for Alumni events to network with fellow Honors graduates. Past events have included Homecoming tailgates, Alumni Happy Hours, and Popcorn with the Patrices!