Early Achievers Award


Michael Harpster

An intern architect with BVH Architects in Lincoln, Michael Harpster received his bachelor’s degree in English with high distinction in 2010 and his master of architecture in 2013, both from UNL. As a grad student, he received the Architectural Research Centers Consortium King Student Medal, the W. Cecil Steward FAIA Architectural Excellence Award, the College of Architecture Alumni Association Outstanding Student Award, the Harry F. Cunningham Bronze Medal and the Henry Adams Medal. Harpster is a LEED Green Associate and a member of the American Institute of Architects.



Zachary Hunnicutt

Zach Hunnicutt, a 2004 graduate of the UNL College of Agriculture and Natural Resources, farms with his dad and brother near Giltner, raising corn, popcorn and soybeans. He is a member and past chair of the American Farm Bureau Federation Board of Directors, president of the Hamilton County Farm Bureau, treasurer of the AgChat Foundation and member of the Aurora Technology Center Board of Directors. Hunnicutt has testified before the U.S. House of Representatives Ag Committee regarding the Farm Bill and spoke at the South by Southwest conference about ag and social media. He and his wife, Anna, have three children.




Paul and Stephanie Jarrett

After crossing the finish line at the San Francisco half marathon in 2012, Paul and Stephanie Jarrett, 2009 and 2005 graduates of the UNL College of Journalism and Mass Communications, were hit with health product samples and the idea for an ecommerce business. In June 2012, the couple launched Bulu Box in Lincoln with Paul as CEO and Stephanie as CMO. Bulu Box subscribers pay $10 a month to receive a monthly box bearing four to five health-related product samples. From the start, the business has attracted national attention from investors and shout-outs from Inc. Magazine, Visa Small Business and others.



Adam Morfeld

Adam Morfeld founded Nebraskans for Civic Reform in 2008 while a UNL undergraduate to protect voting rights, create more accessible elections and strengthen K-12 civic education. The group now employs employs 30 full and part-time staff. Morfeld graduated from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln with a bachelor’s degree in political science in 2009 and, in 2012, from the Nebraska College of Law, where he was a member of the Nebraska Law Review, Robert Van Pelt Inn of Court and the American Constitution Society. In 2014, Morfeld was elected state senator for the 46th District of the Nebraska Legislature.



Derek Mosloff

Derek Mosloff is an avid solo and chamber musician and was an active performer in the Boston area, serving as the principal viola of the Orchestra of Indian Hill, as well as a violist in the Discovery Ensemble, among others. In 2008, he was awarded a fellowship to Tanglewood Music Center, and he was invited to return for the 2009 and 2010 seasons and as a New Fromm player for the 2011 and 2012 seasons. In September 2012, he landed a coveted spot in the New World Symphony in Miami. Mosloff completed his master’s degree at the New England Conservatory in Boston in 2013. He and his wife live in Miami.



Jack O’Holleran

Jack O’Holleran is co-founder and global vice president of sales and business development for Aktana, a software analytics company headquartered in San Francisco. He helped grow the company from a four-person startup to global leader in the Sales and Marketing Analytics space. O’Holleran also advises numerous startups and is a mentor for the Alchemist Accelerator, a startup accelerator in Silicon Valley. A 2005 graduate of the UNL College of Business Administration, he  lettered in football at Nebraska and was first-team Academic All-Big 12. O’Holleran recently completed his first triathlon, a full-distance Ironman, in Hokkaido, Japan.


Nathan Schemm

Nathan Schemm earned two degrees in electrical engineering from UNL – a B.S. in 2006 and a Ph.D. in 2010. He then accepted a job in the research labs of National Semiconductor in Santa Clara, Calif. When Texas Instruments bought National Semiconductor in 2011, Schemm carried on his work with the new company in California, until late 2012 when he moved to Dallas and continued to work in the Texas Instruments’ research labs. He was responsible for architecting a low-power voice recognition chip that will soon be shipped in millions of smartphones globally. Nathan and his wife, Sarah, have one daughter and live in Rowlett, Texas.


Tracy Sweeney

A 2004 graduate of the UNL College of Education and Human Sciences, Tracy Sweeney is owner and operator of Elan Studio, a child photography studio in Bristol, R.I., and winner of the 2014 International Child Photography Image Competition.  Her work is featured at all Babies R’ Us stores in the United States. She also serves on the education faculty at the University of Concordia, where she is a member of the transformative online teaching team. Sweeney taught high school English from 2004 to 2012, and served as adviser for Inklings Literary Magazine. She received Education Foundation Grants in 2007 and 2008.


Natalie Wagner

Natalie Wagner is a vice president at State Street Global Advisors, the second largest institutional asset manager in the world. She joined SSGA in November 2013 from Bank of America where she spent nearly seven years supporting its Private Bank and Trust Companies. Wagner has served as board treasurer of New England’s largest domestic violence shelter and on a Massachusetts Taskforce and Boston level Taskforce on developing public policy initiatives to retain top talent in the community. Natalie earned her bachelor’s degree from the UNL College of Arts and Sciences and her J.D. from Harvard Law School.