Every spring, the Nebraska Alumni Association recognizes accomplished alumni, promising students and a retired faculty member at the Alumni Awards Banquet. An All-University Celebration. The award winners are chosen by a selection committee of UNL alumni from across the country. This year's honorees include Kelly Dubisar, 2002 interior design program graduate; Kevin Clark, 1988 and 1991 architecture program graduate and Professor Emeritus H. Keith Sawyers.
The Alumni Association awarded Sawyers the Doc Elliott Award for his 43 years of teaching service to the College of Architecture. In 1958, immediately after receiving a Bachelor of Architecture degree from Iowa State, he began teaching architecture classes at UNL. He was appointed assistant professor in 1960 and associate professor in 1967. Sawyers retired in 2001, after serving as full professor for 23 years. One of the most memorable experiences many students receive while pursuing an architecture or interior design degree at UNL is that of the college-based London Program. Each spring, students spend 12 weeks in London, supervised by a UNL faculty leader. Sawyers served the program for six years. Professor Sawyers has been active in engaging students in his research through architectural guidebooks as well as research on the architecture of Nebraska even after his retirement.
Kelly Dubisar was one of the recipients of the Early Achiever award. She is an award-winning design director who uses her creative energy to provide tailored design solutions for some of Gensler’s most iconic clients such as Instagram, Facebook and Autodesk. Kelly’s ability to translate brands into spaces and create transformative workplaces rooted in a fundamental understanding of a company’s business makes her a highly sought after designer who travels the world creating unparalleled workplace experiences for her clients. As one of the firm’s design leaders Kelly brings her knowledge and expertise to shaping the future of design for the San Francisco office, and serves as a co-leader in her workplace studio. Kelly graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Design and Interior Design from the College of Architecture in 2002. Architect Kevin Clark was one of the recipients of the Alumni Achievement award. He has an affinity for the divine. His Lincoln firm, Clark Architects Collaborative 3, has masterminded the designs for dozens of Catholic churches and schools. With two architecture degrees from Nebraska in 1988 and 1991, Clark says his UNL education has been essential in his development as a classical architect and an owner of a seven-member architecture firm. He credits the children’s book “Harold and the Purple Crayon” as well as his fourth-grade teacher at Meadow Lane Elementary in Lincoln with opening up the world of architecture for him. One of his favorite projects has been his involvement with the design of the recently completed St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church and Newman Center on the southeast edge of the UNL campus.