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E-Newsletter: Nov 2011

Proud To Be A Rebel: Alumni & Friends Honored

The UNLV Alumni Association honored alumni and friends for their accomplishments and service to the university. Awards were presented at the annual homecoming celebration Nov. 4, 2011.

For more details about the honorees, visit our website.

The top honorees for 2011 are:

  • Alumna of the Year – Pat Mulroy ’75 ’77 was recognized for her nationally recognized expertise in water resource concerns and outstanding history of community service.
  • Silver State Award – Gov. Bob Miller, Nevada’s longest serving governor (1989-1999), was honored for supporting and implementing state budgets, which tripled funding for UNLV.
  • Achievement in Service – Jay Kornmayer was honored for increasing donations and improving mentorship and job opportunities for UNLV students and alumni.
  • Outstanding Faculty Member – Alfredo Fernandez-Gonzalez was recognized as a leader in green building design and instruction.

The honorees from UNLV’s colleges and schools for 2011 are:

  • Boyd School of Law – Jeremy Aguero ’97 ’04 is a leading economic, fiscal, and policy research expert and is an adjunct professor at UNLV.
  • Honors College – Brian Sompayrac ’95 is a mechanical engineer for Lockheed Martin Space Systems and regularly mentors UNLV students.
  • College of Fine Arts – David G. Howryla ’97 ’00 is president of Marnell Architecture, a firm which has designed many large-scale resort and mixed-use projects. The David G. Howryla Building Technologies Lab at UNLV is named in his honor.
  • College of Liberal Arts – Tony F. Sanchez III ’88 is the senior vice president of government and community strategy at NV Energy. He is an active advocate and volunteer for UNLV and worked with the university to create a curriculum for renewable energy.
  • School of Nursing – Dr. Janet Quillian ’67 is the director of the International Development Internship Program at Seattle University and has consulted for the World Health Organization. She developed the first graduate family nurse practitioner program at UNLV.
  • College of Education – Pam Hicks ’69 ’70 has a long career of administering education in Southern Nevada and served on the Governor’s Blue Ribbon Committee of Educational Reform. She has given countless hours in volunteer service to UNLV.
  • Greenspun College of Urban Affairs – William Horn ’99 ’01 serves in the Nevada Legislature and holds the post of Assembly majority whip. He teaches as an adjunct professor and serves as a volunteer at UNLV.
  • Harrah Hotel College – Guy Fieri ’90 is a restauranteur and celebrity chef. He frequently volunteers for the Hotel College and shares his positive memories of UNLV with the public.
  • Hughes College of Engineering – John Fountain ’82 ’85 is director of technology at Cox Business Hospitality Network. He has served as an adjunct professor and volunteers at UNLV.
  • College of Business – Paul Biafore ’89 is vice president and resident director with Merrill Lynch and volunteers his time at UNLV.

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Alumni Association Pledges $100,000 For Scholarships

The UNLV Alumni Association has pledged $100,000 to the Rebel Athletic Fund’s Loyalty Circle Program. The Loyalty Circle Program provides scholarships to student athletes.

The $100,000 donation will be spread out over five years, providing $10,000 scholarships to two student athletes each year. The association picked the sport to support and the athletic program selected the student who receives the scholarship. These scholarships cover the annual cost of books, and room and board.

“Our Alumni Association is proud to give to such a worthy program,” said Matt Engle, president of the UNLV Alumni Association. “Helping students reach their fullest potential academically, athletically, and socially is the kind of support our association seeks to be part of.”

This year’s scholarship recipients are Rebel running back Tim Cornett and women’s basketball guard Kelli Thompson – both sophomores. The UNLV Alumni Association is proud to support these exceptional student athletes and wishes them continued success in both their athletic and academic careers.

Sandra Phillips Johnson, first vice president and chair of the Alumni Outreach Committee, says the program is also a great way for alumni to stay involved with their alma mater. "Student athletes are vibrant members of the UNLV family,” said Johnson. “Their dedication to sports, as well as to academics, provides an avenue for UNLV alumni to continue their engagement with the university.”

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Photos From Homecoming 2011

Check out photos from the annual golf tournament and the Homecoming dinner and awards.

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Save The Date: Exciting Men’s Basketball Pre-Game Parties Scheduled

Last season, the pre-game parties were a huge success and are trending to be our most popular series of events. Mark your calendar for:

  • Jan. 14 – UNLV vs. San Diego State at San Diego (11 a.m.-12:30 p.m.)
  • Jan. 21 – UNLV vs. New Mexico (4-7 p.m.)
  • Feb. 11 – UNLV vs. San Diego State (10 a.m.-1 p.m.)
  • Feb. 25 – UNLV vs. Air Force (10 a.m.-1 p.m.)
  • Mar. 3 – UNLV vs. Wyoming (4-7 p.m.)

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Business Grads: Update Your Resume

If you graduated from the College of Business, consider revising your resume to reflect attendance at the UNLV Lee Business School.

A $15 million gift from the Ted and Doris Lee Family will significantly enhance the education and services provided by the business school.

With your help, we will make the Lee Business School at UNLV a recognized name for excellence in business education and an important part of your individual brand.

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Alumni Network Through Linkedin

The alumni group on LinkedIn has experienced a considerable increase in posts and membership over the past two months. Members offer special discounts for alumni, job opportunities, news related to UNLV, plus opportunities to connect with alumni in their region.

Join the group today and experience enhanced networking.

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New Benefits For Members

UNLV Performing Arts Center

Do something different at the UNLV Performing Arts Center! If you're tired of the same old thing, revisit the UNLV Performing Arts Center — you're sure to find something you like, from classical music to Broadway stars to dance and guitar.

UNLV alumni receive a 10 percent discount on events in the UNLV Performing Arts Center's 2011-12 season. To get your tickets call 702-895-ARTS or visit the UNLV PAC Box Office.

Bar + Bistro at the Arts Factory

Thursday nights from 5-7 p.m. the Bar + Bistro at the Arts Factory is offering 50 percent off on all drinks in the bar. The bar features more than 15 beers, 15 Scotch whiskies, 15 Irish whiskeys, 12 American whiskeys, 10 Canadian whiskies, 15 tequilas, 11 vodkas, and too many wines to count.

Every day UNLV alumni can enjoy a 10 percent discount in the Bistro, featuring eclectic Latin fusion by Chef Beni Velazquez. Free parking is available at the rear of the building just off Charleston Blvd. and Art Way on Boulder Ave.

The Smith Center for the Performing Arts

UNLV alumni members get an exclusive 10 percent discount to single tickets for preferred performances. Best Seats At The Best Prices! Learn more at The Smith Center.

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Recent News

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  • Nov. 17: Northern California UNLV Alumni Mix & Mingle
    Network and mingle with other UNLV alumni in San Francisco’s Union Square. No host event with happy hour pricing for alumni. No cover charge.
  • Nov. 26: UNLV Football vs. San Diego State
    Game starts at 7 p.m. Due to the Thanksgiving holiday, the association will not be hosting a tailgate. Mark your calendar for our basketball tailgate season.
  • Nov. 29: Reading with Andrew Kiraly ’98 ’03
    A creative writing graduate, Andrew Kiraly, will read from his new book, Crit, a tragi-comic novel about a jaded L.A. rock critic who travels to Las Vegas for an assignment. This event is free and open to the public.
  • Dec. 17: Commencement
    UNLV reaches a milestone! The university will award the 100,000th degree on Dec. 17.

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