2020 UNLV Alumni of the Year

UNLV Alumni Association celebrates graduates and campus community leaders as part of its annual awards program.

In This Series

A woman in a suit leans against a stone wall
People | September 8, 2020
Outstanding Faculty Award winner Alona Angosta progressed from bachelor's to master's to tenured faculty at the university that made her feel welcome.
A woman stands with her hands resting on a chair.
People | September 15, 2020
As the owner of a marketing business, Lee Business School Alumna of the Year Gina Bongiovi couldn't find a lawyer who could give affordable advice for her business. So she stepped in to fill the void.
People | September 18, 2020
School of Dental Medicine Alumna of the Year Dr. Brandi Dupont pursued a career in oral health to help better serve those in need.
A woman smiles in front of a 'Rebels Make it Happen' sign
People | September 22, 2020
College of Education Alumna of the Year Tonia Holmes-Sutton boasts an impressive array of experience fighting for teachers and education regionally and state-wide.
A man holds up a UNLV license plate reading "Piotr"
People | September 23, 2020
College of Engineering Alumnus of the Year Piotr Tomasik has been involved in several startups since his 2009 commencement.
A man walks along the UNLV campus
People | September 25, 2020
A little help from his father set a 4-year-old Atsushi “Sush” Machida on the path to becoming the College of Fine Arts Alumnus of the Year.
A woman sits on a couch, surrounded by UNLV paraphernalia
People | September 29, 2020
College of Sciences Alumna of the Year made a change at UNLV that led to an inspirational career in education.
A man sits at the edge of his desk
People | September 30, 2020
Honors College Alumnus of the Year follows in his grandfather's footsteps to a legal career.
A man sits on bleachers wearing a baseball glove, with a baseball bat resting beside him
People | October 1, 2020
William F. Harrah College of Hospitality Alumnus of the Year still drawing on lessons learned as an intern at Bellagio.
A man sits on a couch with his wife and four children
People | October 6, 2020
Integrated Health Sciences Alumnus of the Year Edwin Suarez's interest in physical therapy started with an injury of his own.
A woman stands in front of a government building
People | October 7, 2020
A turn with a bully in the seventh grade put Law School Alumna of the Year Marisa Rodriguez on the career path.
A woman poses in front of a large window
People | October 9, 2020
Sociology bachelor's has been foundational for College of Liberal Arts alumna of the year's ascent to heights of corporate leadership.
A woman leans on a stack of nursing textbooks
People | October 13, 2020
School of Nursing Alumna of the Year knew in the fourth grade she wanted to be just like her mother — a nurse.
A woman stands next to a large bin holding fresh produce
People | October 14, 2020
School of Public Health Alumna of the Year took a detour from optometry to end up serving Clark County.
A woman sits on a couch holding on to a large dog
People | October 16, 2020
Graduate College Alumna of the Year's time at UNLV left her with an appreciation for parsing differing, and often contradictory, viewpoints en route to becoming a champion for animals.
A man looks at a pocket watch
People | October 20, 2020
Former Marine and College of Urban Affairs Alumnus of the Year has fought to get help for Nevada's veterans seeking educational opportunities.
A man sits in front of wall-to-wall bookshelves
People | October 21, 2020
Achievement in Service Award winner Michael Green is UNLV's resident expert in all things Silver State.
A man leands against a wall with his arms folded
People | October 21, 2020
Silver State Award-winner Larry Ruvo is still charging hard into philanthropy, just like he has for more than 40 years.
A man stands next to a stone wall
People | October 22, 2020
Outstanding Alumnus of the Year didn't let a little thing like Nevada's only law school closing stop him from pursuing a legal education.

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