For 30 years, The VISTA Group Outstanding Senior Award has been a celebration of exceptional achievement, leadership, and service, thanks to the enduring support of Michael and Sonja Saltman.
The VISTA Award, the longest-standing award in the College of Liberal Arts, shines a spotlight on the top undergraduate student in the college and carries a $1,000 prize. Candidates for the VISTA Award must meet the following requirements:
at least a 3.5 GPA
50 percent of academic credits must be earned at UNLV
nomination by a liberal arts faculty member
The award is named for The VISTA Group, a real estate development company of which Michael Saltman is managing general partner and president.
Many VISTA winners have gone on to stellar careers in business, the arts, education and the law, among many other fields. Following is a snapshot of where past winners are now.
Where Are They Now?
Graduate student, MFA program, UNLV
Graduate student, San Diego State University
Writer, UNLV Public History program
Teacher, Clark County School District
Program Specialist for Employment & Provider Services, Texas Workforce Commission
Training and Development Specialist, Novus International, St. Charles, MO
Instructor, Women’s Studies, UNLV
Development Manager, The Mob Museum
Paul R. Smith
Assistant Professor in Residence, UNLV
Assistant Professor, University of St. Thomas
Board Member, Rockstar Ministries, freelance makeup artist
German and History
Professional Speaking Coach
Unemployment Insurance Representative, Nevada Department of Employment Training and Rehabilitation