Two Lee Business Students Named UNLV Outstanding Grads

Jun. 2, 2015

Of the 2,700 UNLV students who graduated May 16, five received special recognition at commencement. Of those five, two were Lee Business School students. Learn more about their accolades below:

Tyler Bergsten, BSBA Finance

A native of Phoenix, Bergsten chose to attend UNLV over five other universities and has excelled both in the classroom and on the gridiron as a tight end for the Rebel football team. As a finance major, Bergsten earned a 3.9 GPA and was named a Mountain West Scholar Athlete and UNLV’s Academic All American from 2011 through 2013.

Bergsten recently completed a demanding internship program at Valtus Capital Group. While at UNLV, Bergsten was an economist for the Rebel Investment Group and was a member of the student chapter of the Financial Management Association.

One professor remarked, “I’ve worked in corporate America for 20 years and I am very bullish on Tyler’s prospects after he leaves UNLV.”

Next, Bergsten heads to Chicago, where he already has been hired by BMO Harris Bank in its commercial banking analyst program. 

Emily Sauer, BSBA Marketing

Emily Sauer’s academic career at the Lee Business School has opened the door for her professional ambitions.

Sauer, also a UNLV Honors College student, graduated with a 3.9 GPA and a resume of leadership and business experience. As part of the business school’s selective Global Entrepreneurship Experience (GEE), she traveled to Panama to study unique business models in hopes of bringing new products and services to world markets. Through the program, Sauer received a scholarship and fulfilled an entrepreneurship minor.

She was awarded first place in the Innovation Tournament held by the GEE program, competed in the UNLV Contender’s Challenge in 2011 and 2013, and was selected as one of six Lee Business School International Ambassadors.

Her awards include the O’Bannon Family Scholarship, the Dee Smith Endowed Scholarship, the UNLV Excellence Scholarship, the Millennium Scholarship, and an Honors College Scholarship. During her senior year, Sauer was named one of five students in the first class of Lee Scholars.

Additionally, she was chosen to be a part of the inaugural 2013-14 TEDxUNLV team as a member of the sponsorship committee.

She is completing marketing internships at both NV Energy and the World Affairs Council of Las Vegas. Sauer plans to attend Pepperdine University School of Law to pursue a career in international human rights, with a particular emphasis on women’s empowerment in developing nations. 

--Excerpted from the UNLV News Center