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A Career By Dzign

Las Vegas set the stage for the career of Kathy Dyke, the Hotel Administration Alumna of the Year.

People  |  Apr 25, 2017  |  By Brian Sodoma
Kathy (Clark) Dyke

Kathy (Clark) Dyke, 2017 William F. Harrah College of Hotel Administration Alumna of the Year. (Aaron Mayes/UNLV Creative Services)

Editor's Note: 

The UNLV Alumni Association will celebrate the accomplishments of graduates at its annual reception and awards ceremony April 26. For a full list of honorees and event details, visit the alumni awards website

Kathy (Clark) Dyke, ’94 BS Hotel Administration, worked in hotel sales for the Tropicana and Orleans Hotel and Casino, then later was catering director for Cili Restaurant at Bali Hai Golf Course. Since 2012, she has served as an event designer for By Dzign, a local décor company. She earned “Caterer of the Year” honors in 2007 and 2011, as well as the “Event Professional of the Year” award in 2013 from the National Association of Catering and Events.

Why I’m a proud graduate of UNLV …

I moved to Las Vegas to attend UNLV in the fall of 1989, a year that would thrust the Runnin’ Rebels into the national spotlight with a star-studded basketball team that won the NCAA Tournament. This made me a lifelong fan of March Madness and of course the Rebels! I knew for a long time I wanted to go into hospitality and when I started doing my research (at the library, this was long before the internet), I found UNLV had one of the best hotel management programs in the country.

Many things from UNLV helped me become the professional I am today; from the classes I took to the internships and work experiences this hospitality city provides just minutes away from the campus. I cherish the people I have met along the way who have become lifelong friends and colleagues. I’m thrilled to now be in a position to give back to UNLV by serving on the Alumni Association Board of Directors, contributing to athletics programs, the Foundation, and helping the Hotel College with events. I am excited for the future of UNLV and I look forward to seeing it as a Top Tier university.