The UNLV Alumni Association will recognize the nine recipients of its 2003 awards during the Oct. 17 Homecoming dinner at the Richard Tam Alumni Center. In addition to recognizing seven outstanding graduates, the association will bestow its highest awards on the late Robert Broadbent and television writer Anthony Zuiker.
Broadbent is the recipient of the prestigious Silver State Award, which is given to non-alumni university supporters.
Broadbent made his mark both locally and nationally, serving as Boulder City's first mayor in 1960, a Clark County commissioner from 1968 to 1981, and as an assistant secretary of the interior over the Bureau of Reclamation for five years. Additionally, he was director of aviation in Clark County for 11 years.
While working at McCarran Airport, Broadbent helped UNLV to acquire the Paradise Elementary School property, which became the temporary site of the William S. Boyd School of Law and is now the Paradise Campus. Most recently he worked for the development of the monorail expansion project. On behalf of his family, Broadbent's son Doug will receive the award, which signifies substantial contributions to the community and the university.
Zuiker, who graduated in 1991 with a bachelor's degree in communication studies, has been named this year's Outstanding Alumnus. The creator of the hit television series "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation," Zuiker has become one of the most popular television writers in Hollywood. Now in its fourth season, the show has received widespread critical acclaim and has earned an Emmy nomination and two Golden Globe nominations. He has lectured in UNLV classes several times since graduating and continues to support UNLV's film department.
Zuiker also received an honorary doctorate of humane letters from UNLV in May 2003. He was named the College of Urban Affairs Alumnus of the Year in 2002.
The UNLV Alumni of the Year awards, presented annually since 1991 by many of UNLV's colleges, recognize UNLV graduates who have made a significant impact on their professional fields and who have committed their time and service to their colleges following graduation. The 2003 recipients include the following:
* College of Business: Chip Johnson, '71 B.S. Business Administration
* College of Education: Christine Chairsell, '83 B.A. Political Science, '85 M.S. Political Science, and '01 Ph.D. Educational Leadership
* College of Engineering: Joseph Lombardo, '86 B.S. Geology, '91 M.S.C. Computer Science
* College of Fine Arts: Kasey Baker-Benoit, '97 B.S. Architecture, '97 M.Arch. Architecture
* Honors College: Mei Mei Wong, '93 B.S. Mathematical Sciences
* William F. Harrah College of Hotel Administration: Tony Santo, '84 B.S. Hotel Administration
* College of Liberal Arts: Stavros Anthony, '87 M.A. Political Science, '99 Ph.D. Sociology