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2017 Alumni of the Year Awards

For more than 40 years, the UNLV Alumni Association has recognized exceptional individuals who represent the ideals of higher learning and Rebel pride. Found out more about how these #RebelsTakeChances and why they're proud of their degrees.

In This Series

Chip Johnson
People | April 20, 2017
When the real estate market took its toll on Chip Johnson, the 2017 Alumnus of the Year leaned on the relationships he started at UNLV.
Suresh Vishnubhatla
People | April 25, 2017
College of Engineering Alumnus of the Year Suresh Vishnubhatla crosses continents to find his academic home.
Dr. Cody Hughes
People | April 25, 2017
Dr. Cody Hughes, the School of Dental Medicine's Alumnus of the Year, returns to serve its pediatric program.
Tina Kunzer-Murphy
People | April 25, 2017
Tina Kunzer-Murphy, the College of Education's Alumna of the Year, rose from being a student-athlete to leading all of them.
Lisa Danielson overlooks the lobby of the Beam Engineering building
People | April 25, 2017
The career of Lisa Danielson, the Graduate College Alumna of the Year, took off like a rocket after UNLV.
Kathy (Clark) Dyke
People | April 25, 2017
Las Vegas set the stage for the career of Kathy Dyke, the Hotel Administration Alumna of the Year.
Daron Dorsey
People | April 25, 2017
Former golf team member Daron Dorsey named the Boyd School of Law Alumnus of the Year.
Theodore Garland Jr.
People | April 25, 2017
College of Sciences Alumnus of the Year Theodore Garland has taught across the globe.
Tim Bavington poses in his studio
People | April 25, 2017
Fine Arts Alumnus of the Year Tim Bavington on representing the Las Vegas art scene.
Holly Lyman
People | April 25, 2017
Holly Lyman, the Community Health Sciences Alumna of the Year, builds a Dragon boating tradition to fight cancer.
Maria Barton
People | April 25, 2017
Maria Barton, the Allied Health Sciences Alumna of the Year, finds the payoff in helping others.
Jason Smylie, standing in front of a Capriotti's
People | April 25, 2017
Jason Smylie, the Honors College Alumnus of the Year, invests in Capriotti's and ends up owning the company.
Herb J. Santos Jr.
People | April 25, 2017
Herb J. Santos Jr., the Liberal Arts Alumnus of the Year, finds opportunity in adversity.
Tomas C. Walker
People | April 25, 2017
Tomas C. Walker, the 2017 Nursing Alumnus of the Year, working to develop an artificial pancreas to help patients with diabetes.
Sara Leoni
People | April 25, 2017
Sara Leoni, the College of Urban Affairs Alumna of the Year, finds that a great team can last a lifetime.
Terry Shonkwiler
People | April 25, 2017
Terry Shonkwiler given the Achievement in Service Award.
Jack Schibrowsky
People | April 25, 2017
Alumni Association honors marketing professor Jack Schibrowsky with its Outstanding Faculty Award.
John Guedry
People | April 25, 2017
John Guedry, the Business Alumnus of the Year, says his degree opened doors for changing the community

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