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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.

People  |  Apr 25, 2017  |  UNLV News Center
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Chip Johnson
Apr 20, 2017
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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.


Holly Lyman
Apr 25, 2017
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Holly Lyman, the Community Health Sciences Alumna of the Year, builds a Dragon boating tradition to fight cancer.


Kathy (Clark) Dyke
Apr 25, 2017
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Las Vegas set the stage for the career of Kathy Dyke, the Hotel Administration Alumna of the Year.


Sara Leoni
Apr 25, 2017
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Sara Leoni, the College of Urban Affairs Alumna of the Year, finds that a great team can last a lifetime.


Tim Bavington poses in his studio
Apr 25, 2017
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Fine Arts Alumnus of the Year Tim Bavington on representing the Las Vegas art scene.


Tomas C. Walker
Apr 25, 2017
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Tomas C. Walker, the 2017 Nursing Alumnus of the Year, working to develop an artificial pancreas to help patients with diabetes.


Daron Dorsey
Apr 25, 2017
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Former golf team member Daron Dorsey named the Boyd School of Law Alumnus of the Year.


Jason Smylie, standing in front of a Capriotti's
Apr 25, 2017
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Jason Smylie, the Honors College Alumnus of the Year, invests in Capriotti's and ends up owning the company.


Lisa Danielson overlooks the lobby of the Beam Engineering building
Apr 25, 2017
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The career of Lisa Danielson, the Graduate College Alumna of the Year, took off like a rocket after UNLV.


Maria Barton
Apr 25, 2017
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Maria Barton, the Allied Health Sciences Alumna of the Year, finds the payoff in helping others.


Tina Kunzer-Murphy
Apr 25, 2017
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Tina Kunzer-Murphy, the College of Education's Alumna of the Year, rose from being a student-athlete to leading all of them.


Herb J. Santos Jr.
Apr 25, 2017
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Herb J. Santos Jr., the Liberal Arts Alumnus of the Year, finds opportunity in adversity.


Dr. Cody Hughes
Apr 25, 2017
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Dr. Cody Hughes, the School of Dental Medicine's Alumnus of the Year, returns to serve its pediatric program.


Suresh Vishnubhatla
Apr 25, 2017
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College of Engineering Alumnus of the Year Suresh Vishnubhatla crosses continents to find his academic home.


Theodore Garland Jr.
Apr 25, 2017
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College of Sciences Alumnus of the Year Theodore Garland has taught across the globe.


Terry Shonkwiler
Apr 25, 2017
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Terry Shonkwiler given the Achievement in Service Award.


Jack Schibrowsky
Apr 25, 2017
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Alumni Association honors marketing professor Jack Schibrowsky with its Outstanding Faculty Award.


John Guedry
Apr 25, 2017
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John Guedry, the Business Alumnus of the Year, says his degree opened doors for changing the community