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Mar. 7, 2017
Randall Cunningham
Randall Cunningham, '04 BS Recreation & Leisure Studies, in 2016 became the first player in UNLV history to be inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame. The former UNLV All-American punter and quarterback was inducted during a ceremony in December. To be eligible for the ballot, players must have been named First Team All-America by a major/national selector as recognized and utilized by the NCAA for their consensus All-America teams, played their last year of intercollegiate football at least 10 years prior, played within the last 50 years, and cannot be currently playing professional football. Of the 5.12 million individuals who have played college football since the first recognized game in 1869, only 963 players and 209 coaches have been immortalized in the Hall (two ten-thousandths of one percent — .0002). While an offensive force on the field, Cunningham earned All-America honors primarily as a punter. He is the only Rebel to post three punts of 70 yards or longer. He set 18 individual school records and finished his collegiate career by leading the Rebels to their first-ever bowl-game appearance — a 30-13 victory over Toledo in the 1984 California Bowl. Inducted into the UNLV Athletics Hall of Fame in 1997, he remains the only UNLV football player to have his jersey, No. 12, retired. The first quarterback selected in the 1985 NFL Draft when he went No. 37 overall to the Philadelphia Eagles, Cunningham went on to turn in a hall-of-fame-level professional career. A four-time Pro Bowl invitee, he was a three-time winner of the Bert Bell Award, which annually goes to the league's top player, and was named the 1998 NFL Offensive Player of the Year while with the Minnesota Vikings.      

Mar. 7, 2017
Quincy Branch
Quincy Branch, '00 BS Business Administration - Management, president & CEO of Branch Benefits Consultants, has been appointed to the Federal Advisory Committee on Insurance (FACI). FACI is a committee composed of various state government officials, insurance professionals, and consumer advocates that advises the Federal Insurance Office. He is a second-generation insurance professional who started his insurance career in college working for his father’s agency. He is a member of the Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of America where he previously served as chair of the organization's National Young Agents Committee. In 2013, he was honored by Vegas, Inc. as one of Las Vegas’s 40 under 40. He also was selected as one of Employee Benefits Advisors’ 10 Rising Stars in 2013 and Insurance Business America’s Hot 100 for 2015. He and his wife, Tamika, have two children.

Mar. 7, 2017
Becky Bosshart
Becky Bosshart, '14 MFA Creative Writing, joined the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) in January at its Washington, D.C., headquarters. She is the writer/editor in the office of communications & public liaison, overseeing the Resource Guide for Small Business and the SBA’s promotional materials. She worked as a journalist in her home state of Nevada for about eight years, which included three years as the business reporter at the Nevada Appeal, and in the community news and online departments of the Las Vegas Sun. While a student at UNLV, she was awarded a U.S. Fulbright grant to Romania, where she completed a project to develop a series of contemporary American literature workbooks to teach English communication skills. She presented on this project, “The Global, Creative ETA: Energizing Higher-Ed English Teaching,” at the 39th annual Fulbright Conference at George Washington University in November. These workbooks incorporate communicative activities and group work for The Norton Anthology of Short Fiction, The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven, and The Great Gatsby. The workbooks started as her service project while she was a Peace Corps volunteer in Ukraine as part of the master’s international writing program at UNLV.

Mar. 3, 2017
Jessica Morel
Jessica Morel, '11 MM Music, has been named assistant conductor of the Winston-Salem Symphony in North Carolina. Previously, she was a visiting assistant professor and director of orchestra activities at the University of Evansville in Indiana and conductor for the Lollipops Concert Series with the Evansville Philharmonic Orchestra. A 2014 International Conductors Workshop and Competition winner, she also has served as assistant conductor for the 2015 Hot Springs Music Festival, assistant conductor for the Lewisville Lake Symphony Orchestra, apprentice conductor with the Plano and Irving Symphony orchestras, and opera conductor at Texas Woman's University.

Mar. 2, 2017
Craig Billings
Craig Billings, '97 BS Business Administration - Accounting, recently was appointed chief financial officer of Wynn Resorts. As a longtime gaming industry executive, he has specialized in digital innovation, mergers and acquisitions, and capital structure management. He has held leadership positions at Aristocrat Leisure, including chief digital officer and managing director of strategy and business development, and at International Game Technology. He also was an executive in the Investment Banking Division of Goldman Sachs, where he served numerous clients in the gaming industry. A certified public accountant, he began his career in the audit practice of Deloitte & Touche. He serves as a director of NYX Gaming Group.

Feb. 28, 2017
Chelsea Milko
Chelsea Milko, '09 BA Political Science and BS Kinesiology, recently joined the Broadcasting Board of Governors, the U.S. government's international media agency, as a public affairs specialist. Previously, she worked in public relations at two other federal agencies. She holds an MPA from Rutgers University and served in Peace Corps Uganda from 2010-13. She currently serves on the board of directors for the Returned Peace Corps Volunteers of Washington, D.C. She lives in Washington.

Feb. 21, 2017
Megan Batara
Megan Batara, '10 BS Secondary Education, is director of site administration at Nevada State High School. Previously, she served as educational advising coordinator at the school and as a science teacher at both Andre Agassi College Preparatory Academy and Coral Academy of Science Las Vegas. She earned a master of science degree in school leadership from Nova Southeastern University. A native of Hawaii, her hobbies include spending quality time with friends and family, traveling, and going to concerts and shows. She lives in Henderson.

Feb. 21, 2017
Christian Dane Terry
Christian Dane Terry, '12 BS Gaming Management, '16 BS Business Administration - Finance, works at Wynn Resorts as a floor supervisor. He also works in commercial real estate for Virtus Commercial, handling leasing and investment sales. He has started his own company and will be flipping houses under the entity name Terry Holdings. Currently he has a couple of projects in escrow. He says that despite its illiquidity and rather high risk profile, he loves real estate. His hobbies include golf, trading in the markets, and watching baseball. The Royals are his hometown team and still his favorite. He also enjoys trying new restaurants, attending Elite Yelp events, and networking with other Yelpers.

Feb. 19, 2017
Ashley Farkas
Ashley Farkas, '15 Executive MBA, has been promoted to executive director of public relations at MGM Resorts International. Her hobbies include working as a yoga instructor. She lives in Henderson.

Feb. 17, 2017
Tamara Day
Tamara Prouty Day, '13 BA Psychology, works as a judicial assistant to two juvenile judges in St. George Utah. She graduated from UNLV after pursuing her degree over a period of many years as a single mother. A native Californian, she lived 17 years in Las Vegas and enjoyed life at UNLV. She says she misses Las Vegas and looks forward to moving back one day. She is proud to be a UNLV alum. Happily married with two children and eight grandchildren, she loves to hike, travel and read.

Feb. 16, 2017
Jill Munemitsu
Jill Reinhardt Munemitsu, '98 BA in Communication Studies, launched Kama`aina Magazine in 2012.  It is a free, quarterly publication for the Las Vegas Hawaiian community that proudly shares stories of aloha, food, music, and culture. Celebrating its fifth anniversary this spring, the magazine can be found at more than 20 locations around the Las Vegas Valley. Paid subscriptions also are available. A native of Hawaii, she has lived in the Las Vegas Valley for 23 years. She and her husband, Joji, and have two daughters, Bella and Lily. She also has two stepsons, Brendan and Ethan. The family lives in Henderson.

Feb. 16, 2017
Gabrielle Angle
Gabrielle Angle, '10 JD, recently was promoted to global compliance manager for Zuffa.

Feb. 15, 2017
Pj Perez
Pj Perez, '07 BA Journalism & Media Studies, joined The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas as manager of web & digital content in spring 2016. He recently spearheaded the launch of a new lifestyle blog called "52 Stories." His pastimes include playing in indie rock bands, making and publishing comic books, and volunteering in the community. He and his wife, Sara Gorgon, '16 MBA, live just a few miles from campus in the historic Paradise Palms neighborhood. He says their hobby is terrorizing the neighborhood with their two Pekingese dogs. Gorgon serves as director of communications for UNLV's Lee Business School.

Feb. 15, 2017
Rebekah Hamby
Rebekah Hamby, '08 BA English, is a receptionist at Towbin Dodge. She is returning to UNLV to study nutrition. Her hobbies include yoga and zumba. She lives in Henderson.

Feb. 15, 2017
Jesse Salas Jr.
Jesse Salas Jr., '79 BS Physical Education, '88 M Ed Health Education, retired from Clark County School District  (CCSD) after 36 years. He is the former head coach of wrestling at his alma mater, Rancho High School, where he also taught physical education, Spanish, math, and weight training. During his CCSD career he also taught at Las Vegas and Mojave high schools and at Kenny Guinn, Jim Bridger, and James Cashman middle schools. He has been married for 27 years to Sheree and has three sons, Jesse lll, John, and James; one daughter, Jasmina Salas, a senior in UNLV's Hank Greenspun School of Journalism and Media Studies; two stepsons, Ryan and Chase; two stepdaughters, Lori and J'Lyn; and one granddaughter, Chevelle. His hobbies include working out regularly and watching football and baseball.

Feb. 15, 2017
Jovita Maria Bayuga
Jovita Maria Bayuga, '14 M Ed in Career & Technical Post-Secondary Education, has joined UNLV's College of Education Student Services Center as assistant director of the alternate route to licensure and field experience coordinator.

Feb. 15, 2017
Lisa Rubin
Lisa Levine Rubin, '12 PhD Higher Education Leadership, was recognized as a 2017 Outstanding Woman Leader in Higher Education by Diverse: Issues in Higher Education. She lives in Manhattan, Kansas.

Feb. 15, 2017
Terry Morrow Nelson
Terry Morrow Nelson, '97 BA Communication Studies, is the assistant dean of student affairs in the College of Health Care Sciences at Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. She recently received the President's Award for Community Service and was named Executive of the Year. She likes to do triathlons, volunteer with her faith community, and work on behalf of neglected and abused animals. Terry and her husband, Brian Nelson, have a daughter, Emily Ann, who was born May 24, 2016. The family lives in Sunrise, Florida.

Feb. 14, 2017
Vickie Wilson
Vickie Wilson, '01 BA Sociology, '10, M Ed - Special Education, started Vegas Valley Food Tours in December 2013 as the first food tour to operate exclusively in downtown Las Vegas. While other tour companies focus on the Strip, she put the spotlight on downtown Las Vegas mom & pop shops, first-time business owners, and nationally ranked chefs. In 2016, she was able to hire her first four employees, so now there are others serving up joy in historic downtown Las Vegas. A history buff, she recently attended Boomtown 1905 at the Springs Preserve and the Nevada Museum. While some ladies collect shoes, she loves to collect and share Nevada history.  

Feb. 14, 2017
Mary Rector
Mary Cain Rector, '74 M Ed - Special Education, retired from the Clark County School District (CCSD) with 37 years in the classroom. For 16 years she has served as volunteer chair of the Retiring Teachers Appreciation Luncheon. All CCSD retirees and their guests are invited to the event.