Class Notes

Did you get a promotion, add a family member, or find a new calling? Share your latest news with your fellow alumni. We print Class Notes in UNLV Magazine and list them in the online alumni directory.

Kathleen Lauckner

December 31, 2018
Kathleen Lauckner, '90 Master of Education, '12 PDD Educational Leadership, was chosen to be a guest lecturer at the new campus of her undergraduate alma mater, Stockton University, in Atlantic City, New Jersey. She presented a session titled “Engaging Communities and Stakeholders” for the executive Ed.D. organization leadership program. This opportunity allowed her to share her involvement with communities impacted by the legacy of lead toxicity as well as her engagement with voter participation in issues involving both energy and education. She is an emerita faculty member of UNLV's School of Public Policy and Leadership as well as a part-time instructor in the School of Community Health.

Mac Macdonald

December 10, 2018
Mac Macdonald, '71 BA Psychology, was chosen to be one of the speakers during the 70th-year commemorations of the D-Day landings in Normandy, France. Speaking to several hundred international high school students at the Colville Cemetery, he warned about the addiction to cell phone and entertainment options versus contributing to society through volunteerism, engagement, and participation. "World War II is a fading memory, and the stunning success-against-all-odds of that Allied effort against Hitler's Atlantic fortress is something to be remembered and honored. Civic participation, civil discourse, voter participation, and upholding the values outlined by our Founding Fathers is what those service people died for." He presents slideshows around the country at various conferences showing the re-enactors who annually return to Normandy to honor the sacrifices of their relatives. June 6, 2019, will mark the 75th anniversary of D-Day.  A corporate trainer in Seattle, he lives in Sequim.

Nolan Stolz

November 5, 2018
Nolan Stolz, '04 Bachelor of Music - Composition, '04 Bachelor of Music - Jazz Studies, is assistant professor and coordinator of the commercial music program at the University of South Carolina Upstate. He recently published the book Experiencing Black Sabbath: A Listener's Companion and released a recording of his composition "Lincoln Highway Suite" on the album Orchestral Masters Vol. 5, recorded by the Brno Philharmonic of the Czech Republic. He lives in Spartanburg.

Dahn Shaulis

November 2, 2018
Dahn Shaulis, '93 Master of Exercise Physiology, '98 PhD Sociology, continues to conduct research focusing on higher education and college choice in his College Meltdown blog. His work includes research on savage inequalities in the K-12 pipeline, lower college enrollments, the student loan debt crisis, subprime colleges, and the adjunct crisis. His latest essay for the Military Times was "8 Tips to Help Vets Pick the Right College. He lives in Pleasantville, New Jersey.  

Linda Darling

October 24, 2018
Linda Manley Darling, '05 BA Art History, is a stock market investor. For the last three years she has been traveling across the United States and Canada. Her hobbies include attending the theater and Tri-City Americans Hockey games. She lives in Kennewick, Washington.   

Glenn Alai

October 19, 2018
Glenn S. Alai, '02 BA Communication Studies, has been appointed president of the board of directors for Aid for AIDS of Nevada (AFAN). He has been a producer and manager for Penn & Teller since 1995.

Julie Gorriz

October 18, 2018
Julie Gorriz, '06 BA English, has been working for more than a year at the Bakery Gallery in Yerington. She lives in Smith.

James Shaw

October 18, 2018
James Shaw, '80 BS Hotel Administration, is studying the Russian language at a school in Odessa, Ukraine.  He said the he is not sure what he will do with his new knowledge as he nears retirement age, but that he is addicted to learning. He credits UNLV with giving him a great base to build from. The resident of Williamsville, New York, plans to return to the United States in December.  

Brittany Walker

October 15, 2018
Brittany Walker, '09 BA Political Science, recently was appointed by President Donald Trump to serve in his administration, working with the assistant secretary for administration in the U. S. Department of Housing and Urban Development in Washington, D.C. A lawyer, she graduated from Thomas Jefferson School of Law in 2013. 

Tom van Betten

October 15, 2018
Tom van Betten, '91 BSBA - Finance, has been hired by Matter Real Estate Group, a San Diego-based real estate development company as vice president of development. Van Betten, who has more than 25 years of experience in the industry, previously was the executive director of tenant representation at Cushman & Wakefield. During his time there, he received numerous awards and accolades and was continually a top-10 producer. Before that, he worked as the vice president/ONCOR manager for Burnham Real Estate and as senior vice president for Colliers International, Las Vegas. While there he represented high-profile building owners in both leasing and investment sales. He serves on the board of Big Brothers Big Sisters of San Diego County and holds a California real estate broker license.     

James Southard

October 8, 2018
James Southard, '85 BSBA - Marketing, retired after more than three decades in hotel management. Just prior to retirement, he served six years as executive vice president of hotel operations with the Nugget Resort in Sparks. Previously, he held executive director of hotel operations positions at the Las Vegas Hilton and MGM's Excalibur and had worked in hotel management at Caesars Tahoe. He and his wife have moved to Reno where they enjoy all that Tahoe and Northern Nevada have to offer.    

Lindsey Taylor

October 5, 2018
Lindsey Taylor, '18 BS Biological Sciences, is a crime scene analyst with the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department. Married for 13 years, she has two children, Sam and Sloane. The family lives in Henderson.