Saying goodbye, saying hello
Congratulations Class of 2003. The Alumni Association would like to welcome more than 1,500 new graduates to our alumni family. Once again, this year's advanced degree and undergraduate Commencement ceremonies took place out on the historic university Quad. It was the perfect setting for family and friends to honor our graduates.
Commencement is a time of year when graduates eagerly anticipate their future. At the same time, they are also searching for ways to stay connected with their alma mater. This is where the Nevada Alumni Association can help. I invite new and past graduates to use the association as a resource to stay connected to your friends, your memories and the University of Nevada campus.
One way we can help is by encouraging alumni to get involved with one of our more than 20 chapters across the United States. There are college, heritage, special interest and geographic chapters. These are wonderful networking and social groups. For more information on chapters and to get the latest information on our events and programs, please visit our Web site at www.unr.edu/alumni.
Another way to stay connected is through the Nevada Silver & Blue, the magazine of the university with a readership of more than 70,000. You will receive the magazine four times a year. I encourage you to keep classmates informed through the alumni class notes section. Let us know when good things happen in your life such as a new job, having a baby or getting married. Nevada Silver & Blue is also a wonderful resource for keeping current regarding alumni, campus and research news.
Finally, in September the Alumni Association will be launching an online community. This tool will make keeping in touch with friends after graduation easier than ever. Watch for more details about this and our exciting new membership program in the Homecoming issue of Nevada Silver & Blue.
Jeff Ross credits his two recent ADDY awards to his effort in capturing a person's personality in a picture.
"Capturing people on film is one of the most challenging types of assignment, so when I can get a glimpse of someone's personality on film it's a great feeling," he said.
Ross received a Gold ADDY for his Nevada Silver & Blue cover photo of Jack Streeter, a Nevada alumnus and World War II hero. He also received a Silver ADDY for his cover photo of John Lilley, president of the university.
"[The Gold ADDY] was significant to me, since we created a photograph that was very different for a university magazine," he said. "I was in awe of Jack and his incredible role as a war hero, and I tried to capture this in his portrait."
There are many exciting happenings with the Alumni Band as the campus races toward Homecoming 2003. Don't forget to mark your calendars to join us on Oct. 24-25 for Alumni Band's seventh annual reunion.
Due to their new business commitments, Tracy and Don Darue will be unable to run the John Montgomery Memorial Barbecue this year. In the past, the Darues have secured and prepared everything for this event. Fortunately, two wonderful band alums, Noel (Derbyshire) Trim and Aileen (Mink) Dingus have volunteered to take over this event. Although they will receive guidance from the Darues, any further assistance would be greatly appreciated. If you can donate supplies, or know of someone who can donate supplies, or would like to help out, please contact Kiara Wolf at the phone number or e-mail address below.
In the past the university has sponsored the Homecoming Dinner Dance Gala on Friday night of Homecoming. This event conflicted with Alumni Band rehearsal and the parade. This year, the Homecoming committee is proposing to move the Gala to Thursday night and host an alumni party in conjunction with the parade and bonfire on Friday night. It is likely that we will be joining this event on Friday night rather than hosting our own party. Check www.unr.edu/alumni for more information, and log on to register and pay for Homecoming events.
In the past, the Alumni Band has confined its activities to Homecoming. However, it has been suggested that we expand. The Alumni Association could possibly provide some funding if we wanted to do a "welcome to band camp" barbecue for the first night of band camp. Also, many alumni chapters have send-off parties for students going to the university. A band camp survival kit or presentation was suggested. A Boise-area alum was interested in having band alums in that area gather for a basketball or football game there. If you have any more ideas, or want to help out, please contact Kiara Wolf.
A huge thanks goes out to Nancy (Nails) West and Josian Zdunich. Josian printed, distributed and collected the applications for the Alumni Band scholarship. She and Nancy went over applications and selected a winner. We have our first-ever female winner this year! There will be some changes taking place to the scholarship next year. Details to come.
If you have any further updates, questions, information or would like to help out please contact either Kiara Wolf at email@example.com or (702) 399-4140, or Erin Frock at firstname.lastname@example.org or (775) 784-6620.
Bay Area Chapter
The Bay Area Chapter invites all alumni to join us at Pacific Bell Stadium for the annual San Francisco Giants baseball game and pregame tailgate party inside the stadium on Saturday, Sept. 27, at 1:05 p.m. The Giants will be hosting the Los Angeles Dodgers in the final series of the regular season. For more information, please call the Office of Alumni Relations at (775) 784-6620 or visit our Web page and register online at www.unr.edu/alumni.
Young Alumni Chapter
An event-filled 2003 has kept the Young Alumni Chapter (YAC) busy with planning, entertaining, fundraising and recruiting. The year began with the chapter's annual Bagna Caulda dinner held at the Coney Island in Sparks. This sold-out event gave alumni and friends a chance to catch up with one another, as well as partake in plenty of bagna caulda. A native dish from Italy, bagna caulda is similar to a fondue and rich in garlic and butter — needless to say, guests carried the odoriferous scent of the "stinking rose" with them throughout the evening.
In March, YAC hosted a wine tasting at The Whispering Vine at Mayberry Landing in Reno. Light appetizers and an assortment of red and white wines were available to sample. Alumni and guests enjoyed each other's company and raised their glasses in celebration of the beginning of spring.
YAC's ninth annual Beer Fest took place in April at Circus Circus. As the Chapter's primary fundraiser, all proceeds go to University of Nevada scholarships. In addition to the more than 50 microbrews that were featured, the event also included a live band, appetizers and souvenir glasses to the first 250 guests. A sincere thank you to all those who donated, volunteered and participated in this event to help make it the outstanding success that it was. For those of you who missed out, we'll be back next spring!
So, what is YAC planning next? Join us on Aug. 28 at the Little Waldorf Saloon for a Back-to-School social. We'll be serving up food, drinks and fun. Students, alumni and friends are encouraged to attend and get to know what YAC is all about. Please contact Sarah Leca for more information.
All YAC events are promoted by mail on postcards and via e-mail. If you're interested in attending upcoming events, volunteering or receiving more information, please contact YAC to be added to our distribution list. It's a great way to stay current and in touch with old classmates and friends. Please see chapter contact information below.
The chapter's monthly board meetings are a great way to get involved with the organization and volunteer to help out with projects throughout the year, meet new people, get reacquainted with old friends and have a great time.
All are welcome to attend. This is a great way to get involved with a young, hip organization that is committed to maintaining and strengthening a relationship between the University of Nevada and its young alumni.
If you're interested in participating in the next meeting, future meetings or serving as a volunteer for an upcoming event or committee, please contact Young Alumni Chapter President Sarah Leca at email@example.com or at (775) 826-8621.
The University Club is an active chapter of the University of Nevada, Reno Alumni Association. You do not have to be a graduate of the university to join.
We alternate each month between a luncheon meeting and dinner meeting, both held at the Golden Phoenix Hotel on Sierra Street. We have either an interesting speaker or musical entertainment at our meetings. So far, our 2003 programs have been wonderful. In January, Regent/Professor Howard Rosenberg spoke; in February, City of Reno Mayor Bob Cashell joined us; and in March, we heard from columnist and state archivist Guy Rocha. We have many more interesting programs planned for the rest of the year, so be sure to join us. We meet 11 months of the year, with July being our "picnic" meeting. This year the picnic will be held at Bartley Ranch on July 16. The picnic is free to our members.
At each of our monthly meetings, we also hold raffles to raise funds for the University Club Scholarship Fund. Each year we proudly award scholarships to eligible university students.
We are a very social club, holding mystery dinners and overnight theater trips to Sacramento and San Francisco during the year. We welcome any new members, and if you are interested in joining, or finding out more about us, please call Erin Frock in the Office of Alumni Relations at (775) 784-6620.
On April 23, the Southern California Chapter met Marilyn Johnson, the new vice president for development and alumni relations, at Mimi's in Torrance, Calif. Attending the meeting were James Wright, first vice president for membership; Diana Phelps, recording secretary; Frank Phelps, finance committee chairman; Fran Ryder and Marilyn Ryder, president. We appreciated Marilyn Johnson's interest in our chapter activities and her input on future developments at the University of Nevada.
Our chapter also attended the Torrance Unified School District College Information Fair. Our chapter members handed out brochures, Wolf Pack key chains and assorted candies. The students and parents were very interested in the scholarship that our chapter awards each year at its June luncheon.
Any University of Nevada alumni living in Southern California who would like to contact our group for information about future events can call Marilyn Ryder at (949) 737-1410. If you are interested in becoming scholarship chairman or historian, please contact Marilyn or any other member of our chapter.
Joyce Long, our chapter newsletter editor, has moved to Northern California, but she is still maintaining her association with the Southern California Chapter. Please contact her with news articles by email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Washington, D.C. Chapter
The chapter gained momentum this year at a reception hosted by the Nevada State Society in January honoring Nevada's new Congressman, Jon Porter, and the new director for the U.S. Government Printing Office, Bruce James. The chapter hopes to maintain that momentum by hosting more athletic and cultural outings, receptions and joint events with the Nevada State Society.
SAVE THE DATE: The chapter will be hosting another baseball outing to Camden Yards, following on the heels of the fun-filled game in August 2002. On Sept. 20, area alums and their families will cheer as the Baltimore Orioles take on the Toronto Blue Jays in the Orioles' last home series. Be sure to join us for this annual family event that includes a pregame meal in the Bullpen Picnic Grove, prizes and a visit by the Oriole Bird! For more information about this event, or if you would like to become involved in the chapter, suggest event ideas, or simply join the chapter contact list, please contact Ronda Brown, (703) email@example.com or Amy Carothers in the Alumni Office at (775) 784-6620.
College of Business Alumni Association Chapter
The 12th Annual COBAAA Golf Tournament was held May 8 at Wolf Run Golf Club. This event is our largest and most successful fund-raiser each year. The tournament featured a delicious barbecue lunch, a very successful raffle and three terrific hole-in-one prizes — a 2003 Lexus RX300 and two $5,000 cash prizes. The COBAAA board of directors would like to thank all the volunteers who so generously donated their time to make our tournament a success. Without your enthusiastic participation, we would not be able to produce such a great event each year.
Mark your calendars for our annual Fall Mixer, which is scheduled for late September or early October. Check www.unr.edu/alumni for a finalized date and more information.
Our next fiscal year begins July 1. If you are a graduate of the College of Business Administration, please consider joining our Board of Directors. For more information, please contact 2003 COBAAA President Cari Rovig at (775) 853-0723.
Native American Chapter
Silver Scholar Awards were presented to two juniors at the Pyramid Lake High School on April 9. Presenting on behalf of the Native American Chapter was Karen Shaw, a 2001 alumna of the University of Nevada. The event was extra special for Karen, because the two recipients were her nieces, Dayann Frazier and Cecilia Hicks.
The chapter held its seventh annual Graduation Reception at Morrill Hall on May 9, honoring 24 American Indian students who graduated this year with various degrees. The students who were able to attend the reception with their friends and parents were given Pendleton blankets. The blankets were provided through the efforts of Barry Perryman from the College of Agriculture, Biotechnology and Natural Resources. Sweatshirts with the chapter logo were given to Patti Hicks from the Walker River Reservation for the opening prayer and to the keynote speaker, Sherrada James, executive director of the Nevada Indian Commission.
The reception also marked the recruiting of chapter members. It is time to renew membership, and for those who are interested in joining the chapter, please go to www.unr.edu/alumni for more information. Please remember, our chapter operates on funds generated through its membership and the selling of chapter sweatshirts.
On a final note, the Native American Alumni Chapter would like to offer sincere congratulations to Antoinette Cavanaugh on her appointment as superintendent of Elko County schools. Antoinette was raised on the Duck Valley Reservation and now lives in Spring Creek. She received her doctorate of education at the University of Nevada.
The Seattle/Tacoma Chapter of the Nevada Alumni Association got going again with a well-attended mixer at Gordon Biersch Brewery in downtown Seattle on April 5. More than 40 people came out to show their Pack Pride and enjoy delicious appetizers and frosty cold beers. Everyone left with an alumni T-shirt, and two lucky winners walked away with door prizes — a Nevada baseball cap and a Nevada golf windbreaker. With the success of the mixer, the chapter is now considering a family picnic sometime in summer 2003. If you are interested in getting involved, please call the Office of Alumni Relations at (775) 784-6620 or e-mail Ellen Houston at firstname.lastname@example.org.
On July 19, Eppie's Great Race celebrated its 30th Anniversary. This charitable fund-raiser is believed to be the oldest triathlon in the world and is sponsored by Nevada grad Eppie Johnson.
Aug. 3, is the date for the New Student Send-Off for students from our area attending Nevada in the fall. This year it is to be held at Bruce Mace's (Class of 1972 and a Sigma Nu) restaurant at the Pavilions, on the patio. The cost is $20 per alumni. Refreshments and "snacks" will be served. Come join in as we welcome the new students and their families, beginning at 4 p.m. For information, contact Bill Chaffin. (916) 567-0777 or e-mail: chaffin@LarsenChaffin.com.
The Fallon Alumni Chapter added to its already busy schedule of events with a successful Spring Mixer at the beautiful Oats Park Arts Center in Fallon on May 10. Alumni and their families enjoyed the unique surroundings while munching on appetizers and sipping cocktails. The regular chapter members were excited to see lots of new faces and hope to make the Spring Mixer an annual event.
On May 18 the chapter filled a rooter bus to the Wolf Pack baseball game vs. Fresno State. The Pack did not win, but our chapter members still had a great time.
Coming up his fall, the chapter will host a rooter bus trip to a Wolf Pack football game and other great events. For more information on upcoming Fallon Alumni Chapter events, log on to www.unr.edu/alumni.
On May 15, the Latino Alumni Chapter (ALMA) held its Latino Graduation Celebration. Families and friends gathered at the Jot Travis Student Union on the University of Nevada campus to honor 72 Latino graduates. The increased enrollment of Latino students at the university supports the creation of an organization to foster a relationship between Latino graduates and the University of Nevada. ALMA pursues this goal through academics, leadership, mentorship and advocacy. Laura Vargas and Emma Sepulveda also announced the creation of scholarships in the amount of $2000 for Latino students at the university. Among the 2003 Latino graduates attending the reception were: Christina Alvarado-Sapien, Jessica Escobar, Shawnee Fierro, Luis Godoy, Jan Gunderson, Brenda Leal Herrera, Jennifer Maestas, Adelina Martinez, Ignasio Medrano, Patricia Romo-Macaluso, Latoya Salas and Sher Todd.
Karen (Smith) Greco ('72 Nursing), an oncology nurse practitioner
and full-time doctoral student at Oregon Health and Science University in Portland,
Ore., is a recipient of an Oncology Nursing Society Foundation Doctoral Scholarship.
The $3,000 scholarship is designed to improve oncology nursing by assisting registered
nurses in fulfilling their education. Karen is studying to become a nurse geneticist.
She is an active member of ONS and a member of the Oncology Nursing Forum Review Board
as well as newsletter editor for the ONS Cancer Genetics Special Interest Group. Karen
also is a member of the board of directors and secretary of the Genetic Nursing Credentialing
Commission, co-chair of the Professional Practice Committee of the International Society
of Nurses in Genetics Professional Practice .
Robert "Bob" Johnson ('73 Agriculture), the Bureau of Reclamation's Lower Colorado regional director, received a 2002 Presidential Rank Meritorious Award at a Washington, D.C., ceremony hosted by Interior Secretary Gale Norton on March 11. The award honors high-performing career senior government executives who have demonstrated exceptional career performance.
D. Gail Bellenger ('88 Anthropology/Biology, '96 Environmental
Resource Management/Conservation and Wildlife Biology) has a new historical fiction
novel, 68 A.D., that is available online at amazon.com, barnesandnoble.com, walmart.com
and from the publisher, publishamerica.com. It was released to major bookstores on May
17. Gail is a single mother who works as a biologist in Carson City. She has just completed
the second novel in her series of publications. Her Web site is: www.authorsden.com/gailbellenger.
Nick Brunson ('89 Business Management) joined Insight Technology Solutions as vice president of sales in January. Insight provides telecommunications management and consulting services throughout the U.S. and is an authorized SBC Agent. He also recently earned his MBA from the University of Phoenix. His wife, Tammy (Tucker) Brunson ('91 Human Development) is a top-producing Realtor with Prudential Nevada Realty. They have a son Jonathon, 7, and daughter Ally, 5. Old friends and alumni can e-mail them at email@example.com.
Peter Costa ('88 Medicine) has been named the spine issues specialist with the doctors' group of the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association. He has been a member of the U.S. Ski Team Physician Pool since 1999. Peter has also been a member of the Tahoe Fracture & Orthopedic Medical Center in South Lake Tahoe, Calif., and the Tahoe Spine Center, working primarily from its Carson City office since 1996. His practice focuses on patients with spinal, musculoskeletal, and neurologic disorders and his patients range from professional athletes to everyday citizens.
Ron Deal ('81 Civil Engineering), vice president of Krump Construction, Inc., has been named president of the Nevada Chapter of the Associated General Contractors (AGC). Ron is heavily involved in the AGC, particularly the AGC Community Awareness Committee.
Joseph G. De Angelis ('85 Accounting) has been chosen to chair the 29-attorney business department for Sacramento's largest law firm, Downey Brand. He will serve on the firm's executive committee. Joseph joined the firm in 1996 as an associate after having been an associate with Wilke, Fluery, Hoffelt, Gould & Birney in Sacramento. He is also a certified public accountant and previously served as CPA and senior accountant for Ernst & Young LLP of San Francisco.
Kevin Lazarcheff ('89 Veterinary Science) and his wife, Stacie, are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Gabriella, on Aug. 18, 2002.
Laurie (Crawford) Shade ('86 BS Fashion Merchandising/'90 MS Home Economics), husband Scott, son Louis, and daughter Sophie, are pleased to announce the birth of their son and little brother, George Edward, on March 7.
Tom Wood ('89 Agricultural Economics) has been promoted to manager of the Reno/Sparks Business Banking Group at Wells Fargo Bank Nevada, N.A. Tom will manage a department that serves the financial needs of small to medium-size businesses in Reno, Sparks, Fernley and Truckee. He joined Wells Fargo in 1988. He is an active member of the community, and serves on the board of directors for Step 2, a local, non-profit organization, and volunteers for the American Cancer Society.
Stephen Gould ('89 International Affairs/'93 MBA) has accepted the position of vice president, global supply chain logistics for Fedders Corporation. Fedders Corporation is a leading global manufacturer and marketer of air treatment products. Stephen is also adjunct faculty at the Weatherhead School of Management, Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio, where he teaches graduate courses in logistics, supply chain management and international operations. He is also on the advisory board to the Weatherhead School of Management and on the national advisory board of the Center for Logistics Management at Nevada.
Mona Bingham ('94 Nursing) received her Ph.D. in nursing in
December 2002 from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She was promoted
to Lt. Colonel for active duty in the Army in April 2003.
Frank Blackett ('97 Civil Engineering) was recently named manager of Kleinfelder's Pueblo, Colo., office. As a former project manager in the firm's Colorado Springs office, he provided geotechnical engineering and design services for water resources, transportation, infrastructure, land development, retail, commercial and residential projects.
S.R. Boland ('96 Journalism) is the co-author of a pictorial book on Detroit music history: The Birth of the Detroit Sound, 1940-1964 (Arcadia Publishing, 2002). He is also involved in promoting classic R&B and rockabilly acts in the Detroit area, in addition to a regular job as a publicist for the City of Detroit.
Robyn Campbell-Ouchida ('93 Journalism) and her husband, Kurt, welcomed their first child, a son, Jace Emery, on Jan. 5. Robyn is the owner of All Write Public Relations in Henderson, Nev.
Kimberly Carhart ('95 Geography) and William Kurr were married on April 12. The couple resides in Las Vegas, where Kimberly is a data administration contractor for the water district.
Valerie Coffey ('90 Physics) previously associate editor of Laser Focus World and WDM Solutions magazines, joined Connector Specifier as the new editor-in-chief. Valerie has a degree in physics and a master's degree in astronomy from Boston University, and was editor of Optoelectronics Report, the bimonthly business newsletter of Laser Focus World. Before coming to PennWell in 2000, she taught college astronomy and worked in technical marketing and sales in R&D, as well as in optics and instrumentation manufacturing.
Jennifer Crowe ('95 Journalism) and Tom Clark were married on Aug. 24, 2002. Two months later, Jennifer took a leave of absence from the Reno-Gazette Journal where she has worked for 11 years, most recently as assistant opinion editor. She was awarded a congressional fellowship from the American Political Science Association and is spending 10 months in Washington D.C., where she is working as a legislative aide to Sen. Maria Cantwell, D-Wash.
Craig Daily ('99 Business) and his wife, Joanna (Kingsley) Daily ('99 General Studies), are proud to announce the birth of their son, Benjamin Alan on July 8, 2002. Craig works at UPS in industrial engineering, and Joanna is a stay-at-home mom. Friends can e-mail Craig or Joanna at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Danra (Berg) Forshey ('96 Accounting) has been named senior manager by Kafoury, Armstrong & Co. Since 1996, Danra has held the positions of staff accountant and most recently, manager. In her new role, she will serve as the liaison between the firm's shareholder, the client, and the audit staf. She is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public accountants, and is a member of the Government Accounting Interest Group within the NSCPA. Danra is also a member of the Nevada Government Finance Officers Association and represents the firm as a member of EDAWN.
Vince Illia ('96 Speech Communications) has joined the Kenworth Sales Company as a truck sales representative. Vince is responsible for the sales of new and used construction trucks. In addition, Vince has recently received his real estate license and specializes in commercial real estate for RE/MAX Commercial.
Rob Jensen ('90 Civil Engineering) has been named public works director for the City of Roseville, Calif. Rob began working for the city as assistant engineer in the Public Works Department in 1990. He has served as senior civil engineer for land development, transportation planning and construction management since 1997.
Joanne Licausi ('96 Speech Communications) was selected as a performer to dance at Super Bowl XXXVII during the pre-game and halftime shows held in San Diego. Joanne is also currently assistant vice president of public relations for Wells Fargo of Southern California and Border Banking based in San Diego.
Melodia (Gomez) Martinez ('95 Elementary Education; Special Education/ '99 M.Ed. Elementary Education; Literacy Studies) and her husband, Marviel, announce the birth of their second son, Nathan Jacob Marviel, on October 3, 2002. Nathan joins his big brother, Jacob, at their home in Orange County, Calif.
Lisa (Chacon) Menante ('95 Civil Engineering) and her father Samuel Chacon ('73 Civil Engineering) have opened a civil engineering firm called C&M Engineering and Design, LTD. in Reno. The firm specializes in land development projects ranging from subdivision maps to engineering of large industrial buildings and project management. Joining them in the firm are David Pulley ('98 Civil Engineering) and George Fong ('72 Civil Engineering).
Leslie (Whittle) Nady ('99 Business/Human Resources) and Creighton Jake Nady ('97 Business) are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Creighton Jack Nady, on Sept. 5, 2002.
Justin Potter ('99 Journalism) and Jennifer Cooper ('97 Elementary Education) were married on Sept. 14, 2002.
Travis Rumbaugh ('94 Fitness Management) and his wife, Yvonne, are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Ashlan Trinity, on Feb. 3. Ashlan joins her big brother, Logan, in their family's home in west Reno.
Kevin Stroupe ('94 Accounting/Finance) has been hired by Clark & Sullivan Constructors to serve as its chief financial officer. Kevin brings nearly a decade of experience to his new position, having most recently served as assurance manager at Grant Thornton LLP in Reno. In his new role, he will oversee the accounting and finance functions of the company. Kevin served as an officer in the Army National Guard until 2000, and is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.
Kristen (Smyth) Vaughan ('94 Speech Communications) and her husband, Pat, are pleased to announce the birth of their second child, Tanner Nichollas, born Feb. 20. Tanner joins his big sister, Haley Alise. Kristen resides in Las Vegas where she is working for Dreyer's of Las Vegas as an administrative assistant.
Camilla Baker ('00 Journalism) has been named Sales Person of
the Year for KIOI-FM a division of Clear Channel Radio in San Francisco, Calif., the
fourth-largest media market in the United States, Camie has worked for the station as
an account executive since summer 2001. She also completed a marketing internship for
Wendy's International, based in Columbus, Ohio.
Jack Edwards ('01 Criminal Justice) is a second-year law student at the University of Wyoming, College of Law. He was elected student body president of the University of Wyoming. Jack is a native of Las Vegas.
Melissa Richardson ('00 Logistics) is participating in Operation Iraqi Freedom in the Arabian Gulf while assigned to the guided missile cruiser USS Mobile Bay, with a home port in San Diego. Ensign Richardson is one of more than 8,000 Pacific Fleet sailors and marines aboard the ships of the USS Abraham Lincoln carrier battle group. Her ship was one of the first of 30 Navy and coalition ships to launch Tomahawk Land Attack Missiles during the military operation to disarm Iraq.
Annie Uccelli ('00 English) has been named publicist for the Eldorado Hotel and Casino. In this role, Annie will execute publicity campaigns promoting the Eldorado's amenities and special events; she will also be responsible for all media relations and online content management and will serve as the hotel casino's copywriter. Annie comes to the Eldorado from Reno's Silver Legacy Resort Casino where she held a similar position. She was also owner of A Few Words, a freelance writing, editing and consulting service.
Erin Wallace ('02 Journalism) has been named advertising coordinator by the Eldorado Hotel Casino. In this role, Erin will be supporting the management and production of all on-property and off-property signage, television, radio, print, outdoor and collateral advertising for the Eldorado. She comes to the Eldorado from Bayer Bauserman and Company where she was an account coordinator.