Nevada Alumni Association awards

Each year, the Nevada Alumni Association honors outstanding alumni and friends who have demonstrated remarkable professional achievement and dedication to their community and the University. If you know someone who bleeds silver and blue, let us know! They just may be who we're looking to recognize in the following categories:

  • Alumna/Alumnus of the Year
  • Alumni Association Service
  • Outstanding Chapter of the Year
  • Outstanding Young Alumni
  • Professional Achievement
  • Silver & Blue Appreciation Award
  • University Service

Submit your Nevada Alumni Association Award nominations online 

Nevada Alumni Association Award Recipients

Each year the Nevada Alumni Association honors outstanding alumni and friends for their professional achievements and support of the University of Nevada. Traditionally this recognition takes place at multiple events during Homecoming Weekend, but since we are unable to gather as a large group right now due to state of Nevada and CDC COVID-19 pandemic guidelines, this year’s honorees will be recognized during a virtual event on Zoom Friday, October 23, 2020. For more information on how to join us for this virtual event, please call Colleen Dietlein in the Office of Alumni Relations at (775) 784-6620.

Alumnus of the Year

James Hardesty ’70 (accounting)

Alumni Association Service

Brenda Boone ’07 M.Ed. (educational leadership)
Elizabeth Krayk ’07 (nursing), 17 MSN (nursing)
Curtis Worrall ’98 (management)

Outstanding Chapter of the Year

Young Alumni Chapter

Outstanding Young Alumni

Katie Coleman ’04 (journalism), ’06 M.A. (journalism)
Hunter Frey ’11 (english)
Erica Tabano ’10 (marketing)

Professional Achievement

Richard Clark ’02 (history), ’09 M.A.T. (teaching of history)
Glen Krutz ’90 (political science), 93 MPA (public administration)
Teela McCullar ’04 (accounting), ’06 M.Acc. (accounting)
Naida Parson ’89 Ph.D. (psychology)
Angela Taylor ’85 (marketing), ’91 MPA (public administration), ’04 Ph.D. (educational leadership)

Silver & Blue Appreciation

Estelle J. Kelsey Foundation
Northern Nevada HOPES

University Service

Dennis Green ’17 (criminal justice)
Reverend Jackie Leonard ’71 (speech & theatre)
Dr. David White ’99 (biology)

College and Unit Distinguished Alumni

College of Agriculture, Biotechnology and Natural Resources

Catherine Clark ’96 M.S. (resource management)

College of Education

Suzette Champagne '99 M.Ed. (elementary education)

College of Engineering's James G. Scrugham Medal Recipient

Joel Madison '86 (mechanical engineering)

College of Liberal Arts

Capt. Kenneth Collins '89 (music education)

College of Science

Julie Robinson '96 Ph.D. (ecology, evolution and conservation biology)

Mackay School of Earth Science and Engineering

Melissa Harmon '00 (mining engineering)

Orvis School of Nursing

Derek Drake '09 (nursing), '14 MSN (nursing) , '16 DNP (nursing practice)

Reynolds School of Journalism

Kristen Go '98 (journalism)

School of Community Health Science

Julia Peek '04 (health ecology)

School of Social Work

Frank Cervantes (social work) '94

The College of Business

Tom Burns '85 (finance)

University Libraries

Joseph Guild '69 (history)

University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine

Dr. Joseph Hollen '74 (premed) , '76 M.D. (medicine)