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

Our 2019 honorees were recognized at the Homecoming Gala Sept. 27 and again during the Nevada vs. Hawai'i Homecoming football game Sept. 28. Thank you to our amazing sponsors for making the alumni Homecoming experience so special: IGT, Sierra Pacific Federal Credit Union, Geico and Whispering Vine. For Gala tickets or information about either event, please contact the Office of Alumni Relations at 888.NV ALUMS or

Alumna of the Year

Ann Carlson '59 (business), '78 M.Ed.

Alumni Association Service

Matt Airoldi '94 (physical education)
Kevin Lemus Vargas '14 (nursing)

Outstanding Chapter of the Year

Native American Alumni Chapter

Outstanding Young Alumni

Priscilla Acosta '10 (health ecology)
Tim Mullin '06 (political science and journalism)
Lonnie Phillips-Jackson '16 (criminal justice), '17 M.A.

Professional Achievement

John S. Barsanti '90 (finance)
Cindy Buchanan '95 (finance)

Silver & Blue Appreciation

Bretzlaff Foundation
Reno Rodeo Foundation

University Service

Mick Hitchcock '17 (honorary doctor of humane letters)
Ed Kleiner, professor emeritus

College and Unit Distinguished Alumni

College of Agriculture, Biotechnology and Natural Resources

Timothy Koopmann '76 (industrial mech)

College of Education

Di An Willis-Putnam '71 (Spanish)

College of Engineering's James G. Scrugham Medal Recipient

Carolyn Barbash '90 (electrical engineering), '98 MBA

College of Liberal Arts

Brian Sandoval '86 (English)

College of Science

Douglas Smith '97 Ph.D. (biology)

Mackay School of Earth Science and Engineering

Mark Evatz '88 (mining engineering), '99 MBA

Orvis School of Nursing

Donna Lee-Kistler '77 (nursing)

Reynolds School of Journalism

Valerie Glenn '76 (journalism)

School of Community Health Science

Timothy Ricks '03 MPH

School of Social Work

Rota Rosaschi '75 (social services), '91 MPA

The College of Business

Steve Jackson '91 M.S. (economics)

University Libraries

Marilyn Melton '86 (honorary doctor of humane letters)

University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine

Dr. Stephanie Ball '81 (biology), '85 M.D.