Congratulations to the Nevada Alumni Association Awardees!

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

Nevada Alumni Association Award Recipients

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.

Nominations for Nevada Alumni Association Awards are due each year on May 15. You can submit your nominations online, or contact Carrie Busha,, for more information.