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New directions for Alumni Relations

As I begin my role as director of Alumni Relations, I look forward to beginning a new chapter in the life of the University of Nevada Alumni Association. I believe that establishing relationships are a critical component for achieving our goals. Therefore, I am calling upon each one of you to expand your commitment to the Alumni Association as we are your lifelong connection to the university.

Every great university has a level of committed volunteers who are the fabric of the institution. To successfully achieve our goal of engaging alumni in the life of the university, here are some initial areas of emphasis:

To connect and establish strong relationships with students on campus.

To build an Alumni Association dues-paying membership program.

To build a larger, more involved volunteer base.

I truly believe that if we, as an institution, are going to be effective in establishing a lifelong connection with our alumni, then it must begin as students enter the university — not as they exit the university. In order for campus traditions to thrive and continue, student involvement is critical for the continuation of these treasured experiences. Therefore, engaging with students early on is crucial in developing a bond and affinity to Nevada as they progress through graduation.

This level of engagement and affinity toward the university helps to create a culture in which future graduates want to continue their relationship with Nevada. One way to show your support and commitment to the Alumni Association and the university is to become a dues-paying member. This level of support demonstrates your pledge in advancing the institution.

In building volunteer leadership, it is critical to know your alumni base and understand their needs. Therefore, we will be conducting surveys to gather information about you, our alumni. This information will enable us to assess and implement program initiatives that would be most beneficial to you.

We encourage you to stay connected to the university by joining one of our chapters across the country, and returning back to campus events such as Homecoming. To stay informed about the events and programs of the Alumni Association, please read Nevada Silver & Blue or visit our Web site at

I am very excited to be joining the University of Nevada, Reno as the director of Alumni Relations. My family is also very enthusiastic about becoming a part of this great institution. They are an integral part of my team and will be active participants in the life of the university.

I look forward to meeting you and seek your support in advancing the University of Nevada Alumni Association as premier organization.

Richard Daniel
Director of Alumni Relations

Daniel envisages ‘Lifelong connection’ with alumni

By John Trent

Richard Daniel, associate executive director of alumni relations at Arizona State University, has been named director of alumni relations at the University.

Daniel has more than 15 years of experience at Arizona State. Since July 2000, he has directed and managed a major alumni relations office with an operating budget of more than $1 million. His extensive range of duties has included responsibility for strategic planning and assessment, programs and chapter development, signature events, scholarships, membership, marketing, sponsorships, affinity programs and management for the Office of Alumni Relations.

“Richard is an extremely accomplished individual, and we are excited to have him head our alumni relations effort,” says Marilyn Johnson, Nevada’s vice president for Development and Alumni Relations. “He is a thoughtful, loyal, personable person who has great passion for his work. He brings a strong sense of commitment to the role of alumni relations at a university.

“He is a forward-thinking person who has a clear sense of how to build meaningful connections with our alumni base.”

Daniel received his Ph.D. in educational leadership and policy studies in 2001. He earned his master’s degree from Arizona State in higher education administration in 1991. He received his bachelor’s degree from Arizona State in 1988 in exercise science.

Daniel, a native of Arizona, says that although his family has been firmly rooted in the state for many years, the opportunity to become alumni director at Nevada was too great to pass up.

“I am very excited about the opportunity to lead the Office of Alumni Relations at Nevada,” Daniel says. “I plan to take what I’ve learned at ASU and help establish the Alumni Association at Nevada as the central focus for the university’s alumni. Engaging alumni in the life of the university is critical for maintaining a lifelong connection.

“Among my top priorities will be building awareness for the Alumni Association among students and growing a membership program.”

Daniel and his wife, Rebecca, have two children, Celina, 7, and Anthony, 5.

Chapter Updates

Alumni Band Chapter
Homecoming weekend, Oct. 24 and 25, will be the date of the seventh annual alumni band gathering. This year participants will be able to register and pay online. Access a complete schedule of events at
The group has been working steadily toward endowing The John Montgomery Memorial Scholarship, established in 1998, through contributions from members and proceeds from the annual barbecue at Homecoming. The scholarship will be awarded to current band members. Contribute by contacting Erin Frock.
The chapter provides monthly updates to mem- bers via e-mail. The updates include announcements of planned events and information about members. If you are interested please contact Kiara Wolf,, (702) 399-4140, or contact Erin Frock,, (775) 784-6620.

Bay Area Chapter
The Bay Area Chapter invites all alumni to Pacific Bell Park for the annual San Francisco Giants baseball game and pregame tailgate party inside the stadium at 1:05 p.m., Sept. 27. The Giants will be hosting the Los Angeles Dodgers in the final series of the regular season. For more information, call (775) 784-6620 or visit our Web site and register online at

COBAAA Chapter
The College of Business Administration Alumni Association proudly announces new officers for the 2003-2004 year.
The new officers are: President Cindy Buchanan, President-Elect Debbie Smith, Treasurer Caesar Ibarra, Vice President of Development Katie Weigel, and Vice President of Communications Leonard Wohletz.
COBAAA’s next big event is the annual fall mixer, which will be held at the Little Waldorf Saloon in conjunction with the Alumni Association’s Pack the Wal night, starting at 6 p.m., Oct. 24 Since that is the Friday night of Homecoming, we will have a table and free prizes for COBA alumni. Be sure to come by and say hello. This event should be a lot of fun so we hope to see you there.
COBAAA is an organization focused on helping the College of Business Administration as well as helping COBA alumni stay connected to their college and the University of Nevada.
If you are interested in getting involved with COBAAA, or for more information, send an e-mail to

International Chapter
The International Chapter hosted a reception in Reno on July 2. The goals of the International Chapter include:

  • Connecting alumni and friends from the university and local community around an international theme
  • Creating an international network
  • Organizing activities and events
  • Raising funds for scholarships and activities to enhance the international community at the university

The chapter is open to all with an interest in connecting to an international community. To join the international chapter mailing list, please contact Susan Bender, director of the Office of International Students & Scholars, at

Washington, D.C. Chapter
On September 20, area alums and their families will cheer on the Baltimore Orioles as they take on the Toronto Blue Jays at Camden Yards in Baltimore during the Orioles’ final home series of the season. This annual family event includes a pregame meal in the Bullpen Picnic Grove, prizes and a visit by the Oriole Bird! For more information, or to become involved in the chapter, suggest event ideas, or simply join the contact list, please contact Ronda Brown, (703) 979-1006/ or Amy Carothers in the Alumni Office at (775) 784-6620.

Engineering Chapter
The College of Engineering Alumni Chapter is pleased to congratulate all of the Alumni Association award winners. Our special congratulations go to three of our own alumni: Jeff Ceccarelli and Tim Casey, both for Outstanding Professional Achievement awards; Jack Goetz for Alumni Association Service. While Jeff and Jack live in Reno with their families, Tim and his family live in the Washington, D.C. area. Both Tim and Jeff have served on the College of Engineering Advisory Board and have offered important insights on engineering and computer science programs, collaborations with other colleges and programs and outreach to industry.
The Engineering Alumni Chapter would also like to welcome two new divisions and one new program to the college. The Chemical Engineering Division, the Materials Science and Engineering and Metallurgical Division, and the Biomedical Engineering Program officially joined the college July 1.
The faculty, staff and students in these departments and programs will bring new perspectives, experiences and options to all engineering and computer science disciplines that are already members of the college’s community.
Alumni are finding out more about the college through the revamped Engineering News. Thanks to advisory board member, Sara Lafrance, and former dean’s assistant, Marsha Naccarato, the new format, vivid articles and regular columns from the dean and the chair of the college’s advisory board keep alums better informed. If you have questions, concerns, address changes, or comments, please direct these to Melanie Perish, director of Development and Alumni Relations, College of Engineering at (775) 784-6433 or

Fallon Chapter
The Fallon Alumni Chapter held a Mystery Bus trip on June 29, driving to Virginia City for cocktails, then boarding the train for a ride to the Gold Hill Hotel. The Fallon Chapter would like to thank everyone who attended, especially Alumni Council member JoAnn Elston and her husband, Jim.
Upcoming events include the annual golf tournament at the Fallon Golf Course on Sept. 13, and a rooter bus to the Nevada vs UNLV football game on Oct. 4. Our Winterfest dinner is scheduled for Jan. 31, and benefits the scholarship fund. The event will feature a singer of Western, Civil War and religious music. To find out more information about any of these events, call Fallon Chapter President Carol Johnson at (775) 867-3472.

Friends and Alumni of CABNR
The first half of 2003 was a very productive one for the Friends and Alumni of the College of Agriculture, Biotechnology and Natural Resources. As a new organization — started in summer 2002 — our great team of volunteer board members, committee members and staff have outdone themselves to accomplish our goals.

Those attending our April meeting not only learned more about the Friends and Alumni but were also able to view research-poster presentations by CABNR students. We presented at the meeting the Outstanding Agriculturalist award to Mike Stewart for his devotion to innovation in Nevada agriculture. This is the first time this award has been given out since 1996. Help us in the fall by nominating next year’s recipient.
The Friends and Alumni was officially recognized as a chapter of the Alumni Association in early June. This is a significant development for the group, and we are grateful for the opportunity to be a part of the Alumni Association.

Our June 21 event, the Art Cerfoglio Memorial Scholarship Fundraising Barbecue, was a huge success. Thank you to all who attended and helped out with this great evening. We met our $30,000 goal for a new endowed scholarship for a student of the college and had a great community gathering at the same time. The food was great, the entertainment enjoyable and more than 600 people attended.
All of our events and membership information is available on our Web site:, or you may contact Jean Carbon, director of development and public relations for the college at (775) 784-4390 or

Southern California Chapter
The Southern California Chapter held its annual reunion at the Foxfire Restaurant in Anaheim Hills, Calif., on June 7. Activities included the presentation of the Wolftrack Award to Chris Polimeni for his outstanding services and contributions as past president of the Southern California Alumni Chapter and the naming of Robyn Ford as the Southern California Alumni scholarship recipient for 2002-2003. Robyn received her award from Marilyn Ryder, chapter president.

Young Alumni Chapter
The Young Alumni Chapter (YAC) continues to have fun events all year round. The YAC will be having its fall mixer at the Little Waldorf, date TBA. Also coming up fast is the very popular Mystery Bus Dinner — a private charter bus full of young alums being taken to an unknown dinner location for a great meal and drinks. Cost is minimal and it’s a lot of fun.
Young Alumni will also be participating with the Alumni Association in Pack the Wal Night — the BIG Homecoming celebration on Oct. 24.
The YAC is dedicated to keeping recent Nevada Alumni involved in the university and serving the community while having fun. We have open monthly meetings, held on the first Tuesday of each month at locations around town. For more information contact Leonard Wohletz at

University Club
The University Club is proud to announce it has reached its goal of $30,000 in contributions to its scholarship fund. The scholarship fund was founded in 1997 by then president, Edwina Prior. We are now able to award three scholarships to eligible, incoming students each fall.
On July 16, the group held its annual picnic at Bartley Ranch and had a very successful raffle that saw our scholarship fund receive proceeds of $277. We had more than 90 members enjoying sun, good food and good friends at the picnic and we had a wonderful classical guitarist, Bruce Waggoner, as our entertainment.

We also helped sponsor the Pack Picnic on the Quad on Aug. 6. Our club did not meet in August but returned with a luncheon on Sept. 17 at the Golden Phoenix Hotel. We welcome new members, and if you are interested in joining us, please call Erin Frock, alumni program manager, at (775) 784-6620.

Your study abroad experience shouldn’t end when you return to the U.S. Keep it alive through the USAC Alumni Club. We’ll keep you posted on the first USAC Alumni Club meeting in January, 2004.
For more information, please call Michelle Cobb at (775) 784-6569 ext. 225.
This past year USAC has expanded its opportunities to study abroad. We now offer four new semester/yearlong programs in: Gold Coast, Australia; Hiroshima, Japan; Stirling, Scotland; and Växjö, Sweden. In addition to these sites, we also introduced four new summer programs in: Santiago, Chile; London, England; Cork, Ireland and Accra, Ghana.

Class Chat

The ’70s

James Foster (’73 Engineering) financial consultant at RBC Dain Rauscher, has been authorized by Certified Financial Planners Board of Standards, Inc. (CFP Board) to use the marks CFP and certified financial planner in accordance with CFP Board certification and renewal requirements. James is a partner in The Elston Group and has worked at RBC Dain Rauscher since 2001. He is responsible for the development and implementation of wealth management strategies and solutions for clients including the accumulation, protection and transfer of wealth.

The ’80s

Paula Del Giudice (’83 Business) was recently chosen as director of the National Wildlife Federation’s (NWF) Northwestern Natural Resource Center in Seattle. Prior to the appointment, Paula was a freelance writer and educator in Reno, Elko and Las Vegas. She had previously served as a volunteer conservationist with the Nevada Wildlife Federation and NWF. She was elected NWF’s first woman chair of its board of directors in 1999. Paula and her husband, Mike, live in Sammamish, Wash., with their children Kevin, 12, and Katie, 9.

David Shonnard (’83 Chemical Engineering) is associate professor of chemical engineering at Michigan Technological University in Houghton, Mich. His research and teaching interests are in the areas of environmental impact and risk assessment, process design and optimization and environmental biotechnology. Dr. Shonnard is author of more than 30 research publications and one book, Emerging Separation and Separative-Reactor Technologies for Process Waste Reduction: Adsorption and Membrane System, published by the American Institute of Chemical Engineers. He has published in engineering education journals on the topic of environmental aspects of chemical engineering. Environmental impact assessment software under development in his laboratory has been disseminated widely to faculty at other universities for use in the process design curriculum, and he is a 1998 recipient of a NSF/Lucent Technologies Foundation Industrial Ecology Research Fellowship.

The ’90s

Cindy Buchanan (’95 Business Administration) has been hired as vice president/senior commercial lending officer at Colonial Bank. Cindy brings 12 years of banking experience to her new position where she will be responsible for business development, servicing, and underwriting commercial loans and managing Colonial’s commercial lending division. She spent the past 12 years at U.S. Bank where she most recently served as vice president/commercial relationship manager. She earned a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Phoenix. Cindy is actively involved in the community and serves as secretary/treasurer for Leadership Reno Sparks, and is president of the College of Business Administration Alumni Association. She is past president of the Young Alumni, is a board member of Reno Active 20/30 Club, and a member of the Pi Beta Phi Alumni Club and the Financial Management Association.

Sean Coyle (’99 Environmental Science) was married on May 24 to Amy Landau in Boise, Idaho. They honeymooned in Ireland and Scotland and make their home in Boise.

Monette (Romero) Greer (’97 Chemical Engineering) and Brian Greer (’97/’99 MS Mechanical Engineering) were married in October 2001 at the Hummingbird House in Tucson, Ariz. Brian is working on missile defense projects at Raytheon and Monette practices environmental engineering at Bombardier Aerospace-Learjet Inc.

Mari Hutchinson (’97 Accounting), CPA, formerly with Deloitte & Touche, has joined the Reno office of Accountants Inc., as a recruiter/staffing manager. Mari will specialize in the recruitment and placement of accounting professionals. After working with Deloitte & Touche for three years, Mari worked as director of operations in the family business, Hutchinson Valuation Inc., for four years.

Tony Illia (’96 English) has received a silver award from the American Society of Business Publication Editors, East Coast Region, for best news story in 2003. The article entitled “What Happened? The Biggest US Specialty Contractor Heads for Bankruptcy” appeared in the Engineering News-Record, a McGraw-Hill Cos. publication.

Mike Micone (’91 Speech Communications) has been with Accountants Inc., staffing company specializing in the placement of accounting and finance personnel. Mike and his father, Chuck Burr (’65 Agribusiness) opened the Reno office in 1996. They won the Franchise Branch of the Year in 1997. Mike opened the Las Vegas office in 1998. In 1999, the Nevada Franchise won the Franchise of the Year Award. Mike was recently named as a “Rising Star, Top 40 Under 40” in the Las Vegas business community. Mike serves as co-chair of the Board of Advisors Workforce 2010 Task Force, for the Las Vegas Chamber of Commerce. Mike is the current president for the Southern Nevada Chapter of CFMA (Construction Financial Management Association). He served as the co-captain for the 1986 football team, was voted most inspirational player, and was named First Team All-Big Sky Conference as an offensive lineman.

Andrew Motter (’94 Civil Engineering) and his wife, Angela (McMillen) Motter (’92 Speech Communications/ ’99 MA Education) are proud to announce the birth of their son, Dominic Laurence, on March 13. Dominic joins big sister, Alexis, at their home in Reno.

Katie Weigel (’96/’98 MA Business Administration) recently celebrated her first anniversary with Accountants Inc. Katie is the operations manager and also specializes in the direct placement of accounting and finance professionals. While at Nevada she served as the advertising/sales manager for the Sagebrush. She is married to Marty Weigel (’97 Finance), and they have one daughter.

The ’00s

Jeanne Bleeker (’00 Nutrition) and Kevin Freeman (’00 Recreation) were married on June 14, in Reno. Both are living in Fayetteville, Ark., completing graduate programs in health sciences and recreation management, respectively.

Joe Nannini (’00 Human Development) has been appointed marketing/public relations director for Sierra Arts Foundation. Joe will be designing and overseeing all marketing and public relations activities for Sierra Arts. Joe comes to Sierra Arts with experience in radio sales and sales management with Reno Radio Representatives and NextMedia Group. Joe was the recipient of the Best of Show award (broadcast media) at the Advertising Association of Northern Nevada’s 2001 Addy awards.

Kellie (Bozzuto) Paul (’00 Speech Pathology) and her husband, Ryan Paul (’96 Political Science), are pleased to announce the birth of their twin boys, Dillan and Ethan, born on April 22.


William Tracy Gaffey Jr. (’50 Spanish), 78, died of cancer Dec. 16, 2002. He served three years in the U.S. Army Air Corps and graduated with his GI Bill-supported bachelor’s degree from the University of Nevada, Reno. He started in education as an elementary teacher, and completed two master’s degrees at USC in 1954 and 1956. William is survived by his wife Shirley.

Jerry E. Mann (’56 Political Science), 73, died in San Diego on May 8. He was a student body president at Nevada in 1956. Jerry was a San Diego County worker since 1968, and was married to Adamae Gray (class of ’55). He is survived by his wife, two sons and one daughter.

Lee Hansen (’57 Business Education), a longtime educator, passed away at his home on May 28, after a battle with cancer. Lee served in the Army from 1954-56 and was an active member of the ATO fraternity. He returned to school in 1966 on a fellowship and earned his master of arts degree in mathematics at the University of Illinois in 1967. He taught mathematics at Montgomery High School from 1961-85, and at Santa Rosa Junior College from 1985-95. Active in the community, Lee served as president of the Santa Rosa Teachers Association from 1971-72. He was a member of the Minden (Nev.) Historical Society, Phi Delta Kappa, the Suburban Kiwanis Club of Santa Rosa (Calif.) and the Presbyterian Church of the Roses (serving as elder, clerk of session and president of the corporation). Lee is survived by his wife, Nancy Hansen and son, Harry.

Denny Jones (’60 Chem Engineering), research professor of chemical engineering and metallurgical materials engineering at Nevada, passed away Aug. 7 in Reno. He was 65. Jones served as chairman of the Department of Chemical Engineering and Metallurgical Engineering from 1984-87 and 1990-93 at Nevada. He was a world-class corrosion researcher, whose textbook on the subject has been widely used throughout the world. Jones is survived by his wife, Wanda, two daughters and two sons.


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